A Flexible High Performance Approach to Cardiac Electromechanics
The understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of heart failure is of major importance for our societies and has a strong impact on economic and social life. The mechanisms of development of heart failure are complex. This is especially true when it comes to the interaction of electrical and mechanical activity, which, despite intense and active research, is still not understood satisfactorily. In this project, we aim at developing a simulation framework for the electro-mechanical behavior of the human heart, which will be build on recent ideas and methodological developments in applied mathematics and computational sciences. We aim in particular at developing simulation tools, which will enable us to exploit the computational power of modern super-computers efficiently, thus turning them into a useful tool in cardiac simulation, with the final goal to improve diagnosis and therapy of heart failure.