Expert in Ultra low power electronics, Low noise sensor interface, Analog and digital signal processing
Pierre André Farine
Developing smart, energy aware, user friendly wearable sensors and associated medical algorithms for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and childhood epilepsy, where the sensors derive power from the user's body energy (heat and motion) as well as from ambient light
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Expert in thermal modeling of multiprocessor architectures and thermal management, hardware/software co-design methods
David Atienza
Expert in printed and smart systems on flexible foil, power MEMS, micromachined sensors and micro analytical instruments for gas detection.
Danick Briand
Expert in compilers and network-aware applications
Thomas Gross
Expert in Energy scavenging for thermal and hybrid systems
Christofer Hierold
Expert in neuropsychologia, brain behavioural research, Alzheimer research
Maria Knyazeva
Kinderspittal Zurich
Expert in pediatric neurology and epileptology
Gabriele Wohlrab
Kinderspittal Zurich

Project Description

Increasingly the analysis of a patient’s physiological state requires long-term monitoring, during day to day activities, in order to precise a diagnosis or to evaluate the efficacy of an on-going treatment.  Although wearable sensors can significantly benefit mankind in this long-term monitoring process, today’s solutions invade the user’s normal life as sensing platforms require removal, replacement and reconfiguration for battery recharging. Moreover, they are often too large, user-unfriendly and difficult to interpret their results. 

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Notable publications

Novel Method for Analyzing Crack Growth in Polymeric Microtensile Specimens by In Situ Atomic Force Microscopy
U. Lang, T. Suess, N. Wojtas, and Jürg Dual
Experimental mechanics, (2010) Norwell: Springer

Power enhancement of micro thermoelectric generators by microfluidic heat transfer packaging
N. Wojtas, E. Schwyter, W. Glaz, S. Kühne, W. Escher, and C. Hierold
Sensors and actuators. A, Physical, Amsterdam: Elsevier

Optimized thermal coupling of micro thermoelectric generators for improved output performance
N. Wojtas, L. Ruthemann, W. Glaz, and C. Hierold
Renewable energy, Oxford: Elsevier

Stacked Micro Heat Exchange System for Optimized Thermal Coupling of MicroTEGs
N. Wojtas, M. Grab, W. Glaz, and C. Hierold
Journal of Electronic Materials, (2013) Warrendale, PA: Springer.


Posters from 2016

Design of Integrated Power Converter for Ultra-Low Power Body Energy Harvesters
Milad Ataei, Christian Robert, Alexis Boegli and Pierre-André Farine

Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting for Wearable Medical Devices
Moritz Thielen, Roman Moser, Diana Davila and Christofer Hierold

Energy-Aware Software for Wearable Medical Sensors
Ivana Unkovic, Stephan Koster, Dennis Majoe, Thomas Gross

Triboelectric Generators for Harvesting Energy from Body Movements
Rubaiyet Iftekharul Haque, Etienne Lemaire, Christopher J. Borsa, Pierre-André Farine, Danick Briand


Posters from 2015

Real-Time Probabilistic Heart-Beat Classification and Correction for Embedded Systems
Grégoire Surrel, Francisco Rincón, Srinivasan Murali, David Atienza

Design of Integrated Power Converter for Ultra-Low Power Body Energy Harvesters
Milad Ataei Ashtiani, Christian Robert, Alexis Boegli, Pierre-André Farine

Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting for Body Powered Medical Platforms
Moritz Thielen, Nicolas Ehrenberg, Roman Moser, Diana Davilla, Christofer Hierold

Energy-Aware Embedded Classifier Design for Real-Time Emotion Analysis
Soumya Subhra Basu, Manoj Padmanabhan, Srinivasan Murali, Francisco Rincón and David Atienza


Posters from 2014

Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting for autonomous Body Sensor Networks
Moritz Thielen, Patrick Streit, Matthias Muoth, Wulf Glatz, Christofer Hierold

Design of Integrated Circuits for Ultra-low Power Energy Harvesters
Milad Ataei, Christian Robert, Alexis Boegli, Pierre-André Farine

Comparison of lagged partial coherence fields based on high- and low-density EEG
Elham Barzegaran, Cristian Carmeli, Maria G. Knyazeva

An Energy-Aware Runtime for Wearable Smart Medical Sensors
Ivana Unkovic, Dennis Majoe, Thomas Gross, Jürg Gutknecht

Posters from 2013

P.-A. Farine, D. Atienza, D. Briand, J. Gutknecht, C. Hierold, M. Knyazeva, G. Wohlrab, D. Majoe, A. Boegli


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