Up-Date on ISB 2019 March, 2018 by Walter Herzog

Posted on April 5, 2018

ISB-ASB 2019 Calgary

490 days to the opening of the ISB-ASB 2019 conference in Calgary, July 31st, 2019.

In the past few weeks, we have established an international scientific advisory board. Thank you to all of you who agreed to be part of this exciting event. At present, we are finalizing invited symposia sessions, and we would love to hear from you about topics and speakers.

Dan Ferris, the conference chair for the ASB 2019 has officially joined the local organizing committee and we had fruitful discussions on programming, keynote lectures, invited lectures and special symposia. We are grateful to our American colleagues for having decided to combine their annual conference with ISB 2019.

It is never too early to announce important dates; here are some that you might want to add to your calendar:

  • Abstract submission deadline:                      January 31st, 2019 [there will be no extension]
  • Early registration deadline:                            May 15th, 2019
  • Footwear Satellite Symposium:                    July 28-30, 2019 [Kananaskis Delta Hotel]
  • Muscle mechanics satellite Symposium:   July 27-29, 2019 [Canmore Nordic Centre Lodge]
  • ISB-ASB conference dates:                             July 31-Aug 4, 2019 [Calgary Convention Centre]

Although not fully finalized, we are planning a muscle mechanics symposium in beautiful Canmore. Canmore is the site of the 1988 Olympic cross-country and biathlon events. It is situated approximately 1 hour from Calgary (University) and about 1.5 hours from the airport. There are regular buses from the Calgary International airport to Canmore, and it is a perfect location for visiting Banff National Park, go climbing, hiking, mountain biking in the Rocky Mountains. It was the site of the first “Muscles in the Mountains Conferences” in 1999, at that time with the unforgettable Andrew Huxley and many other prominent muscle mechanics and muscle physiology researchers. We are excited to host the 4th Muscles in the Mountains Conference in conjunction with ISB 2019.

Due to the size of the meeting rooms at the Canmore Nordic Centre, the Muscle Mechanics Satellite Symposium will be limited to 80 people on a first-come-first-serve basis. Registration for this conference will start on September 1, 2018.

The ISB-ASB conference is for you! We encourage you to contact us should you have any questions that are not answered on our website or any suggestions you may have for the conference:

Sandro Nigg can help you with all technical questions regarding hotel reservations, registration, etc. at while I am happy to answer questions regarding the scientific program at We are here to serve you, and we want you to have a great conference; scientifically, socially, and hopefully also in combination with a holiday in the magical Rocky Mountains.

490 days and I can’t wait to see you all, welcome you all, and commence what I hope will be an incredible scientific experience for all of us.

Walter Herzog (ISB 2019 Conference Chair)

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ISB tutorials attract over 170 attendees in both tracks

Posted on July 4, 2017

This year’s tutorials at ISB provide updates on MRI and ultrasound imaging techniques, on exoskeletons and multiscale modelling for biomechanics in various research topics. Prof. Lynne Bilston discusses MRI methods for musculoskeletal, resipiratory and neurological disorders but also shares her career path as a female biomechanist. Prof. François Hug lectures about conventional and novel ultrasound techniques and gives practical demonstrations with Dr. Dominic Farris and Dr. Bart Bolsterlee. Prof. Peter Hunter will introduce multiscale modeling and demonstrate the use of the Physiome Project framework for interpreting physiological measurements of the musculo-skeletal system. A/Prof Greg Sawicki presents a roadmap for the design of lower-limb robotic exoskeletons with live demonstrations of unpowered elastic ankle exoskeleton.

Currently there are over 170 registered attendees in both tracks, with tutorials at near capacity. There are some places left, however please register now to ensure that you can secure your place.

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ISB 2017 Call for abstracts

Posted on December 19, 2016

The ISB 2017 Congress Committee invites you to participate in ISB 2017 to be held in Brisbane from 23 – 27 July 2017.

The call for abstracts and registration for the Congress are now open!

The Program Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation within the program of ISB 2017. Submissions are sought for oral and poster presentations and the program committee encourages submissions related to the following themes:

  1. Clinical biomechanics
  2. Tissue and Cellular biomechanics
  3. Organ Biomechanics
  4. Musculoskeletal biomechanics
  5. Gait and posture
  6. Biomedical engineering
  7. Robotics and prosthetics
  8. Injury and rehabilitation biomechanics
  9. Computational / Simulation
  10. Sports biomechanics and technology
  11. Comparative biomechanics
  12. Neuromechanics
  13. Biomechanics of Women
  14. Experimental technologies/Instrumentation
  15. Animation/VR/Gaming
  16. Occupational biomechanics – ergonomics

Please click here for more information and to submit an abstract.

Abstract submissions must be received by 13 January 2017, 11.59pm EST. Authors will be notified of acceptance at the end of February 2017.

Registration for ISB 2017 is also now open. Delegates may register for the Congress by completing the online registration form. Registration must be completed by 17 March 2017 to qualify for the early bird rates.

Please click here for more information and to register.

Thank you

On behalf of the ISB 2017 Program Committee

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ISB 2017 Tutorials: Imaging

Posted on September 26, 2016

What can modern imaging methods do?

We are pleased to announce that ISB tutorials in Brisbane 2017 will be given by Professor Peter Hunter, Professor Gregory Sawicki, Professor Lynne Bilston and by Professor François Hug, Dr. Dominic Farris and Dr. Bart Bolsterlee. Two of the tutorials focus on state-of-the art imaging methods in biomechanics basic and applied research, and these are introduced in this issue.

Ultrasound techniques for muscle-tendon imaging

François Hug, Dominic Farris and Bart Bolsterlee

Beyond the coordination between multiple effectors at different levels (e.g. between individual muscles, between joints), successful movements involve interactions between muscles and connective tissues (e.g. aponeurosis, tendons). In-vivo muscle biomechanical properties have been classically inferred from global methods (e.g. inverse dynamics, joint torque) that cannot isolate the behaviour of individual muscles or structures.

This tutorial will present an overview of the ultrasound methods that enable muscle and tendinous tissues to be imaged in real time. This tutorial will first introduce B-mode imaging and advanced methods to assess displacements within the muscle-tendon unit (semi-automated tracking, 3D freehand ultrasound). Second, the issue of probe positioning for 2-D measurements will be discussed through examples of the human medial gastrocnemius muscle. Future directions should combine displacements assessed using B-mode ultrasound with actual force applied on tissues. The third part of this tutorial will therefore present an ultrasound shear wave elastography technique that showed potential in estimation of both active and passive muscle force. Recent development of this elastography technique for tendon research will be presented. This tutorial will include both lectures and demonstrations.

MR imaging in biomechanics

What existing and emerging MRI methods are useful for biomechanists, and how can you apply them to musculoskeletal, respiratory and neurological disorders?

Lynne Bilston

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is commonly used to make structural and functional measurements in a wide variety of clinical and experimental contexts. However, it is also increasingly being used by biomechanists to make biomechanical measurements, including quantitative measurements of fluid flows, measurements of tissue mechanical properties, and joint and muscle kinematics. In this tutorial, you will learn about some of the current and emerging MRI techniques that can be used for biomechanics applications, their strengths and limitations, and examples of how they can be used for both research and clinical applications in a wide range of clinical disorders across the cardiovascular, neurological, musculoskeletal, and respiratory domains. We will also briefly discuss the use of MRI for building and validating computational models.

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Introduction to The Musculoskeletal Atlas Project (MAP)

Posted on June 20, 2016

Subject-specific computational models of the musculoskeletal system have tremendous potential for clinical and sporting applications. A common approach to generate musculoskeletal models is to scale a generic model to match subject-specific landmarks, which are typically taken from optical motion capture. However, simple linear scaling does not account for individual variation in bone geometry and inaccurate landmark identification can result in non-physiological segment lengths. Furthermore, joint centres and joint axes in scaled generic models are often not adjusted to match an individual subject. Another approach is to generate subject-specific models from medical imaging data, although this process is time-consuming, costly, and requires a high level of expertise involving specialised software.

Data reduction methods, such as Principal Component Analysis, or PCA, can be used to efficiently characterise the morphological variation of bones across a population, sometimes referred to as a ‘shape model’. Shape models have excellent potential to assist in the generation of subject-specific musculoskeletal models. Our research group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute has developed an open-source software platform, called the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project (MAP), to enable biomechanics researchers to rapidly generate musculoskeletal models using population-based scaling (see the following webinar on customising OpenSim models). The main advantage of using a shape model to perform geometric scaling is that the resulting musculoskeletal model is constrained by an underlying model of physiological anatomy and the joint centres and axes can easily be re-calculated and embedded into the model. The surface geometry output from the MAP Client can be used with various software platforms for simulation, such as OpenSim, FEBio, OpenCMISS, etc (see Figure).

Overview of the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project. The MAP Client receives input and provides an interface to an underlying database and model repository. Output from the MAP Client includes models compatible with other simulation software.

Overview of the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project. The MAP Client receives input and provides an interface to an underlying database and model repository. Output from the MAP Client includes models compatible with other simulation software.

The MAP platform is based around a workflow manager, called the MAP Client, which is a cross-platform application that can be used to create workflows from a collection of workflow steps. Each workflow step is simply a plugin, which performs tasks of varying complexity (e.g. segmentation, mesh fitting, registration, PCA-based fitting, etc). The entire code base is written in Python to enable easy sharing. Indeed, the central idea for the MAP Client is to allow users to develop and share their own plugins that can be used in a workflow. The requirements for developing a workflow step have been kept as low as practicable thus allowing plugin creators to concentrate on the practical implementation of the step rather than conforming to the plugin API. Additionally the Plugin Wizard tool greatly simplifies the first stage in creating a workflow step and generates a considerable amount of the skeleton code required. You can learn more about MAP by browsing the documentation at or by downloading the code from GitHub:

Having a plugin based framework makes it possible for groups to share their workflows and workflow steps without requiring a lot of extraneous software. Also having users create and share their plugins increases the flexibility of the MAP Client and distances users from relying on an external team of developers. Imagine an active ISB community of MAP Client users that can share their code, experience, and ideas. Perhaps organized sessions and workshops at the next ISB conference to learn about new methods and share workflows?

Please get in touch to let us know what you think, if you are interested to learn more about the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project, and would like to contribute or get started.


Thor Besier  (

Informatics Officer, ISB

Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Dept of Engineering Science, University of Auckland

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Emeritus Members

Posted on December 23, 2015

One of the lesser known categories of membership with ISB is 'Emeritus Member'.  To be in this elite group the individual must be retired from professional employment in biomechanics, and to have been an active member of the Society for at least ten years prior to obtaining emeritus status.

Here is a list of our emeritus faculty. As you will see from this list, many emeritus members are still very much active in the field of biomechanics and/or the society!

  • Barry Bates, University of Oregon
  • Guido Bergmaier, Sportlehrer ETH
  • Robert Gregor,  The Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Elizabeth Roberts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Eric Sprigings, University of Saskatchewan
  • Guenter Rau,  Aachen University of Technology
  • Bart Van Gheluwe, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • David Sanderson, University of British Columbia
  • Christopher (Kit) Vaughan, University of Cape Town
  • Jesus Dapena, Indiana University
  • Graeme Wood, University of Western Australia
  • W. Lutz Bauer, University of Bremen
  • D. Gordon Robertson,  University of Ottawa
  • Sandra Olney, Queen's University
  • Mont Hubbard, University of California
  • Don Chaffin, University of Michigan
  • Felix Zajac, Stanford University
  • Christian Högfors Ziebell, Centre for Biomechanics, Göteborg
  • Kim A.Burton, University of Huddersfield
  • R. McNeill Alexander, University of Leeds
  • Ian A.F. Stokes, University of Vermont

The list includes many names which may be familiar.  It includes the longtime editor of Clinical Biomechanics (Kim), some former ISB Presidents (Guenter, Kit, and Sandra), a Muybridge award winner (McNeill), as well as former Executive Council members and congress keynote speakers.  Also on that list is Graeme Wood, who organized our congress in 1991 and has served as our treasurer since 1989.  No other ISB member has had such long continuous service to the ISB as Graeme, and we all owe him our thanks.

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Announcement of ISB Fellows

Posted on September 30, 2015

At the XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow we appointed our inaugural class of ISB Fellows.  Julie Steele in a previous issue of ISB Now outlined the selection procedure for these fellows, and we are grateful to Julie as she served as the Censor of the Fellows for this initial round of appointments.  These fellows were announced at the ISB General Assembly.  The anticipation is that these fellows will continue to contribute to the various functions of the society.

The inaugural class pictured below comprised: Maarten Bobbert (VU University Amsterdam),  Ton van den Bogert (Cleveland State University),  Brian Davis (University of Akron),  Vernonique Feipel  (Université Libre de Bruxelles),  Walter Herzog (University of Calgary),  Jill McNitt-Gray (University of Southern California),  Peter Milburn (Griffith University),  Mary Rodgers (University of Maryland),  Darren Stefanyshyn (University of Calgary), and Ron Zernicke (University of Michigan).

The inaugural class of ISB Fellows, outside of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

The inaugural class of ISB Fellows, outside of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.


Congratulations to all of them.

John Challis

Penn State University


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Second ISB Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISB2015

Posted on September 30, 2015


We would like to thank all attendees of the 2nd ISB Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics for a great event. The Symposium was held on Sunday July 12th 2015 on the opening day of the XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) in Glasgow, UK.

The Initiative, organized by prof. Carlo J. De Luca and the ISB Working Group in Motor Control, featured a Keynote Lecture by Professor Paavo Komi from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and the following internationally distinguished researchers:

Dr. Aurelio Cappozzo (University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Italy)

Dr. Joseph McIntyre (Tecnalia Research and Innovation – Health Division, Spain)

Dr. Katherine Steele (University of Washington, USA)

Dr. Benno Nigg (University of Calgary, Canada)

Dr. Vinzenz Von Tscharner (University of Calgary, Canada)

Dr. Patrick van der Smagt (Technische Universität München, Germany)

Dr. Carlo J. De Luca (Boston University, USA)

Dr. Marco Knaflitz (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

Dr. Madeleine Lowery (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Dr. Maria Cristina Bisi (Università di Bologna, Italy)


See the event flyer for details.

Thank you all for participating!


Symposium Organizers:

Carlo J. De Luca, Professor Emeritus, Boston University (USA)

Philip Rowe, Professor, University of Strathclyde (UK)

Paola Contessa, Research Scientist, Delsys Inc. (USA)


Motor Control Seed Group accepted as Working Group

The Motor Control Group was established as a Seed Group of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) at the XXIV Congress of ISB in Natal (Brazil) in 2013.

We are very pleased to announce that ISB has approved the Motor Control Group to become a Working Group of ISB ( at the past XXV Congress of ISB in Glasgow, 2015.

The affiliation recognizes the interest of the Biomechanics community in Motor Control and aims at strengthening the link between the two fields.

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Updates from our new EDC Officer, Felipe Carpes

Posted on September 30, 2015

Dear ISB members,

This is Felipe Carpes, your new EDC officer in the ISB Executive Council. After the great job Andrea and all the EDC committee members did in the ISB in the last years, I have the challenge to keep all the current actions running and propose new opportunities for EDC biomechanics scientists and students around the globe. In a few weeks you will receive a message concerning details of the current ISB initiatives in the EDCs. Additionally, we are working to update the contact list of EDC members to ensure that all of them can receive information about opportunities and also keep in touch with the EDC officer. We will also request updates on the current projects, to promote the activities developed and to incentive new ones. Any time you have any questions or suggestions, as well as if you want to help EDC initiatives, do not hesitate in contact me.

Neuromech TV is live at Youtube


As part of our EDC project related to biomechanics learning in the Federal University of Pampa in Brazil, our group has now launched the Neuromech TV. After almost three years promoting online webinars and symposiums, in the last year we started to record the webinars and also lectures in some events, especially the Annual Symposium on Applied Neuromechanics, which is an event our Research Group on Applied Neuromechanics from the Federal University of Pampa organizes every year in partnership with others Brazilian biomechanics groups. Neuromech TV is a Youtube Channel with the purpose to create and share scientific materials with free online access and with quality enough to help students and scientists interested in the study of the human movement, and its related topics. The Neuromech TV offers videos for free and does not have any commercial or economic interest. The channel now has more than 20 lectures online, and the next update will be related to some small courses and also interviews. Some of the material will be in English, other in Portuguese or Spanish.

If you like the idea, subscribe to the channel in YouTube. Here is the link:

If you want to join this collaborative project, you are very welcome!

Felipe Carpes, Ph.D.

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Fellowship of the International Society of Biomechanics

Posted on June 30, 2015

In 2013 the Council agreed to establish a Fellowship of the International Society of Biomechanics (FISB). The purpose of awarding Fellowships of the ISB is to recognize distinguished professional achievement in biomechanics.  Fellows of the ISB are encouraged to provide continued professional service and leadership to the Society, particularly to foster the activities of Early Career Researchers within the Society.



Fellowship will be awarded to members of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) who, as of 1 January in an ISB Congress year, have fulfilled the requirements for Fellowship.  The minimum requirements for an application to be reviewed are listed below.

  • Full membership in good standing of the ISB for at least 10 consecutive years, at the time of nomination, and for the duration of the Fellowship.
  • Attended at least 3 of the 5 preceding ISB Congresses
  • Published at least 20 manuscripts relating to biomechanics in international peer-reviewed journals of high repute
  • Presented at least one paper or poster at an ISB Congress within 3 years of application
  • Demonstrated high standards of service to the ISB by being an active:
    • member of the ISB Council,
    • member of an ISB working party,
    • member of the organizing committee for an ISB Congress, or
    • member of a scientific committee for an ISB Congress
  • Evidence of having advanced the biomechanics profession in definitive ways (e.g. awards; attainment of research grants; publishing book chapters etc.)
  • Be endorsed by two ISB Fellows or ISB Council members, who will confirm in writing the applicant’s high level of competence and ethical conduct within the disciple of biomechanics.



For the first round of Fellows, the ISB President, John Challis, has appointed Past-President, Professor Julie Steele, as Censor of the Fellows.  The Censor, together with the current ISB President, is in the process of drafting a list of recommended candidates for the first round of ISB Fellows.  This list of recommended candidates will then be presented to the ISB Executive Council at their pre-Congress meeting in Glasgow.  The Fellowships, which must be approved by two-thirds vote of the ISB Executive Council, will then be awarded at the General Assembly held during ISB2015.

Following the awarding of the first round of Fellowships, all current full members with a minimum of 10 years membership of the International Society of Biomechanics will be encouraged to consider applying to become a Fellow of the ISB.

We look forward to presenting the first round of Fellowships in Glasgow.

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