Welcome to the webpage of Embedded Systems Advanced Research and Prototyping (ESARP) Lab & Bioelectronics Laboratory at the University of Memphis

Director: Dr. Bashir I. Morshed

Embedded systems (ES) are electronic information processing elements embedded into cyber-physical system (CPS) environment, and contain micro-controllers dedicated for sensing, actuation, and/or control. In the last decade, embedded systems infiltrated in our daily lives, including phones, cars, consumer electronics, home-based medical devices, and other smart gadgets. As reflected in a recent report of the National Research Council in the United States, “Information technology is on the verge of another revolution … embedded computers … have the potential to change radically the way people interact with their environment …”. We strive to be a part of this revolution.

Our research focuses on a holistic approach to develop wearable and body-worn electronic sensors for neuro-physiological parameter monitoring in naturalistic environment. We seek to address multiple engineering and scientific challenges with innovative and bio-inspired models.

Our research is currently supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH), Strengthening Communities Initiative (SCI) and multiple FedEx Innovation grants. We have established external collaborations with Special Kids & Families (SKF), Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Alzheimer’s Association at Memphis for our research studies. Due to the highly trans-disciplinary nature of our research, we collaborate with researchers from a varied disciplines (Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, Neurology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, educators, and medical professionals) that span across various institutes (UTK, UTHSC, SKF). We acknowledge generous donations from Cypress SemiconductorDRS Technologies, and Smith & Nephew to our lab.

Frequently used links: 

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Cadence University Program page
Multimedia page
ESARP Lab YouTube Channel

Lab News Bulletin:

Jun. 2015: A journal paper by M. AbuSaude and B. Morshed has been accepted in the IEEE Sensors J.

May 2015: A grant titled “Hybrid nanoparticles for capture and detection of circulating tumor cells” has been funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) R15. The PI is Dr. Huang, Dept. of Chemistry, while Dr. Morshed is a co-PI of the research project.

Apr. 2015: Two posters from ESARP lab group presented by M. AbuSaude and A. Mahapatra have jointly received the third  prize at the departmental poster competition.

Apr. 2015: ESARP lab member, Saleha Khatun, has received the prestigious Herff Fellowship award. Congratulations!

Mar. 2015: Two papers from the research group have been accepted to IEEE Electro/Information Technology (EIT) conference to be held at Naperville, IL on May 21-23, 2015.

Mar. 2015: One paper from UG student, C. Mcglown, titled “Virtual Reality Simulation for Concussion Investigation Through Interactive Testing” has been accepted for IEEE SoutheastCon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2015.

Dec. 2014: Dr. Morshed has given a talk at IEEE AP-MTT Columbus Chapter, Ohio State University, titled “Wearable Body Sensors for Neuro-Physiological Signal Monitoring in Natural Environments” on 5 Dec. 2014.

Oct. 2014: A paper from the research group presented by Ankita Mohapatra at the reputed IEEE Heath Innovation and Point-of-care Technologies conference at Seattle, WA, has been awarded as one of the best 6 papers of the conference among 172 papers. Another paper from the research group presented by Ruhi Mahajan at the same conference was the top 4th most collected oral presentation paper.

Oct. 2014: A poster from the research group has been accepted at the IEEE EMBS BRAIN Grand Challenges Conference to be held at Washington, DC, on Nov. 13 – 14, 2014.

Sept. 2014: Two conference papers from the research group have been accepted at the IEEE Topical Conference on Biomedical Wireless Technologies, Networks, and Sensing Systems (BioWireleSS) to be held at Omni Hotel, San Diego, CA on January 25 – 28, 2015.

Aug. 2014: Three conference papers from the research group have been accepted at the IEEE Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies Conference (HICPT’14) to be held in Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA on October 8-10, 2014.

July 2014: Dr. Morshed will serve in the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE Topical Conference on Biomedical Wireless Technologies, Networks and Sensing Systems (IEEE BioWireleSS) during the Radio Wireless Week to be held in San Diego, CA on 25-28 Jan. 2015.

Jun. 2014: A journal paper by R. Mahajan and B. Morshed has been accepted in the IEEE J. of Biomedical and Health Informatics.

Jun. 2014: Two conference papers from the research group have been accepted at the IEEE EMBC 2014 to be held at Chicago, IL, and two more conference papers have been accepted at the 4th IAJC/ISAM Joint Intl Conf  (IEEE sponsored) 2014 to be held at Orlando, FL.

Apr. 2014: A poster from ESARP lab group titled “Wireless Analog Passive Biosignal Sensors Based on Frequency Selective Backscattering” by S. Consul-Pacareu and B. I. Morshed has received the first prize at the departmental poster competition.

Mar. 2014: ESARP Lab is currently looking for a dedicated and motivated researcher to join this research team as a PhD or a Postdoc. Ideal candidate should have extensive hardware and software skills specifically related to embedded systems design and prototyping, analog sensor and interface design, biosensor design, and a track-record of publication. Essential software expertise include Cadence, Comsol, Matlab, and C program. Experience with animal testing and electroencephalography will have distinct advantages. Interested candidate for this cross-cutting interdisciplinary research project should send his/her CV and a 1-page research experience documents outlining the specific experiences as mentioned above for consideration to Dr. Morshed.

Feb. 2014: A project proposal titled “Capture and Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells in Whole Blood Using Hybrid Nanoparticles and Microfluidic Devices” has been funded by FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) at the University of Memphis. The project PI is Dr. Xiaohua Huang, Department of Chemistry, U of Memphis. Dr. Morshed is a co-PI of the project.

Dec. 2013: “The Center for Technologies and Research in Alzheimer’s Care (CTRAC)” has been funded by FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) at the University of Memphis. The center director is Dr. Sunghee H Tak, Loewenberg School of Nursing, U of Memphis. Dr. Morshed is one of the co-PIs.

Nov. 2013: Dr. Morshed will serve as a Scientific Co-Chair of the 4th IAJC/ISAM Joint International Conference  (IEEE sponsored), Sept. 25-27, 2014 at Orlando, FL.

Aug. 2013: Four new conference papers have been accepted to the 6th Intl. IEEE EMBS Neural Engineering Conference, Nov. 2013.

July 2013: ESARP Lab welcomes Chang Long Zhu Jin from La Salle – Ramon Llull University, Spain, as a Summer Intern student.

July 2013: ESARP Lab team “Tiger Optics” for DRS 2013 Student Infrared Imaging Competition has won the second place in Overall Project category at the national level. Congratulations to Zach Tate, Zac Arnold, Josh Smith, Sergi Consul-Pacareu !

ESARP Lab News Bulletin Archive