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Electromagnetic Sensing and Treatment of Living Things: Using microwaves to detect and treat disease in humans and trees

on 23-09-2018

... Prof. Carey Rappaport, from the Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Date & time: Monday, October 8th, 11:00h
Location: Instituto Superior Técnico, LT2 4th floor, Torre Norte

Because of their ability to penetrate and heat, electromagnetic waves have found use in several unusual applications, specifically in interaction with
biological tissue. Microwave radar has been used as an anatomic imaging modality for detecting breast cancer, and THz radiation is being proposed for vulnerable plaque identification. Using a simple conformal antenna, microwave sensing of trees can alert arborists if there is an otherwise undetectable infestation of Asian Long-Horned beetle. By depositing microwave power at depth, cancerous or otherwise diseased tissue can be noninvasively heated and inactivated or ablated while sparing healthy surrounding tissue. This survey presentation will touch on a variety of life science
electromagnetic applications, discussing feasibility, advantages, efficacy, and limitations of the proposed approaches.

Prof. Carey RAPPAPORT is a Fellow of the IEEE, and he received five degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): the S.B. degree in mathematics and the S.B., S.M., and E.E. degrees in electrical engineering in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1987. Prof. Rappaport has worked as a teaching and research assistant at MIT from 1981 to 1987 and during the summers at Communications Satellite Corporation Laboratories in Clarksburg, Maryland, and The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. He joined the faculty at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1987 and has been a professor of electrical and computer engineering since July 2000. In 2011, he was appointed College of Engineering Distinguished Professor.
Prof. Rappaport has authored more than 400 technical journal articles and conference papers in the areas of microwave antenna design, electromagnetic wave propagation and scattering computation, and bioelectromagnetics, and he has received two
reflector antenna patents, two biomedical device patents, and four subsurface sensing device patents. As a student, he was awarded the AP-S’s H.A. Wheeler Award for best applications paper in 1986. He is a member of the Sigma Xi and Eta Kappa Nu professional honorary societies. More Information..

On-Chip ESD Protection Designs for RF ICs

on 20-09-2018

... Prof. Albert Wang, University of California

Date & time: Tuesday, October 2nd, 11:00h
Location: Instituto Superior Técnico, LT2 4th floor, Torre Norte

// Abstract:

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) failure is the most devastating IC reliability problem. As semiconductor technologies continue to advance to nano nodes, meanwhile ICs become more complex, on-chip ESD protection design emerges as a major IC design challenge, particularly for broad-band RF and high-speed ICs. This lecture discusses advanced on-chip ESD protection design techniques for RF ICs, including mixed-mode ESD simulation-design methods, accurate RF ESD characterization and ESD-IC co-design for RF ICs. Real-world ESD protection design examples, such UWB transceivers and 4G/5G RF switches, will be presented.

// Biography:

Albert Wang received the BSEE degree from Tsinghua University, China, and the PhD EE degree from State University of New York at Buffalo, USA, in 1985 and 1996, respectively. From 1995 to 1998, he was an IC design engineer at National Semiconductor Corporation, USA. From 1998 to 2007, He was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA. Since 2007, He has been a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, USA, where he is Director for the Laboratory for Integrated Circuits and Systems and Director for the University of California system-wide Center for Ubiquitous Communications by Light. His research covers Analog/Mixed-Signal/RF ICs, Integrated Design-for-Reliability, 3D Heterogeneous Integration, IC CAD and Modelling, Biomedical Electronics, Emerging Nano Devices and Circuits, and LED-based Visible Light Communications. Wang received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, USA. He published one book and more than 250 papers, and holds 15 US patents. Wang served on editorial boards for IEEE Electron Device Letters, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, and IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. He has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Electron Devices Society, IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society and IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He is Sr. Past President (2018-2019), and was Jr. Past President (2016-2017) and President (2014-2015) of IEEE Electron Devices Society. He was Chair of the IEEE CAS Analog Signal Processing Technical Committee (ASPTC) and committee member for the SIA International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductor (ITRS). He is a member of IEEE 5G Initiative Committee and IEEE Fellow Committee. He was General Chair (2016) and TPC Chair (2015) for IEEE RFIC Symposium. He served as committee member for many IEEE conferences, including IEDM, EDTM, BCTM, ASICON, IEDST, ICSICT, CICC, RFIC, APC-CAS, ASP-DAC, ISCAS, IPFA, ICEMAC, NewCAS, ISTC, IRPS, AP-RASC, MAPE, EDSSC, MIEL, etc. Wang is an IEEE Fellow and AAAS Fellow. More Information..