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Richard J. Przybyla, BSAC Researcher

BSAC Technology Seminar - Ultrasonic 3D Rangefinder on a Chip: Dissertation Presentation

Seminar: BSAC | December 3 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall


Richard J. Przybyla, PhD Student - Electrical Engineering, Prof. Bernhard Boser's Group

Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center


Optical 3D imagers for gesture recognition, such as Microsoft Kinect and Leap Motion, suffer from large size and high power consumption. Their performance depends on ambient illumination and they generally cannot operate in sunlight. These factors have prevented widespread adoption of gesture interfaces in energy- and volume-limited environments such as tablets and smartphones. Gesture recognition using sound is an attractive candidate to overcome these difficulties because of the potential for chip-scale solution size, low power consumption, and ambient light insensitivity. Our research focuses on building a 3D ultrasonic rangefinder system using batch-fabricated micromachined aluminum nitride (AlN) ultrasonic transducer arrays and custom CMOS electronics. In this talk, I will present the design methodology for a prototype ultrasonic rangefinder system. I will show how the choice of basic system specifications affects the mechanical transducer design and the interface circuit design. I will present a physics-based model of an ultrasound transducer which accurately predicts device operation. I will present measured results from an ultrasonic 3D gesture recognition system which uses an array of AlN MEMS transducers and custom readout electronics to localize targets over a +/-45o field of view up to 1m away. The 0.18μm CMOS readout ASIC comprises 10 independent channels with separate high voltage transmitters, readout amplifiers, and ADCs. Power dissipation is 400μW at 30fps, and scales to 5μW/ch at 10fps.

Richard Przybyla is a sixth year BSAC PhD student in electrical engineering advised by Prof. Bernhard Boser. During his research he demonstrated a low-power, mobile-friendly ultrasonic gesture recognition system which fits on a chip. The technology is being commercialized by Chirp Microsystems in Berkeley, which he co-founded. Richard has held R&D positions at Hewlett-Packard and Oregon State University, where he received his BSEE in 2008. In 2012 he was a finalist for the TSMC Outstanding Student Research Award. Richard is interested in circuits and systems which interface to the physical world.


Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate

RSVP by December 2 online.

Sandwiches


reception@bsac.eecs.berkeley.edu