This lab provides facilities and instrumentation for the measurement, analysis and evaluation of signals that originate from physiological phenomena of a mechanical and electrical nature. A typical example of this type of activity is an exercise designed to illustrate fundamental biomechanics associated with motion in the human body involves assembling a mechanical model to simulate and measure the forces and movement involved with human limbs. The lab is also equipped with specialized and general-purpose computer based data acquisition systems that enable experiments involve recording and analysis of signals associated with the cardiovascular, neuromuscular and respiratory systems. The software available in the lab workstations allow integrated signal acquisition and analysis based on industry standard programming environments including National Instruments LabVIEW and Mathworks Matlab to filter, process and evaluate experimentally acquired data, allowing for a more accurate assessment of the recorded signals and the correlation with the biological basis of their origin.
This lab was intentionally designed to serve as a multipurpose teaching facility to support fundamental curricular objectives that include biomedical engineering concepts covered in Intro to Biomedical Engineering I, core system and signal analysis concepts in Biomedical Signals and Analysis and complex, multisystem feedback interaction in Dynamics and Control of Biomedical Systems as well focused topics in upper level elective courses such as Fundamental Electrophysiology.
Examples of courses taught in this lab: