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Mobile Computing in Biomedical Engineering

Code: EBE0192     Acronym: CMEB

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Biomedical Engineering

Instance: 2016/2017 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? No
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 0 Syllabus 1 - 6 56 162
MIB 0 Syllabus 4 - 6 56 162

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The main objectives of this curricular unit is centered in the knowledge acquisition in system architecture of mobile devices (focused in smartphones) and their operating systems, programming and interaction concepts and mechanisms with other devices such as medical equipment. This is an introdutory course in the above area.

Learning outcomes and competences

Introductory concepts to mobile devices architecture and operationg systems.
Mobile devices programming.
Mobile human-computer interaction and interface design.
Mobile devices and other devices interaction design and implementation.
Design and implementation of mobile apps and systems.


Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

JAVA programming language.


. Introduction
Mobility and computation – Historic perspective
Mobile devices
Mobile, nomadic and ubiquitos computing
M-health: introductory concepts

 . Introduction to mobile devices programming
Mobile operating systems
Mobile networks and communication among devices
Android: introduction, architecture and APIs
   User interaction
Android JAVA programming
Access to remote services and systems

 . Mobile devices and computing for biomedical systems
Interface with biomedical sensors and actuators
Wearable systems for biomedical applications
Other examples of biomedical applied mobile systems

 . Small-project of apps for biomedical engineering

Mandatory literature

Dave MacLean, Satya Komatineni, Grant Allen; Pro Android 5, Apress, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4302-4680-0 (development of applications in Android OS (includes v. 5))
Jeff Friesen; Learn Java for Android Development, 3rd Edition, Apress, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4302-6454-5 (Learn Java specially for Android aplication development)
Uwe Hansmann, ...[et al.]; Pervasive computing. ISBN: 978-3-540-00218-5

Complementary Bibliography

Ed Burnette; Hello Android, 4th Edition, The Pragmatic Programmers, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-68050-037-0 (basic Android application development, using tutorials)
Bruce Eckel; Thinking in Java. ISBN: 978-0-13-187248-6
ed. Robert S. H. Istepanian, Swamy Laxminarayan, Constantinos S. Pattichis; M-Health. ISBN: 0-387-26559-7
ed. Annalisa Bonfiglio, Danilo De Rossi; Wearable monitoring system. ISBN: 978-1-4419-7383-2

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretic concepts presentation; examples and exercises.
Lab development of small mobile systems and apps (lab works + 1 project).


Eclipse and Android Development Toolkit


Technological sciences > Technology > Internet technology
Technological sciences > Technology > Computer technology > Software technology

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 40,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Trabalho laboratorial 10,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 20,00
Estudo autónomo 32,00
Frequência das aulas 52,00
Trabalho laboratorial 58,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Minimum rank to all evaluation components = 7/20.

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation: 0.1lab + 0.5Proj + 0.4Ex;

lab-lab work report;

proj- project

Ex- exam

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

lab-work and project mandatory during the semester.
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