Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control

SmartShunt - The Hydrocephalus Project

Project Details

Start Date: September 2008
End Date: ongoing



Manuel Gehlen



Prof. Lino Guzzella
Prof. Vartan Kurtcuoglu
Dr. Marianne Schmid Daners


Lead Researcher(s):

Manuel Gehlen


Detailed Information:

Published on the SmartShunt - The Hydrocephalus Project website.

Based on the project "Biothermofluidics for Cerebrospinal Fluid Diagnostics and Control - Development of a Knowledge Base", the multidisciplinary research project "SmartShunt - The Hydrocephalus Project" aims at conducting the basic research necessary for the subsequent development of a smart cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt for normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH).

Current treatment methods

Today, NPH is most commonly treated by the surgical placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt that drains CSF from the patient’s ventricular space to the peritoneal area. Current shunts rely on differential-pressure valves to control CSF drainage. Although such shunts are available and used since the 1960s, the failure rate is still very high. The three most common causes of failure are obstructions, infections and overdrainage.


The ultimate goal of the Smartshunt project is the development of a new shunt system that overcomes some of the aforementioned problems. This shall be achieved by using active components and adapting the shunt behavior to the current needs of the patient.

Goals of the project


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