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

[2020; already taken] Compact Neural Amplifier for Next-Generation Brain-Machine Interfaces

MSc thesis project for an EE student on the design of a neural amplifier IC for pixel-matched massively parallel neural interfaces.

[2020] 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.

[2020] BabyPleister: Health condition monitoring of newborns at home.

The goal of this project is to improve maternity care at home with a sensor patch.

Neuroprosthetics, - stimulation and -modulation

[2020; already taken] Single-Cell Artifact-Free Stimulation for Next-Generation Brain-Machine Interfaces

MSc thesis project for an EE student targeting the design of an artifact-free neural stimulator IC for single-cell resolution neural interfaces.

[2021] Activating neuronal networks using ultrasound

The goal of this project is to develop a micro-platform to investigate the effects of ultrasound on neuronal differentiation.

[2021] Ultrasonic Scalp – towards high-precision transcranial ultrasound brain stimulation

[2020] 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.

[2021] Piezoelectric micro-actuators for high resolution ultrasound brain stimulation

MSc thesis project on modeling, designing, fabricating and testing piezoelectric micro-actuators for high-resolution brain stimulation using ultrasound

[2021] Focused ultrasound vagus nerve stimulation

Design a framework for optimizing the vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) using focused ultrasound (FUS).

[2020] Novel electrical stimulator architectures for long-term implants

In this master thesis project, the student will design novel architectures for electrical stimulation of the tissue, that will be suitable for soft encapsulated implants.

Transcutaneous Wireless Communication

[2020] 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.

Wireless Power Transfer, Power Management and Energy Harvesting

[2020; already taken] Single-Channel Energy Harvesting Power Converter for Heterogeneous Sources

Opportunity for an MSc thesis project at NOWI on the design of a power management IC for energy harvesting from heterogeneous energy sources.

[2020] Small power management integrated circuits (PMICs) for energy harvesters

Opportunity for an MSc thesis project at NOWI Energy on small power management integrated circuits (PMICs) for energy harvesters with a high power conversion efficiency, while presenting a small PCB footprint

[2019] Maximum Power Point Tracking IC Design based upon Self-Learning Algorithm for 100x Voltage Boosting

MSc graduation project at NOWI in the domain of energy harvesting and power management for the Internet of Things.

Analog and Mixed-Mode Integrated Circuits and Systems

[2021] Readout Electronics for Time-of-Flight Cameras in Mobile Face-Unlock Applications (project with Infineon)

In this project, you will study a novel analog-to-digital converter for next-generation low-power time-of-flight sensor arrays being developed at Infineon. The design will be implemented in 65-nm CMOS technology and verified at the transistor level.

Wireless Power Transfer, Power Management and Energy Harvesting

[2020; already taken] Energy Harvesting and Sensing from a Single Transducer

MSc thesis opportunity at NOWI on the design of a power management and data acquisition IC for energy harvesting and sensing from a single transducer

Transcutaneous Wireless Communication

[2020] Event-Based Communication Protocol for Ultra-Low Power Compressive Neural Interfaces

MSc thesis project for an EE student on the design of a protocol for event-based data communication in implantable devices using Verilog.

Electroceuticals

[2020] Smart transparent electrode array for electroceuticals

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

Flexible implants

[2020] Ultra-Flexible Active-Matrix Electrophysiology Arrays for Neural Interfacing

MSc thesis opportunity for an EE or BME student at the Holst Centre in Eindhoven on the development and characterization of active-matrix TFT arrays on foil with three-dimensional conformability for improved neural interfacing.

[2020] Influence of system integration and soft encapsulation on a wirelessly powered neural interface

Sensors and Actuators

[2021] Electronic anal sphincter device as a surgical treatment option for incontinence

Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements causing stool to leak out. Fecal incontinence is very common but because of the associated embarrassment and taboo nature, it is under-reported and its true prevalence difficult to reliably assess. If treatment is sought, there is no universal treatment and patients can be left with poor sphincter control or a lack of independence

Microsystem integration

[2020] 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

[2020] A system for blood analysis of newborns using Microneedles (with Stellenbosch South Africa)

This project aims to develop a novel, minimally invasive, detection method for jaundice (geelzucht).

Microsensors

[2020] Ammonia & humidity sensors

Development of a ammonia/humidity sensor for harsh environments.

[2020] Heartbeat measurement by infrared detection in the ear

Non-contact (infrared) temperature measurement in the ear canal is an attractive yet challenging method for heartbeat detection.

Microsystem integration

Medical applications for custom-fit wireless headsets

New wireless headsets, that combine audio applications (music/voice calls) with sensor applications are entering the market. Integration with new sensors in custom-fit headsets provides new opportunities in medical, fitness and home care applications.

Lab-on-a-chip

[2020] Electronic lateral flow immunoassay

Bio-remote sensing

[2020] Incubator active noise control to reduce external stress and stimulant for the neonates

[2020] Camera-based heart and respiratory rate measurement in a dynamic light environment

In collaboration with a startup in the medical field and as a small sub-project, we would like to monitor patient pulse and respiratory rate in a dynamic light environment without requiring any wires or physical contact.

[2020] Reducing environmental stress for the premature babies using smart foil

In collaboration with a startup in the medical field and as a small sub-project, we would like to use smart foils to cover incubators with smart foils and to show vital information of a new born baby on the cover of the incubator.

[2020] Camera & voice-based feeding time, sleep and wake up state detection of a neonatal

In collaboration with a startup in the medical field and as a small sub-project, we would like to detect and monitor an early born sleep and wake up state in a dynamic light environment and also detect if he/she is hungry and needs to be fed without requiring any wires or physical contact.

[2021] Detecting and monitoring Covid-19 with thermal imaging technology

This project involves the detection of fever using thermal imaging technology with additional programming to eliminate errors. At present this is directed towards Covid-19. However, the system will be a valuable tool for future viruses.

[2020] Detecting pain and stress including sleep and wake up state of a neonatal with EEG signals

We would like to monitor the EEG of a neonatal to detect and monitor pain and stress in premature babies as well as sleep and wake up state.

[2020] Predicting possible infections of a patient with mobile thermal imaging technology

We would like to monitor patient body temperature and predict possible infections or diseases by means of mobile thermal imaging technology.

[2020] Unobtrusive monitoring of internal bleeding

Internal bleeding is a major cause of death. This project aims to develop an unobtrusive method for monitoring internal bleeding.

Microsystem integration

[2021] Indoor positioning and fall detection system without using wearables

In collaboration with a startup in the medical field and as a small sub-project, we would like to detect a fall incident without using any wearables. The detection and monitoring of the fall aims the indoor environment like elderly homes or elderly care centers. The fall detection must be reliable, real-time, and contactless at home or in public areas like lunch or social rooms.

Wireless Power Transfer, Power Management and Energy Harvesting

[2021] Sensor fusion based fall detection

In collaboration with a startup in the medical field and as a small sub-project, we would like to detect a fall incident by means of a wearable. The detection and monitoring of a fall incident of the elderly will be based on combining different sensors and deep learning. The fall detection must be reliable, real-time with high accuracy.

Biocomputing

[2020] Subthreshold Stochastic Computing for On-Chip Low Energy BioSignal Processing

[2020] Subthreshold Bit-Serial Microprocessor Design for On-Chip Low Energy BioSignal Processing

Sensors and Actuators

[2020] Surgical contraceptive clip

Aim of the project is to develop low cost and safe contraceptive clip

[2020] Active Acoustic Channel for Dynamic Hearing Protection