Overview on lectures, Bachelor thesis, study thesis, and master thesis offered at the Institute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanical Systems

The Institute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanical Systems offers a variety of courses for different study programs focussing on different aspects of modelling and simulation of coupled biological systems. Currently, the institute's courses are part of the Bachelor study programmes Simulation Technology and Movement Science as well as of the Master study programmes Simulation Technology, Biomedical Engineering, COMMAS, Movement Science and Biomechanics. Prof Röhrle is also in charge of the focus area (Forschungsschwerpunkt) "Biomechanik und Bionik" within M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering (Medizintechnik). We also offer a variety of Bachelor, study and Master thesis. For a selection of open topics, please check out our "Open Thesis Topics" tab or contact us directly.


At the Institute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanical Systems, we offer a variety of lectures. You can find the list here or in CAMPUS:

  • Biomechanik menschlicher Bewegung (BewWiss, Sommersemester)
  • Biomimetische Systeme (BewWiss, Sommersemester)
  • Biorobotics (MedTech/SimTech, Sommersemester)
  • Computational Human Body Models (COMMAS, Wintersemester)
  • Continuum Biomechanics (COMMAS, Wintersemester)
  • Einführung in die Kontinuumsbiomechanik (MedTech, Wintersemester)
  • Human Factor in Cyber-Physical Systems (BewWiss, Sommersemester)
  • Modellierung und Simulation in der Biomechanik (MedTech, Sommersemester)
  • Motion in Man and Machine (alle, Sommersemester)
  • In silico models of coupled biological systems (SimTech, Wintersemester, formerly known as SimTech A)
  • Introduction to Neuromechanics (MedTech, Sommersemester)
  • Simulationstechnik für Bewegungswissenschaft (BewWiss, Wintersemester)
  • System Biophysics Kolloqium (alle, Winter- und Sommersemester)

alle: Students from all study programmes are welcome; BewWiss: B.Sc. Bewegungswissenschaft and M.Sc. Bewegungswissenschaft und Biomechanik; MedTech: B.Sc./M.Sc. Medizintechnik; SimTech: B.Sc./M.Sc. Simulationstechnik; COMMAS: M.Sc. Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures

  • calcmanBIKE: Modelling a muscle-driven human body model riding a bike including air lift and drag forces (Schmitt)
  • Cell Modelling: Modelling the cellular behavior of muscle fibers (e.g. membrane dynamics, metabolisme, molecular force generation) allows to systematically study various physiological and pathophysiological conditions (Röhrle)
  • Constitutive Modelling: Development and implementation of thermodynamically consistent constitutive equations for active skeletal muscle contractions (Röhrle)
  • Dental Biomechanics: For example, developing a Finite Element (FE) Mesh of the Human Mandible in 3D (Röhrle)
  • Development and implementation of a 1D skeletal muscle model: A simplified model could be useful for both teaching and research, e.g. for investigating the force-velocity relation (Röhrle)
  • Electromyographic signals: EMG is a unique window to the central nervous system, however measured signals are hard to interpret. Better insights into EMG can be gained from simulations and novel data processing algorithms (Röhrle)
  • HierarchControl: Theory, modelling and implementation of biological motor control hierarchy (Schmitt)
  • IVDparam: Modelling and parameter identification of human intervertebral discs (Schmitt)
  • Neuromechanics of arm cranking: correlation between motor control and mechanical output in two high-level athletes populations (data analysis, Röhrle)
  • OpenSimMuscle: Implementation and simulation of skeletal muscle model in OpenSim (Schmitt)
  • PennAngle: Modelling of pennation angle in skeletal muscle fibres (Schmitt)
  • PinT - Parallel in Time integration of the neuromuscular system (Röhrle)
  • Sensory incoherence and motor control: towards a framework for systematic investigation of the interaction between self-representation and sensory integration (literature review, Röhrle)
  • StandingChallenge: Balancing a muscle-driven human body model using an artificial neural network (Schmitt)
  • VirtualGym: Modelling and simulation of a muscle-driven human trunk/leg model accounting for muscle growth and fatigue (Schmitt)
  • Why so stiff? Influence of chronic neck pain in the kinematic and motor control of locomotion (data analysis, Röhrle)

If you do not find in this list anything that you like, then email us. We have more interesting research questions or come with your own ideas!

  • To download the thesis template (Bachelor / Master / Study thesis) for the Continuum Biomechanics and Mechanobiology research group use the following download link: Download 


For Medical Engineering Students: If Prof. Röhrle needs to sign one of your documents associated with your study or Master thesis registration or approving the curriculum, then please provide Ms Grabowski or Ms Tahedl with the respective document. Prof. Röhrle will not react to E-mail inquieries with respect to this topic. (Translated to German: Für die Anmeldung einer Masterarbeit oder eine Abtretungserklärung im Studiengang Medizintechnik kontaktieren Sie bitte Frau Grabowski oder Frau Tahedl. E-Mailanfragen an Prof. Röhrle werden nicht beantwortet.)

Template for your Bachelor or Master thesis: If you are writing a bachelor, study or master thesis within the research group of Prof. Röhrle, then you will find a LaTeX-template in the "Document Download" section. Please download and use it. If you do not want to use LaTeX to write your thesis, then use this template (there is also a pdf included) as a guidance for your thesis. Shortly before finalising your thesis, please ask your advisor for the Institute's number of your thesis.


Vera Tahedl

Administrative Associate (Röhrle group)

This picture showsChristine Schreiber

Christine Schreiber

Administrative Associate (Schmitt group)

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