Biomedical Devices (BD) profile

NB. This profile spans the tracks EE-Microelectronics and EE-Signals-and-Systems

Degree: Master of Science Electrical Engineering, Track: Microelectronics

Credits: 120 ECTS, 24 months

Type: Master specialisation

Mode: Full-time

Language of instruction: English

Start: September

The Biomedical Devices profile is both part of the MSc EE-Microelectronics and MSc EE-Signals-and-Systems

What are biomedical devices?

  • Devices for medical diagnosis, monitoring and treatment
  • They can be fixed, portable, wearable, implantable and injectable
  • They are active and thus embed electronics, computing and software
  • Examples:
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Ultrasound (US) imaging;
    • Monitors for pulse oximetry, blood pressure, glucose, electrocardiography (ECG), electro-encephalography (EEG), electro-myography (EMG), electro-corticography (ECoG), temperature, galvanic skin response, bio-impedance;
    • Smart watches, smart patches, smart textiles, smart catheters, smart implants;
    • Cardiac assist devices, cardiac pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD);
    • Devices for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), focussed ultrasound stimulation (FUS);
    • Neurostimulators, brain-machine interfaces, organs-on-chip devices, bioelectronic medicine, electroceuticals.

What is the focus of this profile?

Either

  1. Biosensors, BioMEMS and Microsystem Integration (BioSemi), part of the track Microelectronics; or
  2. Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS), part of the track Microelectronics; or
  3. Biomedical Signal Processing (BioSP), part of the track Signals and Systems.

Examples of research topics as studied in the groups involved

  • Biosensors
  • Smart catheters
  • Organs on chip
  • Electrodes and optrodes
  • Flexible implants
  • Transcutaneous US neuromodulators
  • Power-efficient neurostimulation
  • Wireless power transfer and energy harvesting
  • Autonomous vital sign monitoring
  • 3D trans-esophagal echography (TEE)
  • Low-field MRI
  • Combined functional ultrasound and EEG brain imaging
  • Speech processing for hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Detection and classification of cardiac arrhythmias, e.g. AF

Course lists

Sub-profile Biosensors, BioMEMS and Microsystem Integration

The BioSemi sub-profile concentrates on microfabrication of biosensors, bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems, micro-assembly, and complete biomedical devices on-chip for, e.g., organs on-chip, smart catheters, and flexible implants.

Compulsory EE courses. 2 courses (6 EC)

  • EE4C01 Profile Orientation and Academic Skills
  • EE4C02 System Engineering

Common core: Select 3 out of 7 (15 EC)

  • EE4C03 Statistical Digital Signal Processing and Modeling
  • EE4C04 Control Theory
  • EE4C05 Electromagnetics
  • EE4C06 Networking
  • EE4C07 Advanced Computing Systems
  • EE4C08 Measurement and Instrumentation (recommended)
  • EE4C10 Analog Circuit Design Fundamentals

Track core: recommended courses (13 EC)

  • EE4585 Semiconductor Device Physics (5)
  • ET4257 Sensors and Actuators (4)
  • ET4289 Integrated Circuits and MEMS Technology (4)

Profile core: recommended courses (21)

  • ET4127 Themes in Biomedical Electronics (4)
  • EE4555 Active Implantable Biomedical Microsystems (5)
  • BM41005 Anatomy and Physiology (4)
  • BM41095 Medical Instruments A: Clinical Challenges & Eng. Solutions (3)
  • WM1402TU Ethics of Healthcare Technologies (5)

Suggested free electives

  • ET4130 Bioelectricity (3)
  • ET4391 Advanced Microelectronics Packaging (3)
  • ET4277 Microelectronics Reliability (4)
  • ET4260 Microsystem Integration (4)
  • ET4icp IC Technology Lab (2)
  • BM41060 Physiology and Engineering (3)

Sub-profile Biomedical Circuits and Systems

The BioCAS sub-profile concentrates on circuits and systems for biomedical applications, such as 3D trans-esophageal echography, autonomous vital sign monitoring, transcutaneous and implantable closed-loop neurostimulators, and brain-machine interfaces.

Compulsory EE courses. 2 courses (6 EC)

  • EE4C01 Profile Orientation and Academic Skills
  • EE4C02 System Engineering

Common core: Select 3 out of 7 (15 EC)

  • EE4C03 Statistical Digital Signal Processing and Modeling
  • EE4C04 Control Theory
  • EE4C05 Electromagnetics
  • EE4C06 Networking
  • EE4C07 Advanced Computing Systems
  • EE4C08 Measurement and Instrumentation (recommended)
  • EE4C10 Analog Circuit Design Fundamentals (recommended)

Track core: recommended courses (10 EC)

  • ET4257 Sensors and Actuators (4)
  • EE4520 Analog CMOS design I (3)
  • EE4610 Digital IC Design (3)

Profile core: recommended courses (21)

  • ET4127 Themes in Biomedical Electronics (4)
  • EE4555 Active Implantable Biomedical Microsystems (5)
  • BM41005 Anatomy and Physiology (4)
  • BM41095 Medical Instruments A: Clinical Challenges & Eng. Solutions (3)
  • WM1402TU Ethics of Healthcare Technologies (5)

Suggested free electives

  • ET4130 Bioelectricity (3)
  • EE4109 Structured Electronic Design (5)
  • EE4615 Digital IC Design II (3)
  • ET4252 Analog Integrated Circuit Design (4)
  • ET4278 Over-Sampled Data Converters (4)
  • ET4351 VLSI Systems on Chip (4)
  • ET4369 Nyquist-Rate Data Converters (4)
  • BM41060 Physiology and Engineering (3)

Sub-profile Biomedical Signal Processing

The BioSP profile concentrates on biomedical signal processing and machine learning for single-transducer ultrasound imaging, low-field magnetic resonance imaging, combined functional ultrasound and EEG brain imaging, speech processing for hearing aids and cochlear implants, and detection and classification of cardiac arrhythmias.

Compulsory EE courses. 2 courses (6 EC)

  • EE4C01 Profile Orientation and Academic Skills
  • EE4C02 System Engineering

Common core: Select 3 out of 7 (15 or 16 EC)

  • EE4C03 Statistical Digital Signal Processing and Modeling (mandatory)
  • EE4C04 Control Theory (5) or SC42015 Control Theory (6) (one of the two recommended)
  • EE4C05 Electromagnetics
  • EE4C06 Networking
  • EE4C07 Advanced Computing Systems
  • EE4C08 Measurement and Instrumentation (recommended)
  • EE4C10 Analog Circuit Design Fundamentals

Track core: recommended courses (15 EC)

  • ET4386 Estimation and Detection (5) (mandatory)
  • EE4560 Information Theory (5)
  • EE4595 Wavefield Imaging (5)

Profile core: recommended courses (21)

  • ET4127 Themes in Biomedical Electronics (4)
  • EE4555 Active Implantable Biomedical Microsystems (5)
  • BM41005 Anatomy and Physiology (4)
  • BM41095 Medical Instruments A: Clinical Challenges & Eng. Solutions (3)
  • WM1402TU Ethics of Healthcare Technologies (5)

Suggested free electives

  • AP3232 Medical Imaging Signals and Systems (6)
  • EE4182 Digital Audio and Speech Processing (5)
  • EE4650 Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (5)
  • EE4685 Machine Learning, a Bayesian Perspective (5)
  • ET4130 Bioelectricity (3)
  • ET4173 Introduction to UWB technology (4)
  • IN4307 Medical Visualization (5)
  • SC42025 Filtering & Identification (6)
  • BM41060 Physiology and Engineering (3)