Seminar: Payam Heydari

Payam Heydari

“Novel mm-Wave/Terahertz Integrated Circuits and Architectures for High-Speed Communications”
Monday, Nov. 13 at 1:00pm
LAR 234


This seminar will provide an overview of our research in (sub-)terahertz transceiver architectures and design techniques enabling ultra-high data rate communications. The talk commences with a glimpse into the ongoing research projects at the Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits (NCIC) Labs. The presentation will unveil the limitations inherent in conventional transceiver designs when targeting data rates beyond 100 Gbps. We will introduce novel “end-to-end” transceiver architectures poised to transcend these constraints. Through three compelling case studies, we will illustrate the transformative potential of this new approach. Additionally, the seminar will provide an in-depth exploration of circuit design techniques, including wideband amplifiers, sub-terahertz signal generation and radiation mechanisms, and high-performance antennas tailored for these cutting-edge applications.


Dr. Payam Heydari is the University Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the University of California-Irvine. Payam Heydari received his B.S. and M.S. degrees (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 2001. He is currently the University Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Heydari is a fellow of National Academy of Inventors and a fellow of IEEE. He is the recipient of the 2023 IEEE Microwave Theory and Technology Society (MTT-S) Distinguished Educator Award, the 2021 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Innovative Education Award, and Best Invited Paper Award at the 2021 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference. He was selected as the inaugural Faculty Innovation Fellow by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Beall Applied Innovation. He was the recipient of the 2016-2017 UCI School of Engineering Mid-Career Excellence in Research, the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from Orange County Engineering Council, the 2009 Business Plan Competition First Place Prize Award and Best Concept Paper Award both from Paul Merage School of Business at UC-Irvine, the 2010 Faculty of the Year Award from UC-Irvine’s Engineering Student Council (ECS), the 2009 School of Engineering Fariborz Maseeh Best Faculty Research Award, the 2007 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Guillemin-Cauer Award, the 2005 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Award, the 2005 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the 2005 Henry Samueli School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, the Best Paper Award at the 2000 IEEE Int’l Conference on Computer Design (ICCD), and the 2001 Technical Excellence Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH). He was recognized as the 2004 Outstanding Faculty in the EECS Department of the University of California, Irvine. His research on novel low-power multi-purpose multi-antenna RF front-ends received the Low-Power Design Contest Award at the 2008 IEEE Int’l Symposium on Low-Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED). The Office of Technology Alliances at UCI has named Dr. Heydari one of 10 Outstanding Innovators at the university.