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Bionics and Medical Robotics

Code: EBE0191     Acronym: BRM

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Biomedical Engineering

Instance: 2016/2017 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Bioengineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MEB 15 Syllabus 1 - 6 56 162
MIB 35 Syllabus 4 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Artur Agostinho dos Santos Capelo Cardoso

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Laboratory Practice: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Artur Agostinho dos Santos Capelo Cardoso 1,00
António Paulo Gomes Mendes Moreira 2,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 2 2,00
António Paulo Gomes Mendes Moreira 1,00
Artur Agostinho dos Santos Capelo Cardoso 1,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


To enable students with knowledge and skills in the fields of bionics and robotics and its application to various subfields of Bioengineering.

Learning outcomes and competences

In the area of bionics
Apply a synthesis of knowledge from various areas of the curriculum in the understanding and analysis of several case studies in the field of medical bionics. It is intended for students become acquainted with several examples of applications with emphasis on the latest developments and problems of current developments in this area.
In the area of robotics:
Understand the operation and use of robotic systems. Master the technological aspects involved in the design, operating characteristics and programming in several different applications.

Working method



1 - Rigid motions: Rotations; Homogeneous transformations

2 – Joint control (angular and linear): Actuators; Sensors; Dynamic equations of motion; Position, speed and force Control;

3 - Introduction to mobile robotic systems: Types of locomotion and traction; Kinematics; Perception; Localization

4 - Robotic Manipulators: Kinematics; The Jacobian and singularitie; Force and torque relationships

5 - Manipulators and mobile robots: examples of applications in healthcare: Surgical Robots; Rehabilitation Robotics; Robots for assistance to mobility; Robots for monitoring and surveillance of patients; Robots that provide clinical support services

6 – Introduction to medical bionics. Analysis of case studies in various medical applications of bionics, encompassing applications replacement and improvement of either sensory or motor functions, including: Artificial vision; Cochlear implants; Cardiac and brain pacemakers; Robotic prosthesis and exoskeletons.

Mandatory literature

Roland Siegwart, Illah R. Nourbakhsh, Davide Scaramuzza; Introduction to autonomous mobile robots. ISBN: 978-0-262-01535-6
Austin Hughes; Electric motors and drives. ISBN: 0-7506-4718-3
Mark W. Spong, Seth Hutchinson, M. Vidyasagar; Robot modeling and control. ISBN: 0-471-64990-2

Comments from the literature

Reference material for the bionics part of the course consists of scientific papers and other publications, namely online, that will be indicated by the lecturer in this area.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretic concepts and examples presentation. Practical exercises.

Laboratorial experiments.

Evaluation with a final exam.

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 39,00
Trabalho laboratorial 13,00
Total: 52,00

Eligibility for exams

Minimum attendance according to regulations (2/3 classes)

Calculation formula of final grade

Examination: 100%

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

According to school rules

Classification improvement

According to school rules

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