University of Cyprus
The University of Cyprus (UCY), located in Nicosia, is a young (established in 1992) and rapidly expanding university whose School of Engineering was established in 2001 and admitted its first undergraduate and postgraduate students in September 2003. Within UCY, the Department of Computer & Electronic Engineering will be hosting this project. An independent assessment report of the ECE department, which was conducted in January 2009 by distinguished professors from MIT, Technion, KTH and University of Illinois, states that “The faculty is highly qualified, carrying out first-class research, and would fit in first-rate academic institutions worldwide”. The ECE Department, reflecting the importance of microelectronics in EU research, has invested over €1.5m in state-of–the-art microelectronic design and test equipment.
The Holistic Electronics Research Laboratory (~75m2) established by Dr. Julius Georgiou, is extensively equipped so as to be able to design mixed-signal electronic chips and MEMS devices, and capacity to test and characterise these. The software available includes Cadence, Synopsys and Mentor Graphics for custom integrated circuit design and Coventor for MEMS design. Furthermore where new devices are explored the Synopsys Advanced TCAD can be used for FEM based device simulation. Xilinx ISE software allows for building custom test interfaces using FPGAs. A PCB prototyping system for up to eight layer boards with 1um resolution ensures that testboards can quickly and efficiently be fabricated, whereas a pick and place machine and solder reflow oven allows these to be populated on site. Manufactured chips can be tested through a variety of high-end equipment, including: a probe station (Signatone), Keithley semiconductor characterisation system (4200SCS), 6221 AC current source, CV analyser, photo-response characterisation equipment (including 0.1nm resolution monochromator), various high-end oscilloscopes and logic analysers, ESPEC Temperature chamber (-60°C to 150°C), Spectrum/Vector Network Analyser and a wire bonder for in-house System-in-Package (SiP) capability. A computer controlled EzLaze_II multi-wavelength laser cutting system is also available in the lab for trimming circuit and for post manufacturing chip reconfiguration.
Dr Julius Georgiou is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus. He received his M.Eng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Ph.D. degree from Imperial College London in 1998 and 2003 respectively. For two years he worked as Head of Micropower Design in a technology start-up company, Toumaz Technology. During this time he undertook various projects, one of which included the study of subthreshold circuits designed in a regular 0.35 micron technology for exposure to ionising radiation. In 2004 he joined Johns Hopkins University as a Postdoctoral Fellow, before joining the University of Cyprus in 2005.
His main areas of expertise are ultra-low-power circuit design, mixed-signal hardware design and sensor design. He is a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the BioCAS Technical Committee, as well as a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Analog Signal Processing Technical Committee. In recognition of his professional standing he was elected to the grade of IEEE Senior Member in 2008. His research interests include Low-power analog and digital custom ASIC design, implantable biomedical devices, bioinspired electronic systems, Brain-computer-interfaces (BCIs), inertial and optical sensors and related systems.