SOFA Week 2021


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, 2019 and 2020, get ready for 2021!

Save the date: 22-26th November — a 2021 edition 100% online!

Open Registration

15th Nov 2021:   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.

22nd Nov 2021:   DRIVEN workshop (free – satellite event)

Opening the week on the Monday 22nd, an open workshop is organized by the DRIVEN project and proposed as a satellite event. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation, the DRIVEN project focuses on data-driven simulation.

23rd Nov 2021:   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.

24-26th Nov 2021:   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: 15th November 2021
Location: Online
Level: Beginner – Medium (max 8 participants)

Registration costs

  • early bird: 500€ (before the 15th October 2021)
  • regular fare: 650€ 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.


Time (CET) Training steps
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 – noon User Tutorial
noon – 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: start your own plugin

Day: 22nd November 2021
Location: Online

For the first time, the SOFA Week 2021 includes a satellite event: a workshop organized by the EU project: DRIVEN. The overall aim of the DRIVEN project is to boost the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in data-driven simulation. Three topics are addressed by the different partners:

  • Mathematical foundations for data-driven simulations (University of Luxembourg and University of Texas Austin)
  • Data-driven simulations for computer-assisted therapy (University of Luxembourg and Inria)
  • Data-driven simulations for functional composite materials (University of Luxembourg and University of Limerick)


Time (CET) Title Speaker
2:00 pm Welcome address & introduction to the online workshop Stéphane Bordas
2:10 pm Setting the scene for biomechanics Yohan Payan
2:40 pm Exploring a data and imaging driven approach to shade light on the biomechanics of soft tissues. Case study: the knee meniscus Olga Barrera
3:10 pm Finite Element modelling, tissue characterization and inverse Methods to understand the pathways of skin integrity Pierre-Yves Rohan
3:40 pm
4:10 pm Biophysics of soft tissues: emerging approaches within the framework of porous media mechanics Giuseppe Sciumè
4:30 pm Modeling, control and applications of soft robots Christian Duriez
5:00 pm Explaining how programmable matter can help mimic life Jakub Lengiewicz
5:30 pm Concluding words Stéphane Bordas

Feel free to join by requesting access when registering!

Day: 23rd November 2021
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

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

2019 edition

2018 edition

Day: 24-26th, November 2021
Location: Online
Level: Medium – Advanced

The week will close with the 12th 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 (CET) Wednesday 24th November
9:00 am Online welcoming
9:15 am – 9:30 am STC#12 opening & Consortium news
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Last 6 months activity

Share your latest activity in SOFA (since June 2021)

Review v21.12 Roadmap

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Next 6 months activity

Share your future work (until June 2022)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Design the v22.06 roadmap (1/2)
Discussion about the topics identified as a possible roadmap
(Share your dev plans when registering to the SOFA Week)

Day 2 Thursday 25th November
9:30 am – noon Design the v22.06 roadmap (2/2)
Discussion about the topics identified as a possible roadmap
(Share your dev plans when registering to the SOFA Week)
noon – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Coding sprint
See tasks on GitHub
5:00 pm End of Day 2

Day 3 Friday 26thh November
9:30 am – noon Coding sprint
See tasks on GitHub
noon – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Coding sprint
5:00 pm Closing STC#12

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 12th of November 2021. Any contribution – as long it is open – will be rewarded at the SOFA Week 2021. Winners will be announced during the Symposium on 23rd November.

Apply for the SOFA Awards 2021

Previous winners

Organizers’ Prize Public Prize
  • 2020 – Plugin: SofaRHI, by Frédérick R.
  • 2019 – Plugin: SofaPython3, by Damien M. et al.


Behnam, Binesh Technical manager – Simedix, Iran Medical simulation
Bianco, Rohan-Jean Co-Founder – Philomec Inc., France Mechanical simulation
Dejean, Lub Managing partner – TranscendanceVC, Singapore Investment VC
Fougères, Daniel Consultant – Association MICADO, France Biomechanical simulation
Lu, Jun Freelancer Biomechanical simulation
Yu, Yang Engineer – QingDao Mimesis Science, China Biomechanical simulation


Al-Zogbi, Lydia PhD Student – Johns Hopkins University, USA Medical Robotics
Civilla, Lorenzo Master Student – Politecnico di Milano, Italy Biomechanical simulation
Choe, Jaehun PhD Student – MIT, USA Robotics
Dehaybe, Louis PhD Student – University of Liège, Belgium Robotics
Djoumessi, R.Thierry PhD Student – Université de Dschang, Cameroon Cardiac simulation
Duanmu, Sam PhD student, University of Auckland, Australia Mechatronics
Duriez, Christian Research Director – Inria Lille, France Soft-robotics
Ergun, Serkan PhD Student – University of Klagenfurt, Germany Sensors, robotics
Ferrentino, Pasquale PhD Student – Vrije Universiteit of Brussels, Belgium Soft-robotics
Gareta Risangtuni, Ayu PhD student – IT Bandung, Indonesia Soft-robotics
Gerrlich, Victoria Researcher – MARUM, Germany Soft-robotics
Liu, Jun Researcher – IHPC, A*STAR, Singapore Soft-robotics
Liu, Xiaolong Researcher – Johns Hopkins University, USA Soft-robotics
Mazier, Arnaud PhD Student – University Luxembourg, Luxembourg Biomechanical simulation
Nguyen, Van Pho PostDoc – JAIST, Japan Soft-robotics
Norouzzadeh, Alireza Research Director – K.N.Toosi University, Iran Robotics
Parra R., E. Andres PhD Student – Uni. Politénica de Madrid, Spain Soft-robotics
Persad, Umesh Researcher – UTT, Trinidad and Tobago Biomechanical Simulation
Rodriguez P., J. Jairo PhD Student – Inria Sophia-Antipolis, France Cardiac simulation
Serrano K., Dante PhD Student – UNAM, Mexico Biomechanical simulation
Tagliabue, Eleonora PhD Student – University of Verona, Italy Medical robotics
Wandel, Krispin Student & Founder – ETH Zurich, Swiss Computer Sciences
Zhang, Jinao Researcher – Monash University, Australia Biomechanical simulation

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, Biomechanics

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