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] 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

[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.

[2019] 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

[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)

[2019] 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.

[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.

[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.

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.

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.

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.

Electroceuticals

[2019] 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

[2019] Influence of system integration and soft encapsulation on a wirelessly powered neural interface

Microsystem integration

[2019] 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.

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.