To meet the needs of the major challenges of electronic based systems (EBS), the USE Lab will focus on following research topics:
These research challenges can be tackled on different integration levels, from chip or packaging level to system level. A significant strength of the USE Lab is the ability to follow an integrated and holistic approach on different integration levels using following methods:
As concrete development basis for the development of the methods 3 use cases (UC) with increasing levels of complexity are defined to make full use of the USE lab:
Aim is to provide an autarkic, wireless humidity and temperature sensors on a flexible substrate suitable to be integrated in smart textiles. This can be used for wearable devices but also in industrial textiles, e.g. for monitoring potential leaks (roofs, basins, etc) over large areas operating in a network. Such sensors will typically have a thickness below 1 mm and can be easily attached to surfaces. Methods developed in ubiquitous sensing lead to improved localisation capabilities of water leaks.
Sensors for condition monitoring purposes that can be integrated in structures or on surfaces of structures (e.g. industrial machinery, buildings, bridges, wooden constructions, etc.) and measure the strain and vibration. The ubiquitous sensing approach offers improved failure detection of machine parts and structures.
Detection of presence and estimation of concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and or acidic gases by means of multisensors based on colorimetric polymers and utilization of machine learning algorithms, sensor networked based estimation of origin of gas source and monitoring of propagation.