SOFA Week 2019

The SOFA Week is designed to gather the entire SOFA community, to present technological and scientific advances, while fostering the networking within the community. Last year was the first occurrence of the international SOFA Week and appeared to be a great success within the community. Let’s make it even bigger for 2019!

Book the week of the 18-22nd November and join us in downtown Paris: in Station F and in EIT Digital CLC. The SOFA Week is the annual opportunity to attend:

  • training sessions on SOFA or workshops/tutorials on plugins
  • the SOFA international symposium
  • the technical committee (STC#8)

Open Registration

18th Nov 2019:   Training session

To start the SOFA week, a training session will take place to provide new users (and any interested participant) an efficient introduction to SOFA. The training focuses on the SOFA main principles, the community, theoretical backgrounds on physics simulation, hands-on user and developer tutorials.

19th Nov 2019:   International SOFA Symposium (free)

The symposium focuses on research and scientific achievements based on SOFA. This symposium allows international researchers from the SOFA community to present their scientific work, their plugins and propose live demonstrations. It is also the annual meeting where companies using SOFA can demonstrate their latest products. Finally, it is the opportunity to meet the community and create strong collaborations.

20th Nov 2019:   Plugin workshop (free)

Further to the Symposium, an advanced tutorial sessions is proposed to discover and understand specific open-source SOFA plugins. More precisely, this session aimed at providing a specific insight in recent state-of-the-art work located outside from SOFA (plugins). As last year, the 2019 edition will highlight the SoftRobot plugin and the Model Reduction plugin, among others.

20-22nd Nov 2019:   Technical committee (free)

This committee focuses on technical discussions on current and future developments in SOFA. With developers of the community and SOFA Technical Members, the technical roadmap for the next release is jointly designed. It is also a unique opportunity to meet the developer community and code all together.

SOFA Training Session

Day: 18th November 2019
Location: EIT Digital CLC – 4th flood, 23 avenue d’Italie, 75013 Paris, France
Level: Beginner – Medium (max 8 participants)
Registration costs:

  • early bird: 500€ (before the 15th October 2019)
  • regular fare: 700€ excl. tax.

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. The agenda of the training is detailed below:

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
11:00 am – 12:00 am User Tutorial
12:00 am – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Understand physics with SOFA:
from the math to the code
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee break
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Developer Tutorial

Plugin Workshops and Tutorials

Day: Morning only, 20th November 2019
Level: Medium – Advanced
Location: EIT Digital CLC – 4th flood, 23 avenue d’Italie, 75013 Paris, France

Plugin workshops will be proposed on specific plugins in order to disseminate open- or closed-source plugins existing around SOFA. With such an insight in these plugins, the sessions should strongly motivate collaborations and new project ideas among the participants.

In case you are willing to present your open-source plugin(s), let us know about it in your registration.
The program of this plugin session will be released soon.

SOFA Symposium

Day: 19th November 2019
Location: Station F, 5, parvis Alan Turing, 75013 Paris, France
Room: French Tech Central area (3D view)

Researchers and companies from the SOFA community join the Symposium in order to share ideas, experiences and to present their on-going research or products based on SOFA. Several sessions of presentations will be organized regarding various simulation topics and application fields. Booths will also be made available for technology demonstrations. This international event is an exciting opportunity, fostering discussions and new collaborations!

The symposium program will be released soon.

Call for presentations and demos

In case you are willing to present your work or to present a live demo, a call is open until the 27th of October 2019. To apply for presentation or demo, all you need is to register and specify your interest using the appropriate option in the form.

Submission Guidelines
All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following submission format is expected: submit a 1-page document (create an EasyChair account to log in), i.e a short paper in the Springer LNCS style focusing on the usefulness of the SOFA Framework when preparing a published or submitted paper describing recent work. Please send a pre-print of this document to help assess the interest ad relevancy of the work for presentation to the SOFA Symposium. This pre-print will not be made public.

Important Dates

  • October 27th, 2019: submission deadline for presentation proposals (create an EasyChair account to log in)
  • October 27th, 2019: registration deadline for the SOFA Week
  • November 3rd, 2019: notification to authors
Program Committee

  • Dr. F. Aichele
  • Dr. M.R. Haferssas
  • Erik Pernod
  • Dr. T.P. Pusch
  • Dr. H. Talbot
Organizing committee

  • Hugo Talbot
  • Guillaume Paran

SOFA Technical Committee

Day: 20th-22nd November 2019
Location: EIT Digital CLC – 4th flood, 23 avenue d’Italie, 75013 Paris, France

The week will close with the 8th SOFA Technical Committee. This technical committee governs and takes all technical decisions for the roadmap towards upcoming releases. Open and free, the STC is a unique occasion to meet SOFA developers, discuss the on-going developments and code all together during the coding sprint session!

Day 1 Wednesday 20th November (pm)
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Opening STC#8

  • Introduction
  • Explain GitHub issues for coding sprint
  • Present the STC#8 agenda
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm SOFA report

  • Consortium activity
  • SOFA activity
  • Major PRs, important discussions
  • v19.12 status
  • v20.06 roadmap proposal
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee break
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Completed/on-going work with SOFA
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Round the table (plugins, features, …)
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Reminder v20.06 roadmap
6:00 pm End of Day 1

Day 2 Thursday 21st November
9:00 am – 10:00 am Defining v19.06 roadmap (part1)
10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee break
10:30 am – 12:30 am Defining v19.06 roadmap (part2)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Coding sprint

  • Browse GitHub issues labeled “STC#8”
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Coffee break
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Coding sprint
6:30 pm End of Day 2
7:30 pm Restaurant evening

Day 3 Friday 22nd November
9:00 am – 12:00 am Coding sprint (with coffee)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Pizza delivery
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Validation of technical 20.06 roadmap
4:00 pm Closing of STC#8

For the first time in SOFA history, the SOFA consortium organizes Open-Source SOFA Awards!


All contributions are eligible for application: it can be an open-source plugin, a pull-request on GitHub, a video, a tutorial or documentation pages! Two award categories are open for competition:

Organizers’ Prize
Prize: 400€
Public Prize
Prize: 200€

The call for the SOFA awards is open until the 11th of November 2019. Any contribution – as long it is open – will be rewarded at the SOFA Week 2019. Winners of both prizes will be selected by the SOFA consortium staff and announced at the Symposium on 19th November.

Call for awards

To apply for the SOFA Award 2019, all you need is to register using the SOFA Week 2019 form.

Good luck!


Bianco, Rohan-Jean Philomec Biomechanical simulation
Liege, Orianne 3D Experience Lab, Dassault System Physics simulation
Nesme, Matthieu Anatoscope Anatomy modeling
Pernod, Erik Infinytech3d VR, Physics simulation


Ahmad Ali, Ahmad Researcher (Quenn Mary University London, UK) Physics simulation
Boukhris, Omar Engineer (Inria Strasbourg, France) Computer vision
Cotin, Stephane Lead Researcher (Inria Strasbourg, France) Physics simulation
Delingette, Hervé Lead Researcher (Inria Sophia-Antipolis, France) Physics simulation
Deshpande, Saurabh PhD Candidate (University Luxembourg, Luxembourg) Physics simulation
Duriez, Christian Lead Researcher (Inria Lille, France) Soft-robotics
Marchal, Damien Engineer (CNRS, France) UI, Python, Robotics
Mazier, Arnaud PhD Candidate (University Luxembourg, Luxembourg) Physics simulation
Roy, Frederick Independent developer (France) Visualization simulation
Zeraatpisheh, Milad PhD Candidate (University Luxembourg, Luxembourg) Physics simulation

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