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Fighting Parkinson’s Disease Using Dust Size Ultrasonically Powered Electronic Devices

PhD defence, Wendseday 24 February 2021, Amin Rashidi.

2021.02.24 | Mie Meulengracht Christensen

Amin Rashidi

During his Ph.D. studies, Amin Rashidi researched miniaturized ultrasonically powered electronic devices for future implantation in the brain and the main application of treating Parkinson’s Disease. Electronic devices that are powered by ultrasound rather than electromagnetic waves are special in that they can harvest more power with a smaller size when implanted in deep regions of brain. The electronic core in such devices is a micro-scale custom-designed Integrated Circuit (IC).  Amin Rashidi studied different system implementations and integrated circuits for ultrasonically powered brain implants. The new research findings contribute to more energy-efficient devices, wireless  programming of them, and efficient integration of the collected data at the devices. 


The PhD study was completed at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Wednesday, 24 February 2021 at 17.15
Place: The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Associate Professor Farshad Moradi, moradi@ece.au.dk
Title of PhD thesis: Ultra-Low Power IC Design for An Implantable Ultrasonically-Powered Device for Neural Stimulation
Contact information: Amin Rashidi, e-mail: a.rashidi@ece.au.dk, tel.: +45 93509025
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Jan M. Rabaey, EECS Department, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Professor Dag T. Wisland, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway
Professor Preben Kidmose (chairman), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Associate Professor Farshad Moradi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.tech@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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