Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory
Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory
Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory

Sensing Systems

MICL faculty and students are working to make distributed wireless sensing technologies widely accessible; e.g., to medical personnel for better treatment of patients due to improved information about their illnesses; to civil engineers for inexpensive monitoring of the safety of buildings and bridges; and to all who want to understand the impact of personal behavior on their health and the environment. Progress toward this goal depends on a wide range of enabling technologies, primarily, inexpensive, long-lived, compact, energy-efficient sensing; computation and communication hardware; and appropriate software. Our work on these technologies spans ultra-energy-efficient processors for sensing systems (Sylvester and Blaauw); energy-efficient transceivers for wireless communication (Flynn and Wentzloff); efficient data encoding circuits (Zhang); accessible sensing system specification languages, compilers, and design automation algorithms (Dick); and compact and novel low-power sensors (faculty in the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems, WIMS2: wims2.org).