The first MultiSim workshop was aimed at UK academics, clinicians and industry interested in the multiscale modelling of the neuromusculoskeletal system.
The event was structured to generate an open discussion forum to map the issues, challenges and opportunities in this research area. The vision of the ambitious MultiSim programme is to develop a modelling framework focused on the human musculoskeletal system but designed as a generic platform to address other engineering challenges that involve multi-scale modelling, unobservable states and variables, and uncertainty. Not an easy feat by any standard and the topic certainly gave academics and industry contacts alike plenty of material for discussions at the first engagement workshop
Starting with an evening event at Kelham Island Museum, which included a keynote talk from Professor René De Borst from the University of Glasgow, the event participants enjoyed a networking session with a difference as Europe’s most powerful steam engine provided plenty of inspiration for new ideas and discussion.
This was followed by a series of activities and discussion groups on the second day. In quick fire discussion rounds the 40 participants discussed and presented their insights into a number of topic areas. The session was led by MultiSim Director Professor Damien Lacroix, who introduced the vision of the MultiSim programme and managed the discussion rounds. The Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine Executive Director, Professor Marco Viceconti, further supported the discussion with his insights on challenges in the field.
Workshop participants included representatives from 15 high profile UK universities, 7 industry partners, representatives of the EPSRC and several clinicians from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. In addition to the participants on site, comments were invited through social media channels on Twitter through @insigneo to allow the scientific community to join in the conversation digitally. The first workshop was held 6 – 7 October 2014 in Sheffield.
The insights of the workshop have now been translated into a formal report: