Next Generation Sensing & Computing

The human desire to live in “smart environments” and “to be connected anywhere, anytime” is changing the way we interact with our surroundings and will drastically impact our society. As a result, wireless data traffic is growing exponentially and is driving mobile networks and their devices from 4G to 5G services, to handle more users and services at higher data rates and lower latency. In contrast, the Internet-of-Things requires the connectivity of large numbers of devices at low data rates, but with very strict requirements on response times and energy usage. For environmental monitoring and autonomous transportation, microwave and THz sensing systems are expected to play a crucial role. Accurate wireless localization will also be essential. The Next Generation Sensing & Communication theme aims to pioneer the next generation of wireless communication and sensing systems with enhanced functionality and a low ecological footprint. The required disciplines are analog, digital and RF circuit design, antenna design, electromagnetic wave propagation and scattering, signal and data processing, networking and embedded systems. The theme is expected to make strong technological contributions to the TU Delft Space and Climate institutes.