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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


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 Aydin Babakhani win the Best Paper Award in IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2014.

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

June 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.

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

April 2014- Congratulations Mahdi! Mahdi Assefzadeh's paper is selected among Student Paper Competition Finalists in 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 publication in 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 publication in 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 publication in 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 publication in 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 publication in 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 publication in 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 publication in 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 publication in 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 publication in 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.