ECE Seminar: Dr. Hossein Lavasani

A New Paradigm for Global Connectivity: Marriage of High Performance Electronics and Smart Objects

Monday, March 12, 11:45 AM
Larsen 234

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Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining currency as a revolutionary next generation technological platform for high speed wireless, wireline, and smart sensor networks. The ever-increasing size of this global network has led to the exponential growth of the data traffic (> 1.4× per year) in recent years, requiring miniaturized low power transceivers with high data throughput not feasible with conventional radio frequency circuit design techniques. In addition to high-speed data communication, reliable low power wireless connectivity is needed to link billions of intelligent objects at a low cost within the global distributed network. To overcome these challenges, a revolution/paradigm shift in circuit design is needed.

This presentation focuses on the development of a true IoT-compatible network consisting of high-speed data transceivers, smart sensors, microelectromechanical (MEM) devices, and low power cognitive radios. I will present ideas on efficient high-speed data communication as well as ultra-low power radios whose application help overcome obstacles in creating a low cost universal platform to integrate sensors with low power RF circuits. I will also discuss innovative low power interface circuits for MEM resonators needed for high-performance low-power clocks used in such radios. Finally, I will discuss the emerging trend to add AI functionality to various objects within this smart network which facilitates intelligent human-machine interaction and creates a truly cognitive network.


Hossein Miri Lavasani is currently a Sr. Staff RF/Analog IC Design Engineer at Qualcomm Inc., working on low power multi-band radio transceiver circuits for global connectivity applications. He received his Ph.D. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010 where he worked on the development of gigahertz MEMS-CMOS reference oscillators under the supervision of Prof. Farrokh Ayazi. His work on low power interface circuits for MEMS and sensors has resulted in dozens of high ranking journal articles and conference papers including in the ISSCC 2010 where his work was nominated among the best papers and subsequently invited for publication in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. Since 2010, he has been focusing on the development of high speed analog and low power RF circuits for Internet of Things (IoT).

Hossein is a senior member of IEEE and currently serves on the technical program committee of IEEE CICC. He and his student have won the best student paper award at 2017 IEEE CSICS for their work on an energy-efficient 10Gbps LVDS-compatible receiver in SiGe BiCMOS. In addition to that, Hossein is the recipient of Connection One Research Fellowship at ASU in 2002 and the inventor/co-inventor for 6 issued and several pending U.S. and international patents.