Gannon University Biomedical Engineering Professors Published in Top-Tier Journal

Posted: October 10, 2016

Anne Schmitz, Ph.D. and Davide Piovesan, Ph.D., both assistant professors of biomedical engineering at Gannon University, recently published an article titled "Development of an Open-Source, Discrete Element Knee Model" as a full-length paper in the Modeling Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (TBME).

The paper discusses issues that hinder model reproducibility, validation and sharing, and presents a discrete element model of the knee as a free download for the biomedical engineering community. The proposed model is one of the few discrete element knee models that is validated, open-source and contains both ligament and cartilage contact loads.

"We are leveraging this expertise by providing courses in motion capture and modeling, some of the few courses offered like this in the area," said Schmitz.

TBME ranks fourth by Google Scholar among biomedical technology journals according to the H5- index. TBME has received increasing numbers of high-quality submissions over the last several years. The journal's acceptance rate for articles is approximately 20 percent.

"We are fortunate that the biomedical engineering program at Gannon University has some unique capabilities that enable us to integrate computational models and experimental measurements that are usually only found at larger, research-oriented institutions," Piovesan said. "Publication in a high-impact journal confirms that our faculty have a high level of expertise in computational biomechanics."