Paul Fisette
Recent publications

All our ongoing projects involve multibody dynamics:
- Optimization and control of road tilting vehicles
- Modeling and analysis of railway vehicles and infrastructure
- Study of the human spine kinematics and dynamics
- Historical study of ancient piano action
- Design of a virtual haptic piano keyboard based on real time models
- Coupling multibody dynamics with granular materials
- Efficient symbolic modeling of multibody models for real time applications
- Investigation of human muscle overactation via multibody approach
- etc.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Biomedical engineering
Computational science
Dynamical and electromechanical systems

multi-body systems
vehicle dynamics

Research group(s): MEED


PhD and Post-doc researchers under my supervision:

Nicolas Docquier

The project aims at improving railway track lifecycle by improving its components such as the ballast, the sleeper, elastic pads, ... It consists in developing computer models coupling multi-body system dynamics (MBS) and granular modelling method (the discrete element method, DEM). Full scale experiments are conducted in parallel to validate the numerical models and assess the developed solutions.

Crane dynamis (CRAMIC)
Olivier Lantsoght

Historically, the cranes of the ports were assumed to be static or cyclical but, because of the increases in speed and loads, they are becoming more and more dynamic. As a result, load on the rail tracks is increasing and negative effects occurs (such as uncontrolled motion, track deformation…). As one of the partners of CRAMIC global project, through multibody and granular analysis of the system crane-railway.
On one side, we focus on identifying and studying the present dynamic effects, participating in developing new track technologies and helping monitoring cranes to organize a future maintenance. On the other side, we focus on the interaction between sleepers and ballast, participating in creating new sleeper geometries.

Quantification of efforts of back and abdominal muscles through multibody models and non-invasive experimental measurements
Simon Hinnekens

This project aims to determine the forces of human back and abdominal muscles in movement. The tools used are a biomechanical model with non-invasive electromyography (EMG) measurements. Results will allow us to quantify intervertebral efforts, which represent objective, essential data for improving current treatments of spine diseases (lower back pain, spondylitis and scoliosis). That is why, in this project, we plan to couple direct and inverse human multibody models, to put EMG signals in them and use phenomena of muscular synergies in numerical approaches - none of which has been studied in this field. Models and simulations will be validated through an experimental campaign carried out at the Gait Analysis Laboratory of UCLouvain.

Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Ceulemans, Anne-Emmanuelle; Glineur, François; Fisette, Paul; Beghin, Philémon; Thys, Iona. Baroque Violas with Reduced Soundboxes: An Evaluation Method. In: The Galpin Society Journal : for the study of musical instruments, Vol. LXXVI, p. 109-126 (2023).

2. Nguyen, Anh Phong; Detrembleur, Christine; Fisette, Paul; Selves, Clara; Mahaudens, Philippe. MyotonPro Is a Valid Device for Assessing Wrist Biomechanical Stiffness in Healthy Young Adults. In: Frontiers in Life Science : frontiers of interdisciplinary research in the life sciences, (2022). doi:10.3389/fspor.2022.797975.

3. Timmermans, Sébastien; Ceulemans, Anne-Emmanuelle; Fisette, Paul. Upright and Grand Piano Actions Dynamic Performances Assessments using a Multibody Approach. In: Mechanism and Machine Theory, (2021). doi:10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2021.104296.

4. Docquier, Nicolas; Timmermans, Sébastien; Fisette, Paul. Haptic Devices Based on Real-Time Dynamic Models of Multibody Systems. In: Sensors, (2021). doi:10.3390/s21144794.

5. Blanchet, Laurent; Achiche, Sofiane; Docquier, Quentin; Fisette, Paul; Raison, Maxime. A procedure to optimize the geometric and dynamic designs of assistive upper limb exoskeletons. In: Multibody System Dynamics, Vol. 51, no.2, p. 221-245 (2020). doi:10.1007/s11044-020-09766-6.

6. Hinnekens, Simon; Mahaudens, Philippe; Detrembleur, Christine; Fisette, Paul. Quantification of abdominal and back muscles forces: calibration for the Sorensen test. In: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 23, no.S1, p. 142-144 (2020). doi:10.1080/10255842.2020.1812851.

7. Timmermans, Sébastien; Dehez, Bruno; Fisette, Paul. Multibody-Based Piano Action : Validation of a Haptic Key. In: Machines, (2020). doi:10.3390/machines8040076.

8. Abedrabbo Ode, Gabriel; Mahaudens, Philippe; Detrembleur, Christine; Mousny, Maryline; Fisette, Paul. Intervertebral force computation: a non invasive computation method. In: Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, Vol. 22, no. Suppl 1, p. S230-S232 (2019). doi:10.1080/10255842.2020.1714251.

9. Hinnekens, Simon; Mahaudens, Philippe; Detrembleur, Christine; Fisette, Paul. EMG Measurements as inputs for a musculoskeletal model: quantification of abdominal and back muscle forces in static postures. In: Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, Vol. 22, no. Suppl 1, p. S147-S149 (2019). doi:10.1080/10255842.2019.1668135.

10. Zobova, Alexandra; Habra, Timothée; Van der Noot, Nicolas; Dallali, Houman; Tsagarakis, Nikolaos G.; Fisette, Paul; Ronsse, Renaud. Multi-physics modelling of a compliant humanoid robot. In: Multibody System Dynamics, Vol. 39, no.1-2, p. 95-114 (2017). doi:10.1007/s11044-016-9545-4.

Conference Papers

1. Hinnekens, Simon; Mahaudens, Philippe; Detrembleur, Christine; Fisette, Paul. Impact of the Quadratus Lumborum Muscle on the Lumbar Spine Joint Efforts via a Parametrized Model. 2021 xxx.

2. Hinnekens, Simon; Mahaudens, Philippe; Detrembleur, Christine; Fisette, Paul. Quantifying Back Muscle Forces in the Sorensen Test: Influence of Individual Strategies on Intervertebral Efforts. 2021 xxx.

3. Timmermans, Sébastien; Fisette, Paul. Haptic Piano Key based on a Real-Time Multibody Action Model: Mechatronic Design and Force Feedback Validation. 2020 xxx.

4. Timmermans, Sébastien; Leroy, François; Ceulemans, Anne-Emmanuelle; Fisette, Paul. Upright Piano Action: Experimental Characterization and Multibody Modeling. 2020 xxx.

5. Hinnekens, Simon; Mahaudens, Philippe; Detrembleur, Christine; Fisette, Paul. Quantification of Abdominal and Back Muscles Forces: Calibration for the Sorensen test. 2020 xxx.

6. Docquier, Quentin; Fisette, Paul. Modelling and analysis of two-wheelers equipped with crowned wheels via a constrained MBS approach. 2019 xxx.

7. Fisette, Paul; Moreau, Emile. Simulation of the Aerodynamic Effects on an Actuated Pendulum with the Actuator Volume Method. 2019 xxx.

8. Fisette, Paul; Bokiau, Baudouin; Timmermans, Sébastien. The Grand Piano Action Functioning Demystified thanks to the Multibody Approach. 2019 xxx.

9. Timmermans, Sébastien; Fisette, Paul; Ceulemans, Anne-Emmanuelle. A Haptic Piano Keyboard Based on a Real-Time Multibody Model of the Action. 2019 xxx.

10. Timmermans, Sébastien; Fisette, Paul; Dehez, Bruno; Ceulemans, Anne-Emmanuelle. Real-Time Validation of a Haptic Piano Key based on a Multibody Model. 2019 xxx.

Book Chapters

1. Docquier, Quentin; Brüls, Olivier; Fisette, Paul. Comparison and Analysis of Multibody Dynamics Formalisms for Solving Optimal Control Problem. In: IUTAM Symposium on Intelligent Multibody Systems - Dynamics, Control, Simulation (IUTAM Bookseries; xxx), Evtim Zahariev, Javier Cuadrado, 2019, p. 55-77. 978-3-030-00526-9. xxx xxx. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-00527-6.

2. Verlé, Aubain; Fisette, Paul. Three-Wheeler Performance Optimization: Dynamics-Based Design Of A First Prototype. In: The Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks (Proceedings of the 25th Symposium of the International Association of Vehicle System Dynamics (IAVSD 2017),; xxx), Taylor & Francis: London, UK, 2018, p. 301-306. 978-1-138-48252-4. xxx xxx.

3. Habra, Timothée; Dallali, Houman; Cardellino, Alberto; Natale, Lorenzo; Tsagarakis, Nikolaos; Fisette, Paul; Ronsse, Renaud. Robotran-YARP interface: a framework for real-time controller developments based on multibody dynamics simulations. In: Multibody Dynamics Computational Methods and Applications , Springer International Publishing, 2016. 978-3-319-30612-4. xxx xxx. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-30614-8.

4. Verlé, Aubain; Fisette, Paul. Design of an active tilting three-wheeler: optimization of the dynamic performances via multibody simulations. In: The Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks. Proceedings of the 24th Symposium of the International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics (IAVSD 2015), Graz, Austria, 17-21 August 2015 , Taylor & Francis Group: London, 2016, p. 219-228. 978-1-138-02885-2. xxx xxx. doi:10.1201/b21185-25.

5. Raison, Maxime; Laitenberger, Maria; Sarcher, Aurelie; Detrembleur, Christine; Samin, Jean-Claude; Fisette, Paul. Methodology for the Assessment of Joint Efforts During Sit to Stand Movement. In: Injury and Skeletal Biomechanics , xxx, 2012. 978-953-51-0690-6. xxx xxx. doi:10.5772/49996.

6. de Juan, A.; Collard, Jean-François; Fisette, Paul; Garcia, P.; Sancibrian, R.. Multi-Objective Optimization of Parallel Manipulators. In: New Trends in Mechanism Science: Analysis and Design , xxx, 2010. 978-90-481-9688-3. xxx xxx.

7. Collard, Jean-François; Duysinx, Pierre; Fisette, Paul. Kinematical Optimization of Closed-Loop Multibody Systems. In: Multibody Dynamics: Computational Methods and Applications , xxx, 2009. 978-1-4020-8828-5. xxx xxx.


1. Samin, Jean-Claude; Fisette, Paul. Multibody Dynamics : Computational Methods and Applications. Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherland, 2013. 978-94-007-5403-4.pages.

2. Samin, Jean-Claude; Fisette, Paul. Symbolic Modeling of Multibody Systems. Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht, 2003. 1-4020-1629-8. 469 pages.


1. Fisette, Paul. Génération symbolique des équations du mouvement de systèmes multicorps et application dans le domaine ferroviaire, prom. : Samin, Jean-Claude, 1994.