Luís Alexandre Rocha

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— This paper presents LPRT, a new medium access control (MAC) protocol for wireless sensing and actuation systems. Some of the characteristics of the proposed protocol are low power consumption, support for real-time and loss intolerant traffic through contention-free operation and a retransmission scheme, flexibility, and high throughput efficiency. The(More)
A test technique for capacitive MEMS accelerometers and electrostatic microactuators, based on the measurement of pull-in voltages and resonance frequency, is described. Using this combination of measurements, one can estimate process-induced variations in the device layout dimensions as well as deviations from nominal value in material properties, which(More)
—The pull-in voltage of a single-side anchored free-standing beam, under lateral deflection, has been investigated for application as a dc voltage reference. Two sets of electrodes, alongside the tip, are used for parallel-plate type of electrostatic actu-ation of the 200 m long beam in the plane of the wafer. Another set of buried electrodes is aligned(More)
—The reproducibility over temperature and time of the pull-in voltage of micromechanical structures has been analyzed and verified using fabricated devices in silicon. The pull-in structures are intended for use as an on-chip voltage reference. Microbeams of 100-m length, 3-m width, and 11-m thickness are electrostatically actuated with a very reproducible(More)
The constant growth of the elderly population in the world creates new challenges and opportunities in health care systems. New technological solutions have to be found in order to meet the needs and demands of our aging society. The welfare and quality of life of the elderly population must be a priority. Continuous physical activity will play an important(More)
One of the currently available treatments for aortic aneurysms is endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). In spite of major advances in the operating techniques, complications still occur and lifelong surveillance is recommended. In order to reduce and even eliminate the commonly used surveillance imaging exams, as well as to reduce follow-up costs, new(More)