4th VPH Summer School


15 international speakers:

Blanca Rodríguez (University of Oxford)

Philippe Zysset (Institute of Surgical Technology and Biomechanics - University of Bern)

Daniel Rückert (Imperial College London)

Miguel Ángel González Ballester (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)​

Caitríona Lally ( Trinity College Dublin)

Georgia Sarquella-Brugada (Hospital Sant Joan de Deu, Spain)

Nathalie Virag (Medtronic)

Josep Maria Antó (ISGlobal)

Marko Vendelin (Institute of Cybernetics, Tallinn University of Technology)

Marino Arroyo (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)


Frits Prinzen (University of Maastricht)

Merryn Tawhai (Auckland Bioengineering Institute)

Janine N Post (Dept. Developmental BioEngineering, MIRA institute for biomedical technology and technical medicine, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands)

​Baldo Oliva (University Pompeu Fabra).

10/06/2019 09:00 - 14/06/2019 00:00
Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Virtual Physiological Human Institute (VPHi)
UPF Poblenou Campus
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The VPH Summer School series is co-organized by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and by the Virtual Physiological Human Institute (VPHi), and is further endorsed by different international Research societies, Networks of Excellence and Project consortia. It is a five-days event that aims to provide early researchers, junior engineers and medical doctors with a complete overview of state-of-the-art VPH research, following an integrated pipeline, from basic science and clinical needs to model application.


The VPH Summer School series is co-organized by BCN MedTech - Universitat Pompeu Fabra and by the Virtual Physiological Human Institute (VPHi). It aims to provide junior engineers, early researchers and medical doctors with a complete overview of state-of-the-art Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) research, following a complete pipeline from basic science and clinical needs, to model application. The Summer School has the support of the Marie Curie ITN CardioFunXion and PIC.

This summer school includes 15 morning lectures plus one honorary VPH lecture, given by international experts. The key concepts of the methodological and technological frameworks presented will be enriched with afternoon hands-on sessions under the supervision of expert researchers. The focus on this 4th edition will be Machine Learning and Mechanistic Modelling. The Summer School also includes poster sessions with a best poster award sponsored by the VPHi and a best hands-on award sponsored by the QUAES-UPF Chair.


Description / Information

This 4th edition will focus on Machine Learning and Mechanistic Modelling and will welcome a total of 15 international speakers who will share their research experience related with the following topics:

June 10th: Basic Science, clinical understanding, and need for in silico modelling 

June 11th: Data acquisition, processing, and quantification for modelling

June 12th: Organ, cell and molecular models

June 13th: Implementation, validation and coupling of models

June 14th: Application: Understanding simulation outcomes, technological transfer, decision and therapy support


The talks will be completed by 14 hours of guided practical training in any of the following hands-on:

  1. Mechanistic multiscale cartilage modelling from body motion to tissue turnover
  2. Machine learning and mechanistic tissue modelling for image-guided brain surgery
  3. Computational anatomy: Morphological metrics, smart image segmentation, patient-specific modelling & disease signatures
  4. Machine learning for arrhythmia detection in electrocardiography

The program further includes poster sessions, awards, a cardiopulmonary resuscitation workshop, and social activities. Further detail is available here.

Early bird registration deadline: 15/05/2019 - Register here


Regular Early Bird (15-05-2019, 23:59h): 200 €

Regular Late Registration: 250 €

VPHi members, ESB* members, Students and Technicians Early Bird (15-05-2019, 23:59h): 100 €

VPHi members, ESB* members, Students and Technicians Late Registration: 150 €

*European Society of Biomechanics


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