ESARP Lab

Welcome to the webpage of ESARP Lab at the University of Memphis.

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 in developing wearable and body-worn embedded systems for neuro-physiological monitoring BCI for neurological disorder patients (Seizure, ASD, Alzheimer’s) that are reliable and usable beyond clinical settings. We seek to address multiple engineering challenges with innovative and bio-inspired models.

  • Reliable, robust and long duration neurological monitoring by employing novel dry impedimetric interfacing technique. 
  • Reliable and reconfigurable fully-passive wireless body sensor network.
  • Low-power, light-weight, wearable and ambulatory embedded systems developed with hardware-software co-design paradigm.
  • Real-life, real-time monitoring of noteworthy events with multimodal sensing and contextual co-analysis through online, fully-automated artifact removal, feature extraction and classification. 
  • Scaling and CPS security challenges through layered abstraction and hierarchical models.

Our research is currently supported by Strengthening Communities Initiative (SCI) and FedEx Innovation grants. We have established collaborations with Special Kids & Families (SKF), and La Bonheur Children’s Hospital at Memphis for our research studies. Due to the highly transdisciplinary 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 News Bulletin:

Jun. 2014: A journal paper by R. Mahajan and B. Morshed has been accepted at 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 in 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 !

June 2013: The proposal entitled “Dry Electrodes on Flexible Electronics” has been funded by FedEx Institute of Technology Innovation Grant. Dr. Morshed is the PI of this research project.

June 2013: ESARP lab team “Tiger Optics” has been selected as Finalists for Best Project in the 2013 DRS Student Infrared Imaging Competition. The project title is “Forgery-proof identification using sweat gland distribution“. The team members are: Zachary Tate (UG), Zac Taylor Arnold (UG), Joshua Smith (UG), and Sergi Consul Pacareu (Grad). Congratulations!

May 2013: ESARP lab member, Ankita Mohapatra, has received the prestigious Herff Fellowship award. Congratulations!

ESARP Lab News Bulletin Archive