Wentai Liu, Distinguished Professor
Mechanics Breakthrough Award, 2010
RD-100 Award, 2009
IEEE Outstanding Paper Awards
Office: 5121-D Engr. V, Phone: 310.825.9128, Email
Wentai Liu is a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering with joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Wentai Liu received his B.S. degree from National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan in 1971, an M.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1973, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1983. He joined North Carolina State University in 1983, where he held the Alcoa Chair Professorship in the department of electrical and computer engineering. In 2003, he was appointed professor in the electrical engineering department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is the Campus Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Biomimetic Microelectronics Systems. In 2011 he moved to the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Bioengineering with a current appointment of Distinguished Professor.
His research interests include neural prosthesis, bioelectronics, implantable microelectronics, high speed transceiver design (wired and wireless), microelectronic sensors, timing/clock optimization, on-chip interconnects and computer vision/image processing. Since its early stages in 1988, he has been leading the engineering efforts of the retinal prosthesis to restore vision, finally leading to successful preliminary implant tests in blind patients. He has published more than 200 technical papers and is a co-author of Wave Pipelining: Theory and CMOS Implementation (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994) and Emerging Technologies: Designing Low Power Digital Systems (IEEE Press, 1996). He has delivered more than 100 invited lectures around the world. Over the years, his work on retinal prosthesis has featured in major news media.
He received an IEEE Outstanding Paper Award, ISSCC Best Special-Topic Session Award, NASA Achievement Award and the Alcoa Foundation’s Distinguished Engineering Research Award. He received an Outstanding Alumni Award from National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan. He holds the appointments of the Chair Professor at National Chiao-Tung University as well as the University System of Taiwan Master Lecturer since 2006. He is the Honorary Director of Biomimetic Systems Research Center in National Chiao-Tung University which he helped found in 2007.
Professor Liu studies the neural implants dealing with nerves and muscles for retina, epilepsy, muscle, eyelids, spinal cord, and bladder. Since its inception, he has been leading the engineering efforts of the retinal prosthesis to restore vision, finally leading to successful implant trials in blind patients, as well as USA FDA approval and Europe CE Mark medical device.
Awards and Recognitions
- 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award
- 2009 RD-100 Award
- IEEE Outstanding Paper Awards,
- Alcoa Foundation's Distinguished Engineering Research Award
- NASA Group Achievement Award
- Outstanding Alumni Award, National Chiao-Tung University
- Chair Professorship and Founder/Honorary Director of Biomimetic Systems Research Center, National Chiao-Tung University
- Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering
- Guest Editor, IEEE Proceedings Special Issue of Biomimetic Systems
- IEEE-MTT Special Issue of Wireless IC for Biomedical Applications
- Honorary Doctorate, National Chiao-Tung University