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Dr. Ross Walker
University of Utah Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
When: Monday, October 27, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
Where: Warnock 1250
Analog and mixed-signal circuit technology is a fundamental enabler of sensor applications spanning environmental measurement, implantable biosensing, experimental laboratory measurement, distributed sensor networks, ‘smart cars’, and others. Modern sensor systems have roots in precision analog sensor interface circuits used to amplify and condition weak sensor signals. State-of-the-art ‘smart’ sensor systems include myriad additional functions such as digitization, calibration, data processing and telemetry, feedback and actuation. Supported by advanced VLSI technology and micro- and nano-fabrication techniques, these systems can be aggressively miniaturized and integrated, leading to flexible deployment in an ever-growing number of applications and environments. This talk will present examples of state-of-the-art electronic systems for sensor applications, and will highlight the key role of analog circuit research.
Ross Walker is a recent addition to the ECE faculty at University of Utah. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and the B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2005. He received the M.S. degree (2007) and Ph.D. degree (2013) in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA (dissertation title: Interface Electronics for Emerging Sensor Systems). Ross subsequently joined the ECE faculty at University of Utah as Assistant Professor, where he pursues research involving mixed-signal integrated circuit design with an emphasis on sensor interfacing, biomedical applications, and signal processing. Ross has experience with neural interfaces, quantum biomolecular sensing, biomedical optical imaging, and other sensor systems. During his time as a student, Ross held internships at IBM, National Semiconductor (now Texas Instruments), and Linear Technology.