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

[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

[2018] 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] Somnus -- Monitoring Premature Babies better by an impulse-radio ultra-wideband sensor in the incubator

Available MSc thesis topic for students in Biomedical Engineering or Signals and Systems

Neuroprosthetics, - stimulation and -modulation

[2018] Closed-loop multi-channel neuro-stimulator and neurorecording ICs

In-group IC design project for 2 or 3 talented and motivated MSc students in Microelectronics

[2018] Single-inductor RF energy harvester and power-efficient UHF neurostimulator IC

This project concentrates on the design of an IC that allows wireless electrical stimulation with a minimum number of external components, yet an unprecedented power efficiency.

[2017; already taken] Epidural spinal cord electrical stimulation (ESCS)

MSc thesis opportunity to design, fabricate and test a prototype of the subcutaneous unit of an epidural spinal cord electrical stimulator

[2018] Design of a low power ambulatory stimulation module

Design of a small size multichannel electrical stimulator for electrophysiology, externally programmable. The stimulation electrode properties and the interaction/synchronization with nearby measurement devices will also be part of the project.

Transcutaneous Wireless Communication

[2018] Human Body Communication (HBC) System for Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs)

Development of an HBC system for a low-power multi-node WBAN

Wireless Power Transfer, Power Management and Energy Harvesting

[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.

[2018] Energy Harvesting on the Body (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.

[2017] Wireless powering of a neural stimulator using ultrasound

In this project, we wish to take electroceuticals to the next level, by remotely powering them using ultrasound.

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

[2017; already taken] Design Rules for Implantable ASICs

In-group research project that aims at developing a set of design rules for PDMS encapsulated electronics that do not exist as yet

[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

[2017; already taken] LED+Electrode Array for Local Optogenetic Stimulation and Recording

For optogenetic stimulation and recording of the thalamus in mice the LED+recording array must contain all the LEDs and recording points within 1.5mm. This will be achieved by means of micromachining.

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.