Professor, Electrical Engineering
Baskin School of Engineering
1156 High St
Mail Stop SOE2
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone Number: 831-459-1721
Department: Electrical Engineering
Office Location: Engineering 2, Room 341A
Office Hours: By appointment
Wentai Liu received BS from National Chiao-Tung University (Taiwan), MS from National Taiwan University, and PhD from the University of Michigan. In 1983, he joined North Carolina State University, where he held the Alcoa Chair Professorship in ECE and was the founder of the Analog/Mixed-Mode Design Consortium. Since 2003, he has been a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is also the Campus Director and Thrust Leader of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems. His research interests include neuro-engineering, neural prosthesis, brain-machine interface, bioelectronics, transceiver, sensors and actuators, timing/clock optimization, vision/image processing. He has been working on the neural implants dealing with nerves and muscles for retina, epilepsy, muscle, eyelids, spinal cord, and bladder. Since its inception, he has been leading the engineering efforts of the retinal prosthesis to restore vision, finally leading to successful implant trials in blind patients. He has published more than 300 technical papers and two books. He received 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, 2009 RD-100 Award, two IEEE Outstanding Paper Awards, Alcoa Foundation’s Distinguished Engineering Research Award, NASA Group Achievement Award, and Outstanding Alumni Award from National Chiao-Tung University, where he also holds a Chair Professorship as the Founder and Honorary Director of Biomimetic Systems Research Center. He has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering, Guest Editor for both IEEE Proceedings Special Issue of Biomimetic Systems and IEEE-MTT Special Issue of Wireless IC for Biomedical Applications. He is the founder of the International Conference on Neuroprosthetic Devices, which has been held twice in 2009 and 2010.
Neural Engineering, retinal and neural prosthesis, biomimetic systems, integrated neuro-electronics, molecular electronics, CMOS and SOI transceiver design, current mode band limited signaling, microelectronic sensor, timing/clock recovery and optimization, noise characterization and modeling, and computer vision/image processing
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