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Webinar: The Future of Personalised Neuromusculoskeletal Modelling by Prof David Lloyd

ARC CMIT invites you to a webinar on The Future of Personalised Neuromusculoskeletal Modelling by Prof David Lloyd, Griffith University.

Event Details:

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (AEST)

Thursday, 5 Oct 2023

The link to the webinar will be emailed to the registrants a couple of days before the event.


Management of musculoskeletal tissue health requires interventions that facilitate the tissues’ best functional mechanical environment in daily activities and training. These environments are generated via interactions between neural sensorimotor control, and subsequent tissue motion, loading, biology, and morphology. Restoration of movement and tissue disorders is possible by attaining the "ideal" function and in vivo tissue biomechanics through corrective surgeries and/or rehabilitation equipment with real-time control. To this end, our research is building and applying digital twins of peoples’ neuromusculoskeletal system, which are personalised neural, musculoskeletal rigid body and finite element models that work in real-time by code optimisation and AI methods. These are linked to digital twins of medical devices such as implants and neurorehabilitation equipment. The digital twins are used to inform in silico surgery and implant design, as well as enable real-time control of neurorehabilitation equipment. Personalisation of the digital twins is crucial in obtaining physically and physiologically valid predictions. Furthermore, laboratory-quality biomechanical measurements and modelling can be performed outside the laboratory with a small number of wearable sensors or pose estimation. The digital twins can help design surgeries, select, or design implants, as well as design and 3D print surgical instrumentation that reduce surgery times and improve surgical outcomes. Finally, digital twins can also enable intuitive control of neurorehabilitation equipment via brain computer interfaces, human machine interfaces, cross reality and gamification of training.

About the Speaker:

David Lloyd is a Professor of Biomechanical Engineering in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Griffith University, Australia. He is a mechanical engineer (UNSW, 1984) from the aeronautical industry, who then completed a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering (UNSW, 1993) and Fogarty International Post-doctoral Fellowship (1993-1995) in neuromusculoskeletal biomechanics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Medical School (USA). He is founder and director of the Griffith Centre of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering and co-founder of the Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies institute. David has >30 years of academic research experience he is a recognized international research leader in biomechanical engineering and sports medicine, being a member of The Faculty 1000, Fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics, The Australian Biophysicist of the Year in 2019, recipient 2020 Geoffrey Dyson Award by the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, and in the top 0.01% international published scientists in 2021 (Scopus World’s Top 2% scientists). He has supervised 47 PhD’s to completion, published more than 290 fully refereed scientific articles (>22,950 citations, h-index 79, in Google Scholar), and as chief investigator (CI) or Co-CI has attracted >$AUD39 Million in research funding. David and team develop computer simulation methods to study the causes, prevention, and management of various neuromusculoskeletal conditions. These combine data from laboratory-based instrumentation, medical imaging methods, and wearable devices, with various applications including personalised surgical planning, implant design and manufacture, and control of assistive (neuro)rehabilitation devices.


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