SOFA Week 2020

The SOFA Week is designed to gather the entire SOFA community, to present technological and scientific advances, while fostering the networking within the community. Already two successful editions in 2018 and 2019, get ready for 2020!

Save the date: 23-27 November — a 2020 edition 100% online!

Open Registration

23rd Nov 2020:   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.

24th Nov 2020:   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.

25-27th Nov 2020:   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.

Day: 23rd November 2020
Location: Online
Level: Beginner – Medium (max 8 participants)

Registration costs

  • early bird: 500€ (before the 19th October 2020)
  • 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.


9:00 am – 10:00 am Overview of SOFA and its community
10:00 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 – 5:00 pm Developer Tutorial

Day: 24th November 2020
Location: Online

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!

Call for presentations and demos

To present your work at the SOFA Symposium, only two steps are required:

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.

Submit your paper

Important Dates

  • October 26th, 2020: submission deadline for presentation proposals (create an EasyChair account to log in)
  • November 2nd, 2020: registration deadline for the SOFA Week
  • November 2nd, 2020: notification to authors
Program Committee

  • Coming soon
Organizing committee

  • Hugo Talbot
  • Guillaume Paran

2020 edition

2019 edition

Day: 25-27th November 2020
Location: Online
Level: Medium – Advanced

The week will close with the 10th SOFA Technical Committee. This technical committee governs and takes all technical decisions for the roadmap towards upcoming releases. It is open and free to all!


Day 1 Wednesday 25th November
9:00 am Opening STC#10
9:10 am – 9:30 am Consortium activity report
9:30 am – 10:30 am SOFA activity report (part 1)

  • Last 6 month feedback
  • Roadmap contributions
    (standard presentations, < 10 slides)
10:30 am – 11:00 am Coffee break
11:00 am – noon SOFA activity report (part 2)

  • Roundtable
  • Out-of-roadmap contributions
    (small presentations, 1-2 slides)
  • First discussions towards next roadmap:
    What would be the projects to focus on?
noon-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Defining v21.06 roadmap

  • Confirm objectives of full-dev engineer in the SOFA consortium staff
  • Expected technical evolutions, among the possible topics
    Objective: determine what can be accomplished for v21.06
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm Validating v21.06 roadmap
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm Introduction of coding sprint topics
6:00 pm End of Day1
8:00 pm Evening at restaurant

Day 2 Thursday 26th November
9:00 am – 12:00 am Coding sprint (free coffee)
See tasks on GitHub
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Coding sprint (free coffee)

Day 3 Friday 27th November
9:00 am – 12:00 am Coding sprint (free coffee)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Pizza delivery
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Coding sprint (free coffee)
4:00 pm Closing of STC#10

This year again, the SOFA consortium has the pleasure to organize the 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: 600€
Public Prize
Prize: 400€

The call for the SOFA awards is open until the 16th of November 2020. Any contribution – as long it is open – will be rewarded at the SOFA Week 2020. Winners will be announced during the Symposium on 24th November.

Apply for the SOFA Awards 2020


Allard, Jérémie CTO – InSimo, France Medical simulation
Bilger, Alexandre Engineer – Symgery, Canada Medical simulation
Forest, Clément Research lead – CAE, Canada Medical simulation
Hamze, Noura Research engineer – MED-EL, Austria Medical manufacturer
Ince, Ozgur
McGraw, Samuel Engineer – Cayuse Technologies, USA Small business administration
Ni, Cheng Engineer – Belimed AG, USA Medical devices
Pernod, Erik Engineer – InfinyTech3D, France VR, Physics simulation
Shokouhfar, Shahram Engineer – Symgery, Canada Medical simulation
Song, Yuyang Tech leader – Toyota, USA Soft-robotics



Ali, Ahmad Researcher – Queen Mary University of London, UK Control and Mechanics
Badie, Saad Master Student – Al-Nahrain University, Iraq Physics simulation
Brunet, Jean-Nicolas Engineer – Inria Strasbourg, France FEM, Physics simulation
Coevoet, Eulalie Engineer – University of Naples Federico II, Italy Soft-robotics
Duriez, Christian Research Director – Inria Lille, France Soft-robotics
Escaida, Stefan Postdoc – Inria Lille, France Soft-robotics
Goury, Olivier Researcher – Inria Lille, France Soft-robotics
Kaan, Arikan PhD Student – University of Waterloo, Canada Mechanics
King, Jonathan PhD Student – Carnegie Mellon University, USA Robotics
Lecomte, François PhD Student – Inria Strasbourg, France IA, simulation
Marchal, Damien Lead Engineer – CNRS, France UI, Python, Robotics
Marques, Bruno Engineer – Inria Lille, France Python, UI
Mazier, Arnaud PhD Student – University Luxembourg, Luxembourg Physics simulation
Mendizabal, Andrea PhD Student – Inria Strasbourg, France IA, simulation
Palumbo, Maria Chiara PhD Student – Politecnico di Milano, Italy Robotics simulation
Peng, Yu PhD Student – Beihang University, China Medical simulation
Rivas, Ricardo Master’s Student – UNAM, Mexico Medical simulation
Sadati, S.M.Hadi Postdoc – King’s College London, UK Robotics
Sandoval, Antonio MBA – PUCP, Peru Administration
Suruagy Perrusi, Pedro Engineer – Inria Strasbourg, France Medical simulation
Tagliabue, Eleonora PhD Student, University of Verona, Italy Medical simulation
Tymkovych, Maksym Researcher, Kharkiv National University, Ukraine Robotics, electronics

Consortium staff

Paran, Guillaume Engineer – SOFA Consortium, France Architecture, DevOps
Roy, Frederick Engineer – SOFA Consortium, France Visualization, achitecture
Talbot, Hugo Engineer – SOFA Consortium, France Community, Physics

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