The Institute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanical Systems (IMSB) was approved by the Senate of the University of Stuttgart on February 13, 2019 and officially inaugurated on June 1, 2019. With its focuses on enginnering and computational methods to enhance our understanding of biomechanical systems, it is the first of its kind within Germany.
It is composed of two independent research groups, the Chair for Continuum Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (Röhrle) and the Chair for Computational Biophysics and Biorobotics (Schmitt). They closely work together to develop sophisticated mathematical models across the scales, i.e., from the cellular to the organism level and use them to enhance our understanding for a variety of biomechanical systems. In particular accounting for functional aspects of biological tissues and its inherent dynamic processes challenge the formulation of mathematical models and solution strategies.
Besides the integration of the institute in the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Fak. 2), the institute is closely linked to the
- Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science (SC SimTech),
- Cluster of Excellence "Data-Integrated Simulation Science" (EXC2075), and the
- Interenational Research Training Group on "Soft Tissue Robotics - Simulation-Driven Concepts and Design for Control and Automation for Robotic Devices Interacting with Soft Tissues" (GRK 2198/1).
The research direction of this institute is also in close accordance to the strategic vision of the University of Stuttgart of „Intelligent Systems for a sustainable society“ as this institute deals with the intelligent human system.
Besides research, the Institute is also strongly involved in a multitude of teaching activities for different study programs focussing on modelling and simulation methods of coupled biological systems. Currently, the courses offered by the Institute are part of the B.Sc. Simulation Technology, Movement Science and M.Sc. Simulation Technology, Biomedical Engineering, COMMAS, Movement Science and Biomechanics curriculum. Furthermore, Prof. Röhrle organises the topic "Biomechanik und Bionik" within M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering.