News

Spring 2024

  • We are thankful for the support of Semiconductor Research Corporation ESH Program for developing novel hybrid microfluidic-CMOS biosensors for distributed wastewater surveillance. This work is in collaboration with Dilara Çaygara, Diana Arguijo, Yash Patel, and Douglas Densmore.
  • Congratulations to our recent graduates, Dr. Riaz and Dr. Liu! Thank you so much for all your contributions!
    • Mandy, Arslan, and Alperen are the 2024 Boston University Electrical and Computer Engineering Award Winners!
      • Congrats Mandy on winning the Outstanding EE Dissertation Award!
      • Congrats Arslan on winning the ECE Doctoral Achievement Award!
      • Congrats Alperen on winning the Graduate Student Teaching Assistant of the Year!
    • Yash and Ananya won several awards at the BMES x BTEC designathon. Here are the details and event pictures:
      • Congrats Yash and his team members Luca Pungan, and Nikita Vinay Kishan on winning the 1st Place, the People’s Choice Award and the 2nd Place in 2024 Dean’s Imagineering Competition hosted by BU BMES & BTEC with their project “BreatheRight”, an affordable respiratory monitoring system. BreatheRight, an inhaler attachment, enables users to track inhaler usage, monitor pulmonary health through peak flow measurements, and receive real-time warnings about asthma attacks using ML-based algorithms.
      • Congratulations Ananya and her teammate Shadin on wining the 1st place at the BMES x BTEC designathon with their medical device The Osto-pop designed specially for ostomy patients who experience gas issues in their ostomy bags which causes leakage, skin adhesion issues, and poor sleep quality. This project is a fully automated device to help air circulation in ostomy bags for older and disabled populations.
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    • On April 2nd, Prof. Yazicigil received her Early Career Excellence in Research Award from the BU College of Engineering during the Charles DeLisi Lecture given by Prof. Ji-Xin Cheng. Read more.
    • We are on BU news about our achievements at the “Chip Olympics”, ISSCC-24′. Read more.
    • Read the recent article of BU College of Engineering, covering Prof. Yazicigil’s achievements in receiving the NSF Career Award and BU College of Engineering Early Career Excellence in Research Award.
    • Arslan and Ece won the CGSW 10.0 Best Presenter Awards this year. Congratulations team!
    • Prof. Yazicigil is awarded the Early Career Excellence in Research Award from Boston University College of Engineering!
    • Prof. Yazicigil is selected to serve as a Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Distinguished Lecturer for a two-year term starting February 2024!
    • Prof. Yazicigil is awarded an NSF CAREER award to support research, education, and outreach on Cyber-Secure Biological Systems. We are excited to create the first-of-its-kind secure hybrid bio-electronic sensors for in-body monitoring and beyond while fostering interdisciplinary learning and training a diverse semiconductor workforce!
    • The new “ECE CHIPs In” article covers Prof. Yazicigil’s achievements and our group’s recent work. We are chipping in! Read more.

    Fall 2023

    • Mandy and Ece are awarded the Rising Stars Award! They will present their work at ISSCC 2024! Congrats Mandy and Ece.
    • Our team will receive the ISSCC 2023 SRP Best Poster award for the hybrid bioelectronics demo and poster presented last year! Congrats, Mandy, Alperen, Dilara, and Diana, for your efforts!
    • Mandy’s latest work got into ISSCC 2024! She will present her paper with a hardware demo titled “Droplet Microfluidics Co-Designed with Real-Time CMOS Luminescence Sensing and Impedance Spectroscopy of 4nL Droplets at a 67mm/s Velocity” on February 20th.
    • Prof. Yazicigil joined the Solid State Circuits Directions Committee.
    • Prof. Yazicigil is elected as a member-at-large for the Solid-State Circuits Society’s Administrative Committee (AdCom). Visit SSCS announcements for more information.
    • Timur has presented the Task-Specific MIMO Receiver paper at the 2023 IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (A-SSCC).
    • Mandy successfully defended her PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Liu!
    • Check the BU ECE Fall 2023 Newsletter to find out more about our Nature paper and our BioMADE project.
    • Our recent work in collaboration with the MIT team, the “Game Changer” capsule, is on BU news! Read more.
    • Our Nature paper is out now. You can find out more about our “Game Changer” chip here.

    Spring 2023

    • Ece, Peter and Arman have been selected as participants to the IEEE ComSoc School Series at Northeastern University.
    • Ece has been awarded the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT’23) student travel grant. Congrats Ece!
    • Our BioMADE project in collaboration with Capra Biosciences is featured as the cover story of the Spring 2023 BU ENGineer Magazine. Read more.
    • Our energy efficient universal decoder the “ORBGRAND chip” is on the CISE news. Read more.
    • Prof. Yazicigil was elevated to Senior Member of IEEE.
    • Prof. Yazicigil became an affiliated faculty member of the Boston University Biomedical Engineering Department.
    • Our ORBGRAND chip is on the MIT news. Read more.
    • We are on BU news about our achievements at the “Chip Olympics”, ISSCC-23′. Read more.
    • Ece and Arman have been awarded the IEEE ISSCC Circuit Insight award.
    • Arslan and Furkan won the best paper award in the demo category at COMSNETS 2023.
    • Peter has been awarded the UROP award.

    Fall 2022

    Spring 2022

    • Our research about universal decoder have been awarded $5M in funding by the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA). Read more on BU news.
    • Mandy and Elizabeth are selected for the SSCS “Next Gen Circuit Designer 2022 Workshop.” Congratulations Mandy and Elizabeth!
    • Arslan and Timur won the IEEE SSCS “Student Travel Grant Award (STGA)” for attending the ISSCC conference. Congratulations Arslan and Timur!
    • Arslan will present his paper titled “Interleaved Noise Recycling using GRAND” at IEEE ICC 2022. Jonathan received a UROP award. Congratulations Jonathan!
    • Timur will present his paper titled “Power-Efficient Hybrid MIMO Receiver with Task-Specific Beamforming using Low-Resolution ADCs” at IEEE ICASSP 2022. Congratulations Timur!
    • Arslan won the “Best Research Demo Award” for presenting live demo of the GRAND chip at COMSNETS 2022. Congratulations Arslan! Read more on BU news.
    • Arslan received the travel grant for attending COMSNETS 2022.

    Fall 2021

    • Read more about our research on universal decoders: the first silicon chip that can decode any error-correcting code on BU news.
    • Prof. Yazicigil’s proposal on Secure Bio-Engineered Sensors for Disease Management won an award. Read more on BU news.
    • Arslan will present the demo of the GRAND chip at 5G World Forum 2021.
    • Elizabeth and Jonathan received a UROP award. Congratulations Elizabeth and Jonathan!
    • Professor Yazicigil will present her invited paper titled “Multi-Code Multi-Rate Universal Maximum Likelihood Decoder using GRAND” at IEEE ESSCIRC 2021. This work is in collaboration with MIT and Maynooth University.

    Spring 2021

    • Our bio-capsule that detects bleeding the GI tract is on BU news.
    • Mandy will present her paper and poster titled “Zero-Crossing-Based Bio-Engineered Sensor” at the IEEE CICC 2021 and ISSCC 2021 Student Research Preview. This work is in collaboration with MIT. Congratulations Mandy!
    • Arslan and Vaibhav will present their poster and live demo titled “Universal Maximum Likelihood Decoder using Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding (GRAND)” at the IEEE ISSCC 2021 Student Research Preview. This work is in collaboration with MIT and University of Maynooth in Ireland. Congratulations Arslan and Vaibhav!
    • Elizabeth received a UROP award. Congratulations Elizabeth!

    Fall 2020

    • Prof. Yazicigil spoke on Women in Engineering Panel at the IEEE Virtual World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) on Sept. 23. Read more on BU news.
    • Prof. Yazicigil’s IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Magazine article on physical-layer security for Internet of Things devices is featured in the Fall 2020 issue.
    • Professors Douglas Densmore and Rabia Yazicigil were awarded a $1.5M grant by the National Science Foundation for project entitled “SemiSynBio-II: Hybrid Bio-Electronic Microfluidic Memory Arrays for Large Scale Testing and Remote Deployment.” Professor Ahmad Khalil and Professor Wilson Wong of BME are also Co-PIs on the grant. News coverage: BU News and Sabanci University News.
    • Elizabeth received an UROP award. Congratulations!
    • Saurav Maji and the co-authors won the 2nd place at the Design Contest of ISLPED’20. Congratulations!
    • Our paper titled ”A 1.6-mm2 Package-Less Identification Tag Using Asymmetric Cryptography and 260-GHz Far-Field Backscatter Communication” has been accepted to the 2020 IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. Congratulations to our collaborators at MIT and Analog Devices Incorporation.

    Spring 2020

    • We are on BU news about our work on ingestible sensor that will track and record the inflammation of the GI tract. Read more on BU news.
    • Timur and Arslan won the IEEE RFIC’20 NSF Student Conference Registration Award.
    • Mandy became a recipient of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2020 Student Travel Grant. Congratulations!
    • Timur and Arslan won the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuit Conference (CICC) 2020 Student Education Grant Award.
    • Prof. Yazicigil vice-chaired the ISSCC Rising Stars 2020 Workshop.
    • Prof. Yazicigil co-organized the evening panel “Is an Open-Source Hardware Revolution on the Horizon?” at the ISSCC 2020.
    • Prof. Yazicigil was selected as the Sabanci University Engineering/Academy Ambassador in the USA.
    • Prof. Yazicigil’s paper titled “A Low-Power Dual-Factor Authentication Unit for Secure Implantable Devices” was presented at the 2020 IEEE CICC. Congratulations for the great teamwork with our collaborators at MIT and Analog Devices Incorporation.

    Fall 2019

    • Our paper titled ” THzID: A 1.6mm2 Package-Less Cryptographic Identification Tag with Backscattering and Beam-Steering at 260GHz” has been accepted to the 2020 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference. Congratulations for the great teamwork with our collaborators at MIT and Analog Devices Incorporation.
    • Prof. Yazicigil will present a talk titled “Ingestible micro-bio-electronic-sensors for disease monitoring and diagnosis” at the Nature symposium in Madrid in February 2020.
    • Prof. Yazicigil served as a panelist on NSF Workshop on security in RF/Analog Microelectronics and Electromagnetics in October 2019.
    • Prof. Yazicigil’s paper co-authored by Deepak Gopalan and Prof. Starobinski with the title of “Security Assessment of Wideband Spectrum Sensors” is accepted to 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySpan).
    • Elizabeth and Dylan received UROP awards. Congratulations!

    Spring 2019

    • Mandy won the 2019 IMS/RFIC Graduate Student Challenge Award. Congratulations Mandy!
    • Mandy recently received the 2019 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) and Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium Ph.D. Student Sponsorship. Congratulations Mandy!
    • Dylan has been awarded a Joseph Healey Distinguished Fellowship for the summer of 2019. Congratulations Dylan!
    • Prof. Yazicigil’s IEEE Signal Processing Magazine article on taking compressive sensing to the hardware level is featured in the March 2019 issue.
    • Prof. Yazicigil gave an invited SystemX Seminar focusing on secure and spectrum-aware wireless communications at Stanford University.
    • Prof. Yazicigil served as the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2019 Student Research Preview (SRP) committee member and “Analog and Wireless Circuits” session co-chair.
    • Prof. Yazicigil served as a co-organizer of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2019 Women in Circuits workshop. The 2019 workshop theme is “How to Save Lives with Circuits”.

    Fall 2018

    • Prof. Yazicigil is invited to discuss hardware security research directions and cybersecurity challenges at Cyber Week, Tel Aviv University in June 2019.
    • Prof. Yazicigil started as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Boston University.
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