News and Agenda Archive


Thales Naval Nederland Delft celebrates 20 years

Yesterday the MS3 group congratulated our close partner Thales Naval Nederland who celebrates 20 years of their location in Delft. It is an important milestone for Thales Nederland, as soon as the research and development are mainly done in Delft.

First Microelectronics Synergy Grants

According to Professor Geert Leus who heads the ME Research Committee, the Synergy Grants are also intended to kick-start the research of young faculty, as it can be quite challenging for them to obtain funding at the beginning of their research careers. The grants cover half the costs of a PhD candidate, with the rest coming from existing research funding. ‘The submitted proposals were carefully evaluated by the ME Research Committee on the basis of their scientific quality, their clarity and feasibility, the synergy between the participating sections, and the relationship to the departmental themes. The ME Management Team (MT) then decided to award Synergy Grants to the top three proposals.’


The aim of the grants is to encourage newly emerging combinations of technologies and to facilitate cross-overs between them, thus strengthening and broadening the department's research portfolio. This goal fits seamlessly within the research strategy of ME, which has defined itself around the four themes of Health & Wellbeing, XG, Safety & Security and Autonomous Systems to better address societal challenges.


Last week, the winners were received by the ME MT. They received flowers from the head of the department (Kofi Makinwa) and had the opportunity to briefly present their proposals to the assembled MT. Below are short descriptions of the successful proposals.

Akira Endo & Sten Vollebregt: ‘The aim of our project TANDEM: Terahertz Astronomy with Novel DiElectric Materials is to develop advanced dielectric materials to realize superconducting microstrip lines with very low losses in the frequency ranges of 2-10 GHz and 100-1000 GHz. The PhD candidate will combine the dielectric deposition, characterization, material expertise and facilities of the ECTM group and the Else Kooi Laboratory, and the submillimetre wave device measurement capability of the THz Sensing Group and SRON. The aim is not only to realize low loss dielectrics, but also to understand the underlying physics that governs these losses. If successful, these microstrips will be immediately applied to enhance the sensitivity of the DESHIMA spectrometer on the ASTE telescope in Chile.’

Bori Hunyadi: ‘On one hand, the vast complexity of the human brain (10^11 neurons and 10^14 connections) enables us to process large amounts of information in the fraction of a second. At the same time, imperfections of the wiring in this vast network cause devastating neurological and psychiatric conditions such as epilepsy or schizophrenia. Therefore, understanding brain function is one of the greatest and most important scientific challenges of our times. Brain function manifests as various physical phenomena (electrical or e.g. metabolic) at different spatial and temporal scales. Therefore, the PhD candidate working on this grant will develop a novel multimodal and multiresolution brain imaging paradigm combining EEG and a novel imaging technique, fUS. The specific engineering challenge is to understand and describe the fUS signal characteristics, deal with the large amount of data it records using efficient computational tools; and finally, formulate the specification of a dedicated non-invasive, multimodal, wearable EEG-fUS device.’

Virgilio Valente & Massimo Mastrangeli: ‘The seed money of the Synergy Grant will partially support a joint PhD candidate to investigate the tight integration of an heart-on-chip device with dedicated electronic instrumentation in the same platform. Our aim is to bring sensing and readout electronics as close as possible to a cardiac tissue cultivated within a dedicated micro physiological device. The grant helps promoting the logical convergence between current departmental research activities at ECTM and BE and within the Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI) on the development of instrumented organ-on-chip devices.’

KNAW chooses Kofi Makinwa

Prof. Dr. Kofi Makinwa, Professor Electronic Instrumentation and chair of the Micro Electronic department to the faculty of EEMCS, is selected as a new member of The Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Members of the KNAW, leading scientists from all disciplines, are chosen on their scientific achievements. The new academy members will be installed in September.

Professor Kofi Makinwa builds sensors based on chip technology. One of his achievements is a wind sensor without moving parts. Sensors form the connection between the real world and computers. ‘My field involves designing smart sensors: microchips that combine sensors and signal processing,’ explains the TU Delft Professor of Microelectronics. ‘I build chips that can ‘feel’ their environment, as it were, that can process this information and subsequently transfer it to a computer, all in one. Chip technology means that we can produce them very cheaply. Tyre pressure sensors in cars are one example of such a sensor. They measure the pressure in a rotating tyre and communicate the information wirelessly to the dashboard. Or the temperature sensors that can be found everywhere nowadays: in your smartphone, your car, your household appliances. Sensors that I developed at TU Delft are now in production at companies including SiTime, AMS and NXP, and are being used in Apple’s latest gadgets, for example’. Students appreciate Makinwa's enthusiasm and involvement. Thanks to Makinwa's contacts with the industry, they can often convert their designs into real prototypes. Makinwa was previously a member of the Young Academy of the KNAW and invented a cheap weather station for developing countries.

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TU Delft "Female Fellowship" Tenure Track Academic Positions

All academic levels; apply before Jan 8, 2018.

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Winner Internet of Things Pitch: Sjoerd Bosma

On July 5th 2017 The Micro-electronics organized an Internet of Things pitch session in which staff and students could present an idea in two minutes. Eventually ten ideas were pitched followed by the yearly summer drinks.

Winner of the pitches is master student Sjoerd Bosma. With his pitch Future Intelligent & Autonomous System for Coordinated Open parking Spaces (FIASCOS) he thought of a solution to avoid endlessly driving around in circles trying to find a parking spot in the inner cities. He suggests putting free parking spots in navigation systems. Energy harvesting technologies can be used for that; little sensors that harvest their own energy from their surroundings. These sensors can be built in e.g. little speed bumps in front of each spot. In that way the sensor can know if there is a car parked in the spot and can pass on that information to the navigation system.

Sjoerd admitts that he is probably not the first persons that thinks of connecting parking spots to navigation systems. Probably people are working on simular solutions, but with expensive wiring and infrared camera's. The little energy harvesting sensors would be much cheaper and maintenance free.

It doesn't have that much to do with Sjoerds master thesis. He will graduate in the Terra Hertz Sensing group in August where he worked on antennas and optics for sub-milimeter astronomy.

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BSc Group at ELCA awarded with IEEE Best High Tech Start-up Business Plan

At the Bachelor Electrical Engineering Graduation Grand Finale held on 7 July 2017, the six-student group formed by Bilal Bouazzata, Laurens Buijs, Jun Feng, Martijn Hoogelander, Alexander Louwerse and Niels van der Kolk received the IEEE Best High Tech Start-up Business Plan award from Koen Bertels for their business plan on the topic of their graduation project at ELCA.

The group was supervised by Marco Pelk and Morteza Alavi while the project was proposed by Leo de Vreede.

During this project, the group accomplished a proof of concept for a promising "interpolating-supply" power amplifier efficiency enhancement technique, laying a foundation for future research.


Daniele Cavallo received the "Best Paper Award in Electromagnetics and Antenna Theory" at the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2017), held in Paris, France, on 19-24 March 2017.

The paper awarded is titled "Analysis of Artificial Dielectrics Composed of Non-Aligned Layers," and was coauthored with the master student Cantika Felita.

EuCAP is one of the major international conferences in the field of antennas and propagation, with about 1300 attendees from academia, research centers and industry and 950 papers presented.

Vacancy: Team manager for Electrical Engineering Education (EEE)

The Faculty of EEMCS is creating a special team to fully focus on teaching using our unique and innovative ‘Delft method’. This method integrates practical and theoretical electrical engineering education and trains students to be hands-on, theoretically versed electrical engineers ready for a future career in science or industry.

We are looking for a team manager specialising in Electrical Engineering Education (EEE) who will be both a group leader and a teacher in his/her capacity as the role model of EE Education.

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7 July 2016: Opening of CryoLab for Extremely Sensitive Electronic Measurements

The CryoLab of TU Delft's Faculty of EEMCS has been opened on Thursday 7 July by the dean Rob Fastenau. TU Delft scientists from the Tera-Hertz Sensing Group, Jochem Baselmans and Akira Endo, will be leading a team of young scientists and engineers working in the lab on astronomical instrumentation. The first instrument, DESHIMA (Delft SRON High-redshift Mapper), is being developed to be operated on the ASTE telescope in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The goal of the research is to create 3D charts of so-called submillimetre galaxies that, in contrast to 2D charts, also show distance and time.

The large number of superconducting detectors, and the advanced electronics developed at SRON, allows DESHIMA to map a very large volume of space at once. While Endo leads the development of DESHIMA, Baselmans will soon install the next cryostat for testing novel THz array antennas, that will enable his upcoming instrument MOSAIC to target multiple galaxies at once. In the future, the CryoLab is envisioned to also host new coolers from QuTech. Superconducting electronics used for astronomical instrumentation and quantum electronics have much in common, because they both push the limits of what can be observed.

Best Paper Award at EuCAP

The paper "Large Format Arrays of Antenna Coupled Kinetic Inductance Detectors for THz Astronomy" has received the "Best Paper Award on Electromagnetism and Antenna Theory" at the 10th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, held in Davos, Switzerland, on 10-15 April 2016.

The authors of the paper are:
Jochem Baselmans (SRON); Juan Bueno (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research); Ozan Yurduseven; Nuria LLombart (Delft University of Technology); Stephen Yates (SRON); Andrey Baryshev (SRON & University of Groningen, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute); Akira Endo (TUDelft); David Thoen (Kavli Institute of NanoScience, Delft University of Technology); Andrea Neto (Delft University of Technology);

Else Kooi Award for PhD candidate Tera-Hertz Sensing Group

On March 23, 2016 the Else Kooi Award has been awarded to dr. Waqas Syed. The Award Ceremony took place on the yearly congress in Amersfoort (The Netherlands). During the ceremony Syed held a presentation "On the Control of Surface Waves in Integrated Antennas". The chair of the Else Kooi Award foundation professor dr. ing. B. Nauta presented the Award to Syed.

Dr Waqas Syed has been granted the Award for his scientific research on the analysis and design of artificial dielectric layers, and their application to advanced antenna and antenna array structures. Waqas Syed obtained his PhD in June 2015 at the Tera Hertz Sensing Group of the EEMCS Faculty, Delft University of Technology.

The Else Kooi Award is an annual award for young researchers in the field of applied semiconductor research conducted in the Netherlands. The award comes with a prize of 5,000 euros.

The judging-committee was very impressed of Syed's publication track record. They said: "The research by Dr Syed is characterized by an excellent analytical insight in the properties of electromagnetically engineered materials. These novel materials are easy to realize and they will enable the design of cost-effective planar antennas/antenna arrays for the automotive radar industry, satellite communications and high speed Terabit Communication".

Contact For more information please contact Prof. Edoardo Charbon from the Else Kooi Award foundation: phone +31 (0)15 278 36 67, email:

Nuria Llombart invited to present a paper EuCAP 2016

Nuria Llombart Juan has been invited to present a paper EuCAP 2016, the topic will be Wide Field of View THz Imaging Camera. The EuCAP, 10th European Conference of Antennas and Propagation will be held in Davos in Switzerland from 10 - 15 April 2016.

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Happy 2016!

Here are some pictures of the New Year Reception of the Microelectronics department

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Research into the Universe

'We could discover something that could change our whole view of the Universe'

Astronomer Dr Akira Endo is working on a brand-new measuring instrument that should lead to great improvements in how astronomers study the most active galaxies. This new spectrometer, named DESHIMA, could give us insights into the origins of stars and galaxies. We talked to this ambitious Japanese scientist from the Tera Hertz Sensing Research group at the faculty of EEMCS about key moments in his scientific career.

Read the whole interview with Akira Endo in the Staff Magazine 'Quadraad'of the faculty of EEMCS in December 2015.

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Waqas H. Syed wins 2016 Else Kooi Award

The 2016 Else Kooi Award has been granted to Dr W.H. Syed for his scientific research on the analysis and design of artificial dielectric layers, and their application to advanced antenna and antenna array structures. The Else Kooi Award is an annual award for young researchers in the field of applied semiconductor research conducted in the Netherlands. The award comes with a prize of 5,000 euros.

Waqas Syed obtained his PhD in June 2015 at the Delft University of Technology at the faculty of Electrical Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science. Being part of the Tera Hertz Sensing Group, his promotor was Professor A. Neto and his supervisor Dr D. Cavallo.

The research by Dr Syed is characterized by an excellent mix of analytical insight in the properties of artificial dielectric layers (ADL), synthesis of innovative antenna concepts which exploit ADLs, development of the technology needed to process these structures and accurate experimental characterization. The practical relevance of the strong suppression of surface-wave effects enabled by the use of ADLs is high, both in the field of communication and in the applications of THz radiation. His publication track record is outstanding.

Syed will receive the award during a special ceremony on Wednesday 23 March at the ICT.OPEN symposium. The exact time of the award ceremony and presentation of Waqas Syed is 11.30 � 12.30 in the SAFE and ProRISC track. For more information please contact Prof. Edoardo Charbon from the Else Kooi Award foundation: Phone +31 (0)15 278 36 67, email:

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Andrea Neto, named 2016 IEEE Fellow

Piscataway, New Jersey, USA, December 2016: Andrea Neto, Professor, from Delft, The Netherlands has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to dielectric lens antennas and wideband arrays.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

He performed revolutionary research in the analysis and design of antennas, with emphasis on arrays, and dielectric lens antennas, largely in the field of THz front ends. Andrea Neto (M�00�SM�10) received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electromagnetics from the University of Siena, Italy, in 2000.

He has served as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters. He is member of the Technical Board of the European School of Antennas. In 2011 he was awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant to perform research on Advanced Antenna Architectures for THz Sensing Systems. In February 2010 he has been appointed Full Professor of Applied Electromagnetism at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. He is now part of the Microelectronics Department. He formed, and now leads the THz Sensing Group.

The IEEE is the world�s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 members in 160 countries, the IEEE is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

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TU Delft Female Fellowship Tenure Track Openings

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Congratulations to Prof. dr. Sarro with her royal honour

Professor Lina Sarro, professor of micro-electronics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, has been made a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, in The Hague.

She received the award because of her original research that resulted in a large scientific body of work and because of her in-depth involvement with her many students. Her pioneering work in the 1980s in the field of infrared sensors led to international acclaim. Since 1987, she has been in charge of research into micro and nanosystems (MEMS and NEMS) at the Else Kooi Lab, which was known previously as the Dimes Institute for Microsystems and Nanoelectronics.

Professor Sarro has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals and has received awards for her work on several occasions. In 2004, she received the Eurosensors Fellow Award, in 2007 the AISEM Career Award, and in 2012 the IEEE Sensors Council Meritorious Award. She is also a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She has been praised on account of both her scientific work and her unfailing commitment to providing teaching of a high standard.

To her students, from both inside and outside the Netherlands, she is a figurehead. This applies perhaps in particular to female students and academics. In 2005, Professor Sarro became the first female to join the TU Delft Council of Professors. She is dedicated to emphasising the role of female scientists, in the conviction that it is a waste to use only half of our scientific assets. Her outstanding scientific reputation ensures that her voice is heard in this, and in other issues.

Nuria Llombart awarded by ERC grant

The European Research Council has awarded associate professor Nuria Llombart Juan of the Tera Hertz Sensing group a prestigious starting grant (1.5 million euros) for her research proposal �Lens antenna arrays for THz coherent cameras�.

The THz region was, traditionally, limited to applications in radio astronomy and space science. In recent years, THz systems have expanded into many more areas of science, defense, security, and non-destructive industrial applications. Microwave based THz cameras have demonstrated the highest sensitivity at large distances. However, their current state of the art is comparable to the first analog photographic cameras characterized by long exposition times. Two fundamental problems have to be addressed to change this situation: technologically, there is the lack of integrated coherent arrays with high power and sensitivity; and theoretically, a field representation to characterize analytically these systems is missing.

�I propose to tackle the technological problem by exploiting the coherency between small antenna arrays coupled to actuated lenses to overcome the sensitivity problem and achieve instantaneous refocusing (i.e. zooming). The proposed antenna technology is based on a recent breakthrough that I pioneered: micro-lenses excited by leaky waves with seamless integration in silicon technology. This antenna enables the fabrication of large fly�s eye cameras in just two wafers, and promises one order of magnitude better scanning performances than previous solutions. An analytical model to investigate the electromagnetic response of coherent THz arrays is the enabling tool for optimizing the camera performances. I will develop this tool by combining advance spectral antenna techniques with coherent Fourier Optics. This model will not only be used in new beamforming techniques, but also for the characterization of future THz telecommunication links.�

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Jochem Baselmans awarded by ERC grant

The European Research Council has awarded SRON researchers Jochem Baselmans, visiting professor of the Tera Hertz Sensing group (2.4 million euros) and Peter Jonker (2 million euros) prestigious research grants for independent groundbreaking research. Jonker will chase intermediate-mass black holes to find out if they really exist. Baselmans will develop a revolutionary instrument to measure the redshift of submillimeter galaxies, distant galaxies that are responsible for the cosmic infrared background radiation.

Baselmans and Jonker have both been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant that enables top researchers to consolidate their independent research program and/or research group. With this funding instrument the ERC wants to strengthen new excellent research. Baselmans and Jonker can use this European grant to appoint new and highly promising researchers over the next five years.

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Sron Netherlands Institute for Space Research

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Characterization of Printed Transmission Lines at high frequencies

This project will develop a MATLAB-tool allowing for fast characterization of printed transmission lines in terms of ohmic, dielectric and radiative losses. It also gives a quick evaluation of impedance matching.

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NWO Veni-grant for TU Delft researcher Dr. Daniele Cavallo

Dr. Daniele Cavallo has been awarded a 3 year NWO-Veni grant to develop integrated technology solutions for generation and detection of Terahertz (THz) waves. He is a post-doc in the THz Sensing group, within the department of Microelectronics at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The title of his proposal is Efficient On-Chip Antennas for Terahertz Applications.

Terahertz waves
THz radiation has ideal properties for communication, security, imaging, and spectroscopy applications. THz waves penetrate through clothes and plastics and can lead to security scanners with new capabilities; thanks to their huge bandwidth, they can also enable ultrafast wireless communication, providing data transfer with unprecedented speed. Despite these attractive properties, THz radiation is scarcely used due to prohibitive costs and complexity of current systems.

Integrated technology
Integrated technology promises affordable and compact THz systems, to enable their use for viable applications. However, realizing a workable THz silicon chip is very challenging, because of the limited sensitivity that can be achieved (as detector) or the limited power that can be generated (as source). These limitations are largely attributable to the poor performance of integrated antennas, responsible for the conversion between electrical (on-chip) and radiated (off-chip) signals.

Enhanced radiation from chips
To improve the performance of on-chip antennas, Cavallo proposes two novel concepts: (1) connected arrays, i.e. multiple antennas connected one to another to overcome the disadvantages of isolated antennas and enlarge the bandwidth; (2) artificial dielectrics, i.e. materials engineered to have properties that may not be found in nature, capable of enhancing the radiation. His approach will solve the inefficiency problems of silicon-based antennas. This will result in sufficient sensitivity/output power of THz chips to enable their use for real-time security scanning and ultra-fast (terabit) wireless links.

Innovational Research Incentitives Scheme
The Veni grant amounts to a maximum of 250,000 Euros and is one of the three types of grants in the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. The two other grant types are the Vidi (for experience post-docs) and the Vici (for very experienced researchers). The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme was set up in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Dutch universities.

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Nuria Llombart wins Lot Shafai Mid-Career Award

Nuria Llombart, assistant professor at the Tera Hertz Sensing Group, EEMCS Faculty TU Delft, has won the prestigious 2014 IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award.

She is praised for her original contributions to terahertz antennas and quasi-optical systems, her academic leadership, and for being a proven role model for women in antenna engineering. The award will be presented at the IEEE APS/URSI Symposium in Memphis in July 2014. The Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award was established in 2013 to recognise the past technical accomplishments and future potential of an outstanding woman of mid-career status in the field of antennas and propagation.

European Conf Antennas Propagation

TU Delft is platinum sponser and exhibitor at the EuCAP 2014 - The 8th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, to be held at the World Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 7 to 11 April 2014.

The Microelectronics (ME) department from the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, includes research groups actively engaged on teaching and research in the field of antennas and propagation.

Located within the microelectronics department, the mission of the THz Sensing Group is to introduce breakthrough antenna technology that will revolutionize THz Sensing for Space based and Earth based applications. In the long term the research will enable multi Tera-bit wireless communications.

Nuria Llombart wins best paper award

The THz Science and Technology Best Paper Award is given annually to the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology in the previous calendar year. Nuria Llombart Juan, assistant professor of the Tera Hertz Sensing group from the Electrical Engineering Faculty together with her collaborators at JPL/NASA win the 2014 award with the publication entitled "Silicon Micromachined Lens Antenna for THz Integrated Heterodyne Arrays".

The IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology is a journal supported by the Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) Society, an over 60 year old society of engineering professionals from the IEEE which promotes the advancement of microwave theory and its applications, including RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz technologies

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MSc TC Thesis Presentation

Development of Data Processing Algorithms for UWB Radar-based Long-Term Health Monitoring

Yiting Lu

In the last two decades, a lot of attention has been focused on contactless radar-based vital signs monitoring (heartbeat and respiration rate) as an emerging and complementary value to our medical care. It is very challenging in real indoor environments to perform concurrent localization and reliable vital signs monitoring of multiple subjects within practical distance ranges. In fact, the multipath propagation results in the reflected signal dispersed in time, which not only causes false ToF (Time of Flight) estimation but also leads to inter-subject interference, jeopardizing the vital signs extraction and the localization.

Here we show a methodology based on radar techniques to automatically locate multiple subjects in indoor environments while keep monitoring their vital signs. This approach, based on the parametric models both of the propagation channel and of the radar signals, is able to cancel the undesired contributions from static clutters and multipath components, by which it is possible to accurately locate the subjects and extract their heart rates and respiration rates.



PRORISC is an annual conference on Integrated Circuit (IC) design and SAFE is an annual conference on Microsystems, Materials, Technology and RF-devices. Both conferences are organized together within the three technical Dutch universities Twente, Delft and Eindhoven. The conference is organized by PhD students and is intended for PhD candidates to expand their network and share their research ideas, which provides a unique opportunity for future collaborations. Each year, one of the technical universities will be responsible for the organization of the two conferences. In 2019 the PRORISC will be held at at the campus of Delft University of Technology.

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Microelectronics Colloquium

Quantum Computer on a Chip

Bogdan Staszewski
University College Dublin

Quantum computing is a new paradigm that exploits fundamental principles of quantum mechanics, such as superposition and entanglement, to tackle problems in mathematics, chemistry and material science that are well beyond the reach of supercomputers. Despite the intensive worldwide race to build a useful quantum computer, it is projected to take decades before reaching the state of useful quantum supremacy. The main challenge is that qubits operate at the atomic level, thus are extremely fragile, and difficult to control and read out. The current state-of-art implements a few dozen magnetic-spin based qubits in a highly specialized technology and cools them down to a few tens of millikelvin. The high cost of cryogenic cooling prevents its widespread use. A companion classical electronic controller, needed to control and read out the qubits, is mostly realized with room-temperature laboratory instrumentation. This makes it bulky and nearly impossible to scale up to the thousands or millions of qubits needed for practical quantum algorithms.

As part of our startup company, we propose a new quantum computer paradigm that exploits the wonderful scaling achievements of mainstream integrated circuits (IC) technology which underpins personal computers and mobile phones. Just like with a small IC chip, where a single nanometer-sized CMOS transistor can be reliably replicated millions of times to build a digital processor, we propose a new structure of a qubit realized as a CMOS-compatible charge-based quantum dot that can be reliably replicated thousands of times to construct a quantum processor. Combined with an on-chip CMOS controller, it will realize a useful quantum computer which can operate at a much higher temperature of 4 kelvin.

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MS3 seminar

Diversity and nonlinear processing: trends for future radar systems

Prof. Dr. Stéphanie Bidon
Department of Electronics, Optronics and Signal at ISAE-SUPAERO, Université de Toulouse, France

Radar is an exciting field where systems are constantly evolving thanks to technical advances in several domains including RF, electronics and signal processing. Focusing on the latter, this talk illustrates two important trends that are contributing to the development of future radar systems, namely diversity and nonlinear techniques. On the one hand, diversity brings redundant information about the radar scene thereby enabling target discrimination in a given space. On the other hand, nonlinear techniques produce outputs that are not linearly related to the input signals thereby enabling relevant processing in complex scenarios. Benefits of combining both diversity and nonlinear algorithms will be presented in two radar applications: 1) to estimate range migrating targets in blind velocities with a wideband waveform 2) to estimate targets hidden in the pedestal inherent to a multicarrier waveform.

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Stéphanie Bidon received the engineer degree in aeronautics and the master degree in signal processing from ENSICA, Toulouse, in 2004 and 2005 respectively. She obtained the Ph.D. degree and the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches in signal processing from INP, Toulouse, in 2008 and 2015 respectively.

She is currently with the Department of Electronics, Optronics and Signal at ISAE-SUPAERO, Université de Toulouse, France, as a professor.

Her research interests include digital signal processing particularly with application to radar systems (STAP, wideband radar detection, RadCom) and GNSS (robust phase tracking).

MS3 seminar

Misspecification, Robustness and Cognition in Radar Signal Processing: Some Results

Prof. Dr. Maria Sabrina Greco
Dept. of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa

After a brief survey of the activities of the Radar Signal Processing Group of the Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, the talk will focus on some of the recent and on-going research topics in which Prof. Greco is involved.

Any scientific experiment which aims to gain some knowledge about a real-word phenomenon, in radar systems as in other applications, starts with the data collection. In statistical signal processing, all the available knowledge about a physical phenomenon of interest is summarized in the probability density function (pdf) of the collected observations. In practice, the pdf or/and its characteristic parameters are partly or fully unknown, then any inference procedure starts with its estimation. The easy case is when the hypothesized statistical model and the true one are the same, so they are matched. However, a certain amount of mismatch is often inevitable in practice. The reasons for a model misspecification can be various: it may be due to an imperfect knowledge of the true data model or to the need to fulfill some operative constraints on the estimation algorithm (processing time, simple hardware implementation, and so on).

The first part of the talk aims at providing a short overview on the misspecified estimation framework with a particular focus on the Misspecified Cramér-Rao bound (MCRB). Then a possible approach to minimize the misspecification risk is presented. Specifically, a more general semiparametric characterization of the statistical behavior of the collected data is addressed and some application to the radar scenario is shown.

The talk will then continue with a short introduction to the concept of cognition applied to passive and active radars highlighting the limits and the path forward and will describe some new results regarding the application of some machine learning techniques to “cognitive” MIMO radar.

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Maria Sabrina Greco graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1993 and received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 1998, from University of Pisa, Italy. From December 1997 to May 1998 she joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, USA as a visiting research scholar where she carried on research activity in the field of radar detection in non-Gaussian background.

In 1993 she joined the Dept. of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa, where she is Full Professor since 2017. She’s IEEE fellow since Jan. 2011 and she was co-recipient of the 2001 and 2012 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society’s Barry Carlton Awards for Best Paper and recipient of the 2008 Fred Nathanson Young Engineer of the Year award for contributions to signal processing, estimation, and detection theory. In May-June 2015 and in January-February 2018 she visited as invited Professor the Université Paris-Sud, CentraleSupélec, Paris, France.

She has been general-chair, technical program chair and organizing committee member of many international conferences over the last 10 years. She has been guest editor of the special issue on “Machine Learning for Cognition in Radio Communications and Radar” of the IEEE Journal on Special Topics of Signal Processing, lead guest editor of the special issue on "Advanced Signal Processing for Radar Applications" of the IEEE Journal on Special Topics of Signal Processing, December 2015, guest co-editor of the special issue of the Journal of the IEEE Signal Processing Society on Special Topics in Signal Processing on "Adaptive Waveform Design for Agile Sensing and Communication," published in June 2007 and lead guest editor of the special issue of International Journal of Navigation and Observation on” Modelling and Processing of Radar Signals for Earth Observation published in August 2008. She’s Associate Editor of IET Proceedings – Sonar, Radar and Navigation, member of the Editorial Board of the Springer Journal of Advances in Signal Processing (JASP), and Senior area chair of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. She’s member of the IEEE AESS Board of Governors and has been member of the IEEE SPS BoG (2015-17) and Chair of the IEEE AESS Radar Panel (2015-16). She has been as well SPS Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2014-2015, and now she's AESS Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2015-2019, and AESS VP Publications.

Her general interests are in the areas of statistical signal processing, estimation and detection theory. In particular, her research interests include clutter models, coherent and incoherent detection in non-Gaussian clutter, CFAR techniques, radar waveform diversity and bistatic/mustistatic active and passive radars, cognitive radars. She co-authored many book chapters and more than 190 journal and conference papers.

Inauguration Earl McCune and Cicero Vaucher

Who's talking, who's listening?

Earl McCune, Cicero Vaucher
TU Delft

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Micro electronics colloquium

High performance data converters; Rethink analog IC design

Nan Sun, Muhammed Bolatkale

Nan Sun: Rethink Analog IC Design

I will present several unconventional data conversion architectures. First, I will talk about how we can make use of noise, which is usually deemed as an undesirable thing, to estimate the conversion residue and increase the SNR of a SAR ADC. It is an interesting example of stochastic resonance, in which the presence of noise can lead to not SNR degradation but SNR enhancement. Second, I will talk about how we can perform data conversion below the Nyquist rate by exploiting the sparsity of the input signal. I will show two example compressive sensing ADCs and how the effective ADC conversion rate can be reduced by 4 times but without losing information. Third, I will show how we can prevent the seemingly inevitable kT/C noise in a Nyquist-rate pipelined ADC by using a continuous-time SAR based 1st-stage. This can substantially reduce the requirement on the ADC input capacitance, greatly reducing the ADC driver power and reference buffer power

Biography of Nan Sun

Nan Sun is Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He received the B.S. from Tsinghua in 2006 and Ph.D. degree from Harvard in 2010. Dr. Sun received the NSF Career Award in 2013. He serves on the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference and the IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuit Conference. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems – I: Regular Papers, and a Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He also serves as IEEE Circuits-and-Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer from 2019 to 2020.

Muhammed Bolatkale: High Performance Data Converters

A next generation automotive radio receiver, an all-digital Class-D amplifier, and an advanced Bluetooth transceiver have one thing in common: they rely on high-performance data converter architectures to enable best in class performance. This talk will give an overview of GHz-sampling data converters, especially focusing on wideband delta-sigma and hybrid data converter architectures. We will touch upon state-of-the-art systems and circuit level designs fabricated in advance CMOS nodes.

Bio Muhammed Bolatkale

Muhammed Bolatkale is Senior Principle Scientist at NXP Semiconductors and part-time Associate Professor in the Electronics Instrumentation Laboratory at Delft University of Technology. He received his B. Sc. (high honors) degree from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, in 2004 and the M. Sc. (cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 2007 and 2013. Since 2007, Dr. Bolatkale has worked for NXP Semiconductors, specializing in wideband Delta-Sigma ADCs for wireless communications and automotive applications. Dr. Bolatkale received the ISSCC 2016 and 2011 Jan Van Vessem Award for Outstanding European Paper and the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits 2016 and 2011 Best Paper Award.

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Microelectronics Colloquium

Introducing new CAS professors

Andrew Webb, Borbála Hunyadi

Andrew Webb:

MRI is one of the most important clinical imaging modalities for diagnosis and treatment monitoring. Recent trends have been towards ever higher magnetic fields and operating frequencies. This talk outlines some of the technical challenges faced by very high field and conversely very low field MRI, and the roles that electromagnetics and signal processing can play in improving image quality

Borbala Hunyadi

Electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) record a mixture of ongoing neural processes, physiological and non-physiological noise. The pattern of interest is often hidden within this noisy mixture. This talk gives an overview of signal processing and machine learning techniques to address this issue by capturing the spatiotemporal structure in the (multimodal) data. Special attention is given to tensor-based blind source separation techniques, with applications in epilepsy research.

Radio-frequency engineering for space

Václav Valenta
European Space Agency

The key challenges in the design of radio-frequency instruments for space will be reviewed. Space environmental aspects will be discussed as well as the practical measures that need to be implemented to assure a high level of reliability. Selected examples will be presented, covering a wide spectrum of applications: from new satellite communication trends, such as active reconfigurable antennas to future scientific RF instruments that will be placed on other planets. Special focus will be put on high-power amplification concepts and integration solutions.

Speaker Bio: Václav Valenta was born in Czechoslovakia and received Master and Doctoral degrees in radio engineering and mathematics from the Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic and Université Paris-Est in France, respectively. In the past, Dr. Valenta has designed and demonstrated active and passive radar systems operating up to a frequency of 140 GHz. His expertise is in the area of multi-functional RFIC design (SiGe BiCMOS and III-V) covering key functions from amplification, frequency generation/conversion, modulation/demodulation, and heterogenous RFIC integration. Dr. Valenta is currently with the European Space Agency, RF Equipment and Technology Section, running and supporting several R&D projects. Dr. Valenta is responsible for the development of the radio-science instrument "LaRa", which is a scientific payload that will be launched to Mars in the frame of the mission ExoMars 2020.

PhD Thesis Defence

Aleksandar Jovic

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PhD Thesis Defence

Surface Acoustic Mode Aluminium Nitride Transducer for micro-size liquid sensing applications

Thu Hang Bui

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PhD Thesis Defence

Free standing interconnects for stretchable electronics

Shivani Joshi

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Microelectronics Colloquium

Material Engineering for Stability Improvement of Perovskite Solar Cells

C.P. Wong
Georgia Tech

Organolead halide perovskites have recently emerged as a fascinating light harvesting material that combines the advantages of simple fabrication process and excellent electronic properties. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has been rapidly improved from 3.8% to 23.3% within the past several years. In contrast to the stunning rise in efficiency, the instability of the PSCs is its Achilles’ heel. The instability issue of the whole device originates not only from the perovskite layer itself, but also from the use of doped organic charge transport materials, such as spiro-MeOTAD. This talk is to provide material strategies to improve the stability of the organolead halide perovskite materials as well as other functional layers in PSCs. To improve the air-stability of perovskite films prepared from two-step sequential deposition by simultaneously eliminating PbI2 residue and improving the crystallinity of the perovskite films. We developed PbI2 thin films with nano-pores and tunable crystal sizes, which enabled full conversion of PbI2 to MAPbI3. A large perovskite crystalline domains, and that the impurity-free, lead to reduced trap states and improved air-stability of the perovskite thin films. The second part of my talk is devoted to improve the stability of the entire PSC device by developing a solution-processed NiOx hole-transport layer, as the hygroscopic nature of the NiOx film suppresses the diffusion of water molecules to the perovskite, and it is also insusceptible to heat. As a result, the PSCs with a structure of FTO / TiO2 / Perovskite / NiOx / Au demonstrated remarkable air-stability and thermal stability. By further modifying of the NiOx / metal interface by CuSCN, we further realized high-efficiency PSCs with excellent air stability, exhibiting nearly no efficiency degradation after exposed to air for 4 months. Furthermore, the ion migration-induced instability issue through incorporating extrinsic alkali cations (i.e., Rb+, K+, Na+, or Li+) into the perovskite. The size-dependent interstitial occupancy of the extrinsic alkali cations in the perovskite lattice was proposed and verified for the first time through density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Such interstitial doping method suppressed I- ion migration in the bulk of perovskites, thus resulting in reduced I-V hysteresis of the PSCs, weakened poling effects and improved photo stability of wide-bandgap mixed-halide perovskites.

Microelectronics Colloquium

Tenure track colloquium

Sten Vollebregt, Massimo Mastrangeli, Daniele Cavallo

Wideband phased arrays for future wireless communication terminals, Daniele Cavallo (TS group)

Wireless data traffic will grow exponentially in the next years, due to the proliferation of user terminals and bandwidth-greedy applications. To address this demand, the next generations of mobile communication (5G and beyond) will have to shift the operation to higher frequencies, especially to millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum (30-300 GHz), that can provide extremely high-speed data links. To enable mm-wave wireless communication, mobile terminals such as smartphones will need phased arrays antennas, able to radiate or receive greater power in specific directions that can be dynamically steered electronically. However, to cover the different 5G mm-wave bands simultaneously (28, 39, 60 GHz, …) and to achieve total angular coverage, too many of such antennas should be on the same device: the main bottleneck is the insufficient space available to place all antenna modules. Therefore, I propose to investigate novel phased array antenna solutions with very large angular coverage and ultra-wide frequency bandwidth, to massively reduce the overall space occupation of handset antennas and overcome the current limitations of mobile terminal antenna development.

Towards smart organs-on-chip, Massimo Mastrangeli (ECTM Group)

Organs-on-chip are microfluidic systems that enable dynamic tissue co-cultures under physiologically realistic conditions. OOCs are helping innovating the drug screening process and gaining new fundamental insights in human physiology. In this talk, after a summary of my past research journey, I will describe how the ECTM group at TU Delft is envisioning the use microfabrication and materials science to embed real-time sensing and actuation in innovative and scalable OOC platforms.

Emerging electronic materials: from lab to fab, Sten Vollebregt (ECTM group)

Due to their nm-size features and often unique physical properties nanomaterials, like nanotubes and 2D materials, can potentially outperform classical materials or even provide functionality which cannot be obtained otherwise. Because of this, these nanomaterials hold many promises for the next generation of devices for sensing & communication and health & wellbeing.

Unfortunately, many promising applications of nanomaterials never reach sufficient maturity to be implemented in actual products. This is mostly because the interest in the academic community reduces once the initial properties have been demonstrated, while the risk for industrialization is still too high for most companies to start their own R&D activities. My goal is to bridge these two worlds by investigating the integration of novel nanomaterials in semiconductor technology and demonstrating the scalability of novel sensing devices. In this talk, I will give examples on how carbon nanotubes, graphene and other emerging nanomaterials can be used in the next generation of sensing devices.

5G Phased Arrays

International Summer School on 5G Phased Arrays

Understanding of phased array operation requires multi- disciplinary approach, which is based on the antenna array, microwave circuit and signal processing theories. By bringing these three areas together, the school provides integral approach to phased array front-ends for 5G communication systems.

At the school the phased array foundations will be considered from antenna, RF technology and signal processing points of view. Realization of 5G capabilities such as high data-rate communication link to moving objects will be discussed. The education will be concluded by a design project.

The summer school is open for all young specialists and researchers from both industry and academia. The attendees should have basic knowledge about EM, electrical circuits and signal processing (graduate courses on electromagnetic waves, electrical circuits including microwave (RF) circuits, and signal processing).


  • Foundations of antenna arrays
  • Antenna array topologies for 5G applications
  • Analog and digital beamforming in antenna arrays
  • Front-end architecture and performance
  • 5G applications and system requirements

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PRORISC 2018 Conference

Annual conference on Integrated Circuit (IC) design, organized within the three technical Dutch universities Twente, Delft and Eindhoven

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SAFE 2018 Conference

Annual conference on Micro-systems, Materials, Technology and RF-devices, organized within the three technical Dutch universities of Twente, Delft and Eindhoven.

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PhD Thesis Defence

Reducing Switching Artifacts in Chopper Amplifiers

Yoshinori Kusuda

14:30 - 14:45 Layman’s talk
15:00 - 16:00 Public defense
16:15 - 16:30 Diploma ceremony
16:30 - 17:30 Reception

The abstract and the dissertation can be found in the link below. abstract

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Electronic Instrumentation Colloquium

Reducing Switching Artifacts in Chopper Amplifiers

Yoshinori Kusuda


Chopping is a technique with which amplifier offset can be reduced to sub-μV levels, at the expense of reduced signal bandwidth due to chopping artifacts such as up-modulated ripple and glitches. In this talk, some circuit techniques to reduce such artifacts are proposed.These circuit techniques have been used in three commercially-available operational amplifiers, whose design and measured performance will be discussed. Lastly, some of the challenges associated in testing low-offset amplifiers in mass-production will be discussed..


Yoshinori Kusuda received the B.S. degree in electrical and electronic engineering in 2002, and M.S. degree in PhysicalElectronics in 2004, both from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Upon his graduation in 2004, he joined the Japan DesignCenter of Analog Devices (ADI) as an IC design engineer. He is currently based in San Jose, CA, U.S.A., working for the Linear and Precision Technology Group of ADI. The focus of his work is on precision CMOS analog designs, including stand-alone amplifiers and application specific mixed-signal products. This has resulted in presentations and papers at IEEE conferences and journals, as well as nine issued U.S. patents. Since August2015, he has been a guest researcher at the ElectronicInstrumentation Laboratory of the TU Delft.

Smart Sensor Systems 2018

Smart Sensor Systems 2018

This course addresses the design and development of smart sensor systems. After a general overview, various key aspects of sensor systems are discussed: measurement and calibration techniques, the design of precision sensor interfaces, analog-to-digital conversion techniques, and sensing principles for the measurement of magnetic fields, temperature, capacitance, acceleration and rotation. The state-of-the-art smart sensor systems covered by the course include smart magnetic-field sensors, smart temperature sensors, physical chemosensors, multi-electrode capacitive sensors, implantable smart sensors, DNA microarrays, smart inertial sensors, smart optical microsystems and CMOS image sensors. A systematic approach towards the design of smart sensor systems is presented. The lectures are augmented by case studies and hands-on demonstrations.

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PhD Thesis Defence

Front-End ASICs for 3-D Ultrasound: From Beamforming to Digitization

Chao Chen

12:00 - 12:15 Introductory presentation
12:30 - 13:30 Public defense
13:45 - 14:00 Diploma ceremony
Address: Senaatszaal of the Aula Congress Center

This thesis describes the analysis, design and evaluation of front-end application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for 3-D medical ultrasound imaging, with the focus on the receive electronics. They are specifically designed for next-generation miniature 3-D ultrasound devices, such as transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) probes. These probes, equipped with 2-D array transducers and thus the capability of volumetric visualization, are crucial for both accurate diagnosis and therapy guidance of cardiovascular diseases. However, their stringent size constraints, as well as the limited power budget, increase the difficulty in integrating in-probe electronics. The mismatch between the increasing number of transducer elements and the limited cable count that can be accommodated, also makes it challenging to acquire data from these probes. Front-end ASICs that are optimized in both system architecture and circuit-level implementation are proposed in this thesis to tackle these problems.
The techniques described in this thesis have been applied in several prototype realizations, including one LNA test chip, one PVDF readout IC, two analog beamforming ASICs and one ASIC with on-chip digitization and datalinks. All prototypes have been evaluated both electrically and acoustically. The LNA test chip achieved a noise-efficiency factor (NEF) that is 2.5 × better than the state-of-the-art. One of the analog beamforming ASIC achieved a 0.27 mW/element power efficiency with a compact layout matched to a 150 µm element pitch. This is the highest power-efficiency and smallest pitch to date, in comparison with state-of-the-art ultrasound front-end ASICs. The ASIC with integrated beamforming ADC consumed only 0.91 mW/element within the same element area. A comparison with previous digitization solutions for 3-D ultrasound shows that this work achieved a 10 × improvement in power-efficiency, as well as a 3.3 × improvement in integration density.

The dissertation can be found in the TU Delft repository:

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MEST Symposium

Mini Symposium on Hardware Security

Three talks from leading companies in the industry: Brighsight, Intrinsic ID and Riscure with the following topics:

  1.    “Past , Present and Future of Hardware Attacks on Smart Cards and SOCs” by Gerard van Battum, Sr. Security Evaluator at Brightsight;
  2.     “Removing the barriers of securing a broad range of IoT devices” by Dr. Georgios Selimis, Senior Security Engineer, Intrinsic ID;
  3.    “How to use Deep Learning for hardware security testing?” by Marc Witteman (MSc), Chief Executive Officer, Riscure.
Organized by the Micro-electronic Systems and Technology Association (MEST).

Free but required registration at the link below.

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5G Multi-Beam Antenna Topologies

5G Multi-Beam Antenna Topologies

Yanki Aslan

Description: Using the concept of beam-division multiple access, a base station can communicate with multiple users sharing the same time and frequency resources. In this seminar, I will talk about possible ways to design low-cost 5G phased array base station antenna systems at mm-waves for multiple beam forming with enhanced spatial multiplexing, limited interference, acceptable power consumption, passive cooling and suitable processing complexity and speed.

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Millimeter- and Submillimeter-Wave Applications in Biology: Potential and Challenges

Peter H. Siegel
California Institute of Technology

The millimeter and submillimeter wave regimes, roughly spanning 30-3000 GHz, have moved to the forefront of recent expansion and innovative use of the RF spectrum. Traditional motivations for working at millimeter wavelengths have tended to focus mainly on commercial and defense-motivated wireless applications, such as communications, radar and to some extent, imaging. At higher THz frequencies, despite considerable commercial pressure, most of the emphasis is still on basic science, with a strong concentration in fundamental physics and chemistry, spectroscopy, and ground and space-based astrophysics, planetary atmospheres, and Earth science. As we move from the “Space Age” into the “Age of Biology” it is appropriate to take a closer look at what we can already do with millimeter and submillimeter-wave technology, and whether we might turn up any interesting new applications, or at least find some low hanging fruit which might be easily plucked, by simply refocusing some existing circuits and techniques. On the way, there are essential tweaks that have to be made to common devices and circuits, particularly antennas, in order to accommodate the constraints of water-based tissue.

Microelectronics Colloquium

Microelectronics Department Colloquium

Daniele Cavallo, Vasiliki Giagka, Fabio Sebastiano, Rob Remis

On Wednesday March 15 the next Microelectronics colloquium wil take place, including four lectures by staff members.

Please register online by completing the form.

  • Vasso Giagka
    Flexible bioelectronic medicines

    Abstract: Bioelectronic medicines are the next generation of neuromodulation devices: small active three-dimensional neural interfaces able to modulate nerve activity by targeting a specific neural region. They aim to treat a number of conditions, such as diabetes and asthma, in a tailored (per individual) and reversible fashion, avoiding the side effects of conventional drug-based interventions (pharmaceuticals). They achieve so by recording signals from the respective nerves, extracting information and using it as feedback to electrically stimulate the neural region in a closed-loop manner.

    Current technologies for active implants have not yet managed to achieve the miniaturisation and integration levels required for the development of bioelectronic medicines. For such breakthrough devices, novel concepts need to be explored, developed, and tested.

    In this talk I will present my current activities as well as my vision on realizing the first flexible three-dimensional graphene active implant, for safe chronic neural stimulation and recording from the peripheral nerves.

  • Fabio Sebastiano
    Cryo-CMOS for Quantum Computing: does it work?

    Quantum computing holds the promise to change our lives by efficiently solving computing problems that are intractable today, such as simulation of quantum systems for synthesis of materials and drugs. A quantum computer comprises both a quantum processor and a classical electronic controller to operate and read out the quantum devices. The quantum processor must be cooled at cryogenic temperature in order to show quantum behavior, thus making it unfeasible to wire thousands of signals from the cryogenic quantum devices to a room-temperature controller.

    While this issue can be solved by placing also the electronic controller at cryogen¬ic temperature, which electronic technology is the best choice for its implementation? This talk will address the challenges of building such electronic controller, and answer whether a standard CMOS technology can be employed for the required analog and digital circuits operating at 4 K and below.

  • Daniele Cavallo
    Advanced Antenna Arrays for Modern Radar and Communication Systems

    Abstract: Several of today’s radar and wireless communication applications are shifting their operation to higher frequency to fulfil more demanding requirements on resolution, compactness and data rates. For this reason, there is a growing need to develop low-cost integrated circuit transceivers working at millimeter and sub-millimeter waves.

    However, on-chip antennas are currently characterized by very poor radiation efficiency and extremely narrow bandwidth. My approach of combining the concepts of connected arrays with artificial dielectrics will solve the inefficiency problem and enable high-efficiency on-chip antenna designs.

    Similar concepts can be also realized at microwave frequencies in printed circuit board, allowing for low-cost phased array antennas with state-of-the-art performance in terms of scan range, bandwidth and polarization purity.

  • Rob Remis
    Imaging with Waves

    We present an overview of our current wave field imaging and inversion research. Effective inversion strategies for important applications in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), nano-optics, and subsurface monitoring will be discussed. In particular, dielectric shimming (shaping of the radio frequency field in MRI) as well as inversion algorithms that determine the dielectric properties of various tissue types based on measured MRI data will be considered, and state-of-the-art model-order reduction techniques for large-scale wave propagation problems will be discussed as well.

Inverse Problems in Electromangetics

Challenges and New Frontiers

IEEE AP-Sdistinguished Professor Andrea lecturer: MASSA
University of Trento and Director Eledia Research Center

Inverse problems arise when formulating and addressing many synthesis and sensing applications in modern electromagnetic engineering. Indeed, the objective of antenna design, microwave imaging, and radar remote sensing can be seen as that of retrieving a physical quantity (the shape of the radiating system, the dielectric profile of a device under test, the reflectivity of an area) starting from (either measured or “desired”) electromagnetic field data. Nevertheless, the solution of the well‐known theoretical features (including ill‐posedness, non‐uniqueness, ill‐conditioning, etc.) of electromagnetic inverse problems still represents a major challenge from the practical viewpoint. Indeed, developing and implementing robust, fast, effective, and general‐purpose techniques able to solve arbitrary electromagnetic inverse problem still represent a holy grail from the academic and industrial viewpoint. Accordingly, several ad‐hoc solutions (i.e., effective only for specific application domains) have been developed in the recent years

In this framework, one of the most important research frontiers is the development of inversion techniques which enable the exploitation of both the information coming from the electromagnetic data and of that which is provided by prior knowledge of the scenario, application, or device of interest. Indeed, exploiting a‐priori information to regularize the problem formulation is known to be a key asset to reduce the drawbacks of inversion processes (i.e., the its ill‐posedness). However, properly introducing prior knowledge within an inversion technique is an extremely complex task, and suitable solutions are available only for specific classes of scenarios (e.g., comprising sparseness regularization terms).The aim of this talk is to provide a broad review of the current trends and objectives in the development of innovative inversion methodologies and algorithms. Towards this end, after a review of the literature on the topic, different classes of methodologies aimed at combining prior and acquired information (possibly in an iterative fashion) will be discussed, and guidelines on how to apply the arising strategies to different domains will be provided, along with numerical/experimental results. The open challenges and future trends of the research will be discussed as well

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MS3 seminar

Capabilities and Research Activities at the University of Oklahoma Advanced Radar Research Center

Prof. Nathan A. Goodman
The Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) at the University of Oklahoma

The Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) at the University of Oklahoma consists of a vibrant group of faculty and students from both engineering and meteorology, focused on solving challenging radar problems and preparing the next generation of students. Through the collaborative nature instilled in its members, the ARRC has proven effective at developing synergy between science and engineering in the field of radar. The ARRC resides in state-of-art Radar Innovations Laboratory, a one-of-a-kind and unrivalled facility for radar research, development, and education. This 35,000-sqft facility includes microwave labs, advanced fabrication capability, and two anechoic chambers.

Bio Prof. Goodman: Nathan A. Goodman received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1995, 1997, and 2002, respectively. From 1996 to 1998, he was an RF systems engineer for Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX., and from 2002 to 2011, he was a faculty member in the ECE Department of the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is now a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Research for the Advanced Radar Research Center at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

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MS3 Master Event

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Terahertz Sensing group seminar

Design of mm-wave, multifunction ICs for data communication and remote sensing

Prof. Herbert Zirath
Chalmers University of Technology

The transmission rate of wireless data in the mobile networks is doubling every year due to the increased usage of mobile multimedia services like streaming video, music, television, data transfer in smartphones and laptop-computers etc. This tendency will require continuously improved telecom infrastructure regarding both base-stations and the backhaul communication links. Today, the E-band (71-76, 81-86, 92-95 GHz) is employed increasingly in the networks, allowing multi Gbps data rate. In a near future however, the E-band will be crowded, and novel, higher frequency bands will have to be employed as well. Several hundred Gigahertz bandwidth is available for new communication and sensing applications just waiting to be exploited at frequencies above 100 GHz. Until now, components for making such ‘THz-systems’ have been too expensive, too bulky, too power hungry and nonsufficient in terms of generating enough power for communication systems. With newly developed RFIC-processes, it is now possible to design multifunctional integrated circuits, realizing a full ‘frontend on a chip’ at frequencies well beyond 100 GHz. Recent results from ongoing projects aiming at enabling new applications for next generation mobile infrastructure, 5G, and security imaging, up to 340 GHz will be reported. So far, critical building blocks such as LNA, PA, VCO, modulator and demodulator, frequency multiplier, power detector and mixer have recently been developed, and results will be reported. Multifunction front-end circuits such as complete receive and transmit RFICs, mixed signal designs for co-integrated baseband/frontend ICs, and radiometer ICs have also been developed and will be reported as well, including the newly developed D-band (110 to 170 GHz) frontend chipset demonstrating state-of-the-art bitrate of beyond 40 Gbps.

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Microelectronics Introduction Colloquium

Introduction 3 new Tenure Trackers

Masoud Babaie, Morteza Alavi, Faruk Uysal

On December 12 we organize the next Microelectronics Colloquium to introduce three new Assistant Professors (Tenure Trackers) of the Microelectronics department. They are happy to present a lecture about their research.

The colloquium start at 15.00 hrs. there will be a drink afterwards in the foyer.
Location: Theatre of Culture Builing (38) Mekelweg 10.
Please register online if you want to attend, latest December 5.

  • Masoud Babaie: Pushing The Limits of CMOS Circuits for Emerging Technologies
    Within the next few years, quantum processors, Fifth Generation (5G) cellular systems and the wireless Internet-of-Things (IoT) are expected to see significant deployment to realize more integration between the physical and digital worlds, promising enormous computation power, high data rate communications and enabling more objects to be remotely sensed and controlled.

    This talk will address some of the main challenges in the design and implementation of IoT devices, mm-wave 5G transceivers, and cryogenic CMOS controller for quantum computers. An overview of my past and ongoing research activities will be also presented, with emphasis on novel solutions to improve power efficiency and spectral purity of RF/mm-wave transceivers.

  • Morteza Alavi: Universal Transmitters for 5G
    Today, our daily activities are intertwined with the Internet. The ever-growing demand to swiftly get access to the data-cloud systems leads to huge data traffic. In order to seamlessly transmit and receive these gigantic data, _ 40 GB, agile radio-frequency (RF) transceivers are inevitable.

    These radios must be capable of supporting the current and future communication standards such as 5th generation of wireless mobile communications. The ultimate goal is that they can be implemented as universal radios whose modes of operation can be defined by their clients. To address these demands, RF transmitters are currently reinvented and are directed towards digital-intensive architecture. In this short presentation, we will briefly describe the strengths,possibilities, and challenges that exist for these advanced transmitters. First and foremost, the concept of RF-DAC based transmitters will be introduced. Next, the talk will review various RF-DAC based transmitters that have already been implemented at ELCA. Eventually, the presentation will concisely unveil the future directions of the research of these software-defined transmitters at ELCA.

  • Faruk Uysal: Distributed Radar Networks: Beyond a single radar
    The number of operational radar is rapidly increasing due to the growing demand of the remote sensing. Software defined radio and emerging single-chip radar technology make use of radars in every aspect of life such as autonomous driving, safety and security applications. With the increase of active transmitters, spectrum management and coexistence started to become a concern for some radar systems. In this talk, the previous applications of waveform, frequency agility will be reviewed to bring multi-functionality to the modern radar system. Finally, we will discuss the future research for distributed radar networks and how to fuse data from various radars to acquire different aspects of a target to be viewed simultaneously.

Special Celebrative Seminar: New model of Sino-Dutch R&D cooperation

Since the establishment of TU Delft's Beijing Research Centre (BRC) in 2012, 10 PhD researchers have been enrolled for this unique program in close cooperation with our Chinese Academic Partners. We are very pleased that the first two BRC PhD candidates will have their PhD thesis defence on September 19 2016, in the Aula of Delft University of Technology.

To celebrate this important milestone, we would like to invite you to join a special seminar after the defences, about the New model of Sino-Dutch R&D cooperation, to share the experiences, look to the future and raise the glass together.

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PhD Thesis Defence Ozan Yurduseven

Wideband Integrated Lens Antennas for Terahertz Deep Space Investigation

The Terahertz (THz) band is the portion of the spectrum that covers a frequency range from 300 GHz to 3 THz. The potential of this band has been proven for numerous type of applications including medical imaging, non-destructive testing, space observation, spectroscopy and security screening, thanks to its good compromise between the spatial resolution and penetration. Most of these applications demand for high spatial and range resolution of the images, as well as fast acquisition time. To fulfill such requirements, focal plane arrays (FPAs) need to comprise a large number of elements and be able to operate over broad bandwidths. Moreover, fabrication of the FPAs with thousands of antenna elements becomes a real issue at such frequencies due to the fabrications constraints and immense manufacturing costs

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Physical Foundations Underlying Green Information and Communication Technologies

Earl McCune

There are physical limitations on how much energy efficiency can be realized from any actual hardware used to implement any communications standard. Experience shows that in most instances the signals adopted by the standard committee place an additional ceiling on the achievable energy efficiency using that hardware. For example, there is hardware that is capable of providing more than 60% energy efficiency under ideal conditions, but for some standardized signals the maximum achievable efficiency drops to 7%. This drop in achievable efficiency is predictable, and such analyses should become part of standards committee deliberations. Such a low operating efficiency is not compatible with IoT, 5G, and other upcoming Standards objectives.

This presentation was originally given to the IEEE Green-ICT Initiative Steering Committee at the IEEE Board meeting series in New Jersey on June 16, 2016. It establishes the reasons why such efficiency ceilings occur and shows how to predict them. Further, recipes are provided on how it is physically possible to simultaneously achieve high bandwidth efficiency and optimum energy efficiency along with the PSD impacts that come with these more Green-optimized signal modulations.

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Workshop: High Frequency Coherent Arrays

Kick-off of Nuria LLombart ERC

Vaucher C. (NXP), Cooper K. (JPL/NASA), Chattopadhyay G. (JPL/NASA), Bryllert T. (Chalmers), Neto A. (TUDelft), Llombart N. (TUDelft)

Dear all, As a kick-off of my ERC grant, I am organizing a one day workshop oriented to the development of coherent arrays at high frequencies. The workshop will be held at TUDelft on June 2nd. Please save the date! The workshop will consist on 30-min talks by international speakers working in this area plus a 15-min questions and open discussion on relevant topics. The speakers will be Cicero Voucher from NXP, Goutam Chattopadhyay and Ken Cooper from JPL, Tomas Bryllert from Chalmers University. The workshop will end with a presentation from Andrea Neto and a kick-off presentation of my ERC grant. It would a be nice occasion for all of us to discuss about the future challenges in developing sensing, radars and communication applications at sub-millimeter wave frequencies. With best regards, Nuria Llombart

Thesis Presentation

Analysis and Design of Pulsed Photoconductive Antennas

Siyi Zhou

Photoconductive antennas (PCA) are widely used in contemporary THz systems, especially in terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. They are used to radiate and receive THz power. The study of the generation and reception of THz radiation involves both semiconductor theory, electromagnetics, and antenna theory. In this work, after a review of some equivalent circuits for analyzing PCAs, a novel Norton equivalent circuit model is discussed. It effectively describes the coupling between the photoconductor and the antenna. In order to increase the radiated THz power, a connected array solution of PCA is discussed. Connected arrays allow an efficient radiation of the antenna on a large bandwidth and are therefore suitable for radiating the picosecond pulses generated in the photoconductor. In order to realize a connected array of PCA, a proper biasing circuit has to be designed. Such circuit can involve the use of inductors manufactured in printed circuit board technology. Two possible designs of inductor are also discussed.

Microelectronics Colloquium

Extreme Electronics

Fabio Sebastiano, Vasiliki Giagka, Daniele Cavallo

Please Register if you want to join the colloquium.
During the Microelectronics Colloquium "Extreme Electronics". Three new Assistant Professors (Tenure Tracker) of the Microelectronics Department will present a lecture in this context.

This will be a good occasion to meet the new staff members and learn about their research. There will be a drink afterwards as well.

Vasiliki Giagka - Active Implantable Microsystems
Implantable devices have been part of our lives for many decades now. The understanding of the electrical properties of the transmitted signals in our bodies have given researchers ideas on how to interface with them by using electronics. The concept of active implants refers to the miniaturisation of the electronics and their integration into microsystems suitable to live in our bodies. These devices can be employed to write signals to the body, inhibit undesired functionality for target organs, or read signals that convey the intention of our organism. This talk will focus on presenting some of the main applications and possibilities of active implants, and will discuss the challenges related to implantable microsystems, through the example of the design, fabrication and evaluation of a stimulating active electrode array for rehabilitation of walking after spinal cord injury

Daniele Cavallo - Towards the implementation of Integrated,On Chip Terahertz Systems
Terahertz (THz) sources and detectors have been developed in the last years for applications such as space observation, spectroscopy and security screening. However, until now, the components for making such THz systems have been very bulky and pricey, and thus not suitable for cost-driven commercial applications of THz technology. In the next years, my research will be focused on the development of low-cost, efficient and highly-integrated THz systems. On the one hand, the rapid scaling of CMOS and SiGe BiCMOS will eventually enable the realization of low-cost THz electronics. On the other hand, a careful co-design of the electronic circuit, the antenna and the quasi-optical system is crucial to bring real advances in this field. An overview on the ongoing research activities on integrated THz transceivers will be presented, with emphasis on novel solutions to improve the efficiency of on-chip antennas.

Fabio Sebastiano - Cryogenic CMOS for Quantum Computers
Quantum computers hold the promise to change our everyday lives in this century in the same radical way as the classical computer did in the last century, by efficiently solving problems that are intractable today, such as large number factorization and simulation of quantum systems. Quantum processors must be cooled at cryogenic temperatures well below 1 K and each of their quantum bits (qubit) must be controlled by a classical electronic interface. Since future quantum processors with practical applications will require up to thousands or millions of quantum bits (qubit), the electronic controller must operate at cryogenic temperatures as close as possible to the quantum processor, to avoid the unpractical requirement of thousands of cables from the cryogenic refrigerator to a room-temperature controller. This talk will address the challenges of building such a scalable silicon-based cryogenic electronic controller, focusing on to use standard CMOS technology to build complex analog and digital systems and circuits operating down to 4 K and below.

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Mm-Wave In-Package Antennas for Short-Range Car Radar Application

Wenda Zhu

The automotive radar market is rapidly expanding, with the need of including multiple sensors on board of vehicles to assist the drivers. Short-range radars have recently attracted great attention for applications ranging from parking assistance to collision avoidance and crash mitigation. These radar systems, operating at 77 GHz, have high potential to replace ultrasound sensors, which are mostly used nowadays.
The key drive for the development of short-range radars is the reduction in area, cost and power for such systems. Therefore, a high-level of integration is required for the entire front end, with the goal of incorporating the antennas and the electronics in a single compact module. Novel packaging technologies such as embedded wafer level ball grid array (eWLB) have introduced new possibilities to integrate single antennas or antenna arrays in the package.
The aim of this master thesis project is to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating single and multiple antennas in the eWLB package, to avoid the need of external printed circuit boards, with consequent reduction of costs and complexity. The antennas must operate in the frequency band from 76 to 81 GHz and maintain high-quality radiation patterns within a wide field of view, which is crucial for the envisaged application.
Several solutions have been investigated and compared. A possible design of a system including a transmit and a receive array has been proposed and its performance has been assessed with the aid of electromagnetic simulations.

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SPACEKIDs, or how to use KIDs in SPACE

Photon noise limited performance over an octave of bandwidth

Juan Bueno

We present the development of background limited kinetic inductance detectors (KIDs) for sub-millimeter (sub-mm) astronomy applications. The sub-mm radiation is coupled to the KID via a leaky wave antenna covering the frequency range from 1.4 to 2.8THz. We have developed a hybrid niobium titanium nitride/aluminium (NbTiN/Al) KID, fabricated on a silicon (Si) substrate, in which the leaky wave antenna and absorbing section of the KID are fabricated on a suspended silicon nitride (SiN) membrane. The radiation is coupled to the leaky wave antenna with a Si lens placed on top of it at a distance of 3μm. The crucial result achieved in this development is the observation photon noise limited performance both in the phase and amplitude readout simultaneously, with a good optical efficiency at a frequency of 1.55THz. The Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (FTS) measurements show the broadband radiation coupling for an octave of bandwidth, and the beam pattern measurements at 1.55THz are in qualitative agreement with the simulated patterns. In summary, we have developed a new fabrication route that assures photon noise limited performance, and a scalable assembly method that provides the 3μm gap space between the antenna and the lens. These developments assure background limited performance with a broad frequency coupling over an octave of bandwidth for sub-mm radiation.

PhD Thesis Defence

On the Control of Surface Waves in Integrated Antenna: Analysis and Design Exploiting Artificial Dielectric Layers

In the design of planar antennas, good front-to-back radiation ratio can be achieved by loading the radiating element with an electrically thick and dense dielectric slab. However, this leads to significant coupling of power into surface wave modes, via those rays that are radiated by the antenna at angles greater than the critical angle, thus deteriorating the antenna radiation performances.

In this dissertation, a planar methodology to solve the issue of surface waves is presented, which can be used to obtain simultaneously high radiation efficiency and good front-to- back radiation ratio. This consists in engineering anisotropic equivalent materials, referred to as artificial dielectric layers (ADL), and use them to enhance the performance of planar antennas. A practical planar realization of this concept can be achieved by embedding inside the host dielectric a periodic array of sub-wavelength square metal patches in a multilayer configuration. In this work, the main aspects pertaining to the theoretical development and the practical implementation of ADLs are investigated.

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PhD Thesis Defence

Quasioptical Imaging Systems at THz Frequencies

Beatriz Blázquez

The Terahertz gap is the portion of the spectrum lying between 300 GHz and 3 THz. The initial development of Terahertz technology was driven by Space-based instruments for astrophysics, planetary, cometary and Earth science. However, in recent years, the interest of Terahertz science has been rapidly expanded due to the emergence of new applications as secure screening of concealed weapons for military and civil purposes, biological screening, medical imaging, industrial process control and communication technology, to mention some of them. A common characteristic of THz systems is that all of them use quasioptical elements to focus the beams and achieve sufficient signal-to-noise ratios.

This doctoral thesis has focus on the analysis and development of quasioptical systems for two different types of THz applications: direct detection for space and heterodyne imaging for security. In the first part, THz absorbers-based detectors for space applications are studied. As this type of detectors can only be studied in reception, their analysis, when located under focusing systems, is usually done by full wave simulations under normal incidence illumination. This method does not describe well the actual coupling to the focusing element when the F/D ratio of the system is relatively small. A spectral model based on Fourier optics has been developed for an accurate and efficient analysis of linear absorbers under THz focusing systems for both small and large F/D ratios. The second part of this thesis is devoted to the optical system of a THz imaging radar for security screening. The goal in this part was to provide an existing THz imaging radar with new capabilities by using quasioptical solutions that do not modify the scanning mechanism and the back-end electronics. On one hand, the radar has been provided with an all quasioptical waveguide that performs time-delay multiplexing of the beams, reducing the image acquisition time a factor of two by only adding some extra optical elements to the system. Furthermore, the feasibility of this technique to be applied to large linear arrays of transceivers is proven. On the other hand, the radar was provided with refocusing capabilities by implementing the classical optical solution of translating the transceiver.

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Flat Optics

Professor Stefano Maci
Professor at the University of Siena (UNISI) and Director of UNISIs Ph.D. School of Information Engineering and Science

Metasurfaces constitute a class of thin metamaterials used for controlling plane waves and surface wave. At microwave frequencies, they are constituted by sub-wavelength size patches printed on thin grounded dielectric substrates. By averaging the tangential fields, metasurfaces may be characterized by homogenised isotropic or anisotropic boundary conditions, which can be approximated through homogeneous equivalent impedances. In the low frequency regime and in absence of losses, this impedance supports the propagation of a surface wave. The impedance can be spatially modulated by locally changing the size/orientation of the printed elements. This allows for a deformation of the wavefront which addresses the local wavector along not-rectilinear paths. The ray paths are subjected to an eikonal equation analogue to the one for Geometrical Optics rays in graded index materials. For this reason we will refer to the theory which regulates the SW propagation as Flat Optics. In this presentation, we introduce the Flat Optics theory for surface waves for both isotropic and anisotropic MTS, deriving the basic relations between ray-paths, ray velocity and transport of energy for both isotropic and anisotropic boundary conditions. The relationship with Transformation Optics is discussed.

CMOS and SiGe RFICs for Microwave and MM-Wave Phased Arrays

Gabriel M. Rebeiz, University of California, San Diego

This talk will present the latest work on microwave and mm-wave phased arrays and imaging systems at UCSD. The talk shows that one can build large phased arrays on a single chip covering distinct frequency bands, from 2 GHz to > 94 GHz, using commercial CMOS and SiGe processes. Typical designs include an 8-element 8-16 GHz SiGe phased array receiver, a 16-element Tx/Rx phased array at 42-48 GHz with 5-bit amplitude and phase control, and a 16-element Rx phased array at 77-84 GHz which includes a built-in-self-test system Also, an 8-20 GHz digital beam-former chip capable of multiple-beam operation and with high immunity to interferers will also be presented. IN terms of wafers-scale designs, 94 GHz and 110 GHz wafer-scale phased arrays will also be presented including high efficiency antennas. It will be shown that SiGe and CMOS has changed the way we think about phased arrays and imaging systems.

Gabriel M. Rebeiz
Distinguished Professor
Wireless Communications Industry Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of California, San Diego

EuCAP 2015, The 9th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation

EuCAP is supported by top level world-wide associations on Antennas and Propagation, and provides a forum on the major challenges faced by these communities. Contributions from colleagues from European and non-European industries, universities, research centres and other institutions are most welcome. The conference will provide an overview of the current state-of-the-art in Antennas, Propagation and Measurements topics, highlighting the latest developments and innovations required for future applications.

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MEST Symposium


Symposium on silicon technology -where speakers from industry, academia and from leading researchcenterswithinNetherlands and from abroad will cover the latest advancements and challenges in silicon technology.


  • P. de Jager( ASML) Lithography beyond EUV
  • E. Vreugdenhil (ASML) 3D-NAND Flash: vertical stacking of new thin-film gate-all-around transistors
  • M. Pelgrom (PelgromConsulting) Statistical design has the future
  • Z. Tokei (IMEC) Wiring in 3D
  • F. Rosenboom (TU Eindhoven) Plasma etching for continued semiconductor scaling
  • S. Hamdioui (TU Delft) Computing for Data-Intensive Applications: Beyond CMOS and beyond Von Neumann
  • J. Dorgelo (Marvell) Terabit NAND Flash comes with advanced error correction

Open to all

It is FREE for allMsc, PhD, PD and Professors in Micro-electronics, Computer engineering and Telecommunications. Don't forget to

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Sensor Data Fusion @ Fraunhofer FKIE: Surveillance and Protection for Defence and Security Applications

Dr. Wolfgang Koch from FKIE, Bonn
Fraunhofer FKIE, Bonn, Germany

Advanced algorithms to effectively exploit data streams from heterogeneous sources and optimally manage available sensor and unmanned platforms are of crucial importance. The talk will provide an overview of both, methodological work and advanced applications at Fraunhofer FKIE. We will place emphasis on exact track-to-track fusion, multistatic exploration and passive surveillance, aspects of resources management, and fusion tasks with unmanned aerial vehicles.

PhD Thesis Defence

Sensor management for surveillance and tracking. An operational perspective. March 5, 12.00 Aula, Senaatszaal. Promotor A. Yarovoy, co- promotor, H. Driessen

Fotios Katsilieris

Defence, March 5, 12.00 Aula, Senaatszaal. Sensor management for surveillance and tracking. An operational perspective. In the literature, several approaches to sensor (including radar) management can be found. These can be roughly grouped into: a) rule-based or heuristics; b) task-based; c) information-driven; and d) risk/threat-based. These approaches are compared in this dissertation and it is found that there is not a single approach that is both Bayes-optimal and takes into account explicitly the user requirements in different operational contexts. In order to overcome the challenges with the existing approaches, this dissertation proposes managing the uncertainty in higher-level quantities (as per the JDL model) that are directly of interest to an operator and directly related to the operational goal of a radar system. The proposed approach is motivated by the threat assessment process, which is an integral part of defence missions. Accordingly, a prominent example of a commonly used higher-level quantity is the threat-level of a target. The key advantage of the proposed approach is that it results in Bayes-optimal sensor control that also takes into account the operational context in a model-based manner. In other words: a) a radar operator can select the aspects of threat that are relevant to the operational context at hand; and b) external information about the arrival of targets and other scenario parameters can be included when defining the models used in the signal processing algorithms, leading to context-adaptive sensor management.

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The working mechanism of superconducting single photon detectors

Presentation: Jelmer Renema, Huygens-Kamerlingh Onnes lab, Leiden, NL

Superconducting single photon detectors (SSPDs) are of great technological importance, yet their working mechanism is still poorly understood. In this talk, I will present our results on this problem. I will show experimentally that a combination of a broad band of weakened superconductivity and the crossing of a vortex are responsible for the detection event. Furthermore, I will discuss the temperature dependence of the detection mechanism which is of great importance for applications.

Kinetic Inductance Detectors: applications to millimeter Astronomy and Particle Physics

Antonio DAddabbo
Intstutut Nel (Grenoble).

Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KID) have recently drawn the attention of the low-temperature detectors community. High sensitivity, low fabrication complexity, small time constant and most notably the intrinsic capability of frequency multiplexed readout open new possibilities for experiments which need large format arrays of ultra sensitive detectors. In millimeter Astronomy, the New IRAM KID Array (NIKA) instrument is today the most striking demonstration of this. It is a dual band hundreds-pixels KID based camera permanently installed at the focal plane of the IRAM 30-m telescope of Pico Veleta. Thanks to the NIKA observational campaigns, the NIKA collaboration could demonstrate performances comparable to the state-of-art of bolometers. The instrument is today open to the astronomers community. The will to extend KID technology to space mission demands a careful investigation of their interaction with the Cosmic Rays (CR). The understanding of the physics of high-energy interactions in the substrate of our arrays is crucial in order to optimize the KID performances in space environment. In the framework of the european SPACEKIDS project, this led us to implement a fully independent multiplexed readout system for the phonon-mediated particle detection with KID arrays. Moreover, using radioactive sources to simulate the primary CR hits, we studied the energy propagation induced by such interactions. The laboratory tests show promising results in damping the phonon propagation over distance and encourage deeper studies.

Terahertz Sensing group seminar

Group Meeting Presentation

Dielectric lenses fed by wideband antenna feeds are widely used for the applications such as radio astronomy and space observation. For such applications, as a reflector feeder,it is often required to maintain the illumination of the reflector as constant as possible at all frequencies within the large band of operation. Reflector feeds that can operate with high aperture efficiency over wide frequency ranges have been previously developed for low-frequency radio telescopes. Some examples are the focal plane array of tapered slot antennas and the eleven antenna. However, there is currently a need for wideband reflector feeds also at much higher frequencies, for Terahertz (THz) and mm-wave space instruments.

Another application for the dielectric lenses could be to use them directly as a THz imager with as many pixels as possible such that each pixel is associated to an independent beam generated by the lens antenna. In the scenario, it is very desirable to maintain the same field of coverage in order to avoid jiggling which decreases the imaging speed. To do so, it is required make a novel imager design that is able provide stable radiation patterns within the frequency band of operation.

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Tera-Hertz Sensing Group Meeting

Distributed Power Absorbers under THz Focusing Systems

Beatriz Blázquez

Linearly polarized electromagnetic absorbers are often used in THz Space and Earth observation science as means of power detection. A promising use of these absorbers is in LEKIDs (Lumped Elements Kinetic Inductance Detectors). These detectors are absorber-based KIDs. In realistic scenarios, absorbers are hosted in the focal plane of focusing systems as it can be reflectors and lenses. An analytical spectral model able to accurately and efficiently characterize absorbers distributed in the focal plane of focusing THz systems is presented. The model is obtained by using a Fourier Optics representation of the electromagnetic field in the focal plane in conjunction with an equivalent network representation for the interaction of plane waves with distributed absorbers. The model has been validated by comparisons with numerical full-wave simulations, and used to design a few architectures based on lens coupled Kinetic Inductance Detectors, which show high absorption efficiency over a large bandwidth.

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Large format, background limited arrays of Kinetic Inductance Detectors for far-IR astronomy

Jochem Baselmans

The sub-mm wavelength band (from roughly 100 GHz to 10 THz) contains a large fraction of light emitted in the universe. However, observations are sparse, part due to the lack of good observation sites but especially due to the lack of available technology. Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs), proposed 10 years ago, could open up a new era in sub-mm astronomy as they allow 10-100x larger instruments than the present 1000 pixel class systems available. The goal of the Dutch MKID development is to reach the sensitivity only limited by the background radiation of the universe. This is called photon noise limited sensitivity (or BLIP). A part from photon noise, MKIDs also suffer from intrinsic noise, due to random generation and creation of excitations, but this contribution is small. In this presentation I will explain the need and status of sub-mm astronomy, explain the fundamental limits of MKIDs and explain the concept of photon noise limited radiation detection.

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International Radar Conference 2014, Lille, France

Alexander Yarovoy, François Le Chevalier, Fotios Katsilieris, Nikita Petrov, Alexey Narykov, Oleg Krasnov

The French SEE Society (Socit de l'Electricit, de l'Electronique, et des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication) organises RADAR 2014 in Lille, from 13 to 17 of October 2014. The conference will be organized in the frame of the international relations set up between the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Chinese Institute of Electronics (CIE), the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) and the SEE.

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39th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-Thz) Tucson 2014

The IRMMW-THz technical exhibit has become an important occasion to exchange information and to showcase new products and services. The 39th Conference, to be held in the Student Union of the University of Arizona between Sept. 14-19th, 2014 offers an excellent chance to interact with hundreds of participants from all over the world.

The Technical Exhibit will be held in the large open forum space, which will also be used for the daily poster sessions, the refreshment breaks, and a pass through to 4 of the surrounding main lecture halls. There will be ample opportunity for exhibitors to interact with conference attendees

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Introduction to Asymptotic High Frequency Ray and Incremental Techniques for Modeling the Field Scattered by Electrically Large

Giorgio Carluccio

Modern applications of electromagnetic theory often require the prediction of wave propagation and diffraction in large complex environments. Typical examples of interest involve the performance prediction of antennas placed on aircrafts, naval platform, satellites, or the prediction of propagation of radiated fields from a base station to users in presence of large buildings as in the case of urban wireless communication, or in the presence of large mountains in a rural environment, etc. Another application of interest of electromagnetic theory is the calculation of the Radar Cross Section of objects that are large in terms of the wavelength (airplane, ships, etc.). Full wave numerical methods become intractable for solving such large problems. Conversely, asymptotic high frequency ray and incremental techniques are efficient for treating these kind of problems accurately. Furthermore, they also provide a simple physical picture of the radiation and diffraction mechanisms involved. An overview of asymptotic high frequency techniques and some relevant recent results will be presented.

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MEST welcome drink

Meet and greet your friends and colleagues with a FREE Drink to say Hallo !!!

Organized by MEST student association

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International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation

The symposium and meeting are cosponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) and the U.S. Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (USNC-URSI) Commissions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and K. The joint meeting is intended to provide an international forum for the exchange of information on state-of-the-art research in antennas, propagation, electromagnetics, and radio science.

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EUCAP14 conference on antennas and propagation

Abstract submission: 13 Oct 2013

Conference dates: 6-8 April 2014

Application areas:

  • Fundamental research
  • Satcom on-the-move terminal antennas
  • Navigation, localisation, positioning and tracking
  • Cellular mobile communications (includes: base station, handheld devices)
  • Machine to machine, internet on devices
  • Wireless networks (includes: WLAN, indoor communication)
  • High data-rate transfer and backbone networks
  • RFID and sensor networks
  • Biomedical (includes: human body interaction, on-body antennas, electromagnetic exposure and interactions)
  • Satellite communications
  • Satellite passive and active remote sensing
  • Radio astronomy
  • Signal and image processing
  • Defense and security
  • Short-range Giga-bit communications
  • Commercial software

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