The scientific knowledge we develop in the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) is the basis of our competitive edge and differentiation. It is organized into five big areas of knowledge application, where we analyse the behaviour of the human body and its relationship with the devices, environments and services that people use:
People’s needs and preferences
Biomechanics of body systems
In each one of these areas, we work using a selection of scientific, technological and methodological knowledge that we apply to specific sectors of the population. This allows us to extract and generate essential criteria to design, evaluate and assign technologies, services and environments to improve people’s health, well-being and quality of life.
In the area of anthropometry, we generate morphometric and anthropometric criteria to analyse the human metrics and shapes that are essential to design, evaluate and assign the devices and services that people use.
These criteria are generated based on a selection of previously applied knowledge about specific sectors of the population segmented by age, sex, origin or habits.
In the area of human functions, we use movement analysis methods to generate functional criteria that enable us to design, evaluate and designate the technologies and services that people use.
Knowledge in this area is attained by carrying out research projects and collaborating with companies and organisations in different spheres such as healthcare, sports and ergonomics.
In the area of biomechanics of body systems we generate essential criteria to design and evaluate medical devices, especially those related to the orthopaedic surgery and traumatology, maxillofacial, dentistry and cardiovascular sectors.
We also have knowledge of the necessary methods to analyse different types of physiological signs.
Our knowledge about needs in these sectors and about these methods enables us to work with a global perspective that includes technical and regulatory aspects, assessing and monitoring a great variety of medical devices on the market, and providing medical devices adapted to people’s requirements.
In the area of people’s needs and preferences, we generate essential criteria to design, evaluate and assign products and services that lead to a satisfactory user experience, based on detailed knowledge about potential users’ perception, behaviour and aspirations.
These criteria are generated by applying social and participative research methods that foster active participation from people in all phases of innovation by means of collaborative, streamlined and iterative work procedures.
In the human factors area, we attain knowledge about people’s characteristics and capabilities in order to assess how they interact with devices and services. We can thus establish recommendations to design interfaces, devices and environments suited to them.