Next Deadline: April 23, 2010

HCDC Lab - What's been Happening in the HCDC Lab

a) Project Updates

- ICGAANI1 Chip Design
PhD Students Ji Sun, Brendan Crowley, and Russell Dodd have been working together on a chip design to perform neuro-recordings (electrical signals from neurons) for implantable neuroprothesis. This version of the chip,denoted ICGAANI1, performs only data recording; however, the group is working towards an implantable chip with the capability of wireless transmission of the data. The team is currently testing the fabricated chip from their first tape-out on October 28, 2009.
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- Neuro project: Team meeting in Red Deer
In March, the AHFMR Smart Neural Prosthesis Team met in Red Deer, Calgary. The team consists of 16 researchers which includes neuroscientists, biomedical researchers, engineers, physicians, nurses, rehabilitation medicine professionals, and industrial partners from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. For this project, the HCDC group will address wireless telemetry with implanted neural stimulators. Graduate students Russell Dodd and Malihe Ahmadi presented their teams progress during the meeting.
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b) Outreach

- Summer School:
The 5th Annual Summer School on Communications and Information Theory will be held on August 23-25, 2010, in Banff, Alberta. For more information about the summer school and to register for the event, please visit the website:

Mark these important dates and deadlines on your calendar!
* Abstract Submission: June 1, 2010*
* Acceptance Notification: July 5, 2010
* Conference Registration: July 23, 2010*
* Conference Date: August 23-25, 2010

- Wireless Camp

Wireless Camp 2010 will take place next week on May 3 and 4.

c) Feature on student's work

- Russell, Ji and Brendan Team (Make article in section (a) a feature article)
- Wesam goes to PMC-Seirra (?)

Research Community

2. Check this out: Interesting Publications

Article: Network MIMO BellLab

The MIMO BellLab has been making interesting progress in the field of Network MIMO. On the BellLab website, they announce "Network MIMO innovations can also reduce the need and cost of upgrading backhaul networks. This innovative approach can also increase revenues through higher customer demand and ARPU as a result of high service quality, and lower spectrum costs as a result of better spectrum usage." Click here to find out more:!ut/p/kcxml/04_Sj9SPykssy0xPLMnMz0vM0Y_QjzKLd4w39w3RL8h2VAQAGOJBYA!!?LMSG_CABINET=Bell_Labs&LMSG_CONTENT_FILE=News_Features/News_Feature_Detail_000467.xml

3. What's happening in the research community (upcoming conferences)

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