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Bio mechatronics

The bio-mechatronics research unit is divided in two groups: the biomed group and the precision mechatronics laboratory.

The major interest of the biomed group is to develop and analyse medical devices in collaboration with clinicians. This research group has developed close relation with many medical departments in Europe. For example, we collaborate since 2003 with Jacques Devière and the department of gastroenterology of Erasme Hospital on several projects in the field of flexible digestive endoscopy.
The research axes of the biomed group are the following ones:
- Flexible mechanics, including design of medical devices for therapeutic endoscopy, force feedback system and size measurement device for endoscopic applications, real time in vivo biosensor, controllable stiffness mechanism for endoscopic and catheter applications,
- Bioelectronics, including design and manufacturing of implantable stimulators (neurostimulators, gastrostimulators, optoelectronic stimulators), medical monitoring devices (electroneurogram, 3D ballistocardiography), neuromodelling and signal processing,
- Biomechanics, including experimental and numerical analysis of human joints, orthopaedic implants design and analysis, mechanical characterization of soft tissues, patient specific modeling, focusing but not limiting on the human knee joint.

The precision mechatronics laboratory is developing instrumentation and strategies for actively measuring and controlling the vibrations of structures. Over the years, it has developed an internationally renown expertise in high precision control of large instruments dedicated to experimental physics, including gravitational wave detectors, particle colliders, segmented ground and space telescopes, satellites and light sources.


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