Erin  Ibarra

Erin Ibarra

Scholar Title

MIT EECS — Analog Devices Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Dynamics of Coupled MEMS Oscillators




Akintunde I. Akinwande


Various types of non-Boolean processing methods, such as image recognition and associative memory, can be accomplished by digital means. However, digital non-Boolean methods are difficult and time consuming as processing often requires iterative, complex computations. The motivation for this research is to perform non-Boolean processing in hardware, specifically utilizing monolithic Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) oscillators in resistively coupled clusters. Resistively coupled clustering takes advantage of natural phenomena that occur with coupled oscillators: when the base frequencies of the coupled oscillators are in close proximity, the cluster will synchronize to a common base frequency. This project seeks to understand synchronization behavior for various cluster designs


I became interested in this project through my circuit simulation work during a summer internship at Texas Instruments. I carried those skills, as well as knowledge from 6.002 and 6.003, into the project. I hope to continue to learn about oscillator dynamics, MEMS technology, and circuit design and I am excited to continue this project and to make developments in this research.

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