Become an expert in developing, improving, and enhancing robots and other mechatronic systems that are used to benefit the healthcare sector.
Robotics play an increasingly important role within healthcare. Think of robotic exoskeletons training paralysed patients to walk, surgical robots assisting surgeons in the operating room, or computerised bionic legs enabling amputees to walk. If you are interested in developing, improving, and enhancing robots and other mechatronic systems that are used to benefit the healthcare sector, the specialisation in Biorobotics is the right choice for you. From determining requirements to designing and testing prototypes to evaluating them in a (pre-)clinical setting; you will gain the knowledge and skills needed for the realisation of different types of robots within healthcare, used to support either patients or clinicians.
How can a robot perform certain functions that are perfectly aligned with human intents? That is one of the key questions you will deal with in this specialisation. You will not only learn to understand what it takes to design a robot from a mechatronic perspective, but you will also be able to measure and include human signals and responses in the control of a robot. To be able to do so, you will gain knowledge in areas such as control theory, advanced programming, biomedical product design, simulation and modelling, as well as physiology, anatomy, and rigid body dynamics. You will learn to deal with relevant, real-life challenges that are of topical interest in today’s clinical practice.
This specialisation focuses on three key areas: wearable robotics, aimed at augmenting, training or supplementing human motor function; rehabilitation robotics, aimed at promoting recovery and also reducing the physical load of therapists; and surgical robots, aimed at aiding clinicians in performing procedures inside the body of the patients.
Within these areas, there’s a great variety of interesting challenges you can address. For example, how can you make robots more light-weighted, compact and user-friendly? Or how can you build intelligence into a robotic system? You might for example focus on the development of a knee- or ankle prosthesis that can prevent extra strain on the other knee or ankle, or you could improve the accuracy of a robot performing minimally invasive heart surgery. And what about developing wearable robots that can prevent low back and shoulder injuries in workers? Within the innovative TechMed Centre, you will be able to contribute to cutting-edge research.
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.
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