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.

[2020] Real-time embedded hardware & software to read-out incubator’s sensors

Design Linux based platform for real-time incubators sensors read-out and data processing.

[2020] Electronic lateral flow immunoassay

[2020] Ammonia & humidity sensors

Development of a ammonia/humidity sensor for harsh environments.

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

[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.

[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.

Heartbeat measurement by infrared detection in the ear

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

[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.

[2020] Surgical contraceptive clip

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

[2020] Smart Sensor Shorts for Soccer and Hockey

Develop smart sensor shorts with integrated inertial measurement units that can track explosive actions (sprinting, directional changes, jumping and kicking) accurately. Injuries caused by high muscle stress actions constitute more than a third of all time-loss injuries in soccer and field hockey.

[2020] Active Acoustic Channel for Dynamic Hearing Protection

Biosignal acquisition, conditioning and processing

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

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

Neuroprosthetics, - stimulation and -modulation

[2020; only 1 spot left] 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)

[2020; already taken] Stent with ultrasound transmitters for high spatial resolution brain stimulation and opening of the blood brain barrier

MSc thesis project on the development of an ultrasound transmitter system integrated in a stent that uses the brain vasculature as a path to bypass the skull and deliver ultrasound waves to the brain.

[2019; already taken, but similar project available] New multi-modal stimulation device for the treatment of tinnitus

MSc thesis project for a student in Biomedical Engineering on the design of a multimodal stimulation unit for the treatment of patients suffering from tinnitus by means of modulated noise, in collaboration with the Universities of Ghent (B) and Otago (NZ) and the Tinnitushouse Foundation

[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.

[2020] 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

[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.

Wireless Power Transfer, Power Management and Energy Harvesting

[2020] 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.

[2019] Hardware Design for Battery-Less Devices supporting Intermittent Computing

MSc thesis opportunity at NOWI-Energy in the domain of circuits and systems for the Internet of Things.

Analog and Mixed-Mode Integrated Circuits and Systems

[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.

Biosignal acquisition, conditioning and processing

[2020] 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.

Wireless Power Transfer, Power Management and Energy Harvesting

[2020] 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

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.

[2020] CMOS Integrated circuits for minimally invasive brain stimulation through ultrasonic neurovascular stents

This project explores the use of the brain neurovasculature as a minimally invasive path to bypass the skull for high precision ultrasound stimulation and inhibition of neuronal activity by means an active ultrasonic neurovascular stent.

[2020] 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.

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.

Wireless Power Transfer, Power Management and Energy Harvesting

[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

[2020] 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] 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.

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.

Microsystem integration

Minimally invasive, detection method for jaundice

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

Flexible implants

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

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

A system for blood analysis of newborns using Microneedles (with Stellenbosch SouthAfrica)

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

Neuroprosthetics, - stimulation and -modulation

[2020] CMOS Monolithic integration of 2D arrays of ultrasound transducers for neuromodulation

The goal of this project is to develop a fabrication and integration method for 2D arrays of piezoelectric transducers directly on top of silicon chips, and will have as a starting point a previously developed prototype and methodology.

[2020] Backing and matching layer fabrication for pressure optimization in monolithically integrated piezoelectric ultrasound transducers for neuromodulation applications

This projects targets the design, fabrication and experimental validation of acoustic backing and matching layers to maximize the transmitted acoustic intensities from microscale ultrasound transducer array chips, with the long term goal of achieving wearable ultrasonic neuronal stimulators as a non-invasive and surgery-free alternative to implantable electrodes for the treatment of diseases of the nervous system.

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.