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Brad Wheeler, Ph.D. 2020

Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Pister
Research Interests: Mobile Sensor Networks

Brad graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008. After graduation he served four years in the United States Marine Corps as a communication officer before returning to graduate school. He joined the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center in September 2013 and is a member of Prof. Kris Pister's group working on wireless integrated circuit design for the Single Chip Mote.

Single Chip Mote [BPN803]
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a natural evolution of computing. CMOS technology enabled the network of computers that provided a platform for creating social networks. We are just seeing the early stages of another transition point in technology and entering into a new era where computing, sensing, and communication is essentially becoming disposable. The microsystem serves as a platform that allows us to embed wireless connectivity into everyday objects or serves as a brain for walking and flying microrobots. The lifetime, robustness, profile, and cost of these microsystems play a critical role to enable these emerging applications. Therefore, a single chip mote hardware platform is developed to address these unmet needs from the current existing hardware platforms. The system-on-chip (SoC) is architected from the bottom-up to meet the new use case and performance requirements of energy constrained environments with limited energy capacity e.g. batteryless operation from harvested energy or operation from printed batteries. The project seeks to reduce the active radio power by a factor of 10, reduce the overall system cost and profile of a microsystem by eliminating external components (e.g. crystal frequency reference) that are typically needed for a fully functioning wireless sensor node.

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