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About

The Low-Energy / Fault-Tolerant Systems lab is directed by Prof. Chris Winstead at Utah State University. We study the tradeoffs between energy efficiency and reliability in computing and communication, with particular focus on micro-power signal processing and RF circuits for data communication in bio-implantable or wearable electronics.

Supporting Agencies

The LE/FT lab and its members are primarily supported by the US National Science Foundation under awards CCF-090404 and ECCS-0954747. The lab has also received support from the US Department of Energy, the Utah USTAR program, the Utah Transit Authority, the USU Space Dynamics Laboratory and the Utah State University "Research Catalyst" program. Lab participants have also received scholarly support from the US Fulbright Scholarship program, Utah State University Presidential fellowship awards, and Dominican Republic scholarships for graduate study.

Research Focus

Biological systems are widely regarded as exceptional models for energy efficiency, so our research focuses heavily on the interface between electronics and biology. On one hand, we study ways to improve future electronic systems by borrowing concepts from biology and cognitive science. On the other hand, we investigate ways to apply electronic design techniques for biological engineering, particularly in the areas of genetic circuits and bio-compatible electronics.