Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering (BBT)

Development and characterization of biomaterials for the regeneration and/or functional repair of tissues and organs, covering not only fundamental aspects of basic research but also the knowledge transfer to companies and to the clinic.

  • Biomaterials for Bone Regeneration.
  • Plasma for Biomedical Applications.
  • Advanced Metallic Biomaterials and Functionalization.

Biomechanical Engineering Lab (BIOMEC)

Development of multibody biomechanical models to analyse and simulate the dynamics of human movement, for clinical and sport applications; and design personalised robotic devices for movement assistance and rehabilitation.

  • Personalised robotic exoskeletons to assist the gait of spinal cord injured subjects.
  • Analysis of human movement to assess the outcomes of clinical interventions and treatments.

Dosimetry and Medical Radiophysics (DRM)

Research in dosimetry with emphasis on its application in medical physics and healthcare.

  • Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport applied to radiotherapy and medical imaging.
  • Ensure adequate dosimetric monitoring of the staff who are professionally exposed at the UPC.
  • Organise and participate in postgraduate courses and lifetime training within the field of radiological protection and dosimetry.

Computer Graphics & Serious Games (CG)

Design, implementation and validation of serious games and gamification solutions. Strong expertise in computer graphics and game design with the capacity to model biomedical and psychosocial systems and to integrate them in the logics of games.

  • Professional training, screening, rehabilitation and education.
  • User-centric developments that provide adaptive assistance mechanisms for users without computer literacy and for users with special needs.

Electronic and Biomedical Instrumentation (IEB)

New equipment design, measurement methods and instrumentation systems in the fields of ATE, EMC, medicine and biotechnology. Especially interested in instrumentation for medical diagnosis, biotechnological processes and electromagnetic field measurements in the near-field region and automotive applications.

  • Design of medical equipment and systems.
  • Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy and Tomography.
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility and Safety.

Intelligent Robotics and Systems (GRINS)

Study, evaluation and development of robotic systems based on the incorporation of perception capabilities for achieving more flexibility and a more intelligent behavior.

  • Computer vision.
  • Medical robotics.
  • Industrial and services robotics.
  • Underwater robotics.

Bioinformatics and Biomedical Signals Laboratory (B2SLab)

Analysis of bioinformatic and biomedical signals, high throughput screening (genetic association, gene expression, metabolomics) and physiological signals such as EEG, EMG and ECG. Large expertise in the modeling of risk prediction in the clinical environment. Currently focused on joint analysis of genetic and physiological signals in several areas such as Cardiac Risk Assessment or Anesthesia Depth Assessment.

  • Biomedical Engineering.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Machine Learning and Statistics.

BIOsignal Analysis for Rehabilitation and Therapy (BIOART)

Engineering techniques are applied to the medical field to improve rehabilitation processes and clinical therapies. These are evaluated and monitored through multichannel biosignal processing. Algorithms are efficiently designed so that the same techniques adapt and apply to respiratory, neuromuscular and neurological studies.

  • Quantitative tools to monitor muscular activity and fatigue tendency.
  • New aid tools to clinicians for the assisted ventilation.
  • Detection and characterization of the brain’s activity and connectivity.

Biomedical Image Processing group (ANCORA)

ANCORA is a research group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya working on biomedical image processing. We apply traditional and deep learning approaches in order to recognize patterns and extract functional biomarkers in a wide range of clinical applications including brain development, vasculomics, radiomics, digital histopathology, rare diseases or translational cardiology.

We work in close collaboration with clinical and biology experts and our methodology aims for quantitative, reproducible and interpretable approaches.

The group has been awarded by the SGR quality seal from the Generalitat de Catalunya and collaborates with different hospitals and research centers in Spain and abroad.