Integrated circuits and electromagnetic interfaces with a focus on design of “end-to-end” electronic systems/devices.


My group focuses on the end-to-end design of high-performance RF and Microwave electronic systems for several emerging communications, imaging and sensing applications. Our research is vertical in nature and crosses boundaries from exploring new physical phenomena, to designing electronic systems (with custom silicon ICs), and eventually demonstrating higher-level functions.

See following links for examples of research topics:

Tricorder-Like Imager for Medical Applications (Stanford News)

Ultrasound-Powered Implants (JSSC 2015)

Sound-Powered Implantable Devices (Stanford News Article)

RF-Acoustic Systems for Medical Imaging (Featured Article)

Our Vision for the future of IoT (Talk at Stanford IoT Event)

Ant-Sized Radios to power IoT (Stanford News Article)

Link to Arbabian Lab Webpage

Our work covers circuit/system design in three general areas of 1) mm-Wave and THz, 2) Biomedical, and 3) Ultra-Low Power Electronic sensors. 

In the high-frequency domain we design systems that handle information flow. On one end this focuses on the development of sensors and devices that enable next-generation interfaces (e.g., radar system design for human-computer interfaces). On the other end we work one next-generation extremely high-throughput wireless and wireline “pipelines” that facilitate information flow on the network.

On the biomedical front we explore system design for emerging and hybrid medical imaging modalities, apply advanced electrical/electromagnetic interface solutions to bio-sensing applications, and investigate new technologies for wireless implants.

In the sensors area we focus on architectural solutions that enable radically-miniaturized sensors. Other topics include power delivery, energy storage, ultra-low power circuit design, asymmetric communication systems, and antenna interfaces.


  1. -Stanford press release on our Tricorder project, Nov. 2015

  2. -Our IoT radio featured in Computer Magazine: Issue 11, Nov 2014

  3. -August 2015:  Congratulations to Hao for receiving the best student paper award for his wideband microwave applicator paper presented at PIERS 2015!

  4. -June 2015: Congratulations to Maryam and Mustafa for receiving the best paper award at the VLSI Symposium (Kyoto) for the IoT Radio Paper presented in VLSI 2014!

  5. -May 2015: Congratulations to Jayant for receiving the Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award as well as the EE Outstanding TA Award! Link

  6. -The NeuroCircuit interventional research consortium for understanding the brain and improving treatment is announced. Details

  7. -We have organized an IMS 2015 Workshop on Emerging Systems, Methods, and Applications for Microwave and THz Imaging. This full-day Workshop is scheduled for Monday May 18th, 2015. More information here. The workshop covers topics in mm-wave/THz imaging, security imaging, non-destructive testing, medical applications, automotive radar, and advanced signal processing for mm-wave radar.

  8. -Amin receives the NSF CAREER Award (Jan. 2015)

  9. -Google Faculty Research Award (2014)

  10. -MIT Technology Review’s Coverage of our Ant-Sized Radio:

Can Electronic Devices Harvest Energy on Their Own? Oct 2014, MIT Tech Review

  1. -Stanford press release on our ultrasound-powered miniaturized medical implants (Oct 15, 2014)

Stanford News, Gizmodo, Med Device Online, Business Standard

  1. -Professor Arbabian receives 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA).

  2. -IoT Passive radio featured in Stanford News:

Youtube link

PC World, Wired Magazine, Gizmodo, Science Magazine, EDN, Computer World, The Verge,, T4Mag, TechSpot,


  1. -July 2014: DARPA RAM program launched. We will be working with UCLA and LLNL to develop wireless implants for neuromodulation. News items: NYTimes, IEEE Spectrum, UCLA, Medical News, CNET

  2. -May 2014: Miaad’s paper on Magneto-acoustic imaging selected as a featured article in Electronic Letters. Interview

  3. -April 2014: Congratulations to Hao and Miaad for winning the 2014 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship!

  4. -April 2014: Our VLSI paper on single-chip padless radio featured as one of the technical highlights of the conference. Congratulations to Maryam and Mustafa!

- Sept. 2013: Professor Arbabian selected Hellman Faculty Fellow.

  1. -Nemat Dolatsha awarded best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wideband (ICUWB), Sept 2013

  2. -Proposal gets selected for the new DARPA MEDS program (PI: Arbabian), May 2013

  3. -Professor Arbabian named Stanford School of Engineering Terman Fellow, 2012

Prospective Students:

If you are interested in applying to Stanford and joining our group, please first refer to this page.

If you are interested in my research and have already been admitted to an MS or PhD program at Stanford, please feel free to send me an email (please include CV and list of courses through transcript).

We have an open postdoc position in Analog/RF Circuit design. Familiar

All postdoc applicants are strongly encouraged to explore external fellowship support.

Open positions

Amin Arbabian

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering
Stanford University

EE research area:

Integrated Circuits

Biomedical Devices and Systems

Biomedical Imaging

204 Paul G. Allen Building
420 Via Palou, Allen-204
Stanford, CA 94305-4070

Email: arbabian AT stanford DOT edu
Fax: (650) 725-3383

Administrative Associate:

Helen Niu

Packard 310
Phone: (650) 723-8121

Email: helen.niu AT stanford DOT edu

 Directions to the Paul G. Allen Building

Office Hours (Fall 2015):


Tuesdays 1-2pm

Thursdays noon-1pm

Or by Appointment


Thurs Oct 1st, Oct 15th

Some of the Past Projects: