Imperial College London

ProfessorEstherRodriguez Villegas

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professor in Low Power Electronics



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Esther Rodriguez-Villegas holds the chair of Low Power Electronics in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, where she leads a multi-disciplinary team of thirteen PostDocs and PhD students. Her most recent research interests are focused on wearable sensors for physiological monitoring and low-power integrated circuits with a focus on  healthcare applications.  

She graduated from the University of Seville with a MSci in Physics and was awarded a PhD in Physics from the same univeristy in 1996 and 2002 respectively. Esther Rodriguez-Villegas received the San Alberto Magno Award for finishing the Physics degree (Electronics specialization) as the top student of the year in 1996 and was awarded a professional research grant from the Spanish Government in 1997 when she joined the Microelectronic National Centre, where she worked for six years and was invloved in several successfull international industrial and ESPRIT project. From 1999 to September 2002 she was also an Assistant Professor at the University of Seville. 

Esther Rodriguez-Villegas joined Imperial College London as a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2002. She is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and a book on FGMOS transistors, which was published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in October 2006. Esther Rodriguez-Villegas is is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has been a member of technical committees in several international conferences such as the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, the IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems, and the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS). She is also a member of the IEEE BioCAS Committee, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, Member of the Qatar Peer Review College, and Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.

Esther Rodriguez-Villegas was the recipient of a €1.8m single investigator European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2010-2015) and the winner of a CrackIT Challenge in 2012 which is run by the National Centre for Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement of Animals in Reseearch and is sponsored by Eli Lilly. She was the winner of the 2009 Complutense Young Award for Science and Technology which recongises the top Spanish Scientist under the age of 36. In 2009 she was also the winner of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Information Technology Innovations award and a finalist in the categories of Measurement in Action, Emerging Technologies, and Product Design. In 2014 she was one of the winners in an XPRIZE run competition (Nokia Sensing XChallenge).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Casson AJ, Rodriguez-Villegas E, 2011, A 60 pW gmC Continuous Wavelet Transform Circuit for Portable EEG Systems, Ieee Journal of Solid-state Circuits, Vol:46, Pages:1406-1415

Casson AJ, Rodriguez-Villegas E, 2009, Toward Online Data Reduction for Portable Electroencephalography Systems in Epilepsy, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol:56, ISSN:0018-9294, Pages:2816-2825

Corbishley P, Rodriguez-Villegas E, 2008, Breathing detection:: Towards a miniaturized, wearable, battery-operated monitoring system, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol:55, ISSN:0018-9294, Pages:196-204

Rodriguez-Villegas E, Y├║fera A, Rueda A, 2004, A 1.25-V micropower <i>G<sub>m</sub>-C</i> filter based on FGMOS transistors operating in weak inversion, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Vol:39, ISSN:0018-9200, Pages:100-111

Rodriguez-Villegas E, Barnes H, 2003, Solution to trapped charge in FGMOS transistors, Electronics Letters, Vol:39, ISSN:0013-5194, Pages:1416-1417

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