I recently completed a 6-month PhD internship at The Technology Partnership (TTP) in Cambridge. During this time, I contributed to several internal R&D and client projects relating to AI/ML and electronics for medical devices, namely in the neurotechnology and cardiac domains. My main project focussed on developing ML for low-power applications (tinyML), but I also had the opportunity to work on ML for healthcare applications more broadly and firmware/electronics for robotics systems. Beyond the technical work that I conducted, I was also exposed to the regulatory side of medical device development and production, which is something I hadn’t had the chance to examine as part of my PhD.
Overall, I found my placement experience at TTP to be very rewarding and worthwhile. It was a brilliant opportunity to experience the steps between taking a research project and making it into a full product. When it comes to medical devices, additional constraints and regulations also come into play, which I feel I have a much better grasp of now. Now that I am returning to my PhD, I feel that I have a more well-rounded perspective of my field, and of how my own research fits into it.