El grup d’Enginyeria Biomecànica (BIOMEC) és un grup de recerca de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) i una de les set arees del Centre de Recerca d’Enginyeria Biomèdica (CREB). La missió del Grup és doble. En primer lloc, desenvolupem models biomecànics multicèntrics per analitzar i simular la dinàmica del moviment humà per a aplicacions clíniques i esportives. En segon lloc, a partir dels models anteriors, dissenyem i construïm dispositius robòtics personalitzats que milloren el moviment humà i la neurorehabilitació. El grup disposa d'un laboratori d'anàlisi de moviment d'última generació que inclou un sistema de captura de moviment, plaques de força, electromiografia (EMG) i un sistema de mesurament de la pressió en el calçat. Els projectes actuals se centren en el desenvolupament d'exoesquelets robòtics de les extremitats inferiors per ajudar les persones lesionades de la medul·la espinal, així com en l'anàlisi del moviment humà per avaluar els resultats de les intervencions clíniques i els tractaments. El laboratori també fa recerca sobre altres temes fonamentals de l'enginyeria mecànica.

El Laboratorio de Ingeniería Biomecánica (BIOMEC) es un grupo de investigación de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) y una de las siete áreas del Centro de Investigación en Ingeniería Biomédica (CREB). La misión del laboratorio es doble. Primero, desarrollamos modelos biomecánicos multicuerpo para analizar y simular la dinámica del movimiento humano para aplicaciones clínicas y deportivas. En segundo lugar, en base a los modelos anteriores, diseñamos y construimos dispositivos robóticos personalizados que mejoran el movimiento humano y la neurorrehabilitación. El grupo cuenta con un laboratorio de análisis de movimiento de última generación que comprende un sistema de captura de movimiento, placas de fuerza, electromiografía (EMG) y un sistema de medición de presión en el zapato. Los proyectos actuales se centran en el desarrollo de exoesqueletos robóticos de extremidades inferiores para ayudar a las personas lesionadas de la médula espinal, así como en el análisis del movimiento humano para evaluar los resultados de las intervenciones clínicas y los tratamientos. El laboratorio también investiga otros temas fundamentales de la ingeniería mecánica.

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. Second, based on the previous models, we design and build personalized robotic devices that enhance human movement and neurorehabilitation. The group has a state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory comprising a motion capture system, force plates, electromyography (EMG) and an in-shoe pressure measurement system. Current projects focus on the development of lower limb robotic exoskeletons 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 lab also does research on other fundamental topics of mechanical engineering.

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. Second, based on the previous models, we design and build personalized robotic devices that enhance human movement and neurorehabilitation. The group has a state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory comprising a motion capture system, force plates, electromyography (EMG) and an in-shoe pressure measurement system. Current projects focus on the development of lower limb robotic exoskeletons 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 lab also does research on other fundamental topics of mechanical engineering.

Recent Submissions

  • A Stiffness-fault-tolerant control strategy for an elastically actuated powered knee orthosis 

    Velasco-Guillen, Rodrigo J.; Grosu, Victor; Carmona Ortiz, Víctor A.; Vanderborght, Bram; Lefeber, Dirk; Font Llagunes, Josep Maria; Beckerle, Philipp (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2020)
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    Elastic actuators can provide safe human-robot interaction and energy efficient mobility. For this purpose they are ideal for wearable robotic applications. However, such actuators are subject to stiffness faults. We present ...
  • Exoskeleton design using subject-specific synergy-driven neuromusculoskeletal models 

    Arones, Marleny; Font Llagunes, Josep Maria; Fregly, Benjamin Jon (2020)
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    Most assistive devices available today are unable to improve gait asymmetries due to the lack of knowledge on how to directly enforce kinematic symmetry in the formulation of cost functions. We designed a cost function to ...
  • Systematic review on wearable lower-limb exoskeletons for gait training in neuromuscular impairments 

    Rodríguez Fernández, Antonio; Lobo Prat, Joan; Font Llagunes, Josep Maria (2021-02-01)
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    Gait disorders can reduce the quality of life for people with neuromuscular impairments. Therefore, walking recovery is one of the main priorities for counteracting sedentary lifestyle, reducing secondary health conditions ...
  • Development and pilot evaluation of the ArmTracker: a wearable system to monitor arm kinematics during daily life 

    Carmona Ortiz, Víctor A.; Lobo Prat, Joan; van Ruysevelt, Jeremy; Torras, Carme; Font Llagunes, Josep Maria (2020)
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    Wearable sensing technology is proving useful for promoting health and fitness for the general public and athletes, yet few devices are tailored to people with movement impairments. For devices targeting home-based ...
  • Evaluation of an exercise-enabling control interface for powered wheelchair users: a feasibility study with Duchenne muscular dystrophy 

    Lobo Prat, Joan; Rodríguez Fernández, Antonio; Medina, Julita; Font Llagunes, Josep Maria; Torras, Carme; Reinkensmeyer, David J. (2020-12-01)
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    Background Powered wheelchairs are an essential technology to support mobility, yet their use is associated with a high level of sedentarism that can have negative health effects for their users. People with Duchenne ...
  • Prediction of three-dimensional crutch walking patterns using a torque-driven model 

    Febrer Nafría, Miriam; Pallarès López, Roger; Fregly, Benjamin Jon; Font Llagunes, Josep Maria (2021-01)
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    Computational prediction of 3D crutch-assisted walking patterns is a challenging problem that could be applied to study different biomechanical aspects of crutch walking in virtual subjects, to assist physiotherapists to ...
  • Comparison of different optimal control formulations for generating dynamically consistent crutch walking simulations using a torque-driven model 

    Febrer Nafría, Miriam; Pallarès López, Roger; Fregly, Benjamin Jon; Font Llagunes, Josep Maria (2020-12)
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    Walking impairment due to spinal cord injury can be improved using active orthoses, together with some type of external support such as crutches for balance. This study explores how optimal control problem formulation ...
  • Exoesqueletos robóticos para volver a caminar 

    Font Llagunes, Josep Maria; Lobo Prat, Joan; Rodríguez Fernández, Antonio (Fundació Institut Guttmann, 2019-12-01)
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    Aproximadamente el 60% de los pacientes con problemas neuromusculares padecen trastornos de la marcha que, a su vez, tienen un elevado impacto en su calidad de vida.
  • ABLE: assistive biorobotic low-cost exoskeleton 

    Font Llagunes, Josep Maria; Carnicero Carmona, Alfons; Vidal Samsó, Joan; Clos Costa, Daniel; Lugrís Armesto, Urbano; Alonso Sánchez, Francisco Javier; Cuadrado Aranda, Javier (Asociación Nicolo, 2017)
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    Robotic gait training after spinal cord injury is of high priority to maximize independence and improve the health condition of these patients. Current rehabilitation robots are expensive and heavy, and are generally found ...
  • Use of performance indicators in the analysis of running gait impacts 

    Pàmies Vilà, Rosa; González, Francisco; Kövecses, József; Font Llagunes, Josep Maria (2017-07-14)
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    Foot-ground impact is a critical event during the running cycle. In this work, three performance indicators were used to characterize foot-ground impact intensity: the effective pre-impact kinetic energy, representative ...
  • A friction model for non-singular complementarity formulations for multibody systems with contacts 

    Peiret Giménez, Albert; Kövecses, József; Font Llagunes, Josep Maria (American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2017)
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    The dynamics of multibody systems with many contacts are frequently formulated as a Linear Complementarity Problem (LCP), for which several direct or iterative algorithms are available to solve it efficiently. These ...
  • Laboratory 3.0: Manufacturing technologies laboratory virtualization with a student-centred methodology 

    Fabregat Sanjuan, Albert; Pàmies Vilà, Rosa; Ferrando Piera, Francesc; Flor López, Sílvia de la (Omnia Publisher SL (OmniaScience), 2017-01-01)
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    This paper presents a blended-learning strategy for improving the teaching method applied in the laboratory subject Manufacturing Technologies. The teaching method has been changed from a predominantly teacher-centred to ...

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