Health and Wellbeing
Contact: Lina Sarro
Technological challenges are miniaturization, accuracy and reliability, energy efficiency, biocompatibility, manufacturability and costs. The aim is to contribute to faster and more accurate diagnostics, to advanced therapy, to an improved quality of life (also for healthy people to improve productivity and overall societal participation), and more in general for a better care, more efficient and less costly. Examples of programs within the teams are the hDMT initiative (organ-on-a-chip platform); intelligent catheters for intervention; steering deep brain stimulation probes.
The groups in the EEMCS involved in the Health and Wellbeing theme are well-positioned to address the abovementioned challenges as there is already a significant activity in this area, good interaction with other research groups, both nationally and internationally, and the expertise required in material science, technology development, circuit design and system integration is present.
This theme covers biomedical technology, from sensors and materials to electronics, signal processing, and systems.
Some specific directions are:
- "In vitro": e.g. organs-on-chip
- "In vivo": e.g. bioelectronics for low power wireless technology and implantable stimulators, such as cochlear implants and neural stimulators for treatment of tinnitus.
- biomedical signal processing and imaging, e.g. ultrasound sensor arrays, high-tesla MRI, audio signal processing, in particular for improved understanding with hearing aids.
Projects under this theme
Personalized Auditory Scene Modification to Assist Hearing Impaired People
Algorithms to personalize the presented auditory scene for improved speech intelligibility and sound localization for hearing impaired users
Single Cell and Cell-Type Resolution Bi-Directional Neural Interface for an Artificial Retina
This project focuses on the design of a massively parallel bi-directional neural interface capable of interacting with neurons at their native resolution.
Prostate cancer detection using ultrasound
Tensor techniques to improve the analysis of (3D+time) ultrasound images
Delft Tensor AI Lab
Tensor-based AI methods for biomedical signals
Introduce open technology platforms for the development of electronic medical devices.
Restoring Cardiac Mechanical Function by Polymeric Artificial Muscular Tissue
Three-dimensional Ultrasound Imaging Through Compressive Spatial Coding
Develop smart compressive coding masks to make 3D ultrasound imaging cheap and widely applicable.
Multimodal, multiresolution brain imaging
Developing a novel brain imaging paradigm combining functional ultrasound and EEG
Ultra-X-treme: Ultrafast Ultrasound Imaging for Extended Diagnosis and Treatment of Vascular Disease
The NWO Perspectief Programme Ultra-X-treme is a 4 Meuro programme in which 5 academic centers and 8 companies collaborate to develop patient-specific ultrasound-based techniques to diagnose and treat vascular disease
Computational neuroscience and bio-inspired circuits and algorithms
Low-power neuro-inspired or neuromorphic circuits and algorithms; low-power circuits and systems for neural interfacing.
Medical Delta Cardiac Arrhythmia Lab
Part of a larger program (with Erasmus MC) to unravel and target electropathology related to atrial arrhythmia
In this project, we will develop deep tissue needle-probes for multi-modal molecular imaging
POSITION-II: innovation in smart medical instruments
Monitoring infant brain perfusion by trans-fontanel echography
In this project we will develop a device that uses 3D ultrasound to monitor brain perfusion in preterm infants.
Ultrasound Integrated Patch for Medical Diagnostics
In this project, we will develop flexible, programmable transducer modules for ultrasound body patches
Spatially specific peripheral nerve stimulation with focused ultrasound
Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative
To develop new microphysiological platforms to better predict the effect of medicines, based on a combination of human stem cells and microtechnology.
A Sustainable MRI System to Diagnose Hydrocephalus in Developing Countries
Development of a low-cost MRI scanner including processing to diagnose hydrocephalus
ATiNaRI: Asynchronous Time-domain Neural Recording Interfaces
3D Intra-Cardiac Echography
In this project, novel transducers, integrated electronics and visualization methods will be developed that will enable real-time 3D ultrasound imaging at the tip of a catheter
Earlier recognition of cardiovascular diseases
Atrial Fibrillation FIngerPrinting: Spotting Bio-Electrical Markers to Early Recognize Atrial Fibrillation by the Use of a Bottom-Up Approach
AFFIP -- Atrial Fibrillation FIngerPrinting: Spotting Bio-Electrical Markers to Early Recognize Atrial Fibrillation by the Use o
STW and DHF project (14728). Program leader: Dr. N.M.S. de Groot (ErasmusMC), workpackage leader WP4, High Density Mapping Array: prof.dr.ir. W.A. Serdijn
Good Vibrations - Fast and Robust Wave Field Computations in Complex Structures Using Krylov Resonance Expansions
Using Krylov subspace reduction techniques to solve wave field problems in complex media (resonanting nano-scale devices and seismic exploration)
Integrated Circuits for Intra-Vascular Ultrasound Imaging
In this project, we develop integrated circuits to enable the next generation of 3D intra-vascular ultrasound probes
An Integrated Pilot Line for Micro-Fabricated Medical Devices
InForMed: D4 - Steering deep brain stimulation probe (Chip-in-Tip)
Integrated Near Field sensOrs for high Resolution MicrowavE spectRoscopy
The goal of this project is the creation of a new class of sensors, enabling fast and accurate dielectric characterization of biological samples, with high-sensitivity and high-spatial resolution.
3D Plane-wave ultrasound matrix transducer for carotid artery diagnosis
In this project, we will develop a very powerful, three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound system for real-time imaging of the carotid arteries.
Health.E Lighthouse Support Initiative
ReaSONS 2 Demo: Realtime Sensing of Neural Signals Demonstrator
Demonstrator of recording tiny neural signals on top of the stimulus and artifact. NWO Demonstrator Grant.
Organ-on-Chip in Development
Developing a European roadmap for the development of organ-on-chip technology
Intelligent Catheters in Advanced Systems for Interventions (INCITE) – WP2 Imaging
Dielectric enhanced MRI
Modeling and analyzing the effect of high permittivity pads in MRI imaging
Spatially Correct Multi-Microphone Noise Reduction Strategies suitable for Hearing Aids
multichannel signal processing algorithms to help hearing aid users
Sensing Devices for Organ on Chip Technology
Developing and deploying a unified design methodology and tools for system-level design and verification of heterogeneous systems
BiopsyPen: A portable coherent tomography scanner
Non-Invasive High Resolution Near-Infrared Imaging for Hemodynamics Monitoring and Tumor Detection
Large high-resolution imaging sensor aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and functional imaging of the brain
Three-Dimensional CMOS Photon Counting for Medical Imaging and Cancer Diagnostics
SPAD technology for TOF-PET applications
Ultra-fast GSDIM super resolution microscopy using a SPAD-array camera
Visualization of nanoscopic cellular structures using nonswitchable standard fluorophores
MASSIVE - Autonomous Vital Sign Monitoring
In this research program, we work on electroceuticals that wirelessly receive power and wirelessly transmit vital signs like body temperature, ECG, EMG, EEG and ECoG.
Miniature ultrasound probes for real-time 3D imaging and monitoring of cardiac interventions
This research project will enable the next generation of miniature ultrasound probes for real-time 3D transesophageal echocardiography, suitable for use in small children and newborns.
REASONS – Realtime Sensing of Neural Signals
This project targets the development of a completely new readout system for measuring the so called electrically evoked compound action potential (eCAP) coming from the auditory nerve.
Novel multimodal endoscopic probes for simultaneous PET/ultrasound imaging for image-guided interventions
Development of new, higher performance imaging techniques with multimodal capability for endoscopic procedures in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and in surgical oncology.
Fully Networked, Digital Components for Photon-starved Biomedical Imaging Systems
Array of single-photon detectors arranged in a network of tens of dies for application in PET imaging
Intelligibility enhancement for speech communication systems
Can we do "precoding" of speech signals to enhance their intelligibility at the receiver, taking channel distortions and environmental noise into account?
Sensors and Circuits on Catheters
How to bring highly miniaturized circuits, sensors and actuators to the tip of the catheters and other minimal invasive surgical instruments?
SINs - Smart Implantable Neurostimulators
In this research program we push the research and development of technology for research on and treatment of a multitude of brain disorders, a.o., tinnitus and addiction.
Smart Flexible Sensors for in-vivo Coronary Circulation Diagnostics
Combined pressure and flow sensor, so small that it can be positioned in the tip of the guide wire used in heart angioplasty surgery
Living Chip: Stretchable Multi-Electrode Array for drug screening with stem-cell-derived cardiomyocytes
Stem cell derived human cardiomyocytes are used to detect cardiotoxic side effects of newly developed drugs
Intelligibility Enhancement of Noisy Speech
The objective of the project is to develop a speech enhancement system which specifically aims at improving the intelligibility of the speech signal.
CMOS-Compatible Hot-Wire CO2 Sensors
In the project, we have developed CMOS-compatible CO2 sensors that detect the CO2-dependent heat loss of a suspended hot-wire transducer using dedicated precision readout electronics.