Hamed Rahmani Awarded MTT-S Graduate Fellowship for Medical Applications

Hamed Rahmani from Prof. Aydin Babakhani’s group has recently received the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Student Fellowship award for Medical Applications. He is a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and a member of the Integrated Sensors Laboratory (ISL).

The MTT-S Graduate Student Fellowship Awards are awarded for the purpose of encouraging and supporting graduate students interested in the field of microwave engineering. It is the highest honor that the IEEE MTT-S gives to graduate students, consisting of an award of $6,000 presented at the annual IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS). Hamed was one of the two yearly recipients in the medical applications category.

Hamed’s research focus is on tackling the challenges associated with miniaturized wireless implants. Working with Dr. Aydin Babakhani of the ISL Lab, Hamed’s research proposes a wirelessly powered fully on-chip millimeter-sized system for biological signal recording and communication. The system is powered by harvesting energy from RF signals that are transmitted through biological tissues and includes an ultra-low power data transceiver, low-noise amplifiers for signal recording, and an Analog to Digital Converter (ADC).

To prevent problems with encapsulation and improve reliability, the entire system, including the antennas for power delivery and communications, is integrated into a single silicon chip. With such a system, ISL group envisions a new generation of stimulation and recording systems of the human brain, opening new avenues of research into human brain mapping and treatment of brain-related disorders.

Learn more about Hamed’s research with ISL Lab at: https://www.seas.ucla.edu/~aydin/index.html