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CM2014 Simulation Methods in Medical Engineering 7.5 credits

Modeling and simulation play an important role and have developed into indispensable disciplines in many fields, including Medical Engineering. This course aims at providing a comprehensive introduction to the methods and theory of medical simulations, covering finite element methods (FEM) for biomechanics simulations; medical imaging simulation methods; various methods (systems dynamic modeling, discrete event simulations, agent-based modeling) that have applications on mechanistic modeling of disease, treatment, epidemiology, healthcare systems and processes, logistics and much more; molecular simulations; CFD for fluid and climate technology; surgical and haptic simulations. Despite different simulation methods, all have mathematics behind, and an understanding of differential equations is warranted.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Modeling and simulation play an important role and have developed into indispensable disciplines in many fields, including Medical Engineering. This course aims at providing a comprehensive introduction to the methods and theory of medical simulations, covering the following topics:

Finite element methods (FEM) for biomechanics simulations

Medical imaging simulation methods (ultrasound and ionizing radiation imaging) 

Methods that have applications in mechanistic modeling of disease, treatment, epidemiology, healthcare systems and processes, logistics etc., including 

oSystems dynamic modeling and simulation

oDiscrete event simulations

oAgent-based modeling

Molecular simulations 

CFD (Computational fluid dynamics) for fluid and climate technology

Surgical and haptic simulations

Despite different simulation methods, all have mathematics behind, and an understanding of differential equations is warranted

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to

Understand the rationale behind medical simulations and what societal challenges could be solved with medical simulations 

Describe the key concepts and theoretical background in medical simulations 

Derive and explain some fundamental mathematical models in medical simulations  

Solve basic differential equations (analytically and numerically) of relevance in medical simulations 

Critically analyze and discuss the plausibility of the simulation results 

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent.

English 6.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination

  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web CM2014

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study

Medical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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