Medical and health engineering

Medical and health engineering (MHE) is an interdisciplinary field that unites engineering and medical sciences to create cutting-edge technologies with the purpose to diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases, as well as to support human well-being. The field spans from the design and development of new devices, systems and methods to the improvement of existing ones.

The researchers within the Medical and Health Engineering research area at MDU have competences in medical engineering, neuroengineering, sensor technology, sensor systems, electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, signal processing, artificial intelligence, human-system interaction, user-centered design, as well as physiology, psychology, and health.

A vital part of the research is the collaboration with scientific experts from other engineering disciplines including data communication and robotics, and with stakeholders representing the medical- and health sector, municipalities, and the private sector.

Research areas

Health-promotion engineering

Our focus is to use an interdisciplinary approach by advancing state-of-the-art for technologies providing personalized health advice. We digitalize health advice based on best-practice and current research for selected health related challenges, adapt and develop new methods to be able to collect and process objective and subjective data from users and integrate relevant behavior change strategies to be able to provide personalized advice for health improvements.

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Biomedical Engineering

The research within the Biomedical Engineering group focuses on reliable non-invasive physiological data acquisition and signal processing. The aim is to find solutions to real problems and the projects are performed in close collaboration with the public sector.

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The robotics research group is mainly conducting research in the area of autonomous collaborating systems.

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Fore more information, please contact Maria Lindén.

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Ongoing research projects

The purpose of the project is to, in close collaboration with the department of rehabilitation medicine at Danderyd Hospital, implement ElectroEncephaloGraphy (EEG) mediated NeuroFeedback (NF) rehabilitation for stroke patients to study 1) the mechanisms of neuroplasticity that enable improved motor recovery and 2) the impact of severity of motor dysfunction on a) neuroplasticity, and b) on the hand grasping motor outcome of the NF rehabilitation.

Project manager at MDU: Elaine Åstrand

The objective of the PRE-fall project is to develop an E-health application and sensor solutions enabling the detection of early deteriorations in physical ability which are related to an increased fall risk, and to decrease the risk through the provision of personalized support. The sensor solutions and user interfaces are developed in user-centered iterative design processes.

Project manager at MDU: Annica Kristoffersson

Main financing: The Knowledge Foundation