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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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Prof. Mercier promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure)

Effective July 1, 2018, Prof. Mercier has been promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) at the University of California San Diego. Over his career, Prof. Mercier made significant contributions to the field of near-zero-power integrated circuits, integrated power management, wearable

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Clinical Trial Tests Tattoo Sensor as Needleless Glucose Monitor for Diabetes Patients

A needleless glucose monitor, which measures insulin levels through sweat on the skin, has been developed by UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering researchers led by Joseph Wang and Patrick Mercier. The device is being used in a phase I

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NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Mercier has been selected to receive the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.  Congrats, Prof. Mercier!

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Smartphone case offers blood glucose monitoring on the go

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a smartphone case and app that could make it easier for patients to record and track their blood glucose readings, whether they’re at home or on the go. Currently, checking

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Three papers accepted to ISSCC 2018!

Congratulations to Sally Safwat Amin, who will be presenting a paper at the 2018 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) on a multi-input single-inductor multi-output (MISIMO) energy harvesting system. The paper is entitled “MISIMO: A Multi-Input Single-Inductor Multi-Output Energy Harvester Employing

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Prof. Mercier elevated to IEEE Senior Member

Congrats to Prof. Mercier!

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Prof. Mercier wins Biocom Catalyst Award

Prof. Mercier has been selected as a recipient of the Biocom Life Science Catalyst Awards! The awards are given to accomplished and up-and-coming academics, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders and business advisers who are making their marks on the San Diego

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