ECE 6900/7900 Graduate Seminar

Fall Semester 2014

Instructor: Prof. Gianluca Lazzi,
Location: WEB 1250

Meeting Time: Mondays at 3:05-3:55 p.m. (with some occasional Fridays)
Teaching Assistant: Seyyed Hashemizadehkolowri,


General Course Information and Requirements

  1. This is a credit/no credit class required of all MS/ME students. A student continuing for the Ph.D. degree must register for ECE 7900/7910 after having previously taken ECE 6900 and 6910 during their MS/ME program.
  2. A tentative Graduate Seminar Schedule for the beginning of Fall 2014 will be listed below once seminars are scheduled. Several of the seminars have yet to be announced. These slots will be filled in due course, and the speakers and topics of the seminars will be announced as the information becomes available.
  3. To receive credit for this class, a student must attend at least 70% of the seminars offered. Based on the current estimate of seminars that will be offered this semester (15), this translates into attending at least 11 seminars.
  4. Seminar attendance will be recorded. It is a student’s responsibility to bring their UCard to each seminar so the course TA can verify attendance. Students must stay for the duration of the seminar to get credit.
  5. The first graduate seminar of Fall Semester will be held on Monday, August 25th, 2014.
  6. Students are expected to turn in a well-written, 2-page minimum report on any seminars that they attended during the year. Students may compensate for 2 absences by turning in an additional report on the research of any single graduate seminar speaker. Reports should be turned in to the course TA before the last day of the semester and should be in the IEEE Magnetics Letters format laid out at the bottom of the following webpage:

Class Documents

 Slides from Sept. 8, 2014 Seminar – ECE Graduate Program Policies and Requirements


Seminar Schedule

“Macro Impacts with Micro Technologies:  Toward Distributed Environmental Monitoring via Pervasive Electronics”

“Macro Impacts with Micro Technologies: Toward Distributed Environmental Monitoring via Pervasive Electronics”

January 1st, 2015

“Macro Impacts with Micro Technologies: Toward Distributed Environmental Monitoring via Pervasive Electronics”By Dr. Hanseup Kim, USTAR Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept., University of Utah Monday, January 12, 2015 at 3:05 p.m. in WEB 1230 Abstract Numerous unknown physical and chemical phenomena can be precisely analyzed by highly-accurate electro-mechanical, chemical and biological transduction mechanisms in micro and nano scales, impacting broad contexts of human life. Air quality, an emerging societal issue, is known to cause the fatalities that are twice the number of automobile fatalities in US and that are equal to deaths from breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Hundreds of scientific studies conducted worldwide have provided evidences that polluted air has alarming adverse effects on health. Clearly, the exposure to air pollution needs to be monitored for individuals. Traditionally air quality has been measured at the community-level relying on a limited number of fixed monitoring stations (e.g. only five stations in Philadelphia), failing to model individual risks. This can be best addressed by developing a miniaturized air-quality monitoring system in a portable and wearable form, which can be enabled by micro/nano technology. This talk discusses the challenges and recent milestones in miniaturizing a gas chromatography (GC)-based air quality monitoring system in order to enable personal-level evaluation of air quality. Specifically, this talk will discuss the scientific and engineering innovations in individual MEMS components of the integrated micro GC system. Such components include (1) micro actuators for efficient pumping of compressible gases, (2) a chemical separation technique exceeding the conventional state-of-art limit, and (3) a micro chemical sensor that is time-invariant. Future directions will be also discussed for personalized in-vitro analysis of the health impact of air pollutants by developing a “microGC to lab-on-chip” platform technology. Speaker Biography Dr. Hanseup Kim is a USTAR Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and BioEngineering at the University of Utah. He received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University in 1997, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Between 2006 and 2009, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS) in the University of Michigan. His current research interests focus on the development of integrated micro/nano systems for environmental monitoring and healthcare research by combining micro/nanofabrication techniques, micro actuators, microfluidics for “compressible” gases, in-vitro cell culture models, and inertial/chemical sensors. Prof. Kim is a recipient of both the prestigious NSF CAREER Award in 2012 and the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2011. He received the Best Paper Award with eight other co-authors from the International Conference on Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems in 2008, the First Prize in the competition and the Best Paper Award with three other co-authors from the 38th International Design Automation Conference in 2001, and Rotary Club Ambassador Scholarship in 1999. He has actively served the MEMS community as a Technical P

“Implantable and Wearable Microelectronic Devices to Improve Quality of Life for People with Disabilities”

"Implantable and Wearable Microelectronic Devices to Improve Quality of Life for People with Disabilities"

January 7th, 2015

"Implantable and Wearable Microelectronic Devices to Improve Quality of Life for People with Disabilities" Maysam Ghovanloo, Ph.D. GT-Bionics Lab, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA Monday, January 26, 2015 3:05 pm WEB 1230 Abstract Implantable microelectronic devices (IMD) and neuroprostheses are finding applications in new therapies thanks to advancements in microelectronics, microsensors, RF communications, and medicine, which have resulted in embedding more functions in IMDs that occupy smaller space and consume less power, while offering therapies for more complex diseases and disabilities. I will address how we are pushing the limits on developing key building blocks for state-of-the-art IMDs, particularly on the analog front-end, RF back-end, and power management. IMDs have been quite successful in neuroprosthetic devices, such as cochlear implants and deep brain stimulators. They are also being considered for brain-computer interfacing (BCI) to enable individuals with severe physical disabilities to control their environments, particularly by accessing computers. Implantable BCIs, however, are highly invasive and it is not clear whether end users would accept them in presence of less invasive alternatives. At the GT-Bionics lab, we pursue implantable BCIs as advanced tools for neuroscience research on small freely behaving animal subjects. An example of these applications is a smart cage, the EnerCage, which can wirelessly power, communicate with, and track electronics implanted in or attached to small freely behaving animals. At the same time, we are exploring novel minimally-invasive methods for individuals with severe paralysis to make the best use of their remaining abilities to control their environments. An example of such technologies is a wireless and wearable brain-tongue-computer interface (BTCI), also known as the Tongue Drive System (TDS), which enables individuals with tetraplegia to control their environments using their voluntary tongue motion. We are also working on wearable devices that help the elderly to comply with their prescribed medication regiments and notify the emergency unit in the event of a fall. Speaker Biography Maysam Ghovanloo received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1997. He also received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2003 and 2004. Dr. Ghovanloo developed the first modular Patient Care Monitoring System in Iran where he also founded Sabz-Negar Rayaneh Inc. to manufacture physiology and pharmacology research laboratory instruments. From 2004 to 2007 he was an assistant professor in the Department of ECE at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Since 2007 he has been with the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he is an associate professor and the founding director of the GT-Bionics Lab. He has authored or coauthored more than 150 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications on implantable microelectronic devices, integrated circuits and micro-systems for IMD applications, and modern assistive technologies. Dr. Ghovanloo is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (2010-present) and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (2011-present). He served as an Associate Editor of

“High-Power Wind Energy Conversion Systems”

“High-Power Wind Energy Conversion Systems”

January 16th, 2015

“High-Power Wind Energy Conversion Systems”Dr. Venkata Yaramasu, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Friday, January 30, 2015 at 3:05 p.m. in WEB 1230 Abstract Wind energy conversion systems have experienced a tremendous growth in installed capacity, market penetration, and research and development activities over the past three decades, and as a result they have now became most successful renewable energy technologies competing with not only other nonconventional energy sources, but also with the conventional fossil fuel-based power generation units. This seminar provides a comprehensive review on the state-of-the-art and emerging wind energy technologies from the electrical engineering perspective. Speaker Biography Venkata Yaramasu received his B.Tech degree in electrical and electronics engineering from JNT University, Hyderabad, India, in 2005, an M.E. degree in electrical engineering with specialization in power electronics from S. G. S. Institute of Technology and Science, Indore, India, in 2008, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, in 2014. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Electric Drive Applications and Research (LEDAR) and Center for Urban Energy (CUE), Ryerson University. His research interests include renewable energy, high power converters, electric vehicles, power quality, and model predictive control. Dr. Yaramasu worked closely with Rockwell Automation, Toronto Hydro, Hydro One, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Wind Energy Strategic Network (WESNet) and Connect Canada, and completed 8 industrial projects in Power Electronics, Electric Drives and Renewable Energy. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed technical papers including 16 journal papers. He is currently authoring/coauthoring two books entitled “Model Predictive Control of Wind Energy Conversion Systems” and “Power Conversion and Control of Wind Energy Systems, Second Edition” for a possible publication with the Wiley-IEEE Press. He is recipient of Best Graduate Thesis Award, Three Best Poster Awards, Three Graduate Research Excellence Awards, Three Student Research Awards, Six Best Student Paper Awards and Two Teaching Related Awards.