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Ali Niknejad

Professor

Biography

Ali M. Niknejad received the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley 2000, where he is currently a professor and faculty director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). Prof. Niknejad is an IEEE Fellow, the recipient of the 2012 ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman Award for his textbook on electromagnetics and RF integrated circuits. He was the co-recipient of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2013 and 2010 Jack Kilby Awards for Outstanding Student Papers, and the co-recipient of the Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2004 for co-developing a modeling approach for devices up to 65 GHz. He is a co-founder of HMicro and the inventor of the REACH(™) technology, which has the potential to deliver robust wireless solutions to the healthcare industry. His general research interests lie within the area of wireless communications and biomedical sensors and imaging. His focus areas of his research include analog, RF, mixed-signal, mm-wave circuits, device physics and compact modeling, and numerical techniques in electromagnetics.

Selected Publications

  • N. Kuo, B. Yang, A. Wang, L. Kong, C. Wu, V. P. Srini, E. Alon, B. Nikoli{\'c}, and A. Niknejad, "A 0.4-to-4 GHz All-Digital RF Transmitter Package with a Band-Selecting Interposer Combining Three Wideband CMOS Transmitters," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 66, 2018.
  • N. Kuo and A. Niknejad, "Single-Antenna FDD Reader Design and Communication to a Commercial UHF RFID Tag," IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, vol. 28, 2018.
  • N. Kuo and A. Niknejad, "An E-band QPSK transmitter element in 28-nm bulk CMOS with wideband power amplifier for digitally-modulated phased array," in Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium, 2018 IEEE, 2018.
  • N. Kuo, B. Zhao, and A. Niknejad, "Intermodulation Uplink for Far-Field Passive RFID Applications," in Microwave Symposium (IMS), 2018 IEEE MTT-S International, 2018, pp. 1--4.
  • B. Zhao, N. Kuo, B. Liu, Y. Li, L. Lotti, and A. Niknejad, "A 5.8 GHz power-harvesting 116$\mu$mx116$\mu$m “dielet” near-field radio with on-chip coil antenna," in Solid-State Circuits Conference-(ISSCC), 2018 IEEE International, 2018, pp. 456--458.
  • N. Kuo, B. Zhao, and A. Niknejad, "Equation-Based Optimization for Inductive Power Transfer to a Miniature CMOS Rectenna," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 66, no. 5, 2018.
  • N. Kuo, B. Zhao, and A. Niknejad, "Novel inductive wireless power transfer uplink utilizing rectifier third-order nonlinearity," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 319--331, 2018.
  • B. Zhao, N. Kuo, and A. Niknejad, "A Gain Boosting Array Technique for Weakly-Coupled Wireless Power Transfer," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 32, no. 9, pp. 7130--7139, 2017.
  • N. Kuo, B. Yang, A. Wang, L. Kong, C. Wu, V. P. Srini, E. Alon, B. Nikoli{\'c}, and A. Niknejad, "A Wideband All-Digital CMOS RF Transmitter on HDI Interposers With High Power and Efficiency," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 65, no. 11, pp. 4724--4743, 2017.
  • N. Kuo, B. Zhao, and A. Niknejad, "A 10-Mb/s Uplink Utilizing Rectifier Third-Order Intermodulation in a Miniature CMOS Tag," IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, vol. 27, no. 11, pp. 1031--1033, 2017.
  • N. Kuo, B. Zhao, and A. Niknejad, "Inductive wireless power transfer and uplink design for a CMOS tag with 0.01 mm 2 coil size," IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, vol. 26, no. 10, pp. 852--854, 2016.
  • N. Kuo, B. Zhao, and A. Niknejad, "Bifurcation analysis in weakly-coupled inductive power transfer systems," IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, vol. 63, no. 5, pp. 727--738, 2016.
  • B. Zhao, N. Kuo, and A. Niknejad, "An Inductive-Coupling Blocker Rejection Technique for Miniature RFID Tag," IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, 2016.
  • L. C. Yun, A. Niknejad, V. R. Sattiraju, J. C. Beck, and S. Magar, "Wireless communications systems using multiple radios," U.S. Patent 9,277,534. March 2016.
  • N. Kuo, J. Chien, and A. Niknejad, "Design and analysis on bidirectionally and passively coupled QVCO with nonlinear coupler," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 1130--1141, 2015.
  • S. Magar, L. Yun, J. Beck, V. R. Sattiraju, and A. Niknejad, "Methods and apparatus to retrofit wired healthcare and fitness systems for wireless operation," U.S. Patent 9,155,469. Oct. 2015.
  • A. Niknejad, "Wearable user interface device, system, and method of use," U.S. Patent 9,046,919. June 2015.
  • L. Yun, A. Niknejad, V. Sattiraju, and S. Magar, "Systems and networks for half and full duplex wireless communication using multiple radios," U.S. Patent 9,019,934. April 2015.
  • S. Magar, V. R. Sattiraju, A. Niknejad, L. Yun, and J. Beck, "Wireless physiological sensor patches and systems," U.S. Patent 8,926,509. Jan. 2015.
  • L. Yun, A. Niknejad, V. R. Sattiraju, J. Beck, and S. Magar, "Wireless communications systems using multiple radios," U.S. Patent 8,879,983. Nov. 2014.

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