Project Results

The 36-month SIFEM project will result in:

-      Valuable open source tools and services that can be accessed through the SIFEM platform or re-used independently to the integrated Infrastructure. These tools and services consist of a FE solver, a 3D visualization software package and a reconstruction tool.

-       A documentation of the clinical and finite element knowledge (in relation to the inner ear modelling) as semantic rules for allowing the identification of inconsistencies/dependencies between two FEM models and the evaluation of the simulation output against a set of physiological values.

-       The Linked Knowledge Repository, where the available data, models as well as existing biomedical information and available clinical knowledge will be semantically stored and archived utilizing Linked Data and Semantic Web technologies.

-    The SIFEM Model Repository storing existing (acquired from bibliography) and new multi-scale cochlea models. The Model Repository will be available to the research community, through the SIFEM platform, enhancing the accessibility of the platform and re-usability of the robust models.

-    Validated multi-scale models both of the cochlea (geometry, fluid dynamics, micromechanics, electrical coupling) and the BC vibration including the whole head model for Bone Conduction skull transmission and skull vibration pattern. Carefully-selected usage scenarios will be employed towards evaluating its efficacy, safety, usability and clinical acceptability.

-    The unified SIFEM Semantic Infostructure that will facilitate researchers to discover cochlear geometry, inner ear mechanical and BC vibration models for potential modelling and solve FE problems utilizing the advanced and optimized SIFEM FE algorithms. Moreover, the delivered Infostructure assists involved stakeholders to visualize and accept the inner ear modelling results, store them for future simulations and import them to other simulation environments (i.e. ANSYS, OpenFOAM).