Lab in a tube

Microsensor, smart catheter

Lab in a tube

The interdisciplinary competition Lab-in-a-Tube consists in designing and implementing a smart catheter equipped with temperature and liquid flow sensing. Teams of 3-4 students with different engineering background conduct independently their project in dedicated lab space.

The project spans from design to experimental validation of flexible microsensors via manufacturing, electronics and modelling.  Hands-on experience includes microfabrication in the cleanroom (EPFL CMi), characterization of materials and devices, instrumentation, signal processing and validation.

The friendly competition is evaluated in terms of optimized sensor design, integration of the sensing system in a tube with millimeter-diameter, calibrated and functional prototypes, and team management.