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Dr. Ciaran Simms

Associate Professor (Mechanical & Manuf. Eng)

Ciaran Simms, BA, BAI, PhD, FTCD, MIEI is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. He is a Principal Investigator in the Centre for Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin and also a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is President of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury and the Soft Tissue Editor for the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. Prior to working at Trinity College Dublin he held research engineer positions with TNO Automotive in Delft and Detroit and with Denis Wood Associates in Dublin.
  Bioengineering   Biomechanics of human movement   Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering   Road Transport Technology   SAFETY   Transport   Transport Technology, Engineering
 Mechanics of pedestrian ground contact
 The development and validation of a new surgical task trainer to train surgeons the skills of wound cleansing, exploration and anatomical structure repair
 Evaluation of the mechanics of head injuries in rugby
 A biomechanical analysis of the trunk and spine during paediatric cerebral palsy gait
 Deveopment of improved gym equipment designs

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I am President of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury 2015-present
I am the Soft Tissue Mechanics of the Elsevier Journal of the Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical Materials 2008-present
Member of the Road Safety Technology Assessment Panel RSA 2015-present
Member of the Scientific Committee for the European Society of Biomechanics, Seville, July 2017 2016
I am a founding member of the Irish Seating and Mobility Interest Group 2008-present
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Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland 2014 present
Member of the European Society of Biomechanics 2004 present
Member of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury 2009 present
Li G, Lyons M, Wang B, Yang J, Otte D, Simms C, The influence of passenger car front shape on pedestrian injury risk observed from German in-depth accident data, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 101, 2017, p11 - 21, Notes: [Export Date: 13 April 2017], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Mohammadkhah M, Simms C.K, Murphy P, Visualisation of Collagen in fixed skeletal muscle tissue using fluorescently tagged Collagen binding protein CNA35, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 66, 2017, p37 - 44, Notes: [Export Date: 16 February 2017], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Simms C, Kilroy H, Blackburn G, Takaza M, The influence of physical dimension on apparent stress-strain behaviour of in vitro passive skeletal muscle samples, Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, 52, (1), 2017, p3 - 11, Notes: [Export Date: 13 April 2017], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Tierney G.J, Joodaki H, Krosshaug T, Forman J.L, Crandall J.R, Simms C.K, Assessment of model-based image-matching for future reconstruction of unhelmeted sport head impact kinematics, Sports Biomechanics , 2017, p1- , Notes: [Export Date: 13 April 2017 Article in Press], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Kiernan D, Malone A, O'Brien T, Simms C.K, Three-dimensional lumbar segment movement characteristics during paediatric cerebral palsy gait, Gait and Posture, 53, 2017, p41 - 47, Notes: [Export Date: 13 April 2017], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Cooney G.M, Lake S.P, Thompson D.M, Castile R.M, Winter D.C, Simms C.K, The suture pullout characteristics of human and porcine linea alba, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 68, 2017, p103 - 114, Notes: [Export Date: 13 April 2017], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Li G, Yang J, Simms C, Safer passenger car front shapes for pedestrians: A computational approach to reduce overall pedestrian injury risk in realistic impact scenarios, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 100, 2017, p97 - 110, Notes: [Export Date: 13 April 2017], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Simms CK, Passive Mechanical Behaviour of skeletal muscle and connective tissue, Euromech conference on novel tissue testing methods, Warburg, 12-16 Feb, 2017, Meeting Abstract, PRESENTED
Young C, Tiernan J, Bertocci G, Simms C, A model of a wheelchair head restraint to reduce the risk of whiplash, 2016 IRCOBI Conference Proceedings - International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury, 2016, 2016, pp424 - 425, Notes: [Export Date: 13 April 2017], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
Li G, Otte D, Yang J, Simms C, Can a small number of pedestrian impact scenarios represent the range of real-world pedestrian injuries?, 2016 IRCOBI Conference Proceedings - International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury, 2016, 2016, pp20 - 34, Notes: [Export Date: 13 April 2017], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL

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Special issue on skin mechanobiology, Elsevier, [eds.], 2013, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED
Simms CK , Buddy system: university/industry linkup delivers innovative product development, The Engineers Journal (Journal of Engineers Ireland), 65, (6), 2012, p359 - 360, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Simms CK and Lyons CG, Temporomandibular joint injuries during whiplash: Jaw Joint Injuries During Whiplash, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010, 1-184 pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Ciaran Simms, Gareth J. Bennett, Garret O'Donnell, Eamonn McKnight, Ali McCorkell, Development of a gait training device for children with cerebral palsy, TCD-UCD Engineering Design Innovation Research Event, Trinity College Dublin, Foster Place, Dublin 2, April 27 2010, edited by Prof. Brian Broderick, Prof. Michael Gilchrist , 2010, Poster, PUBLISHED
The Three Dimensional Mechanical Properties of Skeletal Muscle: Experiments and Modelling in, editor(s)Prendergast & McHugh , Topics in Bio-Mechanical Engineering, Dublin, Trinity College, 2004, pp216 - 234, [Van Loocke M, Lyons CG & Simms CK], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Simms C.K., Pedestrian Injuries, Seminar to Dept Mechanical Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2002, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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President of International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury 2015
Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Waterloo, Canada 2015
Provost's Teaching Award (TCD) 2015
Engineers Ireland Education Excellence Award for MSc in Bioengineering 2012
InterTradeIreland Best Project Award for Buddy Roamer Walking Aid 2011
Nominated for Irish Times Innovation Award 2011
Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2010
Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland - best conference paper 2003
Queen's Silver Jubilee Project Prize 1995
Collen Project Prize 1995
My research interests are injury biomechanics, soft tissue mechanics and device design. I have published 77 papers in international journals on topics varying from head injuries in sport, the mechanics of soft tissues, the influence of vehicle design on human injury, forensic biomechanics, wound closure devices, wheelchair user safety, roadside safety barriers, rowing injuries, safe school bag weights, and cerebral palsy gait. I have a h-index of 21 on Google scholar with over 1400 citations. In the last 15 years a major focus has been on characterizing the mechanical behavior of passive skeletal muscle and other soft tissues (especially abdominal connective tissues). These play an important role in impact biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering and surgical simulation. My research group has published a number of well cited papers in this field and continues to focus on this topic. I have a particular expertise in pedestrian and cyclist impact biomechanics and have written the only textbook on this topic, which has achieved thousands of sales. I have focussed recently on the relationship between vehicle design and pedestrian injury outcome. I am active in medical device design. I have developed an award-winning walking aid for children with physical disabilities in collaboration with Moorings Mediquip. I also engaged with McElmeel Mobility in developing crash resistant swivel seats for easy access to vehicles and well as Blk Box Designs on improved gym equipment designs. I worked with the National Roads Authority of Ireland to develop low-cost roadside barriers from natural building materials. I have focussed on developing wound closure devices for laparoscopic surgery, with an emphasis on devices suitable for obese patients. I am now collaborating with Leinster Rugby and others to study head injuries in rugby.