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ECE Department
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005, USA
Email: aydin.babakhani AT rice.edu
Tel: (713) 348-3821
Fax: (713) 348-5685

Welcome

Welcome to the Rice Integrated Systems and Circuits Laboratory (RISC). We focus on analysis, design, and testing of integrated sensors and systems with applications in high-speed wireless links, radar, medical imaging, biosensing, and oil/gas monitoring. 


Research

Current Research
Optoelectronic Systems and Devices in Conventional CMOS
Silicon-based Sensors for Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy and Imaging
Large-Scale Radiating Integrated (LSRI) Circuits and On-chip Antennas
Silicon-based mm-Wave and THz Transceivers
Self-Healing Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits
CMOS-based Medical Imaging Devices and Sensors
Past Research
Near-Field Direct Antenna Modulation (NFDAM)
A 77 GHz Phased Array Transceiver with On-Chip Antennas
On-Chip Magnetic Resonant Imaging (MRI) Transmitter and Receiver
A 60GHz Scalable Two-Dimensional Phased Array Transmitter With On-Chip Antennas

A Scalable 6-18 GHz Concurrent Dual-Band Quad-Beam Phased Array Receiver


News


September 2015- Prof. Babakhani and Prof. Knightly received $0.8M from National Science Foundation to push the limits of data-rate in Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN).

August 2015- Prof. Babakhani, Prof. Aazhang, and neurosurgeon Dr. Tandon received $1M from National Science Foundation to study how brain processes language with implanted microchips.

August 2015- Prof. Babakhani gives a keynote speech on Picosecond Impulse Radiating Chips at the 40th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz.

August 2015- Congratulations Charles! Charles Chen will present the world's first Wireless Synchronization of mm-wave Arrays at the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference in September 2015.

July 2015- Prof. Babakhani gives an invited talk on Single-Chip Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Transceivers at the 57th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance.

July 2015- Prof. Babakhani gives an invited talk at the International Symposium on Microwave/Terahertz Science and Applications and the International Symposium on Terahertz Nanoscience.

April 2015- Congratulations Galen Schmidt, Jeremy Hunt, and Spencer Kent! The senior project sponsored by the RISC laboratory wins the Best Award at the Rice's annual Engineering Design Showcase.

March 2015- Congratulations Xeubei! Xuebei Yang wins IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Fellowship award.

March 2015- Congratulations Xeubei! Xuebei Yang's paper is selected among Student Paper Competition Finalists at the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium 2015.

January 2015- Peiyu Chen and Prof. Aydin Babakhani win the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS) 2015.

November 2014- Congratulations Peiyu! Peiyu Chen's paper is selected among Student Paper Competition Finalists at the IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS) 2015.

November 2014- Congratulations Mahdi! Mahdi Assefzadeh wins the top prize in ECE for his 90-second pitch in SCREECH competition.

September 2014- Prof. Babakhani (PI) and Prof. Baraniuk (Co-PI) win a major DURIP grant from AFOSR to develop a millimeter-wave hyper-spectral three-dimensional imaging system.

July 2014- RISC laboratory's DARPA funded Young Faculty Award (YFA) project has been selected for presentation at the prestigious 2014 DARPA MTO Exposition. This was the only YFA project selected for presentation at this Exposition.

June 2014- Terahertz Tech Gets a Major Push at Rice. $2.5M grant awarded by Keck Foundation and Rice Universiy.

June 2014- Mahdi Assefzadeh and Prof. Aydin Babakhani win the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

June 2014- Himanshu Aggrawal and Prof. Aydin Babakhani win the 4th Prize at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

April 2014- Congratulations Himanshu! Himanshu Aggrawal's paper is selected among Student Paper Competition Finalists at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

April 2014- Congratulations Mahdi! Mahdi Assefzadeh's paper is selected among Student Paper Competition Finalists at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

February 2014- Prof. Babakhani wins Northrop Grumman's Innovation Award.

February 2014- Congratulations Mahdi! Mahdi Assefzadeh's paper titled "A 9-psec Differential Lens-Less Digital-to-Impulse Radiator with 150-fs-Resolution Delay Line in Silicon" has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC) 2014.

February 2014- Congratulations Xuebei! Xuebei Yang's paper titled "A 2.5Gb/s 0.38mm2 Optical Receiver with Integrated Photodiodes in 0.18µm CMOS SOI" has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

February 2014- Congratulations Himanshu! Himanshu Aggrawal's paper titled "A 40GS/s Track-and-Hold Sampler with 62dB SFDR3 in 45nm CMOS SOI" has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

February 2014- Congratulations Mahdi! Mahdi Assefzadeh's paper titled "An 8-psec 13dBm Peak EIRP Digital-to-Impulse Radiator with an On-chip Slot Bow-Tie Antenna in Silicon" has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

February 2014- Congratulations Xuebei! Xuebei Yang's paper titled "A Fully-Integrated Free-space Optically-Locked VCO with Picosecond Timing Jitter in 0.18µm CMOS" has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

June 2013- Congratulations Xuebei! Xuebei Yang's paper titled " Impact of Layout on the Performance of Photodiodes in 0.18µm CMOS SOI, " has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) 2013.

February 2013- Congratulations Xuebei and Payam! Xuebei's and Payam's paper titled " A Single-Chip Dual-Mode CW/Pulse Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectrometer in 0.13µm SiGe BiCMOS, " has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2013. They will present the world's first single-chip dual-mode electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer in silicon.

February 2013- Congratulations Charles and Payam! Charles's and Payam's paper titled " A Silicon-Based, Fully Integrated Pulse Electron Paramagnetic Resonance System for mm-Wave Spectroscopy, " has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2013.

January 2013- Congratulations Xuebei! Xuebei Yang's paper titled " Optical Waveguides and Photodiodes in 0.18µm CMOS SOI with No Post-processing, " has been accepted for presentation at the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference 2013.

May 2012- Prof. Babakhani wins DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA).

 

Open Positions:

1) Postdoctoral Scholars: Please email Professor Babakhani.
2) Graduate Students: If you are a prospective graduate student, please follow the application process, and indicate your interest in integrated circuits design.