Profs. Valencia Joyner Koomson and Sameer Sonkusale were recently awarded support from the National Science Foundation's Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) program. The funded project is aimed at bringing together a highly interdisciplinary group of biologists, physicists, engineers, industry experts, and government officials to discuss best practices for the development and dissemination of instrumentation for biological research. The event will be held May 1-2, 2014 in Rosslyn VA.

Joint paper, "Software Defined Visible Light Communication", submitted by Ali Mirvakili and researcher students at BU will be presented at the 2014 Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR-WInnComm 2014).

Ali Mirvakili's paper, "A Flicker-free CMOS LED Driver Control Circuit for Visible Light Communication Enabling Concurrent Data Transmission and Dimming Control", was accepted for publication in the Journal for Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing.

Prof. Koomson and faculty across the country received a grant from the National Science Foundation to host the CRAW/ CDC Discipline Specific Workshop on Diversity in Design Automation, to be held co-located and prior to the IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC). The workshop aims to develop and nurture a community of women and minority scholars (undergraduates, graduate students, and junior post-doctoral researchers) in the area of Design Automation for Emerging Computing.

Enjin Fu presented his paper, "Traveling wave electrode design for ultra compact carrier-injection HBT-based electroabsorption modulator in a 130nm BiCMOS process" at the 2014 Photonics West Conference in San Francisco.

Joint paper submitted by research students (Enjin Fu, Hassan Oukacha) in Prof. Koomson/Prof. Afsar's lab accepted for an oral presentation at the IEEE IMS conference in June 2014.

Ali Mirvakili's paper, "A Novel Passive Frequency Compensation for High Gain-Bandwidth and High Slew-Rate Two-Stage OTA", was accepted for publication in Electronics Letters.

Ninrat Datiri (MS '12) received the Intel Foundation/SRCEA Graduate Fellowship.

Prior to 2014

Profs. Valencia Joyner Koomson and Mohammed Afsar were awarded a $470,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled Millimeter-wave Micro and Nano-Ferrite Circulators Integrated in CMOS aimed at the development of low cost, miniaturized devices and circuits for use in high frequency radar and communications systems. The effort rests on the integrating of these devices, based on novel nanoscale hexaferrite materials, into traditional CMOS processing.

Chirag Sthalekar's paper, "A CMOS Sensor for Measurement of Cerebral Optical Coefficients Using Non-invasive Frequency-Domain Near Infrared Spectroscopy", was accepted for publication in the IEEE Sensors Journal: Special Issue on Sensors and Sensing Systems for Neurophysiology.

Chirag Sthalekar presented his work at the 2013 IEEE ISSCC Student Research Preview session.


Congratulations to Dr. Ruida Yun! Ruida completed his PhD thesis defense in August 2011 and participated in the May 2012 graduation ceremony.

Enjin Fu's paper was accepted at the upcoming IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in August 2012.

Ali Mirvakili will give an oral presentation at the 2012 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topical Meeting: Optical Wireless Systems and Applications.

Ruida Yun's journal paper was accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I.


A paper presenting results from the EE249 final project was accepted at the SPIE Photonics West Conference. Ninrat Datiri will travel to San Francisco in January 2012 to give the oral presentation on behalf of the entire class.

Ruida Yun's paper was accepted at the upcoming 2011 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC) in Boston.

Congratulations to Ninrat Datiri on winning the Google Scholarship award.

Prof. Joyner was awarded a NSF grant in collaboration with Prof. Huang at RPI to develop a high-speed HBT-based electroabsorption modulator and driver.


Changing the Face of Engineering
Read this article about Prof. Joyner featured in the Tufts Journal.

Prof. Joyner receives the NSF CAREER Award
Prof. Joyner was recently named a recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, given in recognition of a young scientist's commitment to research and education. She will use the five-year award to conduct research on the development of multi-spectral, high-frequency optical sensors for high resolution imaging of biological structures.

Prof. Joyner receives the Catalyst Foundation Award
Prof. Valencia M. Joyner of Tufts University has been awarded 2010 Supplemental Funding from the Catalyst Foundation for the project “Wireless Optical Sensors for High Resolution Imaging of Biological Structures.”

Ruida Yun – Paper accepted for publication in the IEEE Sensors Journal
Ruida Yun's paper entitled "A monolithically integrated phase-sensitive optical sensor for frequency-domain NIR spectroscopy" was accepted for publication in the IEEE Sensors Journal.

New research collaboration on Smart Lighting
The Lab recently joined the NSF-funded Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center at Boston University. The Center seeks to create a leadership position in the drive to the next revolution in lighting using energy-efficient "solid-state" light-emitting diodes (LED). The research project focuses on visible light networks and the use of solid-state lamps for indoor networking, ubiquitous computing, and sensor networks. Read more >

Prof. Joyner awarded planning grant for I/UCRC on Optical Wireless Applications
The National Science Foundation awarded a planning grant to Prof. Joyner and Prof. Mohsen Kavehrad at the Pennsylvania State University and Prof. Daniel Xu at the University of California – Riverside to initiate a formal partnership with companies and national laboratories that have an interest in optical wireless applications, and to discuss fundamental issues and topics for research. The workshop will be held on June 8 – 10, 2010 at the Pennsylvania State University. Registration information and the workshop program >


Ruida Yun – Poster presentation at MIT
Ruida Yun presents his research at the MIT Workshop on Next-generation Medical Electronic Systems held at the MIT Microsystems Technology Lab on Dec 3, 2009.

Ruida Yun – Poster presentation at the Tufts Medical Device Seminar
Ruida Yun presents his research on CMOS optical sensors for near-infrared spectroscopy at the Tufts Medical Device Development: Bench to Market seminar on Nov. 10, 2009 at the Sackler Center for Medical Education.

Prof. Joyner receives Workshop grant
Prof. Joyner received an NSF grant to support a student poster competition at the 21st Annual Workshop on Interconnections within High-speed Digital Systems, sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society. The workshop will take place from May 3 -5, 2010 in Sante Fe, NM.

Juan Zeng – Paper accepted for publication in IEEE TMTT
Juan Zeng is the co-author on the paper entitled "Radio-optical dual-mode communication modules integrated with planar antennas" which was accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. The article will appear in the December 2009 issue.

Erica Nwankwo – Poster presentation at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium
Summer research student Erica Nwankwo, a sophomore at Morgan State University, presents her research on low-noise biomedical sensors at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium on July 24, 2009.

Juan Zeng receives Best Paper Award
Juan Zeng received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in Cancun, Mexico (Aug. 2009) for her paper entitled "A 5Gb/s 7-Channel Current-mode Imaging Receiver Front-end for Free-Space Optical MIMO".

Juan Zeng – Paper accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging
Juan Zeng is a co-author on the paper entitled "Packaging of dual-mode wireless communication module using RF/optoelectronic devices with shared functional components" which was accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging.

Juan Zeng's research presented at the 2009 International Microwave Sypmosium
See new research results from Juan Zeng's work on "Studies on RF-Optical Dual Mode Wireless Communication Modules" at the International Microwave Symposium 2009, Boston. Stop by Session WE4C on Wed., June 10, 2009, 3:40 PM

Yiling Zhang – Paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Communications
Yiling Zhang's paper entitled "A CMOS analog front-end with self-biased automatic gain control and desensitization to input capacitance for broadband optical wireless communication".

Juan Zeng's – Paper accepted for publication in Electronics Letters
See J. Zheng's paper in Electronics Letters (Vol. 44, issue 8, 9th April 2009).

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