Through-clothing unobtrusive measurement of electrocardiography (ECG) and bioimpedance (BIOZ)

Leuven - Master projects/internships
More than two weeks ago

Help move the state of the art in unobtrusive human physiological signals measurement through clothing in real world scenarios

Imec has developed technology for measuring capacitively the electrocardiogram (ECG) and respiration through bioimpedance (BIOZ) through clothing. This technology and the associated algorithms are continuously being improved and new approaches and applications being explored.

The proposed thesis topic concerns the integration of imec capacitive sensing technology for ECG and BIOZ into practical applications such as cars (e.g. car seat, steering wheel, ..), beds (e.g. for sleep monitoring or hospital patient monitoring), office chairs (e.g. for stress monitoring) or clothing. This will involve both integration in terms of hardware, as well as firmware, and signal acquisition and low-level signal processing in Matlab.

The work also includes evaluation of the signal acquisition using the realized system under real-life conditions in  studies. Based on this evaluation, modifications to the system or the electronics can be proposed and implemented, with the final objective to obtain the best possible signal quality under real-life conditions.

Skills required: mixed signal (analog and digital) electronic circuit knowledge, test and measurement skills, embedded microcontroller firmware programming in C, at least basic experience with Matlab or similar, hands-on attitude


Type of project: Internship, Combination of internship and thesis

Duration: 6..9 months

Required degree: Master of Engineering Technology, Master of Science, Master of Engineering Science

Required background: Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Tom Torfs (

Imec allowance will be provided

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