Student project: Electronics for localized targeted bioimpedance measurements

At IMEC (Thesis)

What you will do
Bioimpedance is a versatile non-invasive sensing technique that allows monitoring of electrical properties of human tissues. It typically uses 4 electrodes, of which 2 are used for an alternating current injection and the other two are used to measure the resulting potential. Changes in the measured human tissues, such as fluid accumulation in the lungs, change the electrical properties of the tissue. It has been shown that with local measurements such changes can be detected.


Bioimpedance measures an aggregate of tissues, i.e., it measures a combination of tissue underlying the electrode positions. For example, in the example of local measurements on the thorax, the measured bioimpedance can contain contributions of skin, adipose tissue, lungs and heart.


This project aims to develop electronics to be able to acquire targeted localized bioimpedance. The electronics should be suitable to perform the measurement that it will no longer contain an aggregate of tissues but will be able to specifically target a region of interest in the human body. To achieve this goal the student will perform a literature review, electrical simulation and electronics design, and validation measurements.


Student tasks:

  • Literature review.
  • Electrical simulation (SPICE).
  • Electronics design.
  • Validation measurement.
  • Report and documentation.

What we do for you
You will be working on cutting-edge research on a topic that is relevant to both academic and industrial research groups. To help you in this journey, we offer a flexible environment where you can be the leader of your own research while at the same time have support of experts to complete your tasks.


Who you are

  • You are a Msc student in Electrical Engineering.
  • You are available for a period of 9 months.
  • You have knowledge of electrical simulation (SPICE) and electronics design, lab equipment and measurements through course and/or project work.
  • You are excited about new technology and applications.
  • You are entitled to do an internship in the Netherlands.
  • You are self-starter and able to work independently.
  • Good written and verbal English skills.

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