Track I: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
We are living in a very demanding society in which people need increasing help to sustain their mobility and vitality throughout their lifetime. This track is focused on understanding the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system with the aim to improve the vitality of healthy people, enhance the performance of sports professionals and to treat the patients suffering from musculoskeletal disorders and diseases.
Therefore, the track is focused on relevant tissue biomechanics, biophysical models of muscles and joints, human motion control, interactions between the biological systems (including brain) and (electro)mechanical devices (e.g., neurorehabilitation robots, haptic interfaces, external prostheses, orthoses) as well as an assessment of the effects of sport equipment on the resultant performance.
Students following this track will acquire the fundaments knowledge and research skills for solving increasingly complex and important challenges associated with human movement and control
Courses and research assignments focus on human movement analysis, musculoskeletal modelling, biomechatronics, identification of the (reflexive) control loops in the musculoskeletal system, human-machine interaction, biomaterials, mechanism design, and control theory, 3D printing.