Multisensor Systems and Locomotion

Course Description

A notion of robotics as intelligent connection between perception and action. Analogy with biosystems. Vision sensors. Optoelectronic methods of measurement and acquisition of scenes. Photogrammetric transformations and algorithms. Modelling of the environment. Measurement od forces, of pressure distribution and tactile sensors. Other sensor modalities including electromyography. Integration of sensor modalities. Kinematics, biomechanics and modelling of movement in biosystems. Locomotion. Medical and sportive applications and diagnostics. Artificial muscle: realisability. Prostheses: cybernetic and motor aspects and functionality. Simulation of movement and virtual reality.

General Competencies

Mastering modern methodology of measurement and analysis of human movement, from professional-technical, scientific and diagnostic aspects, in domains of medicine and sports. Building a fundament for interdisciplinary approach to the study of biological systems responsible for human locomotion. Acquiring communication and collaboration skills with other professionals like physicians and kinesiologists.

Learning Outcomes

  1. define a biological phenomenon of human locomotion from an interdisciplinary viewpoint
  2. explain acquisition and interpretation of quantitative indices of human locomotion
  3. apply modern engineering systems for measurement, analysis and diagnostics of human movement
  4. identify and classify the states of human locomotion based on measurement quantities
  5. create technical protocols as a support to analysis and diagnostics of human movement, in medicine and/or sports
  6. select and reccomend modern engineering systems/devices for biomechanical evaluation of human locomotion, healthy and/or pathological

Forms of Teaching


ex cathedra, PP presentations, occasional short video presentations


written essay type colloquia and exams including a few questions and oral exam as a part of final exam

Experimental Exercises

demonstration of procedures of measurement, analysis and diagnostics of human locomotion in a human movement biomechanics laboratory (Faculty of Kinesiology)


Consultations for students are held once per week.


Involvement in lecture

Internship visits

Cybex Centre for Isokinetics, Voćarska 106, Zagreb; Cognitive and Experimental Neurophysiology Laboratory, Neurology Clinics, Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Class participation 50 % 10 % 50 % 10 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 50 % 40 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 50 % 50 %
Exam: Written 50 % 40 %
Exam: Oral 50 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introduction
  2. Biological and artificial vision
  3. Locomotion biomechanics and inverse dynamic approach
  4. Automated optoelectronic kinematic and kinetic measurement system
  5. Pedobarography
  6. Kinesiological electromyography I
  7. Kinesiological electromyography II
  8. Midterm
  9. Skeletal muscle biomechanics
  10. Isokinetic systems
  11. Biomechanical measurement system in gait analysis
  12. Evoked potentials in motor functions diagnostics
  13. Virtual reality and locomotion
  14. Conclusion
  15. Final exam

Study Programmes

University graduate
Computer Science (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Control Engineering and Automation (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Electronic and Computer Engineering (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Information Processing (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)


Vladimir Medved (2001.), Measurement of Human Locomotion, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fl
J.M. Winters and P.E. Crago (Eds.) (2000.), Biomechanics and Neural Control of Posture and Movement, Springer-Verlag, New York
R. Merletti and P.A. Parker (Eds.) (2004.), Electromyography. Physiology, Engineering, and Noninvasive Applications, IEEE Press, JohnWiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey

Associate Lecturers


ID 34546
  Winter semester
L3 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

90 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Acceptable