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Professor Ciaran Simms

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Ciaran Simms, BA, BAI, PhD, FTCD, MIEI is Professor in Biomechanics and Head of Discipline in the Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical 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 was President of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury until 2018 and remains on the Council and was the Soft Tissue Editor for the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials from 2007-2018 and remains on the Editorial Board. 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
 Development of an automated suture device for skin closure
 An exploration of the effect of mobility assistance dogs on activity levels, gait and quality of life in children with neurological and physical impairments
 Pedestrian Subway safety
 Cycling collisions in Ireland: Priorities for injury/fatality prevention strategies
 Mechanics of pedestrian ground contact

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President of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury 2015-2018
Soft Tissue Mechanics Editor of the Elsevier Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 2007-2018
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 2008-2014
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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
Deng, G. and Peng, Y. and Li, B. and Wang, K. and Simms, C., Assessment of High-Speed Train Interactions with Containment Walls in Post-derailment Collisions, Mechanisms and Machine Science, 146, 2024, p1011-1017 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gildea, K. and Hall, D. and Cherry, C.R. and Simms, C., Forward dynamics computational modelling of a cyclist fall with the inclusion of protective response using deep learning-based human pose estimation, Journal of Biomechanics, 163, (111959), 2024, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Deng, G. and Peng, Y. and Simms, C., High-speed train occupant impact injury analysis in post-derailment collisions: methodology framework and initial results, 2023, pp715-717 , Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Hall, D. and Simms, C.K., An Energy-absorbing Countermeasure Concept for Subway-to-Pedestrian Collisions Using Numerical and Analytical Modelling Techniques, 2023, pp531-532 , Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Gildea, K. and Hall, D. and Mercadal-Baudart, C. and Caulfield, B. and Simms, C., Computer vision-based assessment of cyclist-tram track interactions for predictive modeling of crossing success, Journal of Safety Research, 87, 2023, p202-216 , Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hennessy, N. and Simms, C., Skeletal muscle extracellular matrix structure under applied deformation observed using second harmonic generation microscopy, Acta Biomaterialia, 172, 2023, p135-146 , Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hall, D. and Linogao, J. and Zentz, L. and Shaw, G. and Lamb, T. and Simms, C., Detailed Analysis of New York City Subway Pedestrian Incidents From 2019, Transportation Research Record, 2677, (11), 2023, p642-650 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Stephens, I. and Conroy, J. and Winter, D. and Simms, C. and Bucholc, M. and Sugrue, M., Prophylactic onlay mesh placement techniques for optimal abdominal wall closure: Randomized controlled trial in an ex vivo biomechanical model, British Journal of Surgery, 110, (5), 2023, p568-575 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Shang, S. and Li, Q. and Nie, B. and Li, G. and Zhou, Q. and Masson, C. and Arnoux, P.-J. and Py, M. and Simms, C.K., A preliminary insight of pedestrian avoidance behavior effect on pre-impact pose, 395, 2022, pp37-38 , Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Deng, G. and Simms, C. and Xu, T. and Peng, Y. and Li, Z. and Hou, L. and Che, Q. and Yu, Y. and Liu, Z., Occupant head injury assessment for bullet trains using dummy crash tests, 2022-September, 2022, pp68-69 , Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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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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Visiting Associate Professor in Engineering in University College Dublin 2017
President of International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury 2015-2018
Honorary Associate Professor RCSI, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 2017
Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Waterloo, Canada 2015
Provost's Teaching Award (TCD): award in 2015; nominated also in 2012, 2016 and 2018 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