Biomechatronics - LEB


Biomedical Engineering

Curricular Unit (UC)


Mandatory  x
Scientific Area EB Category  

Course category: B - Basic; C - Core Engineering; E - Specialization; P - Complementary.

Year: 3rd Semester: 2nd ECTS: 5 Total Hours: 140
Contact Hours T:  TP: 45 PL: S: OT:2
Professor in charge


T - Lectures; TP - Theory and practice; PL - Lab Work; S - Seminar; OT - Tutorial Guidance.

  • Learning outcomes of the curricular unit

    After this course the students should be able to:

    1-Develop a conceptual knowledge of the intricate relationship between mind and body, allowing the students to evaluate different forms of biofeedback usually used in diagnostics and rehabilitation.

    2-Know how to describe the operational principles of a number of actuators. Using previous knowledge of sensors the student must be able to understand the operational principles of systems involving sensors and actuators which are used to monitor and/or stimulate physiological processes.

    3-Develop the knowledge of the basics of the signal processing required to interpret bioelectrical signals.

    4-Be able to develop simple systems with control functionalities for integration in active prosthetic devices.

    5-Have the ability to apply some engineering skills (mechanical and electrical) to analyze the performance of an active prosthetic device (eg. prosthetic limb, etc).

  • Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

    The objective of this curricular unit is to provide the students sufficient knowledge to enable the comprehension of the most actual techniques associated to active prosthesis and orthoses.

    To reach the proposed goal, the units syllabus is divided in two major sections: 

    Building on a previous curricular unit which covers sensors and signal conditioning, this course starts in topics 1 to 4 with the study of the main electromechanical actuators as well as the associated control and signal processing systems. The combination of the acquired knowledge over these topics will enable the project and development of simple biosignal based body-prosthesis interfaces.

    The second section, including topics 5 to 7, is dedicated to the study of the major types of active prostheses and orthoses. The active prosthetic limbs, that give an enhancement of the quality of living trough the reduction of third party dependence, will be addressed. In this section will also be addressed the topic of active orthoses  and exoskeletons already used in the field of physiological recovery, but also a promising emerging technology.

  • Teaching methodologies (including evaluation)

    Interactive lectures are used for presentation of topics, fundamental concepts and practical examples. The main topics are further explored through practical work which is accompanied by the teacher to ensure proper development of knowledge and skills of the students.The learning outcomes are evaluated by marked coursework, laboratory projects with written report and oral discussion. The practical component (P) includes de realization of experimental work in the Optoelectronics laboratory and the oral and written presentation of a research work in one of the presented topics. The theoretical component (T) will be evaluated trough a final exam. Note that students will be required to pass the exam, to pass the course.

    The final grade will be calculated by se formula: FG =  (T+2P)/3

  • Demonstration of the coherence between the teaching methodologies and the learning outcomes

    In theoretical classes, syllabus content is presented, which match the learning outcomes 1 to 3. A set of theoretical questions and applications are provided to motivate students to study outside of contact hours.

    For the lab classes a guidance script is distributed which presents a specific problem. The learning outcomes 4 and 5 are accomplished by asking the students to prepare the lab work by designing and analyzing a signal acquisition and control system. The found solution is then tested in lab with the teacher’s support.

    In the final discussion the contents of the report of practical is discussed, taking generally into account all learning objectives.

  • Main Bibliography

    Graham Brooker,”Introduction to biomechatronics”, SciTech publishing, 2012

    Raymond Tong Kaiyu, “Biomechatronics in Medicine and Healthcare”, Pan Stanford Publishing, 2011

    José L. Pons, “Wearable Robots: Biomechatronic Exoskeletons”, Whiley,2008