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EE Special Seminar

Novel Materials for Sensors and Actuators and Strategies to Develop Room Temperature Magneto Encephalography (MEG) for Brain Imaging
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
AllenX Auditorium
Massood Tabib-­Azar (Univ. of Utah)
Abstract / Description: 

For over 5 decades well-established materials and fabrication technologies of integrated circuits and micro-electromechanical systems have provided us with rich assortments of methodologies to envision, design, and fabricate a variety of sensors and actuators along with their interface electronics and processors. As we move forward to address "more difficult" sensing issues and also to address quiescent power consumption of scaled electronics, new "functional" materials as well as new approaches and methodologies have started evolving, perhaps, faster than before. In this presentation, I will discuss my group's efforts in developing new sensors (multi-­‐ ferroics, optical, and Mott transition based) with the potential to detect less than 10 fT magnetic fields (currently our sensor's minimum detectable signal is 27 pT) for brain imaging in unconstrained human beings to map and correlate brain activities with behavior. Compared to other magnetometers (SQUIDs and atomic vapor), these sensors are low power (<10 μW/sensor) and are much smaller and easier to be assembled into arrays of sensors that can cover the skull to access different centers and regions of the human brain.

Acknowledgement: The above work is supported by a DARPA MPD grant, NSF grants (EECS 1419836 and IOS 1451432) and the Utah USTAR program.


Massood received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1984 and 1986, respectively. In 1987 he joined the faculty of EECS Department at Case Western Reserve University. He was a fellow at NASA ('92), on Sabbatical at Harvard ('93-­‐'94), at Yale University ('00-­‐'01), and now at UCB ('15-­‐'16). He was a Program Director at the ECCS Division of National Science Foundation during 2012-­‐2013. His current research interests include nanometrology, micro-­‐plasma devices, nano/micro electromechanical devices, memristors, sensors and actuators, and 2D electronics. His teaching interests include development of courses in devices with an emphasis on solving problems. He has published 3 books, 200 journal articles, and has received numerous certificates of recognition for his professional activities and 5 best paper awards.