As PI of the Energy-Efficient Microsystems Lab (http://efficiency.ucsd.edu) and co-Director of the Center for Wearable Sensors (http://cws.ucsd.edu), Patrick Mercier’s group endeavors to research and develop innovative circuit and system solutions that either enable or significantly ameliorate exciting new applications in wearables, biomedical implants, mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, power management integrated circuits, and beyond. In most such applications, size and battery life are critically important metrics. Since battery technology is scaling too slowly to meet emergent needs, a primary research goal is to attain enabling levels of miniaturization through the development of novel energy-efficient microelectronics and energy harvesting technologies. Additional goals are to develop innovative new sensor/actuator technologies, and to perform system-level engineering in order to impart new device capabilities.
Representative (but not exhaustive) research directions include:
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