Educational background and field(s) of interest
I received my masters in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 1985, and my PhD degree from the same university in 2004. From 1985 I worked at Philips and later NXP for 22 years and in 2007 I joined the TU/e where I am now a full professor and chair of the Integrated Circuits group. My research area is high frequency integrated circuit and system design. Other areas of expertise in the area of analog design include transceiver systems architecture analysis and design as well as RF and analog circuit design. I am particularly interested in design methods for very low power transceivers at high frequencies and I enjoy working on unusual and long-term real-world problems. Recent research projects include low latency, high reliability wireless transceivers, efficient wideband beamforming, wireless power transfer at mm-wave frequencies for truly monolithic sensors, and exploration of unknown environments through sensor swarms.
How did you get involved in The Phoenix Project?
In early 2014, colleagues from KU Leuven, RWTH Aachen, INCAS3 and TU/e (including me) got together to define the original Phoenix project proposal.
What is your motivation to contribute to The Phoenix Project?
I am intrigued by the opportunities provided by pushing advanced multi-disciplinary technology to its limits in order to achieve important, new and exciting applications in the real world, trying to bridge the gap between unusual (and preferably close to crazy) ideas and extremely useful (and if at all possible actually used) technologies.
What do you intend to achieve as a member of the project?
As a member of this project I hope to achieve an optimum research outcome and the maximum societal and scientific return on the large investment from the EU into this project. To that end, I try to achieve the best possible cooperation and consensus between the various partners in the project, address any unforeseen disasters, find solutions for technical and non-technical roadblocks and take the blame for anything that doesn’t work out the way it should.