Information and Networks research group
Prof. Franklin Bien is committed to establishing BICDL (pronounced “big-deal”) as a world-renowned Electronic Design Center. BICDL stands for ‘Bien’s Integrated Circuits Design Lab’ at UNIST with focus on fostering technology for generic analog/RF IC design, wireless charging system for future electric vehicles, automobile IT applications, and wireless sensors/RFID technologies for ubiquitous networks.
Nano-Electronic Emerging Devices Lab. (NEEDs Lab.)
Research focus of NEEDs laboratory is on the nano-electronic emerging devices for ultra-low power tera-bit neuromorphic and terahertz(THz) detector/emitter technology based on nano-scale structures using Si/Ge/C and/or III-V compound novel semiconductor materials.
Ubiquitous Photonics Lab. (UP Lab.)
RUbiquitous Photonics (UP) Lab is dedicated to researches on diverse photonic devices, especially waveguide-based devices. At present, we are focusing on plasmonic or photonic waveguide devices, which are targeted for photonic integrated circuits (ICs) or chemical/biological sensors. We design, simulate, fabricate, and characterize them. In addition, we are studying a few things of nanoplasmonics such as optical antennas and metal nano particles. We are looking for students who are eager to study these things. If you are interested in UP Lab, please feel free to contact Prof. Kwon.
Visual Information Processing Lab. (VIP Lab.)
UNIST Visual Information Processing Laboratory (VIP Lab.) is carrying out researches on image processing and computer vision which process various visual signals sensed by human eyes and extract useful visual information. The academic background of VIP Lab. covers interdisciplinary areas of electrical engineering, computer science, and mathematics. Specific research topics of VIP Lab. include 3D image processing, multi-view video processing, multi/hyper-spectral image processing, segmentation, object tracking, and multimedia communications. Possible applications of our researches are 3D visual communication and broadcasting, robot vision systems, 3D display, and entertainment.
Signal Processing Lab. (SPL)
SPL studies statistical signal processing theories and techniques to develop exciting new technologies for image processing and computer vision. Following UNIST’s free spirit of interdisciplinary study, researchers in SPL collaborate with mathematicians, statistician, and designers world-wide. Our current research interests include inverse problems in image processing and computer vision, understanding human perception of visual information via machine learning, and biometric authentication.
Low Power System-on-Chip Design Lab.
In System-on-Chip (SoC) design, increasing thermal densities and the portability of emerging computing systems demand further reduction of design power. However, in integrated-circuit (IC) designs, there is a tradeoff between energy and performance, and the solution space for any given design is bounded by the lowest possible energy and the highest possible performance. To extend the achievable energy-performance envelope, Low Power SoC Design Lab is focused on system- and design-level techniques such as (i) error-resilient design, (ii) approximate arithmetic design, (iii) dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS) and (iv) adaptive power gating. Our research proposes innovative techniques which exploit the system and application information, and connect them into design optimization and physical implementation to enable more energy-efficient designs. The research will be applicable to mobile, data-center and embedded medical systems.
Bio-inspired Microsystems Laboratory (BiML).
Bio-inspired Microsystems Laboratory (BiML) dreams of innovative microsystems for implementing future perception beyond five senses of human. We aim to realize them by using modern analog-mixed circuit design techniques, so that people can interface with nature, machine and even their own bodies with many electronic devices seamlessly. We are especially interested in imaging and bio-medical applications to detect specific biomolecules such as cancer cells and target DNAs for point-of-care diagnostics, and to record and stimulate neurons in a brain and muscle for human-machine interface and novel implantable prosthetics.
The Power Electronics for Advanced Renewable Systems Lab. (PEARS Lab.)
The Power Electronics for Advanced Renewable Systems Laboratory (PEARS Lab) is focused on transforming renewable and clean-energy systems through innovations in power electronics and control to enable a technologically-advanced and clean-powered global society. Research focuses on developing cutting-edge power electronics topologies, system configurations, and control strategies through both simulation and experimental validation. Our goal is to explore and realize outside-of-the-box solutions to problems in photovoltaic systems, renewable energy systems, electric vehicles, microgrids, smart grid interaction, energy-efficient lighting, and more.
Convergence Semiconductor Design Lab. (CSDL)
Our future lifestyle would be implemented on a chip. Based on this belief, our lab have studied various future technology trends. Our current research topics include multi-modal sensor circuits and systems for healthcare/environmental/mobile platforms, mmWave & THz wireless transceivers, flexible controller ICs, and various I/O interface circuits/systems.
Integrated Circuit and Electromagnetic Compatibility Lab. (IC&EMC Lab.)
The research approach of IC&EMC Lab. is to acquire a broader knowledge across sub-disciplines in high-speed silicon IC design and electromagnetics, coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the unifying concepts. The research directions can be categorized in the areas of electromagnetic modeling of integrated circuits and systems, I/O circuits design, power and signal integrity, electromagnetic interference and compatibility (EMI/EMC), electrostatic discharge, RF interference, and wireless power transfer. These areas are intertwined as frequency goes up and systems are integrated.
Wireless and Mobile Networking Lab. (WMNL)
WMNL is dedicated to high quality research on wireless and mobile networking based on various techniques such as mathematical modeling and analysis, computer simulation, prototyping, and measurement. WMNL pursues cutting-edge research through creative thinking and innovative ideas. WMNL’s current research topics include, but are not limited to, cognitive radio (e.g., Super Wi-Fi), next generation Wi-Fi and cellular systems (e.g., IEEE 802.11ax, 5G), and mobile cloud computing.
Advanced Information System Lab. (AISL)
The goal of the Advanced Information Systems Lab. (AISL) is to advance the state-of-the-art of algorithms and theory for wireless communications and to improve the performance of a variety of applications. The main topics include multi-input multi-output (MIMO) signal processing, capacity analysis, OFDM/OFDMA systems, network coding, lattice codes, and etc. Possible applications are wireless standards, such as 3GPP LTE and IEEE Mobile Wimax, advanced future networks, such as device-to-device and machine-to-machine networks, and IT Convergences, such as green IT, smart car, and underwater communication.
Bio-Medical Image Processing Lab. (BMIPL)
The Bio-Medical Image Processing Lab (BMIPL) mainly focuses on developing and analyzing mathematical models and algorithms for medical imaging systems. We are also implementing algorithms in powerful computers. We deal with medical imaging data of PET-MRI, SPECT-CT, and MRI-Histology and are actively collaborating with major hospitals such as Seoul National University Hospital, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, and University of Michigan Hospital.
Advanced Power Interface & Power Electronics Lab. (APIPEL)
APIPEL is established as an Intelligent Power Interface Research Center to develop various power conversion systems for the high efficiency of electric power and the smart interface of clean energy sources. The research of APIPEL is focused on power conversion, power control, and power interface technology for the various industrial applications of consumer electronics, renewable energy, electric vehicles, etc. Particular interests are concerned with power applications of smart grids, wireless power transmission, dc micro/nano grid systems, real-time & power hardware-in-the-loop simulation using power converter/inverter topologies, power semiconductors, and digital signal processors with intelligent signal processing and digital control algorithms.
Communications and Code Design Lab. (CCDL)
Communications and Code Design Lab. (CCDL) focuses on design of sequences and error-correcting codes for next-generation applications such as 5G communications, military communications, broadcasting systems, satelite communications, and so on. In particular, CCDL is developing mathematical structures related to sequences and error-correlcting codes, and designing new codes which can be applied to various communication environments. Moreover, CCDL is finding new applications of sequences and codes such as semiconductors, powerline communications, image processing, and so on.
Integrated Circuits & Systems Lab. (ICSL)
Digital computation technologies have brought great experience to the modern world. However, in order to utilize this digital power for real life, analog/ RF technologies are very important and irreplaceable because the essence of nature and human beings is analog from the beginning. In ICSL, we perform research on interesting issues of various analog /RF systems, and design innovative IC solutions. Now, ICSL focus on wireless/wired communication IC designs, energy harvesting ICs, and automotive ICs, but our scope is not limited to them.
Electromagnetic System Design Laboratory
For the successful design of highly integrated electronic systems today, addressing undesirable EM effects in system level is essential. Electromagnetic (EM) system design is a comprehensive concept to design various electric & electronic systems based on the extensive investigation of EM behaviors inside the systems. By EM analysis, modeling, and optimization, EM system design will provide efficient solutions to reduce the design cost. Currently, our laboratory is focusing on applications including high-speed mixed-signal systems, 3D integration, and electric power applications.
Automotive Electronic Systems & Semiconductors Lab. (AESL)
AESL(Automotive electronic systems & semiconductors lab) studies the automotive electronic and semiconductor system design and the signal integrity. The area of current research includes the automotive eletronic system and a mixed-signal semiconductor circuit design, which should satisfy more stringent requirements than the one in other application area. Therefore, a in-depth understanding about the circuit and semiconductor devices is a must. Those who are interested in the automotive semiconductor circuit design are welcome to visit AESL Lab.