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Kaiyuan Yang Wins NSF CAREER Award

Kaiyuan Yang Wins NSF CAREER Award
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Kaiyuan Yang Wins NSF CAREER Award

image: Rice University electrical and computer engineer Kaiyuan Yang won a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for continuing his study of safe and reliable wireless implants.
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Credit: Tommy LaVergne/Rice University

HOUSTON – (April 7, 2022) – yang kaiyuanassistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University George R. Brown School of Engineeringhas won a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study the reliability and safety of wireless, battery-free, minimally invasive bioelectronics (WBMI).

Highly competitive five-year fellowships are awarded to faculty members who demonstrate potential to serve as academic role models and leaders in research and education. The NSF awards about 500 such awards in all disciplines each year.

“WBMI bioelectronics that can be implanted deep into humans via minimally invasive injection or ingestion or through vessels show great promise in transforming many clinical and scientific applications that benefit health and wellness,” said Yang. “Although there are extensive research efforts on these devices around the world, crucial reliability and security issues are largely overlooked in next-generation systems.

“However, given the extreme power and size limitations of these devices, we need to build reliability and security protections holistically with essential bioelectronic components and functionalities, not as an afterthought,” he said.

Researchers face three challenges in making WBMI bioelectronic implants reliable and safe: designing safe, efficient, and reliable wireless power delivery methods; ensure secure access and communication in remote telemedicine and emergency situations; and integrating real-time monitoring of possible failures or attacks during extended periods of operation.

Yang’s interdisciplinary project encompasses materials, integrated circuits, power electronics, security, wireless communication, and computing.

“Our key methodology is to improve the reliability and safety of bioelectronic implants by making them aware of and adapting to their physical and logical contexts,” he said. “To demonstrate such capabilities, we will design and prototype proof-of-principle circuits and systems and protocols.”

Yang earned his master’s and doctorate degrees. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Michigan in 2014 and 2017, respectively, and his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University in China in 2012.

He joined the Rice faculty in 2017 and directs the Safe and intelligent microsystems laboratory. Last year it won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference.


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