Special Topics Course: BME 6086 – 024

 Design of Biomedical Sensors, Devices and Measurement Systems

Instructor Prof. Insoo Kim, Ph.D.

Office Hours By appointments
Lectures Wed 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Location On-line

Textbook: None, we will use powerpoints and pdf’s posted throughout the semester

References (optional):

Medical Instrumentation: Application and Design. John G. Webster, Ed.; 5th edition, Wiley,

New York, 2020

Course Objectives

Students will understand the design considerations in biomedical instrumentation. Students will understand the range and capabilities of the most common biomedical sensors and instrumentation, microcontroller embedded design, and signal conditioning and processing, needed to design and fabricate biomedical instrumentation. Students will achieve proficiency in hands-on analog circuit design and implementation as well as practical methods for signal digitization, digital signal processing, and instrument programming. Students will design, build, and characterize a complete biomedical instrument and justify their design choices.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to biomedical instrument design. We will introduce physiological signals, biomedical sensors, analog signal amplification and filters, digital acquisition, digital filtering and processing, and an overview of several common medical instrumentation platforms. Hands-on implementation of key principles of instrumentation design will be covered in the laboratory portion of the class culminating with students designing and fabricating their own biomedical instrumentation.


  1. (9/2) Overview of Biomedical Instrument and Sensors
  2. (9/9) Rapid Prototyping Tools and Fabrication Process
  3. (9/16) Analog Circuits Basics
  4. (9/23) Analog-to-Digital Converter
  5. (9/30) MCU interfaces and Embedded Programming
  6. (10/7) Term Project Proposal
  7. (10/14) Bio-Potential Analog Front-end
  8. (10/21) PPG Analog Front-end
  9. (10/28) Bio Impedance Analog Front-end
  10. (11/4) Potentiostat and Electrochemical Measurement
  11. (11/11) Stimulator
  12. (11/18, 12/2) Class Project Design Review


Term Project Proposal —1st Submission: 30%

Proposal Presentation: 20%

Term Project Design Document — Final Submission: 30%

Classroom Participation: 20%