Tutorial: Low-Power Electronics for Biomedical Sensors

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Low-Power Electronics for Biomedical Sensors

Syed Kamrul Islam

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2250



Recent advancements in CMOS integrated circuit technologies and biomedical sensing techniques have made widespread use of sensor instruments possible in healthcare arena. The high degree of miniaturization of the classical measurement techniques has led to the realization of complex analytical systems in the form of wearable and implantable biomedical sensors for monitoring of vital health information of patients. Rapid development in micro/nano-technology have contributed to the development of biomedical sensors for a wider range of medical applications. The objective of this tutorial is to provide the audience with a fundamental understanding of the design of biomedical sensors and low-voltage low-power sensor electronics in deep sub-micron CMOS technologies. This tutorial will be particularly focused on biomedical applications that can benefit from the use of sensor technologies, the associated challenges and will include a discussion on low-power circuit design and signal-processing schemes and power conditioning circuits for implementation of implantable biosensors.
Dr. Syed Kamrul Islam received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. He is currently a Professor and the Associate Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Islam is leading the research efforts of the Analog VLSI and Devices Research Group at the University of Tennessee.  As an affiliated faculty member of The University of Tennessee Center for Environmental Biotechnology, he is leading the efforts to develop Biophotonic Biosensors using genetically engineered whole-cell bioreporters on integrated circuits. His current research interests are: semiconductor devices, high temperature electronics, analog and mixed-signal circuit design, bio-microelectronics, and nanotechnology. Dr. Islam is currently holding John W. McConnell Professorship in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has previously received John W. Fisher Professorship for academic leadership skill, eta kappa nu outstanding teacher award, Moses E. and Mayme Brooks Distinguished Professor award, Min Kao Faculty Fellowship award, College of Engineering Research Fellow award and the University of Tennessee Citation for Research and Creative Achievement.

Focus Areas: Analog/Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design | MEMS | RF Microelectronics | Monolithic Sensors | Nanotechnology and Molecular Scale Electronics | Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Devices | Bio-Microelectronics

Skills and Expertise: Sensors | Electronics