BME Laboratory – from Theory to Practice

Programming of a cardiac pacemaker

Sean Duggan (left) and Vincent Béguin (right) on their first lab day

The BME Laboratory was being held for the first time in the spring semester of 2022. It has been introduced as a compulsory subject for all students in order to further promote applied education and practical skills within the BME Master’s Program. Currently, 23 projects related to our Major Modules Biomechanics, Electronic Implants, and Image-Guided Therapy are offered within the research groups of ARTORG Center, Institute of Applied Physics, Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), Bern University Hospital (Inselspital) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science (EMPA). Students are assigned four of these projects according to their preferences. On each project, they work in teams of two for three weeks. While working on immersive projects, students not only expand their practical skills, but also see theoretical aspects from a different perspective. In addition, they strengthen their ability to work in a team and improve their skills in data analysis, statistics, and especially scientific writing. The intensive supervision of a maximum of four students working at the same time ensures a steep learning curve. Thus, the BME laboratory is an optimal preparation for the master's thesis, and the close contact with a large number of research groups makes it easier for students to decide in which area they wish to undertake their master's thesis.

For more information on organization, lab dates and assessments see the detailed course description in CTS/KSL. Switch to "Detailed View" ("Detailansicht") and log into the system with your campus account to get access to course and exam registration.