SOFA Week 2024


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 2023 edition. This year, we are back onsite with live demos!

25-29th November

Onsite in Lille & possible online access

25th Nov 2024:   Training session

For the first time this year, two parallel training courses will be proposed to open SOFA Week. On the one hand, an introductory course to SOFA, providing interested participants with a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of SOFA, the community and the theoretical foundations of simulation. On the other hand, an advanced course on soft-robotics, with theoretical explanations on robotics with soft bodies and a practical part for building your first simulation.

26th Nov 2024:   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.

27-29th Nov 2024:   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: 25th November 2024
Location: Place Building – Room C21, Lille (170 Av. de Bretagne, 59000 Lille → Find your way)
Level: Beginner – Medium (max 8 participants)

Registration costs

  • early bird: 500€ (before the 11th October 2024)
  • regular fare: 650€ excl. tax.

Introduction course

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 am Overview of SOFA and its community
10 am Coffee – for a good start!
10:30 am Examples of applications with SOFA
11 am User Tutorial (part 1)
noon Lunch
1:30 pm User Tutorial (part 2) – involving SofaPython3
3 pm Coffee break
3:30 pm Understand physics with SOFA: from the math to the code
5:00 pm Questions & Closing of the training

Soft-robotics course

Requiring mastery of the basics introduced in the introduction course, this advanced session allows to understand the theory of soft-robotics and it offers the opportunity to build soft-robotics simulations.

Time (CET) Training steps
10 am Basis on time integration in SOFA
10:30 am Soft robots: actuators
noon Lunch
1:30 pm Soft robots: kinematic jacobian
2:30 pm Soft robots: inverse kinematics
4:00 pm Questions & Closing of the training

Register to request a training

Day: 26th November 2024
Location: Euratechnologie – Conference room 1 & 2 (Place de Saintignon, 165 Av. de Bretagne, 59000 Lille → 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 26th November 2024. Duration of the presentation will be between 15 and 20 minutes (including questions) depending on the number of selected submissions. Breaks are scheduled after each sessions to foster discussions and connections.

To present your work at the SOFA Symposium, all you need is to mention your interest in presenting your work at the symposium, to share a (non-definitive) title for the pre-program and to write a short abstract (no more than 200 words) upong registration.

Register to submit your abstract

Important Dates

  • October 25th, 2024: submission deadline for presentation proposals (create an EasyChair account to log in)
  • November 8th, 2024: notification to authors
  • November 15th, 2024: registration deadline for the SOFA Week

Day: 27-29th, November 2024
Location: Place Building – Room C01, Lille (170 Av. de Bretagne, 59000 Lille → Find your way)
Level: All

The week will close with the 18th SOFA Technical Committee. This technical committee governs and takes all technical decisions for the roadmap towards upcoming releases. This committee is free and open to all. Don’t hesitate to take part and find out how our open-source software project is managed!

To do so, all you need is to confirm your attendance by registering.

Wed. 27th November 2024

  • Consortium news & SOFA activity
  • Update on v24.12 roadmap
  • Plans for v25.06 roadmap
  • Pre-defined technical discussions

Thur. 28th – Fri. 29th November 2024

  • v25.06 roadmap completion
  • Scientific watch” sessions
  • Additional technical discussions
  • Possible coding sprint

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 8th of November 2024. Any contribution – as long it is open – will be rewarded at the SOFA Week 2024. Winners will be announced during the Symposium on 26th November.

Apply for the SOFA Awards 2024

Previous winners

Organizers’ Prize Public Prize

The list of the SOFA Week 2024 participants will be updated by mid-September 2024.

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