Since 2004 I'm linked to the biomedical engineering field and to Twente. I originate from the "Achterhoek" (born near Zutphen), thus the culture shock was minimal, and I like to be in Twente a lot. I started my bachelor Biomedical Technology in 2004, and from ca. 2006 I also started to work part-time for the Biomedical Signals and Systems (BSS) group setting up a practical assignment for a Home Care Technology master course and finalizing / producing portable stimulators for use in pain research.
I did my master assignment on parametrization and detection of physical exercises to check compliance of the training schedule at home. The detection was done via a Microsoft Kinect camera using C# software.
After my graduation I started working for TMSi in Oldenzaal. They develop medically certified EEG / EMG recorders. My main responsibility was in requirements engineering and requirement-based verification testing. I was also heavily involved in customer support and more general debugging and testing of the prototypes.
After 6 years at TMSi I moved back to the BSS group, in order to find more variability in my tasks, and also to actually build things instead of only testing them.
Since september 2020 I develop electronics for research projects of the Biomedical Signals and Systems (BSS) group. For example portable stimulators used in pain research or body movement trackers used in eHealth applications. Together with the researcher, I define the requirements. I design the electronics, produce the prototypes, develop the embedded software and driver/API. In most cases I will make the raw data available in Matlab, and leave the data processing and user interaction up to the researcher.
One of my objectives is to improve design documentation and quality control, in order to smoothen the process of getting METC approval. In the long term this should also lead to devices which comply (partly) with medical device regulation(s) and therefore have a higher commercial value.