Where humans and machines intersect, Biomechanical Design provides solutions that allow the biological systems 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

Biomechanical systems are technical systems designed to interact with biological systems, or designed following the principles of biological systems. The knowledge of human senso-motoric behaviour acquired in the field of Biomechanical Design can be used to diagnose diseases.

It can also serve as input for the design and development of such technical 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?

Master students in Delft can choose between two programmes: the master’s programme BioMedical Engineering (BME) and the Mechanical Engineering track BioMechanical Design (BMD).

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