Dynamics of biological human systems

Lecturer(s): Didier DRAGNA, Marc JACOB
Course ⋅ 16 hStudy ⋅ 12 h


The human body is an extraordinary complex dynamic system, whose physical modeling is essentialy multidisciplinary. A large number of regulatory process aim at constantly monitoring the internal environement of the body, what is referred to as the homeostasis. In this course, physical modeling of human biologogical systems are presented. Some current applications in bioengineering (artificial heart, medical robotics and imaging) are introduced.


biomechanics, heart, biological system, artificial heart, imaging


Neuro-musculoskeletal system: strength of materials, rigid and flexible multibody systems, biomaterials.. Cardiovascular system: heart mechanics, circulation, network analysis, articial heart. Medical robotics Medical imaging: inverse problems, non-destructive testing, ultrasounds, X-rays, MRI.

Activities: Simulation of the motion with a multibody model. Signal processing for an electrocardiogram. Oral presentation and report on a research article.

Learning Outcomes

  • Bridging your basic multi-disciplinary training with biomedical engineering.
  • Acquire fundamental knowledge in biomedical engineering to master recent and future applications.
  • Be able to interact with healthcare professionals on program topics.


Final mark = 0.5Knowledge + 0.5Know-how Knowledge = final exam Know-how = 0.5written reports of BE + 0.5oral and written presentation of a scientific article