Four School of Engineering Professors Honored with IEEE Awards

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© 2023 EPFL

EPFL Professors Ionescu, Kis, Shoaran, and Lacour are recognized as leading scientists in their field by the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

In recognition of their exceptional contributions to their respective fields, four professors from EPFL's School of Engineering have been awarded prestigious honors by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE Awards Program and Best Paper awards are renowned for their acknowledgment of technical professionals who have made a significant impact on technology and society.

Professor Adrian Ionescu, head of the Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (Nanolab), has been honored with the 2024 IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award for his groundbreaking work in nanotechnology and technologies for microsystem miniaturization. Ionescu was awarded for his “leadership and contributions to the field of energy-efficient steep slope devices and technologies.”

Professor Andras Kis, head of the Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (LANES), has been granted the 2024 IEEE Lotfi A. Zadeh Award for Emerging Technologies. This accolade celebrates Kis's for his “pioneering work and breakthroughs on 2D materials and electronic devices.” His significant contributions to emerging technologies in recent years have propelled him to the forefront of his field.

Furthermore, Professor Mahsa Shoaran, head of the Integrated Neurotechnologies Laboratory (INL), and Professor Stéphanie Lacour, head of the Laboratory for Soft Bioelectronic Interfaces (LSBI), have jointly received the prestigious 2022 Best Brain Paper (IEEE and SSCS) award. Their winning paper describes a highly scalable and versatile closed-loop neuromodulation system-on-chip (SoC) capable of treating various neurological and psychiatric disorders. Through innovative circuit design techniques and hardware-algorithm co-optimization, Shoaran and Lacour achieved remarkable advancements in channel count, area, and energy efficiency, marking a significant step forward in the field.

The IEEE Awards Program, which has been honoring professionals for nearly a century, recognizes individuals who have made lasting impacts on technology, society, and the engineering profession. The distinguished awards bestowed upon EPFL Professors Ionescu, Kis, Shoaran, and Lacour underscore their outstanding contributions to their respective disciplines and highlight EPFL's commitment to excellence in research and innovation.


“A 256-Channel 0.227 μJ/class Versatile Brain Activity Classification and Closed-Loop Neuromodulation SoC with 0.004 mm2–1.51 μW/channel Fast-Settling Highly Multiplexed Mixed-Signal Front-End” by Uisub Shin (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA), Laxmeesha Somappa (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland), Cong Ding (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland), Bingzhao Zhu (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA), Yashwanth Vyza (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland), Alix Trouillet (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland), Stéphanie P. Lacour (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland; Center for Neuroprosthetics, Geneva, Switzerland), and Mahsa Shoaran (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland; Center for Neuroprosthetics, Geneva, Switzerland)

DOI: 10.1109/ISSCC42614.2022.9731776