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Reasearch Areas
  • Ultra-low power wireless and computing
  • Brain-machine interfaces
  • Neuro-inspired compute platforms
  • Ubiquitous computing and sensing

Jan Rabaey

Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Jan Rabaey holds the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department of the University of California at Berkeley. After receiving his Ph.D degree in applied sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, for his work on the design of Switched Capacitor Circuits, he joined UC Berkeley in 1983 as a Visiting Research Engineer. From 1985 until 1987, he was a research manager at IMEC, Belgium. Professor Rabaey has created and/or directed a number of high-impact research centers, including the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), the FCRP multi-university Gigascale Systems (GSRC) and MultiScale Systems (MuSyC) Research Centers, and most recently the Berkeley Ubiquitous Swarm Lab.

He is the recipient of a wide range of awards, amongst which the IEEE CAS Society Mac Van Valkenburg Award, the European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement award, and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award. He is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium. In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Lund, Sweden. He has been on the advisory board of a broad range of semiconductor, design technology and wireless companies.

His current interests include the conception and implementation of next-generation integrated ultra low-power wireless systems, as well as exploring the interaction between the cyber and the biological world.


Low Power Design Essentials.
Jan M. Rabaey, Springer-Verlag, , 2009.

A Fully-Integrated, Miniaturized (0.125 mm²) 10.5 µW Wireless Neural Sensor.
W. Biederman, D. Yeager; N. Narevsky, A. Koralek, J.M. Carmena, E. Alon, J.M. Rabaey, IEEE Journal of Solid-StateCircuits, vol.48, no.4, pp.960-970, April 2013.

A 0.25 V 460 nW Asynchronous Neural Signal Processor With Inherent Leakage Suppression.
Liu, T.-T.; Rabaey, J.M. IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, vol.48, no.4, pp.897,906, April 2013.

Design of Wireless Links to Implanted Brain–Machine Interface Microelectronic Systems.
Bjorninen, T.; Muller, R.; Ledochowitsch, P.; Sydanheimo, L.; Ukkonen, L.; Maharbiz, M.M.; Rabaey, J.M, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, vol.11, no., pp.1663,1666, 2012.

A 0.013 mm2, 5µW, DC Coupled Neural Signal Acquisition IC with 0.5V Supply.
R. Muller, S. Gambini, J. Rabaey. IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, pp. 232-243, December 2011.

The Search for Alternative Computational Paradigms.
Shanbhag, N.R.; Mitra, S.; de Veciana, G.; Orshansky, M.; Marculescu, R.; Roychowdhury, J.; Jones, D.; Rabaey, J.M., IEEE Design & Test of Computers , Volume 25, Issue 4, Page(s):334 – 343, July-Aug. 2008.