This project aims to fabricate gate-defined quantum dots on graphene superlattice and study quantum confinement physics in strongly correlated two-dimensional electron system.
- Condensed Matter Physics-Electronic and Magnetic Properties; Superconductivity
- Master Thesis
We offer a project where you will develop a novel system for real-time TEER-based assessment of barrier function of human in vitro tissue models (e.g., bladder, lung) in microfluidic organ-on-a-chip device developed in the Bioengineering Lab.
- Biology, Engineering and Technology, Medical and Health Sciences, Physics
- Master Thesis, Semester Project
The goal of this project will be to create nanoparticle self-assemblies from gold and proteins with specific size, shape and ordering so that these systems can be used as models for applications in drug delivery. Their structure will primarily be characterized by scattering techniques such as small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) as well as transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Other characterization techniques will also be explored.
- Cellular Interactions (incl. Adhesion, Matrix, Cell Wall), Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Condensed Matter Physics-Structural Properties, Electronmicroscopy, Xray Crystallography
- Internship, Master Thesis, Semester Project
Cartilage damage in the knee joint can be caused by aging or repetitive actions. It can be treated by surgically removing the damaged cartilage tissue and filling the generated defect with a precisely shaped, healthy cartilage graft. Nowadays, defect preparation is commonly performed using surgical curettes, which has several drawbacks. We are investigating the use of laser ablation for more precise, controlled, and contactless tissue preparation. A workflow and container for sterile laser ablation of tissue has been designed and validated. However, several limitations have been identified. Your task will be to design and manufacture a new sterile ablation container addressing these issues, to adapt the overall sterile ablation workflow, and to validate your design in a sterile laser ablation experiment.
- Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
- Master Thesis
Cartilage damage in the knee joint can be caused by aging or repetitive actions. It can be treated by surgically removing the damaged cartilage tissue and filling the generated defect with a precisely shaped, healthy cartilage graft. Removing the defected cartilage is commonly done with surgical curettes. We are investigating the use of laser ablation for a more precise defect preparation process. With two different lasers, we managed to obain promising results regarding cell viability in live samples. However, laser parameters such as pulse frequency and energy need to be optimized towards higher cutting efficiency. Your task will be to prepare a setup to test, optimize, and validate various parameter sets using different lasers for articular cartilage ablation.
- Biomedical Engineering, Optical Physics
- Master Thesis
Red Blood Cells (RBCs) tend to exhibit morphological abnormalities associated with pathological dis-eases and as a result to a chemically-altered environment. We propose a combinatorial imaging plat-form, guided by machine learning, for the identification and classification of RBCs with a direct impact in monitoring blood-related disorders.
- Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biomedical Engineering
- Master Thesis
Leveraging recent success in data-driven approaches, this project aims to learn policies that combine visual and haptic information for inserting arbitrary objects into a dishwasher rack robustly. The project with be conducted under joint supervision from Intel Research and Robotic Systems Lab.
- Intelligent Robotics, Knowledge Representation and Machine Learning
- Master Thesis
Can a robotic manipulator perform a diverse set of tasks? Can it achieve so based on purely natural language description (e.g., “pick up the apple”, “unfold the cloth”). Can the learned policy generalize well to unseen tasks? In this project, we aim to tackle these problems by developing a language-conditioned multi-task policy for robotic manipulators.
- Engineering and Technology, Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
- Semester Project
Since time immemorial, humans have built instruments to monitor and measure the performance of their creations. Most such gauges are analog and meant to be read only by humans. For robots, reading analog instruments is a challenge, as they are typically small, come in many shapes and sizes, use various units and often have a reflective glass surface to protect the face of the gauge, which causes difficulties for robotic perception.
Giving robots the ability to read analog instrumentation would allow them to monitor and interact with legacy hardware that was not originally designed for robot interaction.
At the Autonomous Systems Lab, we are building a mobile manipulation robot that can inspect open world industrial environments and perform various routine maintenance tasks.
- Computer Vision, Engineering/Technology Instrumentation, Expert Systems, Image Processing, Intelligent Robotics, Interfaces and Presentation, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Neural Networks, Genetic Alogrithms and Fuzzy Logic, Pattern Recognition, Simulation and Modelling, Software Engineering, Text Processing
- Bachelor Thesis, Semester Project
Distribution grids connect the end consumers (residential and commercial) to the electricity grid. There are around 630 distribution network operators in Switzerland. These are divided into limited companies, municipal operations, cooperatives, and public sector institutions. The electricity price paid by the Swiss consumers changes based on which distribution company they are connected to. The price consists of energy charges, transmission charges, taxes, and additional charges. The operational performance of the distribution company is often reflected within the prices that consumers pay. Swiss Federal Electricity Commission regulates the tariff charged to the customers. Electricity distribution is a natural monopoly business. Since Swiss electricity market is not completely liberalized, consumers cannot choose their electricity supplier and have to connect to the supplier who has network in the specified area.
- Business and Management, Economics, Engineering and Technology, Information, Computing and Communication Sciences, Policy and Political Science
- Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis