ME 437 Biomechatronics

Biomechatronics is an interdisciplinary higher level undergraduate course (and graduate level course) that introduces human body, presents analogies between biological systems and engineering systems, explains application of mechatronics systems in biology and medical fields, integration of mechanical elements, electronics, and parts of biological organisms. This course will introduce the motivation of biomechatronic systems, medical robotics, robotic surgery and surgery tools, the background, ethics, fundamentals, current state-of-art technology, and future trends in the field. beings.

This course aims to present students the knowledge in the cross area of biomechatronics, medical robotics, and surgical robotics while providing fundamentals of human body as a physiological system. This course will widen their eyesight and increase their creativity to better produce engineering-inspired products, and to engineer tools that will better serve the human beings.
Interdisciplinary course, as a topic it covers one of the state-of-art research topics for mechatronics engineering.
• Introduction to Biomechatronics, Graham Brooker, 2010. • Biomechatronics in Medicine and Healthcare, Raymond Tong Kaiyu, 2011 by Pan Stanford. • Biomechatronic Design in Biotechnology: A Methodology for Development of Biotechnological Products, Carl-Fredrik Mandenius, Mats Björkman, 2011 by Wiley. • Myer Kutz, Editor, Biomedical Engineering and Design Handbook, Second Edition, Volume 1:Fundamentals,McGraw-Hill Companies, 2009.

ME435 Scaling in Engineering

This course covers the science, technology, and state-of-the-art in multi-scale systems consist of different length scales. Through this course students will learn how to implement scaling laws to engineering systems that they have in other courses and how to combine multi-scale systems consist of different length scales (nano-, micro-, or macro-scales). Through lectures and hands-on projects, participants will learn how scaling effects in nature and biology can be mimicked in engineering applications as a new technology. Bridging multiple courses.

To create a platform and provide conditions that is necessary to combine interested scientists and engineers working in the areas of mechatronics, biology, electronics, material science, manufacturing systems who are interested in understanding how to use scaling laws to improve engineering system’s performance, multi- functionality, robustness, intelligent, while decreasing the cost. In addition, to be able to provide full responsibility to students in order to start, progress, result and report their projects for a real life problem which fits best to their interest.

The course introduces the scaling laws for engineering systems including multi-scale systems consist of different length scales (nano-, micro-, or macro-scales). When system modeling, design and fabrication processes are being performed scaling and interaction of different length scales becomes prominent. This course covers the fundamental properties of scales, design theories, modeling methods and manufacturing issues with different application examples. Examples of engineering systems include micro-/macro-robotics, micro-/macro-actuators, MEMS, microfluidics, micromanipulators (AFM, Microinjection technologies), robotic surgery (da Vinci Robots), biosensors, MRI machines, and solar energy panels. Students master the materials through problem sets, scientific discussions with specialists from industry or medicine, and project preparation and presentations.

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