Modelathon 2018

posted 25 Jun 2018, 02:19 by Ben Hughes   [ updated 25 Jun 2018, 12:49 ]

CiCS Research IT have been working closely with Insigneo Institute and Microsoft Azure to provide high performance compute  facilities and support for the Modelathon 2018 event.

We have been scoping the specifications for our infrastructure within the Azure Cloud.

On the Microsoft Azure cloud, Modelathon competitors will have remote access to high powered workstations loaded with engineering software like Meshlab, Dassault Abaqus and Ansys and be able to submit complex models for processing to a Microsoft Azure Big Compute cluster using trad HPC and batch submissions.

The competition is based on the concept of a hackathon where different teams work on a challenging problem to ‘hack’ computer code.
This event, however, uses ‘modelling’ rather than ‘hacking’! Participants will be grouped into teams to try and solve a complex multi-scale modelling problem. These teams will compete against one another in front of industry and academic experts to find a solution to the assigned problem.

This year, the challenges will be based around producing a subject specific model of an osteoarthritic joint and to study the effects of potential treatments. The starting point for these challenges is medical images and gait data of a human subject. Participants will gain a deeper insight into building musculoskeletal models, finite element and medical device models from personalised clinical data.

The four-day EPSRC funded Modelathon* event brings together the very best of theory and practice in the area of multi-scale modelling. After 3 successful events, and in response to last year’s positive feedback Modelathon will once again have an additional day that takes the format of a symposium on day-one. This year the symposium will focus on the role of multi-scale modelling for new treatments of osteoarthritic joints.

* The Modelathon is brought to you by EPSRC’s funded projects: MultiSim and  OATech+Network