Educational background and field(s) of interest
Pieter Harpe studied Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology where he received his MSc and PhD degrees in 2004 and 2010, respectively. In 2008, he started as researcher at Holst Centre/imec, The Netherlands. Since then, he has been working on ultra low-power wireless transceivers, with a main focus on ADC research and design. In April 2011, he joined Eindhoven University of Technology as an Assistant Professor on low-power mixed-signal circuits. He became an Associate Professor in July 2017. Pieter Harpe also acts as a consultant for various companies and institutes.
How did you get involved in The Phoenix Project?
Eindhoven University of Technology has been strongly involved with the Phoenix project from the start. My background, on low-power mixed-signal circuits, perfectly matches the sensing hardware required for Phoenix. I got involved as work package leader and supervisor for some of the students within the project.
What is your motivation to contribute to The Phoenix Project?
Digitizers and sensor interfaces are widely used in many applications. A lot of progress has been made in the past to make these circuits more accurate and more efficient. However, there is far less known about making extremely low power and small form-factor circuitry. Also, few existing solutions are adaptable enough in terms of speed, accuracy, and sensing modality to enable application versatility and on-the-fly adaptation using on-chip intelligence. Our main goal is to address those challenges, which propels traditional analog hardware design into the new era of intelligent systems.