SOFA Week 2018


1st International SOFA Week

The 1st International SOFA Week took place from the 5th to the 9th of November 2018, in Strasbourg (France). The event appeared to be a great success within the community. The organization of the next SOFA Week 2019 will start early 2019!

A complete article is available on this 2018 event.

For the SOFA Week 2018, the schedule was arranged as follows:

Day 1

SOFA training session – 5th Nov 2018

To start the SOFA week, a training session was organized in order to introduce new users to SOFA (its community, the open-source code and examples of applications), to provide the theoretical backgrounds on physics simulation, to finally work on both user and developer tutorials.

Day 2

International SOFA Symposium (free) – 6th Nov 2018

The Symposium focused on research and scientific achievements based on SOFA. This symposium allowed international researchers from the SOFA community to present their scientific work, their plugins and propose live demonstrations. It was the opportunity to meet the community, create collaborations and meet the SOFA industrial partners.

Day 3

SOFA plugin session – 7th Nov 2018

Further to the Symposium, an advanced training sessions was proposed to discover and understand specific open-source SOFA plugins. More precisely, this session aimed at providing a specific insight in the SoftRobot plugin and the Model Reduction plugin, two recent and state-of-the-art work for robotics and efficient computations.

Days 3-5

6th SOFA Technical Committee (free) – 7-9th Nov 2018

This Committee focused on technical discussions and decisions on current and future developments in SOFA in order to define the roadmap of the next release. With the Technical Members of the consortium, the technical roadmap of the upcoming releases was thus defined. It was also the opportunity to meet the SOFA dev community and code all together!

SOFA Training Session

Day: 05th November 2018
Location: IHU Strasbourg (Room debrief 2, 3rd floor)
Level: Beginner – Medium

This training session aims at providing a wide introduction to SOFA and its community while ensuring the mathematical, physical and computer science backgrounds in order to start in the best conditions with SOFA.

9:30 am – 10:15 am Overview of SOFA and its community
10:15 am -10:30 am Coffee – for a good start!
10:30 am – 11 am Examples of applications with SOFA
11 am – 12 am User Tutorial
12 am – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Understand physics with SOFA:
from the math to the code
3:30 pm – 4 pm Coffee break
4 pm – 6 pm Developer Tutorial

Training session registration

SOFA Plugin Session

Day: Morning only, 07th November 2018
Location: IHU Strasbourg (Meeting room, ground floor)
Level: Medium – Advanced

This training session aims at providing an insight on innovative (yet open-source) plugins of SOFA. More precisely, this session aims at providing a hands-on for the SoftRobot plugin and the Model Reduction plugin, two recent and state-of-the-art work for robotics and efficient computations. Binary versions will be distributed.

9 – 9:45 am Beam Adapter plugin presentation
9:45 – 10:30 am Model Order-Reduction plugin presentation
10:30 am – noon SoftRobot hands-on

Plugin session registration

SOFA Symposium

Day: 06th November 2018
Location: IHU Strasbourg (Meeting room, ground floor)

Download PDF program

8:30 – 9 am
Welcoming coffee
9 – 10 am Oral presentations “Numerical methods”

  • The Toolkit for Illustrations of Procedures in Surgery (TIPS)
    J. Peters – University Florida
  • Going beyond traditional FEM: Immersed-boundaries and meshless methods
    J.N. Brunet – Inria, Strasbourg
  • Fast and accurate simulations in SOFA using model order reduction
    O. Goury – Inria, Lille
  • Splines & high order meshes in SOFA
    H. Delingette – Inria, Sophia-Antipolis
10 – 10:30 am
10:30 am – noon Oral presentations “SOFA in robotics”

  • Simulation projects at Hamad Medical Corporation
    J. Abi Nahed – Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Inverse models with contacts in SOFA
    C. Duriez – Inria, Lille
  • Make a force sensor from a deformable structure and a RGBD camera
    Z. Zhang – Inria, Lille
  • Smoothed particles for soft matter in robotics and medicine
    N. Hockings – CSIRO
  • Bridging the gap to robotics: the ROS connector plugin
    F. Aichele –
  • Physical simulation for RGB-D based non-rigid registration
    A. Petit – Inria, Strasbourg
noon – 1:45 pm
1:45 – 2 pm SOFA community at a glance

2 pm – 3 pm

Live demo & industrial session

  • InSimo
  • Anatoscope
  • InfinyTech3D
  • MarionSurgical
3 – 4 pm Oral presentations “Data assimilation & learning”

  • Optimization with Optimus plugin
    I. Peterlik / S. Nikolaev – Inria, Strasbourg
  • Unified Bayesian and physics-based approach for non-rigid 3D shape reconstruction from 2D images
    R. Trivisonne – Inria, Strasbourg
  • Estimation of FEM parameters in robotic assisted surgery
    E. Tagliabue – University Verona
  • Combining simulation and machine learning for force estimation and soft tissue simulation
    A. Mendizabal – Inria, Strasbourg
4 – 4:30 pm
Coffee – Live demos
4:30 – 5:45 pm Oral presentations “Applications with SOFA”

  • Distal forearm stability during pro-supination for improved surgical planning
    N. Hamze – University Innsbruck
  • VR/AR/MR based simulation system & contents development for medical practice using haptic and sensing technology
    J. Lim – University Kyungpook
  • Simulation of motile cells with growing filopodia
    I. Peterlik – Inria, Strasbourg
  • Simulation of endovascular catheters for a neural network-based navigation system
    T. Pusch – Fraunhofer IPA
  • Simulation of coronary stent expansion with plastic behaviour
    C. Krewcun – University Clermont

SOFA Technical Committee

Day: 07-09th November 2018
Location: IHU Strasbourg (Room debrief 2, 3rd floor)

This technical committee is the governance committee related to all technical questions and decisions for SOFA. The event is open and free. However, voting right is restricted to Consortium members.

Day 1 Wednesday 7th November (pm)
2 pm – 2:30 pm Opening STC#6

  • Introduction
  • Explain GitHub issues for coding sprint
  • Present the STC#6 agenda
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm SOFA report

  • Consortium activity
  • SOFA activity
  • Major PRs, important discussions
  • v18.12 status
  • v19.06 roadmap proposal
3:30 pm – 4 pm Coffee break
4 pm – 5 pm Completed/on-going work with SOFA

  • Python bindings v2
  • Data and updates
  • Multithreading
5 pm – 5:30 pm Round the table (plugins, features, …)
5:30 pm – 6 pm Reminder v19.06 roadmap
6 pm End of Day 1

Day 2 Thursday 8th November
9 am – 10 am NG report
10 am – 10:30 am Coffee break
10:30 am – 12:30 am Defining v19.06 roadmap (part1)
12:30 pm – 2 pm Lunch
2 pm – 4 pm Defining v19.06 roadmap (part2)
4 pm – 4:30 pm Coffee break
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Coding sprint

  • Browse GitHub issues labeled “STC#6”
6:30 pm End of Day 2
7:30 pm Restaurant evening

Day 3 Friday 9th November
9 am – 12 am Coding sprint (with coffee)
12:30 pm – 2 pm Pizza delivery
2 pm – 3 pm Validation of technical v19.06 roadmap
4 pm Closing of STC#6


Aichele, Fabian Robotics
Allard, Jeremie InSimo Physics simulation
Bensoussan, Pierre-Jean InSimo Physics simulation
Filipov, Mihail MarionSurgical Haptics design
La, Ryan MarionSurgical VR design
Laan, Dick Van de Velde Design, simulation
Nesme, Matthieu Anatoscope Anatomy Modeling
Pernod, Erik Infinytech3d Physics simulation
Spadoni, Federico Infinytech3d Physics simulation


Abinahed, Julien Lead Researcher (Hamad Medical Corporation) Robotics
Agnus, Vincent Engineer (IHU Strasbourg) IA, medical imaging
Alfayad, Abdulrahman Researcher (Hamad Medical Corporation) Robotics
Bae, EunKyung Researcher (Asan Medical Center, Usan) Medical Simulation
Bernardin, Antonin PhD Student (Inria, Rennes) 3D Interaction
Brunet, Jean-Nicolas PhD Student (Inria Strasbourg) Particle-based dynamics
Coevoet, Eulalie PhD Student (Inria, Lille) Soft-robotics
Cotin, Stephane Lead Researcher (Inria, Strasbourg) Physics simulation
Courtecuisse, Hadrien Researcher (CNRS, Strasbourg) Robotics
Dall’Alba, Diego Researcher (University Verona) Medical imaging
Delingette, Hervé Lead Researcher (Inria, Sophia-Antipolis) Physics simulation
Dequidt, Jeremie Researcher (Inria, Lille) Soft-robotics
Duriez, Christian Lead Researcher (Inria, Lille) Soft-robotics
Gaugry, Thierry Researcher (Inria, Rennes) Interactive graphics
Goffin, Laurent Researcher (CNRS, Strasbourg) Vision, image processing
Goury, Olivier Researcher (Inria, Lille) Soft-robotics
Hamze, Noura Researcher (University Innsbruck) Physics simulation
Harder, Matthias Lead Researcher (University Innsbruck) Haptics
Hockings, Nick Researcher (CSIRO) Robotics
Horsch, Johannes Researcher (Fraunhofer IPA) Physics simulation
Jang, Minsu Researcher (Kyungpook University) Medical simulation
Joo, Ilwoo Researcher (Kyungpook University) Medical simulation
Kim, Insu Researcher (Kyungpook University) Medical simulation
Krewcun, Camille PhD Student (University Clermont) Physics simulation
Lim, Jonghwa Researcher (Kyungpook University) Medical simulation
Lin, Meichun PhD Student (Inria, Lille) Soft-robotics
Marchal, Damien Engineer (CNRS, Lille) UI, Python, Robotics
Marques, Bruno Engineer (Inria, Strasbourg) 3D printing, vision
Mendizabal, Andréa PhD Student (Inria Strasbourg) Machine learning
Navkar, Nikhil V. Researcher (Hamad Medical Corporation) Robotics
Park, Suwan Researcher (Kyungpook University) Medical simulation
Peterlik, Igor Researcher (Inria, Strasbourg) Physics simulation
Peters, Jorg Researcher (University Florida) Interactive graphics
Petit, Antoine Post-doc (Inria, Strasbourg) Computer vision
Pusch, Tim Researcher (Fraunhofer IPA) Physics simulation
Roy, Frederick Independent developer Visualization simulation
Schegg, Pierre PhD Student (Inria, Lille) Soft-robotics
Schulmann, Nava Engineer (Inria, Strasbourg) Modeling, filtering
Sosa, Leonardo Gastro-enterologist surgeon (IHU Strasbourg)
Tagliabue, Eleonora PhD Student (University Verona) Robotics
Trivisonne, Raffaella PhD Student (Inria Strasbourg) Data assimilation
Vanneste, Felix PhD Student (Inria, Lille) Soft-robotics
You, Hyeonseok Researcher (Asan Medical Center, Usan) Medical Simulation
Younes, Georges Researcher (Hamad Medical Corporation) Robotics
Yu, Honjong Researcher (Kyungpook University) Medical simulation
Zhang, Zhongkai PhD Student (Inria, Lille) Soft-robotics

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