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The Biomedical Engineering Laboratory was set-up with the support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Cohesion Policy Programme 2007-2013, as part of the project 'Strengthening of Analytical Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Electromagnetics RTDI Facilities' which provided a grant of over €500,000 to acquire new state-of-the-art equipment.

The Laboratory is equipped with a variety of biomedical data acquisition devices that, in most cases, allow access to the data in real-time and in an on-line manner thus allowing researchers to acquire the data into their own systems and process the data in an on-line manner with user-developed processing algorithms opening up the possibility for real-time feedback and algorithm integration into the existing devices. The technical accessibility of the devices in this Laboratory makes it possible to investigate new methods for clinical data acquisition and analysis and for the development of new medical devices. Six of the major biomedical data acquisition devices are described here below.

A Vicon Motion Analysis System that has the capability of tracking a person, animal or object in a three-dimensional volume has been installed in the Laboratory. The system incorporates a three-axis force plate, essential to obtain the kinetics of a moving entity, as is required, for example, in clinical gait analysis. A wireless electromyogram (EMG) system is also integrated into the system thus allowing multi-modal human motion analysis.

Body pressure measurement studies may be carried out using the Tekscan Body Pressure Measurement System. The system is equipped to measure seat and back pressure, foot and in-shoe pressure and hand-grip pressure. Application peripheral interface software allows on-line access to the body pressure measurement data acquired.
The Ultrasonix Diagnostic Ultrasound installed in the Laboratory goes beyond the diagnostic function by providing a research function opening up access to developments in new ultrasound scanning protocols, new diagnostic and measuring software tools and new ultrasound signal and image analysis.
The Flir Thermal Camera with a sensitivity of 0.02 degrees Kelvin allows thermal imaging with very high radiometric temperature sensitivity. Subsurface phenomena that result in a small change in surface temperature may be detected and imaged by this thermal imager. The application of thermal imaging to biomedical and clinical situations is growing rapidly. Temperature levels and gradients in living systems may now be explored with this equipment and will allow novel clinical applications to be developed.
Bio-potential measurements and studies may be carried out using the G-tec bio-potential acquisition device is used to acquire bio-potentials such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) or the electroencephalogram (EEG). The Department of Systems and Control Engineering has a long standing research history concerning EEG for the development of new brain disease biomarkers, for the localisation of brain activity and for the development of brain-computer interfaces. This equipment is now making it possible for our researchers to design our own experimental protocols and acquire our own EEG data, opening new avenues for exploration.

A variety of biomedical data may be acquired using the Biopac Biomedical Data Acquistion system. This system integrates the acquisition of various multi-modal biomedical data from body thermometers, tri-axial accelerometers, goniometers and torsiometers, skin conductance measurement device, pulse oximeter, bio-impedance measurement system, hand dynamometer and non-invasive blood measurement device.

The Biomedical Engineering Laboratory also houses a hyperspectral camera, a robotic manipulator, a haptic feedback system, processing and interfacing boards, and software and hardware computing facilities.


SCE 10th Year Anniversary


Reception held in celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the Department of Systems and Control Engineering. Click here for more information.

PhD Scholarship in Computer Vision


The Department of Systems and Control Engineering is accepting applications for the post of a PhD student to work in collaboration with WildEye. Click here for more information.

Funding Award for WildEye


Research funding awarded to the SCE Department under the FUSION Technology Development Programme (TDP) 2017.

Funding Award for BrainApp


CBC awarded research funding under the FUSION Technology Development Programme (TDP) 2017.

Closing date for MSc course applications


The deadline for late applications for the MSc in Signals, Systems and Control is the 31st August 2017. Click here for more information.

TVM news feature


News feature on the work currently being carried out by our PhD student Ms Rachael Nicole Darmanin, supervised by Dr Ing. Marvin Bugeja. Link here.

PhD scholarships at University of Sheffield, UK


Please click here for more information.

Postdoctoral Position in Robotics and Control


Postdoctoral Position at the University of Le Havre in France. Click here for more information.

MSc by Research - Call for Expression of Interest


The Department of Systems and Control Engineering and the Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics are seeking students who are interested in pursuing studies leading to an MSc in Engineering degree (mainly by research) on any of the topics detailed here.

Postdoctoral Research Position in EEG


[CLOSED] Postdoctoral Research Position in EEG Signal Processing with the Centre for Bionedical Cybernetics. Click here for more information.

Last Updated: 21 April 2016

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