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UCSD opening huge, cathedral-like engineering center aimed at reshaping the human experience

UC San Diego is about to open a huge, cathedral-like engineering center that will exponentially expand the school’s efforts to do everything from turn plant viruses into human vaccines to program self-driving cars to safely navigate through thick fog. Franklin

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Prof. Mercier speaks about low-power WiFi backscatter communication

Prof. Mercier discussed his research in collaboration with Dinesh Bharadia about low-power WiFi backscatter communication at the 2022 UCSD Center for Wireless Communications Semi Annual Research Review, with his talk available now on YouTube:

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Nature Biomedical Engineering: A Multi-Analyte Integrated Microneedle Platform

Imagine being able to measure your blood sugar levels, know if you’ve had too much to drink, and track your muscle fatigue during a workout, all in one small device worn on your skin. Engineers at the University of California

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ISSCC 2022: paper, forum, and panel

The EEMS lab, in collaboration with Prof. Dinesh Bharadia’s lab, are pleased to announce that they will be presenting a paper at ISSCC 2022 entitled “A WiFi and Bluetooth Backscattering Combo Chip Featuring Beam Steering via a Fully-Reflective Phased-Controlled Multi-Antenna

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CWS is hiring a postdoctoral scholar!

POSITION DESCRIPTION The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, at the University of California, San Diego, in support of the Jacobs School of Engineering multidisciplinary research in the Center for Wearable Sensors is conducting an open search for Postdoctoral Scholars in

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The Impending Evolution of Wearables

Despite ties to the fashion sector, wearables may evolve to the point where consumers may not even see the technology they’re wearing. Read more in this nice article, which extensively quotes Prof. Mercier, HERE.

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Wearables: where are we?

A nice article about the activities in the Center for Wearable Sensors appeared in the Triton Magazine, including interview excerpts with Prof. Mercier and colleagues. Read more HERE.

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Five papers at ISSCC 2021!

We are very excited to announce we will be presenting FIVE papers at ISSCC 2021!  This brings EEMS total ISSCC paper count over the last five years to 16 (five papers in 2021, one in 2020, four in 2019, three

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Center for Wearable Sensors: Virtual Summit (FREE registration!)

UC San Diego’s Center for Wearable Sensors, which is co-Directed by Prof. Mercier, normally has a public summit hosted once per year on UCSD campus.  Due to the pandemic, we have decided to move this summit online, and are opening

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IEEE Spectrum Cover Story: Why Sweat Will Power Your Next Wearable

Patrick Mercier and Joseph Wang’s work on biofuel cells and self-powered sensors is featured on the cover of the July 2020 issue of IEEE Spectrum. Check it out! https://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/devices/why-sweat-will-power-your-next-wearable

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A low-power, low-cost wearable to monitor COVID-19 patients

Engineers at the University of California San Diego are developing low-cost, low-power wearable sensors that can measure temperature and respiration–key vital signs used to monitor COVID-19. The devices would transmit data wirelessly to a smartphone, and could be used to

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Three papers at VLSI 2020

The Energy Efficient Microsystems Lab will be presenting three papers at the 2020 VLSI Symposium. While the conference will not be in beautiful Honolulu this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new online format does offer an exciting way

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UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering Ranked in the Top-10 (US News)

US News and World Report has just announced the 2020 Engineering Graduate School School rankings, and we are proud to say that the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is now in the top-10! https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-engineering-schools/eng-rankings This marks a sharp

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New chip brings ultra-low power Wi-Fi connectivity to IoT devices

Everything needs to be online nowadays, from vending machines to smart speakers, but that connectivity costs in terms of bulk and energy use. Now researchers have come up with a chip that gets devices connected with 5,000 times less power

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Prof. Mercier wins Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award

In its 69th year, the annual Engineers Week Awards Banquet, hosted by the San Diego County Engineering Council (SDCEC) on February 21, 2020, is bringing together leaders in our community to celebrate those who educate, create and advance engineering. “Engineers make a

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ISSCC 2020: paper, tutorial, two forums, and an industry showcase

Prof. Mercier and the EEMS Lab will be very active at ISSCC 2020 this coming year! First – congratulations to Po-Han Wang, Hongsen Yang, and the collaboration with Prof. Dinesh Bharadia’s group, including Chi Zhang, on the upcoming paper entitled

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Cutting Edge Chip for Waking Up Small Wireless Devices Uses Only 0.000000022 Watts

A new power saving chip developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego could significantly reduce or eliminate the need to replace batteries in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and wearables. The so-called wake-up receiver wakes up a

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2019 year in review: 23 papers, 4 PhDs defended, and more!

2019 was an excellent year for the Energy-Efficient Microsystems Lab!  The lab was very productive, having published 23 papers this year (note: some of these journal papers were made available online in 2019, but may end up in 2020 issues),

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IEEE Spectrum: Wireless Network Brings Dust-Sized Brain Implants a Step Closer

IEEE Spectrum wrote an article featuring our work on deeply sub-mm size Neurograins for next-generation monitoring and stimulation of the brain. This is a collaborative project between UCSD, Brown University, and Qualcomm. Brain-computer interfaces have managed some amazing feats: allowing

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Four papers at ISSCC 2019!

Congratulations to the EEMS students who contributed to many excellent projects in 2018, including four papers that are accepted for publication at ISSCC 2019!  That’s now 10 ISSCC papers in the last three years! Details of these papers will be

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