September 19th, 2011

Abstract submissions are now being accepted.

Friday, February 3rd, 2011 University of California - San Francisco, California

Online Abstract Submission Deadline: November 14th, 2011

Online Registration Deadline: January 16th, 2012

Dear Colleagues:

This is the first announcement and call for abstracts for the 20th Annual Symposium on Computational Methods in Orthopaedic Biomechanics (the "pre-ORS" meeting). Detailed information on the meeting format and registration, maps to the meeting site, and the sponsors for the meeting can be found on the symposium website at

Location: The symposium will be held on Friday, February 3rd, 2011 on the Parnassus Campus of the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF) in San Francisco, California, and hosted by the UCSF Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory. The site is conveniently located, along the southern California coastline, ~5 miles of the location of the Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with presentations starting at 8:30 a.m. and continuing through the afternoon in a single-session format.

Registration: Pre-registration for the meeting will be available electronically at: We strongly encourage those interested in attending to pre-register for the symposium online through the meeting website so that we can adequately plan to accommodate everyone. Interest was great enough last year to require that registration be closed prior to the date of the symposium. As usual, registration and participation are free of charge.

Objectives: The purposes of the symposium are to communicate the most current ideas on the impact of computer-assisted techniques in the field of orthopaedic biomechanics, to educate scientists, engineers, and researchers in the use of these techniques, to promote the use of computer technology in biomechanics research, and to welcome new researchers into the field. In keeping with the tradition of the symposium, this meeting is a forum for "junior researchers" to present their ongoing research involving computation in orthopaedics. Therefore, presentations are expected to be given by the student/postdoc primarily responsible for the research. The symposium will provide ample opportunity for personal interaction with faculty and other symposium participants, and will be a unique educational experience for the presenters. The pre-ORS is the premier international forum on the use of a new breed of computer based tools in orthopaedic biomechanics.

Topics: This 20th anniversary meeting will feature only ONE topic:
·    Validation of Computational Methods in Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Note: Abstracts are requested for all areas of computational research of interest to the general orthopaedic biomechanics community. However, in order to be accepted, a strong emphasis needs to be placed on the method for validating the computational approach. 

Abstract Submissions & Presentations: As in the past, this meeting is a non-archival forum for graduate students and postdocs to present their ongoing research. The deadline for submitting abstracts for the symposium is Monday, November 14th, 2011. Abstracts not exceeding one page should be sent via email as attachments in .pdf format to Any questions concerning abstract submission can be sent to this email address as well. Please be sure to include abstract title, list of authors, and authors' affiliation(s). Text should be structured in a dual column format and font size not be smaller than 8pt.

Presentation: By submitting an abstract, it is understood that the primary author will present her/his work in person if the abstract is accepted, and that this work is not being presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society meeting. Presentations are expected to be given by the trainee (student or post-doc), primarily conducting the research, not by the PI. During the symposium the authors will be provided with two opportunities to present their work, 1) an oral presentation and 2) a poster presentation. With the submission of abstract, it is understood that the author agrees to an oral presentation, with the poster presentation being optional. Each oral presentation will be 7 minutes long with 3 minutes allotted for questions. The poster presentation will be informal during the social event in the evening.

Date & Time: Friday, February 3, 2012, 7:30 AM–7:00 PM
Location: Parnassus Campus of the University of California - San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Hosts: UCSF Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory
Registration: Free of charge. Pre-register at
Abstracts: Deadline is Monday, November 14th, 2011.
E-mail submissions to

Conference get-together after the symposium TBA

We look forward to an exciting meeting and a fruitful exchange of ideas.

Organized Jointly by:


Michael Liebschner, Ph.D.
Matthew Wettergreen, B.S.

Department of Bioengineering
Computational and Experimental
Biomechanics Laboratory
Rice University, Houston

Christian Puttlitz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of
Mechanical Engineering
Colorado State University