Special Master's track Care and Cure

Electrical Engineering is about many things that are essential parts of people’s lives. Health care is an application area of electrical engineering which has seen a rapid development over the last decade. It integrates knowledge from the fields of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Applied Physics, Control Engineering and Signal Processing.

The department’s research focuses on smart, innovative electrical components and on the design of electrical systems, which may become very complex. We cooperate closely with the regional high-tech industry and with other partners all over the world.

As a graduate of the Care & Cure (C&C) track of the Electrical Engineering master program you will find yourself equipped for researching, discovering and exploring new boundaries and for leading others along that way.

The purpose of the of the Care & Cure track is to teach students to work independently on complex health-care related research and design projects with the ability to rethink existing concepts and develop new ones. In the final phase of the program students will be able to present the results of their work to an international community. The curriculum of the Care & Cure track comprises a compulsory part, electives, an internship and finally a graduation project in which the student demonstrates his/her engineering ability to a high standard.

Subtracks Care & Cure

Within the Care and Cure track several specializations can be recognized. We believe that the visibility of these specializations can be improved, both internally (to the student) and externally (to the future employers), by certifying that training in one of these specializations has been completed. This can easily be accomplished by an additional statement on the Care and Cure certificate, stating that within the Care and Cure track an additional specialization has been taken. There are four specializations within the Care and Cure track:

Neurology

Neuro-engineering aims to understand, repair, replace, enhance, monitor, or otherwise exploit the properties of neural systems. Within the Electrical Engineering department, one of the research lines focusses on cognitive and neurological problems in epilepsy and sleep medicine, exploits advanced neuroimaging such as fMRI to find related brain network abnormalities, and investigates (electrical) neurostimulation as treatment option. Furthermore, research is performed into real-time seizure detection and prediction using EEG, heart rate (variability) and various other types of physiological data. Also (ultra)low-power electronics are being developed for ambulatory monitoring of brain function, and research is performed into brain-inspired machine learning and pattern recognition.

Oncology

Oncology focuses on the localization and treatment of cancer. For a successful treatment, timely diagnosis is essential. This requires a combination of applicator hardware design, advanced imaging, and smart integration of relevant information on complementary cancer features (mechanical, hemodynamic, and molecular). Image fusion and registration can then be used to plan and guide minimally-invasive targeted treatment, making use of hyperthermia and several forms of tissue ablation. To this end, multidisciplinary knowledge is provided, ranging from imaging, to signal analysis and classification, up to focal (heat) treatments by e.g. electromagnetic fields or ultrasound. 

Cardiology

Cardiology deals with dysfunctions of the cardiovascular system. The heart is an extraordinary electromechanical pump, the assessment of which requires investigating both electrical activation and mechanical performance. Depending on the diagnostic objectives, either long-term ambulatory monitoring or advanced imaging is necessary. Ambitious goals are therefore set, ranging from the realization of noise-robust non-obtrusive (low-power) sensing up to the implementation of accurate, ultrafast dynamic imaging. In combination with blood flow, blood oxygenation is also essential for our cellular metabolism and can be measured by photoplethysmography. Implanted devices to re-establish and maintain a regular cardiac function are also considered.

Perinatology

Even before pregnancy, research is being carried out to support state-of-the-art assisted reproductive technology by assessment of the uterine condition. Pregnancy is the most dangerous period in a person’s life. Monitoring and early warning is therefore crucial to enable timely intervention and decision making. This can be achieved by advanced multimodal sensing, possibly enabling unobtrusive home monitoring of the fetal condition and uterine activity. Also after birth, early warning is vital and can be achieved by monitoring of brain and cardiorespiratory activity for a complete assessment of the newborn condition. Unobtrusiveness is especially relevant and can be obtained by means of contactless sensors and cameras. Monitoring can then be combined with advanced assistive technology, maintaining the main vital functions and permitting treatment and recovery.

C&C Certificate requirements

  • Core & specialisation courses from a specific group (EM, MsM, SPS)
  • 2 other specialisation courses from related groups
  • Graduation work in area, with supervisor from group

C&C Subtrack certificate requirements

  • Meet the criteria for the C&C Certificate (see above)
  • Choose three master electives from a specific C&C subtrack