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Minisymposium on Biofluids and Coupled Problems in Biomechanics

9th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, July 23–26, 2007, San Francisco, California

This minisymposium aims to bring together experts in biofluids and all types of coupled problems in biomechanics. Contributions will have their focus either on modeling of those complex physiological situations, on new simulation methods especially designed for dealing with those kind of problems or on advanced applications and high-performance simulations in order to address challenging analysis and design problems in biomedicine and in biomedical engineering. Of particular interest are methods for coupling different length and time scales present in physiological situations.

Topics include computational methods and models for:

  • flow-induced physiological changes in blood—hemolysis, thrombosis, cell adhesion
  • fluid structure interaction in hemodynamics and in the respiratory system
  • simulation of microstructured fluids
  • coupled issues in remodeling of tissue, bones, etc.
  • cell mechanics
  • flow-induced deformation of vesicles and cells
  • flow and transport in tissues and scaffolds
  • flow and transport in lungs
  • coupled processes related to medical devices
  • and any other biological multi-physics (and multiscale) problem

Our goal is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas that will lead to the development of more realistic physical and physiological models, and their inclusion in efficient and robust large- scale simulations.


The final program is available at the USNCCM 9 site. The minisymposium code is MS97 and the schedule is:

  • Session 1: July 25, 2007, 9:45 am – 11:35 am, Room 18
  • Session 2: July 25, 2007, 2:10 pm – 4:00 pm, Room 18
  • Session 3: July 25, 2007, 4:20 pm – 6:20 pm, Room 18


  • Wolfgang Wall, Technical University Munich, Germany
  • Marek Behr, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • C. Alberto Figueroa, Stanford University, Stanford, USA


  • Marek Behr, RWTH Aachen University
  • Daniel Einstein, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • C. Alberto Figueroa, Stanford University
  • Jonathan Freund, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Mickael Gay, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Sinead Kelly, University College Dublin
  • Ryo Torii, Imperial College London
  • H.S. Udaykumar, University of Iowa
  • Irene Vignon-Clementel, INRIA
  • Jonathan Wenk, University of California Berkeley
  • Lena Wiechert, Technical University of Munich
  • Lucy Zhang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


  • July 23–26, 2007: USNCCM 9 technical program
  • June 1, 2007: CD-ready abstract submission deadline
  • May 22, 2007: Early registration deadline (fee increases from $550 to $650)
  • May 1, 2007: Abstract submission deadline


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