Ajay Seth onvangt Chan Zuckerberg Grant voor Open Source Software

Nieuws - 24 september 2020 - Webredactie 3mE

Ajay Seth, Assistant Professor bij de afdeling BioMechanical Engineering, ontvangt een subsidie van $190,000.00 van het Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF voor zijn onderzoek op het gebied van de ontwikkeling van Essential Open Source Software for Science. Ajay Seth ontvangt de subsidie specifiek voor zijn project ‘OpenSIM’, een biomechanica simulator die bewegingen bestudeert voor de verbetering van de bruikbaarheid, het computerbereik, het onderhoud en de outreach van OpenSim Open Source Software. Daarnaast ondersteunt OpenSim het onderwijs en training op dit gebied.

Ajay Seth: "I am very grateful and super-excited to have received a CZI EOSS award to develop user-centric tools to build biomechanical models and to speedup simulations for a growing OpenSim community. Our goal is to enable a broader audience from comparative and evolutionary biologists, studying form and function in animal locomotion, to neuroscience and AI researchers, exploring the control of movement, to exploit OpenSim in their work."

OpenSim

OpenSim is an opensource biomechanical simulator that models the mechanics of articulating bones and contractile muscles to generate physics-based simulations of movement. OpenSim has a growing community of biomechanists, rehabilitation roboticists, comparative biologists, neuroscientists and computer scientists, now totalling over 12,000 users.  From user surveys, Ajay Seth identified two barriers to the broader adoption of OpenSim: 1) usability challenges to build models and to analyze simulations, and  2) computational performance, particularly for developing controllers via machine-learning and training deep neural-networks. OpenSim’s modeling operations and analysis algorithms are accessible primarily through its application programming interface. To increase impact Seth proposes to unleash the potential of OpenSim on a broader user community by enabling graphical model building and analysis creation.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is een fonds binnen de Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Open Source Software is cruciaal voor modern wetenschappelijk onderzoek om reproductie en transparantie te bevorderen. Het Essential Open Source Software for Science Program van het CZI ondersteunt het behoud, de groei, ontwikkeling en community engagement van Open Source bronnen. Lees meer over Essential Open Source Software for Science.

 

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