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Physics and applications of resonance phenomena and linear and nonlinear optical phenomena, specifically: resonance enhancement in fluorescence-based molecular transduction, kinetics of bi-molecular interactions, microfabricated optical biosensor array systems, design of periodic and aperiodic systems of artificial resonators, and plasmonics-nanophotonic systems based on metallic structures.
Modeling, identification and control, with an emphasis on adaptive control. Applications to aerospace and electromechanical systems. Current research topics include adaptive algorithms for active noise and vibration control, flight control systems, and the control of electric motors and generators.
Chemical sensors, neural interfaces, electronic circuit clocking, circuit design, high performance microprocessors, and mixed signal microprocessors.
Rong Rong Chen
Efficient utilization of multiple antennas for high-rate communications in wireless networks, statistical detection methods for underwater acoustic communications, and other fields related to communication systems and statistical signal processing.
Douglas A. Christensen
Fiberoptic and guided wave sensors, especially those applicable to biomedical sensing, such as fluorescent immunosensors; numerical modeling of optical devices using finite-difference time-domain techniques; and ultrasound bioinstrumentation.
Filter bank multicarrier communications for underwater acoustic channels, cognitive radios, and multiple access networks; detection algorithms for MIMO and OFDM; implementations on hardware platforms.
Intermittent fault location for aircraft wiring, antenna design and optimization, communications, bioelectromagnetics, and engineering education.
Om P. Gandhi
Development of numerical techniques for electromagnetic (EM) absorption and scattering calculations from power line to microwave frequencies; software for design of personal wireless devices including low SAR antennas, numerical and experimental techniques for compliance testing of wireless communication devices; numerical techniques for microwave integrated circuits.
Signal processing for complex wave propagation, cyber-physical systems, structural health monitoring, compressed sensing, matched field processing, machine learning, statistical signal processing, big data, transform theory.
Automated synthesis and optimization, validation and verification of digital VLSI systems, including: formal verification of RTL descriptions, new techniques to guide CNF-SAT search, using Groebner's proof systems for simplification of design verification and SAT solving, and design automation for optic/photonic logic.
Biological nano- and micro-systems in moving fluids for medical applications including micro- pumps and valves. System integration in robotics and energy harvesting for micro- robots, actuators, hydraulics, energy harvesting systems, and manufacturing technology.
Interaction between biological media and electromagnetic fields, implantable microantennas, neural stimulation, biomedical electromagnetics (e.g. retinal prosthesis), computational electromagnetics (e.g. FDTD), antennas for wireless, multiple and vector antenna systems.
Microfabricated systems that interface with biological structures at multiple scales. These include new microfluidics technologies, bioMEMS, novel detection microtechnologies and methods, cell and tissue level microinstruments and microsystems.
V. John Mathews
Adaptive and nonlinear signal processing, perceptually-tuned signal processing, signal processing for communication systems, biomedicine and structural health management.
Absorbance modulation optical lithography, patterning via optical saturable transitions, optical nanoscopy, and ultra-high frequency solar energy via a nanostructured polychromatic concentrator.
Chris J. Myers
Asynchronous circuit design, formal verification of analog/mixed signal circuits and cyber-physical systems, and modeling, analysis, and design of genetic circuits.
Optics and optoelectronics, specifically in the fields of: terahertz optoelectronics, plasmonics, metamaterials, ultrafast optics, nonlinear optics, guided-wave devices, and imaging.
Develop and test (in-vivo) a chronically implantable neural recording array and provide the device to the neuroscience community upon completion of the initial technical development phase for experimental use and evaluation.
Inventions for wireless networks which improve their security, reliability, self-awareness, and sensing capabilities. Research applies statistical signal processing, networking, and radio propagation techniques.
My research group focuses on earth-abundant, benign compound semiconductors for thin film photovoltaics such as Cu2ZnSnS4. We also work in other sulfide semiconductors for PV, light management for thin film PV, CIGS, laser processing of semiconductors, and the physics of semiconductor alloys and transition metal and rare earth additions to semiconductors.
Design, analysis and fabrication of metamaterials in frequency ranges from megahertz to petahertz. Transformation design of devices implementable with metamaterials. Applications include: remote sensing, near-field imaging, biological imaging, implantable devices, electro-mechanical devices and invisibility cloaking.
Terahertz technology, high frequency electronics, two dimensional materials, active metamaterials, plasmonics, and nanophotonics.
Computational electromagnetics theory and applications; finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) solutions to Maxwell’s equations from near-DC to light; electromagnetic propagation in the Earth-ionosphere waveguide; electromagnetic compatibility; plasmonics; biophotonics.
Harsh Environment MEMS, including: materials (SiC (on Si), SOI, GaN), metallisation systems for high temperatures and aggressive ambient conditions, and silicon fusion bonding and packaging issues.
Gerald B. Stringfellow
Ceramics, advanced materials, microelectronics, and a broad range of topics related to materials science and electronics.
Nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS), nano devices and molecular electronics, metrology tools, microwave-AFM for bio-nano-info, and novel fabrication techniques.
Image processing and pattern recognition, specifically: geometry-based and statistics-based methods for image filtering, segmentation and feature extraction using high-order partial differential equations for image and surface reconstruction. Applying these methods to problems in biomedical imaging, particularly neural circuit reconstruction from very large-scale microscopy image datasets.
Silicon based analog/RF circuits for high-efficiency, high performance transceivers; Ultra low power circuits for wireless sensor networks; Reconfigurable circuits for software defined radio.
USTAR Associate Professor
Office: SMBB 3741
Phone: (801) 581-6512
Area: IC Design for MEMS Sensors and Sensing Systems
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Young's Wireless Microsystems
Integrated Circuits Design for MEMS-Based Sensors and Sensing Systems, fabrication, and integrated circuit design for biomedical implants, wireless sensing, power and energy scavenging, RF communication, and general industrial sensing applications.