Tao Li

Tao Li

Associate Professor

Rhodes Hall


CEAS - Electrical and Computer Engineeri - 0030

Professional Summary

Website: https://eecs.ceas.uc.edu/AIM/
Dr. Tao Li is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the University of Cincinnati. Previously he was a research-track faculty member (Associate Research Scientist) and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the EECS Department and the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Li’s research interests include MEMS and microsystems, micromachined sensors and actuators, microfluidic devices, nontraditional microfabrication technologies, microsystem packaging and integration, and sensor electronic interfaces and embedded systems.  Example applications include implantable/ingestible biomedical devices for sensing/sampling/actuating, wearable devices for healthcare, smart medical tools with embedded sensors/actuators, in vitro devices for biomedical studies, harsh environment monitoring devices for challenging natural or industrial conditions, sensors for Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), etc. He served on the Organizing Committee of the IEEE Sensors Conference from 2019 to 2022 and as a Track Chair in 2023. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Sensors Journal.


B.S.: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2000 (Precision Instruments)

M.S.: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2002 (Precision Instruments)

Ph.D.: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009 (Electrical Engineering)

Research and Practice Interests

  • MEMS and Microsystem Technologies:
    • MEMS, micromachined sensors/actuators, microfluidic devices, and their system integration
    • Traditional and nontraditional microfabrication and micromachining technologies, e.g. micro electro-discharge machining (micro-EDM) and micro ultrasonic machining (micro-USM)
    • Packaging for microsensors, microactuators, and microsystems
    • Analog and digital electronic interface for MEMS devices; embedded systems
    • Power sources for microsystems
  • Application Areas of Interest for Autonomous Microsystems:
    • Biomedical devices, e.g. wireless wearable / implantable / ingestible devices, smart surgical / biopsy tools, in vitro devices for biomedical studies, etc.
    • Environmental monitoring, e.g. harsh environment applications in downhole, deep sea, etc.
    • Sensors for Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)

Research Support

Grant: #SUBK00011293 Investigators:Li, Tao 05-01-2019 -04-30-2020 Total Petrochemicals USA, Inc. Distributed Pressure Measurement System for Core Samples in LP/LT Cell Using Microsensors (DPSCore) Phase 3 Role:PI $100,000.00 Completed

Grant: #N/A Investigators:Li, Tao 08-31-2019 -07-31-2020 UC Spring Semester Research Launch Awards Role:PI $3,500.00 Active

Grant: #R40221 Investigators:Li, Tao 07-01-2020 -12-31-2021 UC's Collaborative Research Advancement Grant Program - Track 1: Pilot Teams Toward Neural Circuitry Modeling for Schizophrenia based on Microfluidic Chips with Integrated Recording Electrodes Role:PI $20,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #70NANB21H014 Investigators:Buchberger, Steven; Li, Tao 01-01-2021 -12-31-2021 National Institute of Standards and Technology Research on Estimating Peak Demands and Measuring Pressure Losses in Premise Plumbing Systems Role:Collaborator $235,030.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #GR123832/SPC- 1000005026 / OWDA 8293 Investigators:Li, Tao; Buchberger, Steven 06-01-2021 -12-31-2022 Ohio Water Development Authority Wireless Distributed Sensor Network for Monitoring Fixture Use in Premise Plumbing Systems Role:PI $35,000.00 Active Level:State

Grant: #70NANB21H181 Investigators:Buchberger, Steven; Li, Tao 01-01-2022 -12-31-2022 National Institute of Standards and Technology Research on Estimating Peak Demands and Measuring Pressure Losses in Premise Plumbing Systems PHASE II Role:Collaborator $242,754.00 Active

Grant: #WSIC23-220513-001 Investigators:Balachandran, Sivaraman; Li, Tao; Lu, Mingming; Wang, Jun 07-01-2022 -06-30-2023 Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Exposure-Protection Integrated Communicator (EPIC) to Improve and Promote PPE Usages in Ohio Workplace Role:Collaborator $1,023,358.72 Completed Level:State

Grant: #WSIC24-230331-027 Investigators:Balachandran, Sivaraman; Grinshpun, Sergey; HSU, WEIWEN; Li, Tao; Lu, Mingming; Wang, Jun 07-01-2023 -06-30-2024 Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Enhance Performance and Applications of Exposure-Protection Integrated Communicator (EPIC) Role:Collaborator $1,474,198.00 Active Level:State

Grant: #OS00000671/400916/R21MH132038 Investigators:Li, Tao 07-01-2023 -06-30-2025 National Institute of Health Next-generation brain circuits on-a-chip for in vitro studying of human meso-cortico-limbic circuitry development and connectivity Role:PI $211,490.00 Active

Contact Information

2851 Woodside Dr, 835 Rhodes Hall
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45221-0030
Phone: +1 (513) 556-3508