SOFA Week 2023


The SOFA Week is designed to gather the entire SOFA community, to present technological and scientific advances, while fostering the networking within the community. Previous occurrences made it as the most popular even within the community. Check out the 2022 edition. This year, we are back onsite with live demos!

Save the date !

On 13-17th November onsite in Paris with online access

Open Registration

13th Nov 2023:   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.

14th Nov 2023:   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.

15-17th Nov 2023:   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: 13th November 2023
Location: Campus Cyber Paris – Room Gate 5 (Find your way)
Level: Beginner – Medium (max 8 participants)

Registration costs

  • early bird: 500€ (before the 13th October 2023)
  • 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: 14th November 2023
Location: Campus Cyber Paris – Auditorium (Find your way)

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

All researchers, engineers and students are welcome to present their work on Tuesday 14th November 2023. Duration of the presentation is 10 minutes and 5 minutes for questions. Breaks are scheduled after each sessions to foster discussions and connections.

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

  • Submit your 1-page abstract (deadline: 20th October 2023)
  • Register to the event using the dedicated form

Submit your abstract

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 20th, 2023: submission deadline for presentation proposals (create an EasyChair account to log in)
  • October 27th, 2023: registration deadline for the SOFA Week
  • October 27th, 2023: notification to authors

2019 edition

2018 edition

Day: 15-17th, November 2023
Location: Inria Paris – Room Lions 1 Building C (Find your way)
Level: All

The week will close with the 15th SOFA Technical Committee. This technical committee governs and takes all technical decisions for the roadmap towards upcoming releases. Join us, it is open and free to all, while allowing to discover how the technical project is managed. All you need is to validate your attendance in your registration.


Day 1 (CET) Wednesday 15th November
9:00 am Online welcoming
9:10 am – 9:30 am STC#16 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 v23.12 roadmap contributions
Review together v23.12 progress
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Select potential projects for v24.06 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 v24.06 roadmap
For each project, are we satisfied with the objectives?
If yes, the project is added to v24.06 roadmap

Day 2 (CET) Thursday 16th November
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Technical discussions
See discussion agenda.
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Finalization of roadmap, start of the coding sprint
See sprint tasks.

Day 3 (CET) Friday 17th November
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Coding sprint
See 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        –   600€ Public Prize        –   400€

The call for the SOFA awards is open until the 30th of October 2023. Any contribution – as long it is open – will be rewarded at the SOFA Week 2023. Winners will be announced during the Symposium on 14th November.

Apply for the SOFA Awards 2023


SofaViscoElastic plugin Ferrentino, Pasquale Presentation of a new plugin introducing linear viscoelastic models in SOFA

Previous winners

Organizers’ Prize Public Prize

Live demos

The list of the live demonstrations will be updated by late September 2023.


Pernod, Erik CEO – InfinyTech3D, France Biomechanics, haptic, VR/AR
Roy, Frederick R&D Software Lead – LN Robotics, South Korea Mechanical simulation


Afzaal, Hamza MSc Researcher – University of Calgary, Canada Scientific visu, haptics, XR
Averta, Giuseppe Researcher – Politecnico di Torino, Italy Soft-robotics
Cei, Gianmarco PhD Student – University of Pisa, Italy Biomechanics, robotics
Coevoet, Eulalie R&D Engineer – Inria, France Soft-robotics
Dehaybe, Louis PhD Student – Univeristy of Liège, Belgium Robotic manipulation
Duriez, Christian Research Director – Inria, France Soft-robotics
Ferrentino, Pasquale PhD Student – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Soft-robotics
Malak, Kanaan PhD Student – UPMC, France VR/AR
Mandela, O. Fonkoua PhD Student – Inria, France Object manipulation
Masoud, Goharimanesh Researcher – University of Torbat Heydarieh, Iran Soft-robotics
Mazier, Arnaud Postdoc – University of Sydney, Australia Biomechanical simulations
Meddah, Ishak H.A Researcher – University of Saida, Algery Computing
Nicotra, Emanuele PhD student – UNSW, USA Soft-robotics
Protopapa, Andrea PhD Student – Politecnico di Torino, Italy Soft-robotics
Roussel, Olivier Engineer – Inria, France Rigid-body dynamics

Consortium staff

Talbot, Hugo Engineer – SOFA Consortium, France Community, Biomechanics
Baksic, Paul Engineer – SOFA Consortium, France Medical robotics

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