The MultiSim Modelathon – A Pioneering Success.

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The MultiSim Modelathon brought together the brightest PhD and PostDoc researchers in the field of Multi-Scale Modeling and Biomechanical Engineering, from around the world, to compete in teams against one another to solve a complex Multi Scale Modeling problem.

On a sunny Monday morning the brightest young minds in the field of Engineering from around the world descended on the MultiSim Modelathon.  The MultiSim Modelathon is based on the concept of a hackathon event where different teams work on a challenging problem to ‘hack’ a computer code. Here there is no ‘hacking’ but ‘modelling’. The teams will competed to solve a challenging multiscale biomechanical problem within the musculoskeletal system using state-of-the-art techniques and software.

Industry experts discuss the Modelathon and MultiSim project.
Industry experts discuss the Modelathon and MultiSim project.

We had some exciting industry members and multiscale experts join us for the event, including; Smith and Nephew (medical device manufacturer), NVIDIA (software and hardware provider), Simulia (software provider) and Ansys (software provider), and our sponsor; Simpleware (software provider). Not only did we have representatives from each of these companies be attending the event, but they gave presentations and liaised with the teams competing in the Modelathon. Helping them make the most of the software available.

Prof Damien Lacroix (Director of MultiSim) had this to say in his opening speech;

“The people at this event are the future of Multi Scale Modeling in the area of Biomechanical Engineering. Bringing you together now will not only help you share your knowledge and expertise but also create friendships that will help drive our industry and research forward in the future.”

The Modelathon was the first of its kind in the world, and was a great success. The teams used their skills to overcome the challenges, their time to socialize and share knowledge, and presentation skills to show their findings. The wining team was made up of Luca Modenese, Claudia Wittkowske (University of Sheffiled), Claire Villette (Imperial College, London), Solenn

The winning team hard at work.
The winning team hard at work.

Le Pense (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh) and Takashi Ishii (Riken Integrated Medical Sciences, Japan). Each took home a £100 Amazon voucher.

Luca Modenese of the University of Sheffield Said;

“At the beginning the proposed challenges seemed intimidating, but I think we worked great as a team, complementing individual expertise, supporting each other and also having fun. The Modelathon as a whole has been a great experience and we were very happy to be chosen as winners!”

The Modelathon Participants
The Modelathon Participants