The Institute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanical Systems (IMSB) was officially inaugurated on June 1, 2019. With its focuses on engineering, science 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 work together closely to develop sophisticated mathematical models from the cellular level to the organism level. The institute’s work requires the formulation of mathematical models and solution strategies to enhance our understanding of a variety of biomechanical systems, specifically for functional aspects of biological tissues and their inherent dynamic processes.
The institute is wihin the University of Stuttgart integrated in the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Faculty 2), and is also closely linked to the
- Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science (SC SimTech),
- Cluster of Excellence "Data-Integrated Simulation Science" (EXC2075), and the
- International 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 the institute is alinged with the strategic vision of the University of Stuttgart of „Intelligent Systems for a sustainable society“.
Besides research, the institute is also involved in a multitude of teaching activities for different study programs, which focus 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.