Prof. PhD

Oliver Röhrle

Principal Investigator (EXC), Fellow (SC), Coordinator PN 2
Institute of Applied Mechanics
Professor for Continuum Biomechanics and Mechanobiology


+49 711 685-66284


Pfaffenwaldring 5a
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 02.013


  • Multigrid
  • Finite elements
  • Continuation methods
  • Nonlinear partial differential equations
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

Selected Publications

  1. O. Röhrle, M. Sprenger, and S. Schmitt. “A two-muscle, continuum-mechanical forward simulation of the upper limb”. In: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology 16.3 (2017), pp. 743–762.
  2. A. Hessenthaler, N. R. Gaddum, O. Holub, R. Sinkus, O. Röhrle, and D. Nordsletten. “Experiment for validation of fluid-structure interaction models and algorithms”. In: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering 33.9 (2017), e2848.
  3. T. Heidlauf, T. Klotz, C. Rode, E. Altan, C. Bleiler, T. Siebert, and O. Röhrle. “A multi-scale continuum model of skeletal muscle mechanics predicting force enhancement based on actin-titin interaction”. In: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology 15.6 (2016), pp. 1423–1437.
  4. M. Mordhorst, T. Heidlauf, and O. Röhrle. “Predicting electromyographic signals under realistic conditions using a multiscale chemo-electro-mechanical finite element model”. In: Interface Focus 5.2 (2015), p. 20140076.
  5. T. Heidlauf and O. Röhrle. “A multiscale chemo-electro-mechanical skeletal muscle model to analyze muscle contraction and force generation for different muscle fiber arrangements”. In: Frontiers in Physiology 5.498 (2014).
  6. Y. Wang, M. P. Nash, A. J. Pullan, J. A. Kieser, and O. Röhrle. “Model-based Identification of Motion Sensor Placement for Tracking Retraction and Elongation of the Tongue”. In: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology 12.2 (2013), pp. 383–299.
  7. O. Röhrle, J. Davidson, and A. J. Pullan. “A physiologically based, multi-scale model of skeletal muscle structure and function”. In: Frontiers in Physiology 3.383 (2012).
  8. C. P. Bradley, A. Bowery, R. Britten, V. Budelmann, O. Camara, R. Christie, A. Cookson, A. F. Frangi, T. Gamage, T. Heidlauf, S. Krittian, D. Ladd, C. Little, K. Mithraratne, M. Nash, D. Nickerson, P. Nielsen, Ø. Nordbø, S. Omholt, A. Pashaei, D. Paterson, V. Rajagopal, A. Reeve, O. Röhrle, S. Safaei, R. Sebastián, M. Steghöfer, T. Wu, T. Yu, H. Zhang, and P. J. Hunter. “OpenCMISS: A multi-physics & multi-scale computational infrastructure for the VPH/Physiome project”. In: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 107.1 (2011), pp. 32–47.
  9. O. Röhrle, J. Davidson, and A. J. Pullan. “Bridging Scales: A Three-dimensional Electromechanical Finite Element Model of Skeletal Muscle”. In: SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 30.6 (2008), pp. 2882–2904.

  10. O. Röhrle and A. J. Pullan. “Three-dimensional finite element modelling of muscle forces during mastication”. In: Journal of Biomechanics 40.15 (2007), pp. 3363–3372.

Work Experience

04/2017 - now
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Stuttgart

02/16 - now
Fellow of the Stuttgart Centre of Simulation Sciences (SC SimTech), Stuttgart, Germany

07/13 - now
Professor (W3) for “Continuum Biomechanics and Mechanobiology” at the Stuttgart Research Centre for Simulation Technology (SimTech - Cluster of Excellence) and at the Institute of Applied Mechanics (CE), Chair II, University of Stuttgart, Germany

10/11 - now
Group manager “Virtual Orthopedic Lab” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart

Positive evaluation as a Junior Professor and Tenure-Track

11/08 - 07/13
Junior Professor for “Continuum Biomechanics and Mechanobiology” at the Stuttgart Research Centre for Simulation Technology (SimTech - Cluster of Excellence) and at the Institute of Applied Mechanics (CE), Chair II (continuum mechanics) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany

11/04 - 11/08
Research Scientist at the Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand

07/04 - 10/04
Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA


08/00 - 07/04
Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Ph.D. Thesis: “Multilevel First-Order System Least Squares for Quasilinear Elliptic Partial Differential Equations” (defended: June 29, 2004) , Ph.D. supervisors: Prof. Stephen F. McCormick and Prof. Thomas A. Manteuffel

08/98 - 09/99
M.S. in Mathematics, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, USA

09/94 - 05/00
Diplom Wirtschafts-Mathematiker(Dipl. Math.-oec.)
Universität Ulm, Germany, Faculty of Mathematics and Economical Affairs

ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant
The Proof of Concept funding helps ERC grant-holders bridge the gap between their research and the earliest stage of a marketable innovation

ERC Starting Grant
ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-coming research leaders for up to 5 years to establish or consolidate their own research team. The European Research Council (ERC) is the independent body that funds investigator-driven frontier research in the European Union (EU)

Capital-magazine Top 40 under 40
Selected by the German business magazine “Capital”as one of the Top 40 researchers under 40 (see also issue 12/2012). Since 2007, Capital determines each year 40 high potentials in each of 4 categories, business, politics, science, and society

Honorary Professor
at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Fraunhofer ATTRACT Fellow
The “Fraunhofer Attract” program is Fraunhofer’s excellent stipend program. It offers outstanding external scientists the opportunity to develop their ideas and innovations jopintly with an optimally equipped Fraunhofer Institute. As Fraunhofer-Attract Fellow, I have been awarded about 1.7 Mio Euros to build up a “Virtual Orthopedic Lab” within the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, IPA in Stuttgart

Richard von Mises Prize (awarded by the GAMM)
Since 1989, the Richard von Mises Prize is awarded every year by the GAMM to a scientist for exceptional scientific achievements in the field of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. The aim of the prize is to reward and encourage young scientists whose research represents a major advancement in the field of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. The Richard von Mises Prize 2011 was awarded to me “in appreciation for[my] contributions to scale bridging models in biomechanics with special emphasis on skeletal muscles”

The GAMM is one of the largest scientific society in the field of applied mathematics and mechanics in Europe.

  • PI of DFG SFB 1313 “Interface-Driven Multi-field Processes in Porous Media - Flow, Transport and Deformation” (since 2018)
  • Spokesperson of the DFG GRK 2198 “Soft Tissue Robotics” (since March 2017)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the XXI Congress of International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology 2016 at Chicago
  • Member of the inter-agency NIH/NIBIB-Review Panel on “Predictive Multiscale Modelling for Biomedical, Biological, Behavioral, Environmental and Clinical Research” (2015, 2016)
  • Member of the Selection Committee for the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”
  • Coordinator and Spokesperson of the BMBF project “FeuerWeRR” (since 2015)
  • PI of SFB-TRR 141 “Biological Design and Integrative Structures – Analysis, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture” (since 2014)
  • Initiator and Chairman of the GAMM activity group “Computational Science and Engineering” (Vice Chairman from 2013–2015)
  • GAMM representative to the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Committee (2012–2013)
  • Review Editor for “Frontiers in Computational Physiology and Medicine” (since 2007)
  • Co-Founder of the Biomouth Research Group (2007)
  • Selected Patents
    1. Verfahren zur Bestimmung einer Beißkraft, DE201310211623 (2016)
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