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Xuan Zhang - Designing Micro-Robotic "Brain": a System-on-Chip Approach


9/19/2016 at 2:30PM


9/19/2016 at 3:30PM


258 Fitzpatrick


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Yiyu Shi

Yiyu Shi

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Department of Electrical Engineering Concurrent Associate Professor
College of Engineering Associate Professor
low-power design, three-dimensional integration, hardware security, renewable energy applications
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The burgeoning field of micro-robotics aims to build affordable miniature robots that can be deployed in large numbers to perform tasks previously unachievable by humans or larger robots. One of the major challenges is to develop an autonomous system within the stringent size and power limit of a micro-robot. In this talk, I introduce a System-on-Chip (SoC) approach to building highly-integrated micro-robotic systems. I present the design of a reliable and efficient prototype 'brain' SoC for a bee-sized aerial micro-robot known as a RoboBee. I also look into the intricate system-level energy efficient techniques in a robotic SoC. Finally, I share my outlook on the exciting future of designing, optimizing, and miniaturizing autonomous system.

Seminar Speaker:

Xuan Zhang

Dr. Xuan ‘Silvia’ Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned the B. Eng degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in China, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. Prior to joining Washington University, Dr. Zhang was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, working on the design of the "brain" for an insect-scale micro-robot. She received an Intel Fellowship in 2008-2009 and won the Design Contest Award at IEEE ISLPED in 2013.