Electronics for Biomedical Micro-Systems and Multimedia


This course aims to reinforce an advanced knowledge in analysis and design of electronics micro-systems for biomedical and multimedia applications. This knowledge has to cover not only classical approaches but also has to include more recent and state-of-the-art configurations, demanding original and critical thinking. The student has to acquire skills that enable this, as capacity of cross evaluating information coming from different sources. The student will also have to develop skills to work with the available circuit design frameworks, mathematical software and market consulting of available SOC and ICs.

The students will develop the skill to solve problems, work in a team and improve their capability to control the available time. Special attention is given to written and oral presentation of the work.

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Responsible teacher

João Pedro Abreu de Oliveira


Weekly - 4

Total - 56

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1-     John G. Webster, Editor, “Medical Instrumentation, Application and Design”, John Wiley & Sons, 2010

2-     K. Iniewski, Editor, “VLSI Circuits for Biomedical Applications”, Artech House, 2008

3- R. Sarpeshkar, “Ultra-low Power Biolectronics”, Cambridge University Press, 2010

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Evaluation method

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Subject matter

1.     Introduction to micro-systems for biomedical and multimedia applications

1.1.   Architecture

1.2.   Microcontroller versus microprocessor (ARM based)

2.     Biosignals and multimedia

2.1.  ECG, EEG, EMG;

2.2.   Audio and video signals

2.3.   ADC and DAC

2.4.   Digital signal processing

3.     Sensors / actuators for biomedical e multimedia applications

3.1.   Temperature, humidity, pressure, light/radiation

3.2.   Electrodes

3.3.   Microphone

3.4.   videocam

3.5.   LED

4.     Power management

4.1.   Optimization techniques based on duty-cycling

4.2.   Batteries

5.     Wireless Body Area Networks

5.1.   ISM, MIC e WMTS frequency bands; Standards zigbee, Ant+;

5.2.   ASK e FSK based transceivers

6.     Micro-system project and design steps