MSc thesis project proposals

Here is a list of possible MSc thesis projects. This is intended just to give an idea, actual projects are usually defined after discussion with the advisor.

Biosignal acquisition, conditioning and processing

[2019] Monitoring Heart Rate through RF Signals

MSc thesis project for an MSc student Microelectronics in the domain of health and well-being monitoring in collaboration with Dialog Semiconductor. The project is at the crossroad of RF IC design and ECG monitoring.

[2018] Background Calibration and Adaptive Tuning Methods for Time-Mode Subtraction Based Time-to-Digital Converters

In this project, we aim to develop background calibration and biosignal specific (EEG, ECG, ECOG, etc.) adaptive tuning methods for a recently developed asynchronous TDC which utilizes a time-based subtraction method.

[2018] Subthreshold Stochastic Computing for On-Chip Low Energy BioSignal Processing

[2018] Subthreshold Bit-Serial Microprocessor Design for On-Chip Low Energy BioSignal Processing

Neuroprosthetics, - stimulation and -modulation

[2019] To Walk Again: Tackling Technical Challenges for Neuromodulation in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

2 MSc thesis projects on spinal cord stimulation electronics and electrodes design in collaboration with the departments of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery and the Center of Pain Medicine of Erasmus MC.

Wireless Power Transfer, Power Management and Energy Harvesting

[2019] CMOS circuit design for ultrasound based nerve activation/inhibition

Thesis project opportunity for up to 3 MSc EE students on implementing a CMOS circuit interface for a 2D array of micron-scale ultrasound transducers for neuromodulation using focused ultrasound (fUS)

[2018] Energy Storage Efficiency (MSc thesis project at Nowi)

MSc thesis project in the domain of energy harvesting and power management technology at NOWI, an innovative TU Delft startup developing 'plug-and-forget' smart sensors.

Transcutaneous Wireless Communication

[2019] Near-field wideband telemetry and powering system

We will develop a system that uses inductive coupled resonators to delivers wideband telemetry and power simultaneously for implantable applications.

Wireless Power Transfer, Power Management and Energy Harvesting

[2019] Body-coupled communication to enhance IMD security

MSc thesis project in collaboration with the implant security experts of ErasmusMC (Dept. Neuroscience) on their holy mission to make active medical implants safe, secure and dependable.

Microsystem integration

[2019] Impedance-flow cytometry cell sorter (IFCCS)

Impedance flow cytometry (IFC) has recently emerged as an optics-free method for cell counting and sorting. This project will be focused on the design of an automated microfluidic platform with integrated sensors and actuators for IFC and cell sorting using dielectrophoresis (DEP).

Electroceuticals

[2018] Transparent electrode array for electroceuticals

In this project, we wish to take electroceuticals to the next level, by fabricating new, compact, flexible and transparent neural interfaces.

Microsystem integration

[2018] Active neural interfaces for Bioelectronic Medicine (MSc project at Fraunhofer)

Project outside the university in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration in Berlin, Germany

Lab-on-a-chip

[2018] Capacitive sensor-embedded phase locked loop (PLL)

Embedding biosensors in phase-locked loop (PLL) architectures has the potential to enable highly accurate sensor readout systems, while achieving low-cost, high scalability and multiplexing capabilities. This project consists of the design and characterization of a sensor-embedded PLL in a CMOS technology.

[2018] Dual-analysis mode impedance-based microfluidic devices

Recent advances in microfluidic technologies have enabled to perform single-cell analysis with high sensitivity, specificity and throughput without the need for expensive and specialized lab equipment. In particular, microfluidic devices that rely of electrical readouts (without the need for optics) are very appealing as low-cost analytical platforms.

Impedance flow cytometry (IFC), for instance, has recently emerged as an optics-free method for cell counting and sorting. Impedance analysis is also adopted for long-term cell population analysis and characterization.

This project will consists on the design, optimization and fabrication of miniaturized microfluidic sensors for electrochemical measurements, based on single-cell impedance analysis.

Microsystem integration

[2019] Design tradeoffs in multimodal CMOS-MEA systems

CMOS-MEA systems allow the study and interaction of cell-cultures at single-cell level with high-throughput. A fundamental step in the design of multimodal (e.g. electrical/chemical) CMOS-MEA platforms is to identify design tradeoffs that can lead to the optimization of the system for specific applications. This project will study these tradeoffs and identify suitable architectures for multimodality CMOS-MEA systems.