Track: BioMechanical Design
Degree: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 120 ECTS, 24 months
Type: Regular study programme
Language of instruction: English
Where humans and machines intersect, Biomechanical Design provides solutions that allow the biological and mechanical systems to function effectively together. Accordingly, one facet of Biomechanical Design is to investigate human movement, human perception, and human control characteristics. Another facet is to design user-friendly, intuitive technologies based on an understanding of these characteristics.
Learning from biological systems
The knowledge of human behaviour acquired in the field of Biomechanical Design can be used to diagnose diseases, but can also serve as input for the design and development of systems that interact with biological systems or that mimic biological systems. Vivid examples include an endoscope with the flexibility and steerability of an octopus tentacle, telemanipulation systems used in surgical robots, in space, and in the off-shore industry, but also intelligently collaborating robots using mainly local interactive information exchange, similar to humans.
BioMedical Engineering or BioMechancial Design?
In contrast to the more clinically oriented MSc Programme in Biomedical Engineering, this track focuses on the engineering challenges of designing bio-inspired robots, fine-mechanical systems, automobille driver support and training systems, haptic interfaces, and tools for top athletes. Students will receive an advanced education in the design and engineering of robotic devices, mechatronic design, control engineering and biological principles. Students are encouraged to select courses from other departments, faculties or even universities, if appropriate.
Master students in Delft can choose between two programmes: the master's programme BioMedical Engineering (BME) and the Mechanical Engineering track BioMechanical Design (BMD).