ECE Graduate Seminar Lecture by Yaoyao Jia, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tuesday, March 05, 2019
3:00 pm
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Morgan Room


Implantable Devices for Bioelectronic Medicine: Designing Miniature Devices and Local Wireless Platforms for the Future of Therapeutics



Multimodal implantable medical devices (IMDs) can enable neuromodulation-based therapies for diseases and conditions that currently cannot be treated adequately with medication alone, thus potentially improve the quality of life for people worldwide. It is well understood that IMDs with minimum invasiveness are highly desired. This can be achieved by developing miniature, feature-rich IMDs with novel circuit topologies and system architectures. In this talk, I will present novel and complete biomedical systems I have designed for behavioral neuroscience studies on freely behaving rodents. Spanning from the development of different types of IMDs to wireless power transmission strategies and to wireless data acquisition interfaces, I will discuss the design of each fundamental component, and how these components come together to form the complete system. In particular, I will present analog front-end designs for sensing and stimulation, followed by inductive link designs for omnidirectional wireless power transmission, and a wireless data receiver design for enabling large wireless coverage and eliminating RF blind spots. Finally, I will conclude this talk with future research directions to address remaining challenges for translating the IMD technologies to clinical practice. I will focus on developing miniature implants with multiple functionalities and designing local wireless platforms for power transmission and networking of implants.



Yaoyao Jia

Ph.D. Candidate, ECE Department
Georgia Institute of Technology



Yaoyao Jia is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology under the guidance of Dr. Maysam Ghovanloo and Dr. Omer T. Inan. She joined the GT-Bionics Lab to pursue her Ph.D. degree in 2014. Her research interests include analog/mixed-signal integrated circuit and system design, wireless power/data transmission, and embedded hardware/firmware design for implantable and wearable medical devices and assistive bio-systems. She also worked on power management integrated circuit and power device design during her M.S. in the Department of Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China. She is the recipient of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Predoctoral Achievement Award for 2018-2019 and the Best Live Demo Award at the 2015 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference. She serves as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, and IEEE Photonics Technology Letters.


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