Biomechanical Engineering Lab

Simulating and enhancing human movement

About the Lab

The Biomechanical Engineering Lab (BIOMEC) is a research group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and one of the seven areas of the Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB). The mission of the lab is twofold. First, we develop multibody biomechanical models to analyse and simulate the dynamics of human movement, for clinical and sport applications. Secondly, based on the previous models we design personalized robotic devices that enhance human movement and neurorehabilitation.

To accomplish these goals, we have a fully equipped motion analysis laboratory that includes an 18-camera motion capture system, 2 force plates, a 16-channel electromyography (EMG) system, and an in-shoe pressure measurement system. Moreover, we design and build in-house all the developed mechatronic prototypes.

Current research projects focus on the development of hybrid lower limb active orthoses to assist spinal cord injured subjects, as well as on the analysis of human movement to assess the outcomes of clinical interventions and treatments. The group also does research in other fundamental topics of mechanical engineering and robotics. Lab members are mechanical and biomedical engineers that work closely with clinical and industrial partners to translate the developed technologies into products that meet real world needs. The BIOMEC lab actively collaborates with international institutions like McGill University, University of Florida and TU Darmstadt.

Recent News

Outreach activities of BIOMEC Lab 2016-2017

Now that the academic year 2016-2017 has finished, it’s time to remember and summarize the [...]

CREB’s FabMeetup about Innovative Bio Technologies

The UPC Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB) presented ten different projects about Innovative Bio [...]

Alfons Carnicero and Míriam Febrer awarded at “Diada de l’Enginyer” 2017

Alfons Carnicero and Míriam Febrer, members of the BIOMEC Lab at the Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering [...]

Evaluation of gait symmetry in paediatric patients with hemiparesis

Belén Hidalgo presented her Master’s thesis entitled “Gait kinematics and symmetry in patients with hemiparesis [...]

Focal vibration device for the rehabilitation of patients with SCI

Alfons Carnicero, Master’s student of the Biomechanical Engineering Lab (BIOMEC), defended his Master’s thesis “Development [...]