Sensors and signal processing
The Internet of Things (IoT) and the smart communities that employ IoT technologies have been made possible largely through the development of high-yield electronic device design and automation, low-power electronics, and ever-smaller electronic devices, sensors, and computers. Furthermore, in order to deploy IoT devices cheaply and in vast numbers, high-capacity wireless networks and compact novel antennae designs are needed.
As devices reach the physical limit of how far they can be shrunk, parallel computing algorithms, new sensors, and probabilistic and quantum-based computing platforms are enabling continuation of advances in this area. CSL researchers are exploring new methods to optimize computing efficiency for compact IoT devices. This includes the development of automated design processes for energy smart systems-on-chip (SoC) designs to create low-energy mobile devices that use SoCs for computing and control. It also includes efforts to improve electronic design automation modeling through the use of machine learning. To probe more deeply into the natural environment and even the human body, we find it increasingly useful to explore flexible and biocompatible electronic devices. CSL researchers and their partners are exploring important facets of all these elements.