grossThomas Gross
Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics
Vienna University of Technology
Gusshausstrasse 27-29
A-1040 Vienna
Austria
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Thomas Gross was born in Burgenland, Austria in 1984. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology where he achieved his Master Degree in 2010. Subsequently he started a PhD at the Vienna University of Technology focusing on homogenization of trabecular bone and he is currently coursing his fourth year. His last research focus is on simulation models of trabecular bone structures, homogenization and orthopedic implants.

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kivellTracy L. Kivell
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04103
Germany
and School of Anthropology and Conservation
University of Kent
Marlowe Building
Canterbury CT2 7NR
UK
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Tracy Kivell received her PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2007 working on the developmental morphology of the ape wrist and the origin of human bipedalism. In 2007 she became a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University, USA studying the biomechanics of primate locomotion. In 2009 Tracy became a postdoctoral Junior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany where her research focussed on fossil human hand remains and studies of trabecular bone structure using microCT. She remains an affiliate of the Department of Human Evolutionat MPI-EVA but since 2013 is now a Reader in Biological Anthropology at the University of Kent. Her main research brings together primate biomechanics, analyses of internal and external bone structure and 3D modelling to better understand the evolution of the human hand.

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skinnerMatthew M. Skinner
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04103
Germany
and Department of Anthropology
University College London
14 Taviton Street
London WC1H 0BW
UK
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Matthew Skinner is a human paleontologist with a specialty in the tooth morphology of fossil human ancestors. He teaches biological anthropology courses at University College London and participates in fieldwork in East Africa.

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nguyenHuynh Nguyen
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04103
Germany
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N. Huynh Nguyen was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1973. After obtaining a degree in mechanical engineer in 1997 at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) he worked in an automotive company. In 2000 he completed his MSc in Continuum mechanics. Then he had been a research assistant at the Metal Forming Department - HUST. In 2009 he accomplished his Ph.D. research in computational mechanics. Since 2008, he had been working as a researcher in the field of biomechanics at FH Aachen (rubber, soft tissues experiments, FEM). Since September 2011, he works as a junior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology - Leipzig (functionalities of hard tissues, FEM).

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pahrDieter H. Pahr
Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics
Vienna University of Technology
Gusshausstrasse 27-29
A-1040 Vienna
Austria
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Dieter Pahr was born in Vienna, Austria in 1973. He studied mechanical engineering at Vienna University of Technology where he graduated in 1998. He was a visiting Scientist at NASA Glenn Research Center in 2000 and obtained his doctorate in the field of aerospace engineering in 2003. Starting from 2004 he turned into the field of Biomechanics and started the development of the software package medtool - software with converts 3D CT images into simulation models. In 2008 he habilitated in the field of computational solid mechanics and became an Assistant Professor. Since 2012 he is an Associate Professor for Computational Biomechanics at Vienna University of Technology. Today he is author of 54 peer reviewed publications on composite materials, bone biomechanics, and contributed in the field of anthropology. As partner in the ERC GRASP Project his group will develop a simulation model for the human hand.