Dr Pierre-Yves Rohan

Assistant Professor at Arts et Métiers Institute of Technology

Pierre-Yves Rohan started his training in research during my final year project in 2010 at the University of Western Australia (Australia). He worked for 6 months on the development of an algorithm based on the meshless method for modelling soft tissue damage. Following this first very positive experience, he continued with a PhD thesis at the Centre Ingénierie et Santé of the École des Mines de Saint-Étienne in France in collaboration with the industrial group SIGVARIS on the development of tools to understand and quantify the biomechanical action of Medical Compression Stockings on the blood vessels of the leg. Followed a one year of postdoctoral research at the TIMC-IMAG laboratory of University Grenobles Alpes in France, on the development of a biomechanical model of the oral cavity for preoperative planning of tongue operations. These two experiences in the academic research environment were periods of personal fulfilment and confirmed that laboratory research corresponded to his expectations.

Pierre-Yves Rohan was recruited in October 2014 at the Institut de Biomécanique Humaine Georges Charpak of Arts et Métiers as an assistant professor in biomechanics. He, very rapidely became interested in the problem of prevention of biological soft tissue injuries. In the framework of Aurélien Macron’s thesis (2016-2019), they proposed an original method for the fast generation of patient-specific Finite Element models of the buttock which received the Journal of Clinical Biomechanics award during the 2018 EPUAP conference. He is currently pursuing this research towards the development of personalized multi-scale multiphysics model of the subcutaneous tissues response during interactions with support surfaces.

Interacting with the clinical partners opened his eyes on the importance of doing research with the patient as the central focus. He currently chairs the Research committee of the “European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel” (EPUAP).