WICs & MEMS Laboratory News and Events

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News

Mr. Karim Allidina has received the 2010 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Faculty of Engineering. More details can be found here.

Research performed by the WICs & MEMS group has recently been featured in the Microwave and RF Magazine. The article focuses on our prototype 1.8 GHz frequency synthesizer that uses a MEMS-based frequency reference as opposed to a crystal, significantly reducing the form factor of the system. The article can be found here.

Mr. Karim Allidina has recently won the Best Student Paper/Poster Award during the CANEUS Fly-By-Wireless 2009 Workshop. The research work presented was: “Low Power Ultra Wideband Circuits – Front End Building Blocks”. Details...

Mr. Frederic Nabki was recently quoted in the spring edition of the Solid-State Circuits magazine in an article covering the 2009 International Solid-State Circuits Conference. A micrograph of the MEMS resonators presented at the student forum of the conference was also published in the article. Details...

Upcoming Events

Mr. Karim Allidina, Mr. Paul-Vahe Cicek, and Mr. Frederic Nabki will be presenting work on sensors and sensor architectures, as well as temperature compensation of MEMS resonators for timing applications at the 2010 International Conference on Microelectronics. The co-authors on these paper were Mr. Tanmoy Saha, Mr. Bichoy Waguih, and Mr. Ali Gorji.

Past Events

Mr. Ali Gorgi presented work on a temperature compensated MEMS resonator for timing applications at the 2010 International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems. The co-authors on this paper were Mr. Tanmoy Saha, Mr. Karim Allidina, and Mr. Frederic Nabki.

Mr. Ali Taghvaei presented work on a low power MEMS-based temperature compensated vacuum sensor at the 2010 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. The co-authors on this paper were Mr. Paul-Vahe Cicek, Mr. Karim Allidina, and Mr. Frederic Nabki.

Professor Mourad El-Gamal accepted the invitation to attend McGill's 2010 BRAVO event. This night was dedicated to celebrating the outstanding and award winning research that takes place at McGill.

Mr. Karim Allidina presented work on a compact, low power ultra wideband transceiver for sensing applications at the student forum of the 2010 International Solid-State Circuits Conference.

Mr. Paul-Vahe Cicek presented 2 papers from the WICs & MEMS laboratory at the 2009 International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems. The co-authors on these papers were Mr. Karim Allidina, Mr. Ali Taghvaei, Ms. Sareh Mahdavi, and Mr. Frederic Nabki.

Mr. Tanmoy Saha, Mr. Josh Sanz-Robinson, and Mr. Akeel Ali presented preliminary work at the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering Program (SURE) poster fair on August 12, 2009.

The WICs & MEMS laboratory was invited to present an overview of their research at the 2009 McGill BRAVO! event, which recognizes McGill's major prize and award winners for the past year and features a selection of research breakthroughs across the disciplines.

Mr. Frederic Nabki presented work on a frequency synthesizer with a MEMS-based reference at the 2009 ISSCC Student Forum. Mr. Karim Allidina and Mr. Faisal Ahmad were co-authors of this work.

The WICs & MEMS laboratory presented 3 papers at the 2008 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference. The authors of these works were Mr. Frederic Nabki, Mr. Faisal Ahmad, Mr. Karim Allidina, Mr. Kuan-Yu Lin, Ms. Dominique Lemoine, and Mr. Paul-Vahe Cicek.

Mr. Frederic Nabki presented his work on the modeling of micro electromechanical beam resonators at the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS'08).

Mr. Karim Allidina presented his work on low power ultra wideband low noise amplifiers at the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits, and Systems (ICECS’08).

Mr. Kuan-Yu Lin presented his work on bondwire transformers at the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Microelectronics (ICM'07).

Mr. Karim Allidina presented work on a prototype wireless communication system for sensing applications at the 2007 International Workshop on Smart Materials and Structures (CANSMART'07). This work was done in collaboration with Dr. Cheng-Kuei.Jen at the Industrial Materials Institute - a branch of the National Research Council of Canada.

Mr. Nicolas Constantin presented his work on power amplifiers at the 2007 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium.

Mr. Tommy Tsang and Mr. Kuan-Yu Lin presented their work at the 2006 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems.

Ms. Rola Baki - a Ph.D. Candidate, presented her work at the 2005 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference.

Mr. Tommy Tsang and Ms. Rola Baki - both Ph.D. Candidate presenting their work at the 3rd annual IEEE Northeast Workshop on Circuits and Systems (NEWCAS'05) in Quebec City, Canada.

Master graduates, Mr. Hyung-Seuk Kim and Mr. Wen Tsern Ho, presented their work on a 1-V fully integrated 5GHz CMOS frequency synthesizer and a 13GBPS clock recovery circuit, respectively, at 2005 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS'05), Kobe, Japan on May 23-26, 2005.

Ms. Rola Baki - a Ph.D. Candidate, presented her work at 2004 Asia Pacific Microwave Conference in New Delhi, India on Dec. 15-18, 2004. Mr. Tommy Tsang is the co-author of one of the two presented papers.

McGill RFIC group were involved in organizing the 2004 Bipolar and BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM'04) in Montreal on Sept. 13-14, 2004. Prof. El-Gamal was the local arrangement chair of this event.

Master graduates, Mr. Koon Lee and Mr. Alexandre Marsolais, present their work on 6-7GHz CMOS receiver and 5GHz CMOS frequency synthesizer respectively at the 46th IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), Cairo, Egypt on Dec. 27-30, 2003.

The RFIC Annual Dinner 2003, the beginning of a tradition, took place on Thursday at 7PM on December 4th, 2003 at "Au Vieux Duluth" restaurant on 351 Duluth East. Without doubt, this was an memorable event for everyone. Special thanks to Rola and Frederic for organizing this event and Prof. El-Gamal for his generous support.

Mr. Tommy Tsang - a Ph.D. Candidate, presented his work on High performance CMOS VCO's at Micronet's Annual Workshop 2003, Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel, Toronto, Canada.

Prof. El-Gamal gave a talk on the applications of RF-MEMS at the Wireless Industry Congress, Ottawa, Canada.

Mr. Frederick Nabki and Mr. Tommy Tsang presented their work on MEMS Devices on RF Applications at the Third Canadian Workshop on MEMS, Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, Canada.