Wentai Liu

Wentai Liu

Wentai Liu received the B.S. degree from National Chiao-Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, the M.S. degree from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, AnnArbor, MI, USA.

In 1983, he joined North Carolina State University, Raleigh, where he held the Alcoa Chair Professorship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since 2003, he has been Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA, where he is Campus Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at the Departments of Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering (2013), and CNSI in the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. He is a University System of Taiwan Master Lecturer and Chair Professor of National Chiao-Tung University. His research interests include visual prosthesis implantable electronics, high-speed transceiver design (wired and wireless),molecular electronics, microelectronic sensors, timing/clock optimization, onchip interconnects and computer vision/image processing. Since its early stages, he has been leading the engineering efforts of the retinal prosthesis to restore vision, finally leading to successful preliminary implant tests in blind patients. He has published more than 180 technical papers.

Dr. Liu has received an IEEE Outstanding Paper Award, Alcoa Foundation’s Distinguished Engineering Research Award, and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from National Chiao-Tung University.


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