Multibody Dynamics Workshop 2021
3rd International Multibody System Dynamics Workshop & Summer School,
13-17 September 2021

Methods of multibody system dynamics represent a widespread, versatile and reliable approach to the simulation of engineering problems that involve the dynamics of complex mechanisms. Applications of these methods can be found in many fields, for instance in aerospace, automotive, biomechanics, robotics and automation, to name a few.

Partecipants to this workshop will have the opportunity to interact with people from a diverse range of backgrounds: other students, researchers, professionals from industries and faculty staff.

Lecturers are experts in their chosen fields and committed to teaching with academic rigour and contemporary relevance.

This Summer School is part of the curriculum of the PhD Programmes in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.

NOTE: because of the COVID pandemic, the entire event will be ONLINE. Registered students will be able to follow the lessons from abroad, using the Teams or similar on-line videoconference systems.
Jointly organized by
Politecnico di Milano         Università di Parma
MSC software       Altair       Altair    
AIDAA     Digital Dynamics Lab     Simulation Based Engineering Lab - Madison
Various topics related to multibody dynamics will be covered, including (but not limited to):
  • Basic theory
  • Dynamics and kinematics
  • Numerical methods for time integration
  • Flexible multibody and finite elements
  • Contacts, collisions and non-smooth problems
  • Control, robotics, cosimulation
  • Optimization
  • Software development
Together with experts in the field, applications to various fields will be discussed:
  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • biomechanics
  • trains, railways
  • artificial intelligence and deep learning
  • virtual reality and videogames
  • robotics, etc.
The workshop is mainly intended for PhD students in engineering, but it is also open to industry researchers.
A basic knowledge of mechanics, programming and numerical methods is expected. Previous editions created a stimulating international context with students coming from many countries.
Alessandro Tasora, Università di Parma
Pierangelo Masarati, Politecnico di Milano
Scientific committee
Francesco Biral, Università di Trento
Alessandro Cammarata, Università di Catania
Federico Cheli, Politecnico di Milano
Walter Lacarbonara, Sapienza Università di Roma
Pierangelo Masarati, Politecnico di Milano
Enrico Meli, Università di Firenze
Marco Morandini, Politecnico di Milano
Carmine M. Pappalardo, Università di Salerno
Ettore Pennestrì, Università di Roma Tor Vergata
Dario Richiedei, Università di Padova
Edoardo Sabbioni, Politecnico di Milano
Rosario Sinatra, Università di Catania
Alessandro Tasora, Università di Parma
Pier Paolo Valentini, Università di Roma Tor Vergata
Michele Vignati, Politecnico di Milano
Andrea Zanoni, Politecnico di Milano
Keynote speakers
Olivier Bauchau, University of Maryland
Olivier Bruls, University of Liège
Johannes Gerstmayr, Universität Innsbruck
Radu Serban, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Organizing committee
Alessandro Tasora, Università di Parma
Pierangelo Masarati, Politecnico di Milano
Colin Vanden Heuvel, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Dario Mangoni, Università di Parma
Dario Fusai, Università di Parma
The workshop provides five days of lessons and tutorials, from 10am to 5pm. Half day will be dedicated to a mini-conference, where students can showcase their research with short presentations.
A detailed program will be available.

Lessons will be articulated in open lectures, teamwork and hands-on sessions.
Various experts from Italy and abroad will be invited to give lectures on topics revolving around multibody system dynamics at large.
The Workshop duration is between 25 and 30 hours. According to Politecnico di Milano’s PhD School standards this corresponds to 5 ECTS. The Workshop is recognized as part of Politecnico di Milano’s PhD Programmes in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering syllabus, under the name "MULTIBODY SYSTEM DYNAMICS". Politecnico di Milano’s PhD students can put it in their study plan in compliance with their PhD Programme’s requirements.

Other interested students may obtain formal recognition of the credits by enrolling through the procedure described here under “Opening Doctoral Education to external candidates”, which includes the payment of a small fee of about 32.20 € to the PhD School (may be subject to minor adjustments).

This optional credit recognition requires the students to pass an exam, consisting in the preparation of a report on a topic to be agreed with the organizers, followed by a colloquium with the organizers.
If a maximum number of registrations is exceeded, participants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievements and their suitability for the program. In case of ex aequo, priority will be offered to foreign students, and according to the order of application.

(PhD students from Politecnico di Milano should contact the organizers before enrolling: please send an email to Pierangelo Masarati).

The pre-registration form must be filled and submitted before June 30th, 2021.

Candidates will be notified of acceptance by July 1st 2021.

By July 30th 2021 selected participants must fill the form for final registration:
download form here
and pay the fees using a bank transfer to: to:
Bank: Unicredit S.p.A, Ag. Roma B. MARCELLO
Largo Benedetto Marcello 198
00198 Roma
IBAN: IT 83 F 02008 05164 000005064973
Bic/Swift: UNCRITM1B57

In case this workshop is not activated, the amount will be refund.
80,00 Euros,

The fee of 80 Euros includes the AIDAA membership for 2022.

Fees are lower than in previous events because the event will be held online using a teleconference system.
Teleconference system / venue
This is an ON-LINE event. Details on how to connect to the conference via Teams or similar teleconference methods will be provided later at this page
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[  a t  ] Alessandro Tasora homepage
[  a t  ] Pierangelo Masarati homepage