This specialization belongs to the master's programme Systems Control.
What is Biomechatronics?
Biomechatronics is the interdisciplinary study of biology, mechanics, electronics and control. It focuses on the research and design of assistive, therapeutic and diagnostic devices to compensate (partially) for the loss of human physiological functions or to enhance these functions.
Knowledge of the human healthy and eventually impaired physiology is required to optimally design biomechatronic devices. In particular, biophysical models of muscles, joints, central nervous system and sensors, and human motion control are very helpful for analysis and innovative designs. Also knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering, control engineering, system identification, and signal processing are required to realize devices that improve the quality of life of humans. Example of such devices are deep brain stimulators to suppress the symptoms of Parkinson disease, rehabilitation robotics to enhance neuro-rehabilitation of stroke survivors, wearable exoskeletons for humans that are unable to control their muscles (e.g. Spinal cord injured patients or Duchenne patients), prosthesis, brain computer interfaces, or support of cardiovascular and pulmonary function in the intensive care.
As a student of the master’s programme Systems and Control you will gain a thorough background in the art of modelling and identifying systems and designing strategies to control them. In this specialisation you will follow a number of courses that will enable you to apply your knowledge in the above mentioned biomechatronics field. You will be able to tailor the program to address your own individual interests and needs.
How is Biomechatronics used?
An engineer in Biomechatronics combines knowledge of healthy and impaired human physiology with knowledge of the design of mechatronic devices. In this specialization you will work towards designing new biomechatronic innovations that contribute to the treatment of patients and make their lives easier.