Welcome to ICSL at York U!

Our research group in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University conducts research on design, development, and experimental characterization of microelectronic circuits and systems for biomedical applications.

We are particularly interested in neuroscience/neurology applications such as monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological disorders. Our projects typically involve the development of highly-integrated fully-wireless systems on a chip (SoC) that capable of energy- and area-efficient sensing, computation, and actuation in various modalities. You may find further information about our ongoing and completed projects on the research page, and about our team on the people page

ICSL News and Updates

Last Updated: Nov 1st, 2018

Three papers submitted to IEEE ISCAS

October 25th, 2018|

Three papers were submitted to IEEE ISCAS by ICSL researchers: A. Dabbaghian*, Z. Fatmi*, P. Shafia*, T. Yousefi*, H. Kassiri, “A 9.2-gram Fully-Flexible Wireless Dry-Electrode Headband for Non-Contact Artifact- Resilient EEG Monitoring and Programmable Diagnostics,” submitted to IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), 2019. T. Yousefi*, A. [...]

Alireza and Tayebeh presented their work in CMC TEXPO

October 19th, 2018|

Alireza Dabbaghian and Tayebeh Yousefi presented their research work in the CMC (Canadian Microelectronic Corporation) TEXPO. Their poster was titled "A 9.2-gram 8-Channel Fully-Flexible Wireless Surface EEG Monitoring and Diagnostic Headband with Motion Artifact Removal ".

ICSL partners with Novela Neurotechnologies

September 3rd, 2018|

Together with Novela Neurotechnologies, ICSL received an NSERC engage grant for the project "Development of a wireless 8-channel neural monitoring SoC (system on a chip) for integration on a fully-flexible implantable brain-machine interface" Closed-loop Neuromodulation, which means stimulating the brain using electrical pulses upon detection of a neurological event, is a [...]

Zainab and Pooria won the Student Choice Award!

August 16th, 2018|

Pooria Shafia and Syyeda Zainab Fatmi, two of the ICSL undergraduate research assistants, presented their work in Lassonde School of Engineering summer research conference. Their poster was titled "A Fully-Flexible 8-Channel Active-Electrode Wireless Wearable Device for Surface EEG Recording with Motion Artifact Removal". They competed with more than 60 other [...]

Sam won a presentation award

August 16th, 2018|

Sam Guraya, an ICSL undergraduate research assistant, presented his work in Lassonde School of Engineering summer research conference. His Presentation was titled "Machine Learning Approaches for Seizure Detection using Frontal Scalp Electrode Recordings, Spectral Energy Bands, Phase Synchrony and Electrode Position based Feature Extraction". His work was selected as [...]

New Research Interns

May 2nd, 2018|

May 2018: Sam Guraya, Syyeda Fatmi, Pooria Shafia, and Tianyu Zhan started theur internship in ICSL this month. Their internships are supported through NSERC USRA, LASSONDE LURA, and MITACS Globalink programs.

New M.A.Sc. student

May 1st, 2018|

May 2018: We are happy to welcome our newest member, Al Freeman, who starts his M.A.Sc. studies in ICSL this month. Al has received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University in 2013. Since then, he has been working as an analog designer, physical design engineer, and engineering manager [...]

ICSL partners with Panaxium Inc.

April 9th, 2018|

Together with Panaxium, ICSL received an NSERC engage grant for the project "Development and Characterization of an implantable system-on-a-chip for long-term ambulatory EEG monitoring." The measurement and recording of electrical signals from the brain are known as electroencephalography (EEG). EEG is commonly used as part of the diagnosis and treatment planning for numerous neurological [...]

IEEE VLSI Paper Accepted

March 20th, 2018|

March 2018: Our paper “Artifact-Tolerant Opamp-less Delta-Modulated Bidirectional Neuro-Interface” is accepted for presentation in IEEE Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2018.

Hossein won the ISSCC Jack Kilby Award!

February 15th, 2018|

February 2018: Hossein received ISSCC 2017 Jack Kilby outstanding paper award for his paper "All-wireless 64-channel 0.013 mm 2/ch closed-loop neurostimulator with rail-to-rail DC offset removal". (Photo Courtesy of ISSCC) 

New PhD student

January 9th, 2018|

January 2018: We are happy to welcome our newest member, Mansour Taghadosi, who starts his Ph.D. in ICSL this month. Mansour has received his BSc and MSc both in Electrical Engineering from Ajman University of Science and Technology, UAE, and the American University of Sharjah, UAE, respectively. His Master's thesis [...]

ISSCC 2018 paper accepted

October 12th, 2017|

October 2017: Our paper "50nW 5kHz-BW Opamp-Less ΔΣ Impedance Analyzer for Brain Neurochemistry Monitoring" is accepted for presentation in IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), San Francisco, Feb 2018.

Open Positions in ICSL

September 24th, 2017|

September 2017: Graduate Research Open Positions (starting Jan. or Sept. 2018). We have multiple positions available for motivated and talented M.Sc. or Ph.D. students. If you are interested to join our lab, please contact us with your resume and transcript and a brief statement of interest for the project(s) you want to work [...]

New ICSL MASc Students

September 23rd, 2017|

September 2017: We are happy to welcome our newest members, Alireza Dabbaghian and Tayebeh Yousefi who will start their M.A.Sc. in ICSL this month. Alireza and Tayebeh have received their BSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from AmirKabir University of Technology, Iran. Prior to joining ICSL, they completed an internship in [...]

IEEE JSSC paper accepted

September 22nd, 2017|

September 2017: Our paper "Rail-to-Rail-Input Dual-Radio 64-channel Closed-Loop Neurostimulator" is accepted for publication in IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits.


June 22nd, 2017|

June 2017: Yonghang Tian started his internship in ICSL. He joined us from the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China(UESTC). His research project will focus on the design and implementation of backend digital signal processing of a wireless wearable EEG recording system. 

New ICSL LURA Students

May 23rd, 2017|

May 2017: Sam Guraya and Mary Choi started their internship in ICSL. Sam will work on a multi-channel fully flexible wireless wearable EEG recording system with motion artifact removal. Mary will work on power-spectral analysis and feature extraction of EEG signals of epileptic subjects.

Two papers accepted to MWSCAS’17

May 22nd, 2017|

May 2017: Two of our paper An Area- and Power-Efficient Mixed-Mode Fully Programmable FIR Filter for Biomedical Interface Microsystems Fully Discrete-Time Neural Recording Front-Ends: Feasibility and Design Considerations are accepted for lecture presentation in IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, Boston, August 2017.

IEEE TBioCAS paper accepted

April 22nd, 2017|

April 2017: Our paper "Closed-Loop Neurostimulators: A Survey and A Seizure-Predicting Design Example for Intractable Epilepsy Treatment" is accepted for publication in IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.

Our work was featured by UHN

March 23rd, 2017|

March 2017 : Our work on early epilepsy seizure detection was featured by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. More detail here:

Our work was featured by CMC

November 1st, 2016|

November 8th, 2016 : Our work was featured as one of the national success stories by Canadian Microelectronic Corporations (CMC). More detail here: Micro-device offers potential to stop seizures before they start

Paper accepted to ISSCC 2017

October 2nd, 2016|

October 2016: Our paper "All-Wireless 64-channel 0.013mm2/ch Closed-Loop Neurostimulator with Rail-to-Rail DC Offset Removal" was accepted to be presented in IEEE ISSCC 2017.