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Martin Servin

I am devoted to digital physics, with a particular focus on computational modelling and simulation of granular materials, robots and vehicles - essential for AI-based control and perception.



Works at

Associate professor at Department of Physics Section: UMIT
MIT-huset, byggnad V, UMIT Research Lab , UMIT-lab Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I lead a research group that works with digital physics, its computational science basics and applications in automation and robotics. Digital physics is the art of creating virtual worlds that behave according to the laws of physics. This enables controlled experiments with machines and robots that do not yet exist - in a safe and resource-efficient way. Fast simulations of realistic scenarios are essential for AI-based control and perception, which requires large amounts of training data. In the research group, we specialize in simulation technology for granular materials as well as vehicles and robots that traverse rough terrain, dig, load and transport.

Read more about the research group Digital Physics and UMIT Research Lab.


My research career began with a doctoral degree at Umeå University in 2003 with Professor Lennart Stenflo and Gert Bodin as supervisors. My dissertation focused on the interaction between gravity radiation and electromagnetic radiation in plasma. I specialised in real-time physics simulation after 2003 when I came in contact with VRlab at Umeå University, which was later spun off in the company Algoryx Simulations, and the research initiative Intelligent Vehicles Off-Road (IFOR).

Automation, MDPI 2024, Vol. 5, (3) : 259-281
Aoshima, Koji; Fälldin, Arvid; Wadbro, Eddie; et al.
Multibody system dynamics
Aoshima, Koji; Servin, Martin
IUFRO 2024: Detailed programme
Fälldin, Arvid; Häggström, Carola; Höök, Christian; et al.
IUFRO 2024 - XXVI IUFRO World Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, June 23-29, 2024
Fälldin, Arvid; Lundbäck, Mikael; Servin, Martin; et al.
IUFRO 2024: Detailed programme
Lundbäck, Mikael; Fälldin, Arvid; Wallin, Erik; et al.
Forests, MDPI 2024, Vol. 15, (2)
Lundbäck, Mikael; Lindroos, Ola; Servin, Martin
ISTVS 2024, 21st International and 12th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the ISTVS in Yokohama, Oct 28-31, 2024
Pogilus, Markus; Servin, Martin
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Elsevier 2024, Vol. 179
Wiberg, Viktor; Wallin, Erik; Fälldin, Arvid; et al.
ICRA 2023 Workshop on Future of Construction, London, UK, May 29 – June 2, 2023
Servin, Martin
Robotics, MDPI 2023, Vol. 13, (1)
Wallin, Erik; Wiberg, Viktor; Servin, Martin
Harbin, China: International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems 2022
Aoshima, Koji; Lindmark, Daniel; Servin, Martin
International Conference of Forest Engineering COFE-FORMEC-IUFRO, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, October 4-7, 2022
Lundbäck, Mikael; Nordfjell, Tomas; Wiberg, Viktor; et al.
Computational Particle Mechanics, Springer Nature 2022, Vol. 9 : 15-28
Wallin, Erik; Servin, Martin
Journal of terramechanics, Elsevier 2022, Vol. 102 : 17-26
Wallin, Erik; Wiberg, Viktor; Vesterlund, Folke; et al.
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, IEEE 2022, Vol. 7, (1) : 390-397
Wiberg, Viktor; Wallin, Erik; Nordjell, Tomas; et al.
International Conference of Forest Engineering COFE-FORMEC-IUFRO, Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Wiberg, Viktor; Wallin, Erik; Wadbro, Eddie; et al.
2021 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2021): Proceedings, Prague: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society 2021 : 2121-2126
Andersson, Jennifer; Bodin, Kenneth; Lindmark, Daniel; et al.
Technical Report
Andersson, Jennifer; Servin, Martin
Proceedings of the 38th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), Dubai: International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC) 2021 : 688-695
Aoshima, Koji; Servin, Martin; Wadbro, Eddie
2021 Proceedings of the 38th ISARC, Dubai, UAE, International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC) 2021 : 688-695
Aoshima, Koji; Servin, Martin; Wadbro, Eddie
Machines, MDPI 2021, Vol. 9, (10)
Backman, Sofi; Lindmark, Daniel; Bodin, Kenneth; et al.
Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences, Springer 2021, Vol. 8, (1)
Servin, Martin; Berglund, Tomas; Nystedt, Samuel
VII International Conference on Particle-based Methods (PARTICLES 2021): Technical program
Servin, Martin; Götz, Holger; Berglund, Tomas; et al.
14th WCCM & ECCOMAS Congress 2020: Virtual Congress 11 - 15 January, 2021, International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) 2021 : 2965-2966
Servin, Martin; Vesterlund, Folke; Wallin, Erik
Minerals, Vol. 11, (5)
Servin, Martin; Vesterlund, Folke; Wallin, Erik
Journal of terramechanics, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 93 : 11-21
Wiberg, Viktor; Servin, Martin; Nordfjell, Tomas
2019 Sixth HCT Information Technology Trends (ITT): Emerging Technologies – Blockchain and IoT, IEEE 2019 : 197-201
Butt, Waqqas ur Rehman; Servin, Martin; Samara, Khalid; et al.
2019 24th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), IEEE 2019 : 488-495
Hallén, Mattias; Åstrand, Max; Sikström, Johannes; et al.
VI International Conference on Particle-Based Methods - Fundamentals and Applications - PARTICLES. Barcelona, Spain, October 28-30, 2019
Servin, Martin; Wallin, Erik
Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 11, (3) : 659-675
Thoeni, Klaus; Servin, Martin; Sloan, Scott; et al.
CHoPS 2018, 9th International Conference on Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids, 10th-14th September 2018, London, UK
Berglund, Tomas; Mickelsson, Kjell-Ove; Servin, Martin
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 106 : 117-129
Lindmark, Daniel M.; Servin, Martin
Computational Particle Mechanics, Springer 2018, Vol. 5, (2) : 125-139
Nordberg, John; Servin, Martin
Commercial Vehicle Technology 2018, Springer 2018 : 493-504
Servin, Martin; Brandl, Michael
The V International Conference on Particle-Based Methods. Fundamentals and Applications: PARTICLES 2017, Barcelona, Spain: International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) 2017 : 600-611
Thoeni, Klaus; Servin, Martin; Giacomini, Anna
Computational Particle Mechanics, Vol. 3, (1) : 107-121
Servin, Martin; Wang, Da
Computational Particle Mechanics, Vol. 3, (1) : 43-52
Wang, Da; Servin, Martin; Berglund, Tomas
Rapport från Institutionen för skogens biomaterial och teknologi (BIB14845294)
Lideskog, Håkan; Wallsten, Johanna; Karlberg, Magnus; et al.
ECCOMAS IV international conference on particle-based methods 2015
Servin, Martin; Berglund, Tomas; Mickelsson, Kjell-Ove; et al.
Powder Technology, Elsevier 2015, Vol. 283 : 475-487
Wang, Da; Servin, Martin; Berglund, Tomas; et al.
European Biophysics Journal, Vol. 44, (5) : 291-300
Zakrisson, Johan; Wiklund, Krister; Servin, Martin; et al.
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, John Wiley & Sons 2014, Vol. 97, (12) : 878-902
Servin, Martin; Wang, Da; Lacoursiere, Claude; et al.
Powder Technology, Elsevier 2014, Vol. 253 : 438-443
Wang, Da; Servin, Martin; Mickelsson, Kjell-Ove
MODPROD2013: 7th MODPROD Workshop on Model-Based Product Development
Billing, Erik; Servin, Martin
Journal of terramechanics, Elsevier 2013, Vol. 50, (2) : 73-83
Edlund, Jeanette; Servin, Martin; Keramati, Ehsan
Silva Fennica, Vol. 47, (2)
Ersson, Back Tomas; Jundén, Linus; Bergsten, Urban; et al.
International Journal of Forest Engineering, Vol. 24, (1) : 16-23
Jundén, Linus; Bergström, Dan; Servin, Martin; et al.
NAFEMS NORDIC Conference: Engineering Simulation: Best Practices, New Developments, Future Trends, 22 - 23 May 2012, Gothenburg, Sweden
Backman, Anders; Bodin, Kenneth; Lacoursière, Claude; et al.
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Los Alamitos, USA: IEEE Computer Society 2012, Vol. 18, (3) : 516-526
Bodin, Kenneth; Lacoursière, Claude; Servin, Martin
OSCAR 2012: The Nordic Baltic conference on forestoperations, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava" 2012 : 15-19
Ersson, Back Tomas; Linus, Jundén; Bergsten, Urban; et al.

Research groups

Head of research
Digital Physics