The track biorobotics is part of the master's in biomedical engineering.
Are you intrigued by biologically-inspired robots? If you would like to improve and enhance the capabilities of these type of robots or the way they are used to benefit the healthcare sector, then Biorobotics of the Master's in Biomedical Engineering is the right specialisation track to pursue. After completing your studies, you can be a(n) (academic) researcher, product developer, advisor, manager or teacher in this field of biomedical engineering.
Biorobotics is about the application of robotics and mechatronics in medicine and healthcare. Biorobotics is also a research approach in which you investigate biology and medical problems from a mechatronic point of view.
The TechMed research groups that participate in the biorobotics tracks work in different areas on improving and applying biorobotic technology. We closely collaborate with partners and stakeholders such as clinicians, patients and the industry. This, in order to:
- derive use case scenarios and functional requirements,
- design, realise and test prototypes,
- and to evaluate them in a (pre)clinical setting.
The key research areas with some examples of research questions are:
Just like robotics, biorobotics is continuously undergoing changes to better tackle current and future challenges. Examples are microrobotics and soft robots. Click below to find out more about some specific research questions in these fields.
The specialisation Biorobotics of Biomedical Engineering starts with courses in rigid body dynamics, control theory, and advanced programming, since these are elementary to (bio)mechatronics. Other courses will deepen your knowledge and skills in your research field of interest and on application of your knowledge/skills in clinical cases, such as (neuro)rehabilitation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, orthopedy, or heart surgery. In the various courses, theory will be applied in assignments, lab experiments and projects. You will learn and get experienced in how to work independently but also in small groups of fellow students.
Curriculum of Biorobotics
Currently, we offer two different variants of this specialisation. Below you can read more about the various courses and credits per variant (curriculum 2019-2020). Please note that this can be different at the moment that you actually start your studies.
A training in biorobotics focusses on knowledge and skills that are related to mechatronic design and control of medical robots, human-machine interaction and biomedical science. This means that you will be well-prepared for positions in the development of mechatronic medical devices that directly interact with humans. As a bioroboticist you will work in multidisciplinary teams, where you will be essential to translate the clinical needs and wishes into technical requirements and concepts. You will also play an important role in the (pre)clinical evaluation of medical robots.
You will be able to apply your skills in various early career trajectories, for example in academic research as a Ph.D. candidate, in mechatronics companies or medical device companies as a product developer or manager, in university hospitals or knowledge institutes as a researcher or at (applied) universities as a teacher. Read more about the career opportunities of Biomedical Engineering graduates in general.
If you are interested to apply for our track Biorobotics, you will have to sign up for the Master's in Biomedical Engineering first. Students that obtained or that are about to obtain their diploma outside of the Netherlands can take part in our eligibility check, giving an indication of their chances of being admitted. Find out more about admission here.