Research group Microsystems Technology
Microsystems are multidisciplinary sensor systems that transmit their measurements via the internet, also known as the 'Internet of Things’ (IoT). They are used at the HU to measure people and their living environment. Our research group is aimed at studying the multidisciplinary systems development of these IoT products.
Lines of research within the research group
Many disciplines are involved with the development of IoT products. For instance, technology for measurement, technology for realisation and software are developed simultaneously. Problem areas are identified and visualised with the help of models, diagrams and graphs. This process, which is called 'Systems Engineering', ensures that members of a multidisciplinary project team are able to better understand each other. The aim of the research group is to use visual communication to simplify what is a challenging process, thereby also making it more successful.
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Using modern methods, such as 3D printing, waterjet cutting, and laser processing, it is possible to make prototypes quickly and cheaply. These prototypes are used early on in the product development process to enhance the learning experience of the developers. In this way, the overall development is accelerated by implementing short experimental cycles. Since all project members go through the process simultaneously, the group process is also stimulated. This methodology is called 'Agile Development'. It is considered to be the development methodology of the future.
Development methodologies, which are constantly being improved in this research group, are also being applied in the development of medical systems and processes. Given that the medical environment is held to very high quality standards, the development methods of the research group are also applied in order to improve the quality of medical systems and processes and to reduce the risk of errors during implementation. This also increases the chance of a successful outcome of medical procedures.
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Exploring what information can be measured with sensors processed in the brace and what is important for the patient, the practitioner and the instrument maker.
Our research directly affects education, since our students learn in groups to design fast and structured microsystems.
“Measuring people and their environment with modern sensors quickly yields feedback. This allows us to learn through short experimental cycles and to then intervene quickly and effectively”Erik Puik Professor of Microsystems Technology
The research group is looking for companies and institutions that are plagued by difficult challenges in their product development of multidisciplinary products. They can expect support in structuring the development process, in terms of providing advice and assistance.