SOFA Week 2022


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, 2020 and 2021, get ready for 2022!

Save the date: 14-18th November — a 2022 edition 100% online!

Open Registration

14th Nov 2022:   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.

15th Nov 2022:   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.

16-18th Nov 2022:   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: 14th November 2022
Location: Online
Level: Beginner – Medium (max 8 participants)

Registration costs

  • early bird: 500€ (before the 14th October 2022)
  • 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.

Tutorial at the conference RoboSoft 2022


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 (part 1)
noon – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3 pm User Tutorial (part 2) – involving SofaPython3
3 pm – 4 pm Understand physics with SOFA: from the math to the code
4 pm – 4:15 pm Coffee break
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Developer Tutorial: start your own plugin

Day: 15th November 2022
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.

Suction cup simulation from the Defrost team

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:

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 21st, 2022: submission deadline for presentation proposals (create an EasyChair account to log in)
  • October 28th, 2022: registration deadline for the SOFA Week
  • October 28th, 2022: notification to authors

2019 edition

2018 edition

Day: 16-18th, November 2022
Location: Online
Level: Medium – Advanced

The week will close with the 14th 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! All you need is to specify your attendance in your registration.


Day 1 (CET) Wednesday 16th November
9:00 am Online welcoming
9:10 am – 9:30 am STC#14 opening & Consortium news
9:30 am – 11:30 am Roundtable
Share your latest activity around SOFA (past and future)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm v22.12 roadmap contributions
Review together v22.12 progress.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Select potential projects for v23.06 roadmap
Select projects that satisfy the roadmap entry criterias
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Define 6-month objectives for each potential project
List ~5 objectives per project for the next in 6 months
4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Review objectives to finalize v23.06 roadmap
For each project, are we satisfied with the objectives?
If yes, the project is added to v23.06 roadmap

Day 2 (CET) Thursday 17th November
9:15 am – 5:00 pm Technical discussions and coding sprint
See final agenda and sprint tasks.

Day 3 (CET) Friday 18th November
9:15 am – 4:00 pm Technical discussions and coding sprint
See final agenda and sprint tasks.

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 11th of November 2022. Any contribution – as long it is open – will be rewarded at the SOFA Week 2022. Winners will be announced during the Symposium on 15th November.

Apply for the SOFA Awards 2022


Memento Memory Scheikl, Paul Trying to use sofa as a simulation environment for Reinforcement Learning, I discovered a few bugs and memory leaks that would not occur for “normal” usage of SOFA. I would like to present my workflow of finding and fixing them.

SofaCutting plugin Poliakov, Vladimir For the past six months, I have been working on the SofaCutting plugin. This plugin allows quasi-online simulation of cutting in SOFA with a following offline optimization of the mesh. The current state is about 40-50% ready. Cutting is implemented using the default collision pipeline. To do so, an additional attribute named domain has been added to the collision model class, which works exactly opposite to the group attribute (collision is tested if domain == domain and group != group). At the moment, offline optimization is not implemented. Once done, quasi-online cutting can be updated to be performed online.

To match the cut with the visual model, the surface mesh is derived from the volumetric topology and refined online using OpenSubdiv.

Previous winners

Organizers’ Prize Public Prize


Bounik, Zahra Self-entrepeneur, Iran Machine-learning, AR/VR
Lee, Fengying Engineer – none Biomechanical simulation
Novaes, Luis Engineer – CIMATEC, Brazil Soft-robotics
Pernod, Erik CEO – InfinyTech3D, France VR, Physics simulation
Ticona L., Jose Abel Engineer – Sidia, Brazil Physics simulation
Xiaofei, Chen Engineer – none Biomechanical simulation
Zari, Davide VP – EBITmax GmbH, Germany Biomechanical simulation


Aguilar, Antonio Engineer – Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico VR, biomechanics
Bo, Tao PhD student – Beijing Institute of Technology, China Soft-robotics
Caeiro R., Manuel Engineer – Universidade de Vigo, Spain VR/AR
Civilla, Lorenzo Researcher – Medical University of Vienna, Austria 3D printing, haptics
Corbin, Nicholas PhD Student – UCSD, USA Soft-robotics
D’Andrea Luca PhD Student – Politecnico di Milano, Italy Biomedical simulation
De Cet, Anna PhD Student – Politecnico di Milano, Italy Biomedical simulation
Dehaybe, Louis PhD Student – University of Liège, Belgium Robotics
DeLorey, Charlie PhD Student – Boston University, USA Soft-robotics
Deshmukh, Krishna PhD Student – UCEOU, USA Soft-robotics
Desrues, Gaetan PhD Student – Inria Sophia-Antipolis, France Cardiac simulation
Eyberg, Christoph PhD Student – Fraunhofer IPA, Germany Soft-robotics, biomechanics
Ferrentino, Pasquale PhD Student – Vrije Universiteit of Brussels, Belgium Soft-robotics
Finocchiaro, Martina PhD Student – UPC, Spain Biomechanics
Gavin C., Barnabas PhD Student – Virginia Tech, USA Soft-robotics
HA, Thuc Long PhD Student – Inria Strasbourg, France Medical robotics
Haouas, Wissem Researcher – FEMTO-ST institute, France Soft-robotics
Hockings, Nick Researcher – Veterinary Med. Uni. Vienna, Austria Biomechanical simulation
Kundrat, Dennis Researcher – University of Twente, Netherlands Soft-robotics
Liu, Changjing MSc Student – Inria Lille, France Soft-robotics, biomechanics
Liu, Jun Researcher – IHPC, A*STAR, Singapore Soft-robotics
Lou, Ruding Researcher – Arts et Métiers, France Geometry processing, VR
Mazier, Arnaud PhD Student – University Luxemburg, Luxemburg Biomechanics
Min, Hu PhD Student – Aier Eye Hospital, China Soft-robotics
Navez, Tanguy PhD Student – Inria Lille, France Soft-robotics
Nguyen Huu, Nhan PhD Student – JAIST, Japan Soft-robotics
Ni, Shiyao Undergrad – McGill University, Canada Soft-robotics
Nikolaev, Sergei Postdoc – University Montpellier, France Computational biology
Peters, Jorg Researcher – University Florida, USA Biomechanics
Poliakov, Vladimir PhD Student – KU Leuven, Belgium Surgical simulation
Ringel, Morgan Postdoc – Vanderbilt University, USA Biomechanics
Scheikl, Paul PhD Student – KIT, Germany Medical robotics
Sedal, Audrey Researcher – McGill University, Canada Soft-robotics
Serkan, Ergun PhD Student – University of Klagenfurt, Austria Human-robot interaction
Sun, Danying Master Student – Zhejiang University, China Soft-robotics
Xia, Jiutian PhD student – South China UoT, China Soft-robotics
Xu, Xin PhD Student – Polytechnic University, HongKong Soft-robotics
Yang, Gu Researcher – ICT, China Haptics
Zhongming, Lv PhD Student – Hefei UoT, China Soft-robotics
Zi, PengChang PhD Student – South China UoT, China Soft-robotics

Consortium staff

Talbot, Hugo Engineer – SOFA Consortium, France Community, Biomechanics

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