My research interests lie in the broad area of circuits and systems, and my primary area of interest is analog/mixed signal integrated circuits. More specifically, I am interested in the circuit design of sensing interfaces and energy harvesting and wireless power transmission systems for applications in the IoT.
Exponential increases in the demand for next-generation clinical and telemedical diagnostic devices require monitoring and measurements from inside and outside of the body via implantable and wearable sensors predicted to be an important pillar of smart healthcare. My vision is that devices developed for enhancing our understanding of biophysical processes and contributing to the diagnosis of anomalies will also impact the realization of next-generation cyber-physical systems. In line with my vision, my interests for research includes developing not only secure, smart, and connected technologies for healthcare applications but also general-purpose IoT applications.
I also have a couple of words to tell about my teaching philosophy. Although everyone names “creativity and innovation,” as cliché, they are the driving forces of academia. According to my teaching philosophy, encouraging student creativity by giving freedom while guiding with reasonable, realistic information creates the real difference in their lives. As our teaching shapes our students’ future, the ultimate goal of teaching in our fast-paced field should be excellent preparation for students’ professional life. Hence, they require exposure to recent technologies and methodologies used for advancements in the field. A key for developing emerging technologies is to seek them in multi-disciplinary applications, which can only be achieved with collaborative research on interdisciplinary teams. In addition, I believe that students, who will be involved in efforts to develop technology, should interact with those of other disciplines to practice interdisciplinary working for their professional life.
WBUR interviewed Ulkuhan Guler, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab, on her developing a sensor the size of a Band-Aid to measure a baby’s blood oxygen levels.
Boston 25 reported on WPI researchers developing a sensor the size of a Band-Aid to measure a baby’s blood oxygen levels, a vital indication of the lungs’ effectiveness and whether the baby’s tissue is receiving adequate oxygen supply. This wearable device will be flexible and stretchable, wireless, inexpensive, and mobile - possibly allowing the child to leave the hospital and be monitored remotely.