Biomechatronics (ME 437)

2022 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Meltem Elita┼č,
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Formal lecture,Seminar,Recitation
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Case Study
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-Introduction to biomechatronics (Motivation and highlights of biomechatronic technologies), -Human as a physiological system, -Biological actuators, -Biological sensors, -Biological feedback mechanism, -Brain and brain machine interfaces, -Active and passive prosthetic limbs, -Orthotics, Exoskeletons, Exomusculatures, -Biocompatibility and biocompatible materials in biomechatronics, -Implants, -Medical robotics, -Diagnostic devices.


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.


  • Current state of art, ethical issues and future challenges in biomechatronics.
  • Analyze human as a physiological system.
  • Make analogies between biological and engineering systems: actuators, sensors, feedback mechanisms, etc.
  • Analyze, evaluate and compare the design and construction of biomechatronic technologies and surgical robotics.
  • Design and model simple biomechatronic systems, medical robotics, surgical tools and perform simulations using computational tools.
  • Produce a technical report incorporating details of designs, models, simulations and outcomes.
  • Present a technical report on an interdisciplinary subject.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 5

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 4

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 3

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 5

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 5

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 4

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 3

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 2

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 3

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions.

1. Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to (a) Design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software or (b) Design and analyze communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software 5

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 5

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 4

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 2

1. Familiarity with concepts in statistics and optimization, knowledge in basic differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, complex variables, multi-variable calculus, as well as physics and computer science, and ability to use this knowledge in modeling, design and analysis of complex dynamical systems containing hardware and software components. 4

2. Ability to work in design, implementation and integration of engineering applications, such as electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, control and computer systems that contain software and hardware components, including sensors, actuators and controllers. 5


  Percentage (%)
Midterm 35
Quiz 10
Written Report 35
Homework 20


Optional Readings

Biomechatronics 1st Edition, Marko Popovic, 2019
Applied Biomechatronics using Mathematical Models, Jorge Garza-Ulloa, 2018
Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, Roger Narayan, 2019
Nonlinear Electronics 1, Brahim Haraoubia, 2019