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Biomedical Engineering Research

At C-BER our main goals are the creation of interdisciplinary knowledge enabling innovation and technology transfer with economic impact; and also the development of products, tools and methods for the prevention and early detection of different types of diseases, aging-related impairments, or for human rehabilitation, physical therapy or functional assessment.

We also seek to contribute to the development of advanced neuro-technologies at the frontier of engineering and neurology, and to promote strategic partnerships with clinical partners, research institutes, and fostering international cooperation.

Our R&D activity is developed in three different areas: BioInstrumentation, Biomedical Imaging and NeuroEngineering.

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Networked Intelligent Systems

CTM’S Summer Internship Programme gathers 36 college students from Porto

During the month of July, INESC TEC's Centre for Telecommunications and Multimedia (CTM) promoted another edition of the Summer Internship’s initiative, welcoming a group of students from the Faculty of Engineering (FEUP) and Faculty of Sciences (FCUP) of the University of Porto and also from the School of Engineering of Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ISEP).

02nd August 2019

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC’s spin-off wins EIT Health prize

InSignals Neurotech, an INESC TEC spin-off in the biomedical engineering area, was awarded second place in the first edition of the EIT Health Startup Meets Pharma programme, which aims at bringing startups that operate in this industry sector closer to major European pharmaceutical companies.

01st August 2019

Networked Intelligent Systems

The world's largest biomedical engineering society awards INESC TEC’s researchers

For the first time, the work developed by hundreds of Portuguese researchers in the biomedical engineering area was awarded by the world's largest and oldest biomedical engineering society, the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). 

31st July 2019

Networked Intelligent Systems

VR2Market Project comes to an end

VR2Market came to an end and its closing session was held at INESC TEC’s headquarters on 26 June.

08th July 2019

INESC TEC participates in the Market of Open Innovation in Health

Within the framework of the TEC4Heath, INESC TEC participated in the fourth edition of the Market of Open Innovation in Health, which took place on 4 April at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), in Braga, aiming at presenting some of its projects developed in the healthcare area.

06th May 2019

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Biomedical Imaging Laboratory

Neuroengineering and Advanced Human Sensing Laboratory

BioInstrumentation Lab

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2019

Combined phase and magnitude metric for validation of lower limb multibody dynamics muscle action with sEMG

Authors
Rodrigues, C; Correia, M; Abrantes, J; Nadal, J; Benedetti, M;

Publication
IFMBE Proceedings

Abstract
This study presents and applies combined phase and magnitude metrics for validation of multibody dynamics (MBD) estimated muscle actions with simultaneous registered sEMG of lower limb muscles. Subject-specific tests were performed for acquisition of ground reaction forces and kinematic data from joint reflective markers during NG, SKG and SR. Inverse kinematics and dynamics was performed using AnyBody musculoskeletal personalized modeling and simulation. MBD estimated muscle activity (MA) of soleus medialis (SM) and tibialis anterior (TA) were compared on phase, magnitude and combined metric with simultaneous acquisition of sEMG for the same muscles. Results from quantitative metrics presented better agreement between MDB MA and sEMG on phase (P) than on magnitude (M) with combined (C) metric following the same pattern as the magnitude. Soleus medialis presented for specific subject lower P and M error on NG and SKG than at SR with similar P errors for tibialis anterior and higher error on M for TA at NG and SKG than SR. Separately and combined quantitative metrics of phase and magnitude presents as a suitable tool for comparing measured sEMG and MBD estimated muscle activities, contributing to overcome qualitative and subjective comparisons, need for intensive observer supervision, low reproducibility and time consuming. © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019.

2019

Spherical angular analysis for pelvis coordination assessment on modified gait

Authors
Rodrigues, C; Correia, M; Abrantes, J; Nadal, J; Benedetti, M;

Publication
IFMBE Proceedings

Abstract
This study presents and applies 3D spherical angular analysis in relation with 2D polar coordinates to assess anatomic pelvic movement on modified gait, namely stiff knee (SKG) gait and slow running (SR) comparing with normal gait (NG). Subject specific analysis was performed of an adult healthy male based on inverse kinematics from in vivo and noninvasive capture at human movement lab of reflective markers position from pelvis anatomical selected points with Qualisys camera system during a complete stride of NG, SKG and SR. Radial distance (R), pitch (?) and azimuth (?) angular phases were computed from pelvic angle-angle diagrams (?T, ?C, ?S) at transverse (T), coronal (C) and sagittal (S) planes, and angular phase (?) and planar radial distance (r) polar coordinates computed from pelvic angle-angle diagrams projections at cartesian planes (?T, ?C), (?T, ?S), (?C, ?S). Average radial distances and phase standard deviation were assessed on spherical and polar coordinates. © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019.

2019

Methodological considerations for kinematic analysis of upper limbs in healthy and poststroke adults. Part I: A systematic review of sampling and motor tasks

Authors
Mesquita, IA; Vieira Pinheiro, ARV; Paiva Velhote Correia, MFPV; Costa da Silva, CIC;

Publication
Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation

Abstract

2019

Lower limb assessment of dynamic stiffness on different human maximum vertical jump

Authors
Rodrigues, C; Correia, M; Abrantes, JMCS; Rodrigues, MAB; Nadal, J;

Publication
2019 IEEE 6th Portuguese Meeting on Bioengineering (ENBENG)

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2019

Methodological considerations for kinematic analysis of upper limbs in healthy and poststroke adults Part II: a systematic review of motion capture systems and kinematic metrics

Authors
Mesquita, IA; Fonseca, PFPD; Pinheiro, ARV; Velhote Correia, MFP; Silva, CICD;

Publication
Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation

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