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NDSU researchers awarded NSF grant for research infrastructure





NDSU researchers have been awarded a $362,865 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled "II-NEW: Probe Station to Characterize Body Area Network Sensor ICs for Cyber Physical Systems Applications" for three years.

Debasis Dawn, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the project's principal investigator. Department colleagues Scott C. Smith, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering, Na Gong, assistant professor, and Jinhui Wang, assistant professor, are co-principal investigators.

The research infrastructure will enable NDSU to pursue many research topics, such as System-on-Chip, called SoC; integrated silicon-based radio frequency and millimeter-wave integrated circuits for wireless body or personal area network communication; and communication radar and sensors. Applications could range from hand-held scanners for bio-medical imaging to portable, wearable weapon scanners for military use. Other applications include logic circuits for ultra-low power computer chips, extreme environment integrated circuits for use in outer space and high temperature power electronic applications, side-channel attack resistant integrated circuits, radio frequency nanotechnology and sub-millimeter wave and terahertz frequency integrated circuits.

According to Dawn, the instrumentation allows precise characterization of devices and circuits to understand their behavior to successfully design new classes of ultra-low-power body area network sensors integrated circuits that are adaptable to body movements or environmental changes.

“This will significantly aid faculty and students to conduct fundamental research, which will directly benefit the research community from the tests and analysis enabled by the probe station equipment,” Dawn said. “We are very excited to win this very competitive and prestigious award which may potentially put our electrical and computer engineering department in a leading position among other top schools in the United States.”

The NSF award number is 1628961 and the abstract can be found at

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