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Keynote - Bioelectronics

Prof. Rahul Sarpeshkar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Nature is a great analog and digital circuit designer. She has innovated circuits in the biochemical, biomechanical, and bioelectronic domains that operate very robustly with highly imprecise parts, and with incredibly low levels of power. This talk will discuss how analog, RF, and bio-inspired circuits and architectures have led to, and are leading to, novel systems for ultra-low-power biomedical applications. Examples from systems for cochlear-implants for the deaf, brain–machine interfaces for the blind and paralyzed, and in bio-molecular circuits for systems biology and synthetic biology will be presented.

Speaker’s biography:

Rahul Sarpeshkar obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT. After completing his Ph.D. at CalTech, he joined Bell Labs as a member of the technical staff. He is currently on the faculty of MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, where he heads a research group on Analog Circuits and Biological Systems.

He holds over 25 patents and has authored more than 100 publications, including one that was featured on the cover of Nature. His book, Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics: Fundamentals, Biomedical Applications, and Bio-inspired Systems was released in February 2010 and contains a broad and deep treatment of the fields of bioelectronics and ultra-low-power electronics. He has won several awards for his interdisciplinary bioengineering research, including the Packard Fellow award given to outstanding faculty. He was a recent speaker at the 2011 ‘Frontiers of Engineering’ conference hosted by the National Academy of Engineering.





This workshop is receiving technical co-sponsorship support from the IEEE Electron Devices Society.

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