Dimitar Stanev has been named an inaugural OpenSim Fellow of the NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR). The NCSRR fellows program recognizes individuals with a deep expertise in biomechanical modeling and computer simulation and a strong commitment to the OpenSim modeling and simulation community. The NCSRR is a National Institutes of Health Medical Rehabilitation Research Center based at Stanford University that develops state-of-the-art computer modeling and simulation tools for clinical and other applications. The primary application developed by NCSRR is OpenSim, which is the leading open-source software system for creating models and developing simulations of human and animal movement.
Dimitar has a solid understanding of musculoskeletal modeling and simulation principles, their generalization and application to practical problems. His interest in muscle redundancy and its implications in uncertainty propagation and neural control has led to the development of methods for calculating the feasible muscle forces that satisfy the movement and physiological muscle constraints. He is currently working on the development of multi-scale, subject-specific knee models with application to osteoarthritis, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and total knee replacement.