Wireless Communication and Sensing is a very vivid field with research institutes closely cooperating with the industry. From the TU Delft EEMCS faculty, the research groups involved in the MSc Program Wireless Communication and Sensing are the following:
- Circuits and Systems (CAS)
- Electronics Research Laboratory (ELCA)
- Embedded Software (ES)
- Microwave Sensing, Signals and Systems (MS3)
- Network Architectures and Services (NAS)
- Terahertz Sensing (THz)
The research groups are related to many partners, which include commercial companies, research laboratories and other universities. This is also materialized in externally sponsored professors and other researchers at the laboratories.
Circuits and Systems
CAS covers the theory and applications of circuits and systems, signal processing, and VLSI circuit/system design and methodology. One track of activities centres around signal processing for communication and array signal processing, with applications in receiver algorithms for wireless communication, array signal processing (utilizing multiple antennas) for radar and radio astronomy, biomedical applications, etc. Computational imaging can be viewed as a specialization of array processing: how to make an image out of samples taken with many antennas.
Electronics Research Laboratory
The research of the Electronics Research Laboratory is concentrated on the leading edge of its field and in particular on issues relating to high-performance electronics design. In particular it is aimed at:
- Understanding the limits and pushing forward circuit and system performance in terms of power consumption, operating frequency and non-linear behaviour.
- Contributing to the development of new applications for communications, biomedical electronics and intelligent systems.
The group is actively investigating the design of electronic circuits with unique or exceptional capabilities. This often requires specialized devices that are not widely available or characterized, such as nanoscale devices and circuits, and on-chip magnetic components for RF applications.
The research of the Embedded Software group concerns the software side of embedded systems, which are characterized by their limited visibility, autonomous operation, real-time activities and constrained resources making software design, implementation, and analysis a challenging and fun (!) task.
Microwave Sensing, Signals and Systems
The Microwave Sensing, Signals and Systems (MS3) group educates and performs theoretical and experimental research over a complete chain of wireless systems for remote sensing ranging from electromagnetic waves radiation, propagation and scattering through analogue and digital microwave signal processing to detection, positioning and tracking, navigation, classification and imaging of objects in complex environments. The research is focused in two areas: microwave wireless systems (both analogue and digital parts) and radar applications (including air-vehicle navigation and synthetic vision).
Network Architectures and Services (NAS)
NAS educates and conducts research in the broad area of complex networks, ranging from man-made infrastructures such as data communications and energy networks, to biological, brain, social and financial networks. The emphasis lies on understanding network characteristics as well as the processes running on top of the network.
The Terahertz Sensing (TS) group focuses on research and education in the fields of applied electromagnetics, antennas, optics, and sensor systems for space. THz waves span from 100 GHz up to 10 THz and are sandwiched between microwaves and optical frequencies. This part of the spectrum has been traditionally very important for space science. In our group, we develop new types of astronomical instruments, which enable us to observe galaxies in the early universe in new ways, by means of superconducting electronics and nanotechnology.
Beside space observation, the large available bandwidth at THz frequencies will enable much faster wireless links for 5G and 6G and high-resolution radars. The shift to higher frequencies is the key to improve the capabilities of wireless technology. The main goal of our research is to investigate innovative wideband and highly efficient antenna solutions that will enable the new generation of high-frequency systems for wireless communication and super-high resolution imaging and radar applications.