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Yao Research Group

We are an interdisciplinary group interested in synthesis and engineering micro/nanoscale materials to enable novel devices, sensors and their integration on rigid or soft frameworks for functional electronic or bioelectronic systems. One of the main strategies is to borrow from ‘biological integration’ for smart and efficient engineering.

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Photonics Lab

We are conducting experimental and theoretical research in the area of photonic devices and systems with current projects focusing on flat optics and photonic integrated circuits. In these projects, we develop miniaturized optical systems with planar form factors and low power consumption that can be mass-produced at low cost. Such systems have many applications in wearable and mobile electronics, health monitoring and medical diagnostics, biosensing, and as integral parts of industrial equipment

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Integrated Nanobiotechnology Laboratory

Here we build multi-functional molecule detection and cell imaging tools, aiming to offer new capabilities for important biomedical applications. With an affinity for diverse areas in nanodevices, bioelectronics, and synthetic biology, we enjoy the bandwidth our work spans over and the problem-oriented way of thinking.

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Remote Hyperspectral Observers (RHO) group

The Remote Hyperspectral Observers (RHO) group carries out research on hyperspectral imaging and its data analysis. Our mission is to expedite information extraction process from hyperspectral images, which is applied in many application domains, such as space exploration, terrestrial mapping, environmental mapping, and painting.

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Collaborative Adaptice Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA)

CASA is a multi-sector partnership among academia, industry, and government dedicated to engineering revolutionary weather-sensing networks. These innovative networks will save lives and property by detecting the region of the lower atmosphere currently below conventional radar range — mapping storms, winds, rain, temperature, humidity, and the flow of airborne hazards.

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Laboratory for Millimeter Wave Devices and Applications (LAMMDA)

Students who work in the Laboratory for Millimeter wave Devices and Applications work on devices, circuits, and structures that are meant to convert information to and from radiated energy. This includes not only antennas, but also high frequency front-end circuits for processing baseband signals to and from high frequencies where they can be radiated efficiently.  Applications include electronically steered phased arrays, ultra-wide band and reconfigurable transceivers.

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