Paolo Bisegna1, Vincenzo Parenti Castelli2, Gianni Pedrizzetti3, Marco Donato De Tullio4, Michele Marino1, Nicola Sancisi2, Giuseppe Vairo1 

  1. Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Science, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy
  2. Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna “Alma Mater Studiorum”, Italy
  3. Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste, Italy
  4. Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Theoretical and applied mechanics plays a fundamental role in understanding the behavior of biological structures in health and disease. Recent advancements, which acknowledge the essential link between mechanics and chemo-biological mechanisms in physio-pathological responses, have allowed developing novel technologies to support diagnostic assessments and to optimize medical devices for improving clinical approaches and rehabilitation processes. Nevertheless, advances in experimental approaches, modelling techniques and computational technologies shall be continuously pursued, in order to build up suitable modern tools for facing the renewed challenges launched by Biomechanics. 

The AIMETA Group of Biomechanics – GBMA – organizes this mini-symposium to gather the most recent developments in theoretical and applied Biomechanics. A debate among complementary expertise is fostered, for highlighting advantages, drawbacks, potentialities, and limitations of methodologies at the cutting edge of Biomechanics. The mini-symposium is open to:

  • all areas of Biomechanics, from cardiovascular through musculoskeletal to respiratory and gastrointestinal systems;
  • biological structures across all scales, from cells through tissues to organs;
  • different methodological approaches, including experimental and computational structural mechanics, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, fluid-structure interaction problems, multiphysics and multiscale coupling;
  • conception, design, and analysis of medical devices for diagnosis and rehabilitation treatments.

 In the context of this mini-symposium, the idea is to organize sub-sessions on specific topics, divided by applications and/or methodologies. The mini-symposium has the only scope of promoting a coherent organization of the sessions, encouraging discussion and optimizing the exchange of information in the field of Biomechanics. Accordingly, the GBMA would be happy to collaborate with anyone interested in proposing and coordinating specific sub-sessions. 

Finally, given the intrinsically interdisciplinary nature of biomechanical applications, coordination with other AIMETA groups for joint sub-sessions is fostered.