Projects of the Electromagnetics Group
Overview of the current and past projects in the Electromagnetics Group
Current projects in the Electromagnetics Group
Flex5Gware: Flexible and efficient hardware/software platforms for 5G network elements and devices
: H2020-ICT-2014-2 Research and Innovation (RIA) Action sponsored by the European Commission, 2015-2017, co-supervisor: Prof. Hendrik Rogier, via Minds.
The overall objective of Flex5Gware is to deliver highly reconfigurable hardware (HW) platforms together with HW-agnostic software (SW) platforms targeting both network elements and devices
and taking into account increased capacity, reduced energy footprint, as well as scalability and modularity, to enable a smooth transition from 4G mobile wireless systems to 5G.
ICON LUNAR: Localization based on Ultra wide band technology: optimizing Network protocols, Antennas and localization algorithms for the Retail industry
: Research project (ICON), Funded by iMinds, IWT, Colruyt and UGent DIGCOM, 2016-2018, Supervisors: Sam Lemey and Prof. Hendrik Rogier
The focus of LUNAR is on the optimization of the customers’ retail shopping experience.
In addition, the project aims to give retailers detailed insights into customer behaviour by providing an accurate, cost-effective, scalable solution for real-time customer tracking,
based on ultra wideband (UWB) technology.
TRANSIMIC: New Analysis and Design Methods for Transient Immunity of Automotive Modules and Integrated Circuits
: IWT R&D project, participation as a partner of Melexis Technologies N.V., 2015-2017, supervisors: Prof. Dries Vande Ginste and Prof. Tom Dhaene.
The goal of this project is to construct new analysis and design methods that will enable our industrial partner, Melexis Technologies N.V.,
and its customers to design products that can consistently and cost-effectively meet the novel and growing range of field-coupled transient immunity requirements for automotive Integrated Circuits (IC),
which are being specified by the car manufacturers.
New Modeling Tools for High-Speed Connectors
: Bilateral projects with Amphenol FCI, 2011-open ended, supervisors: Prof. Daniel De Zutter and Prof. Dries Vande Ginste.
The goal of these project is to develop advanced interconnect modelling tools to enable the design and verification of very high-speed (100GBit/s) interconnection links.
BESTCOM: BElgian network on STochastic modelling, analysis, design and optimization of COMmunication systems
: Phase VII Interuniversity Attraction Poles (IAP) project sponsored by the Belgian Science Policy Office, 2012-2017, supervisor: Prof. Hendrik Rogier.
The members of the BESTCOM network perform research about « wired and wireless digital communication links and networks », and in particular the following areas:
traffic modelling and analysis, communication channels modelling and shaping, optimized algorithm design for transmission, reception, resource allocation, buffering and scheduling.
WiPE: Wireless Power Transmission for Sustainable Electronics
: ICT COST Action IC1301, 2013-2017, supervisor: Prof. Hendrik Rogier (working group leader WG3: Novel Materials and Technologies).
The Action aims to address efficient Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) circuits, systems and strategies specially tailored for battery-less systems.
Battery-free sensors, passive RFID, Near Field Communications (NFC) are all closely related concepts that make use of WPT and energy harvesting systems to remotely power up mobile devices
or to remotely charge batteries, contributing to develop and foster the Internet of Things (IoT) evolution.
Projects successfully completed by the Electromagnetics Group
ARMOURS: Antenna and fRont-end MOdules for pUblic Regulated Service applications
: EC-FP7 Galileo.2011.3.1-2: Collaborative Project, 2012-2014, supervisor: Prof. Hendrik Rogier.
The ARMOURS project is committed to the development of novel technologies for the implementation of future multi-frequency PRS receivers,
filling some of the technological gaps to enable affordable and robust solutions for future demanding applications relying on the continuous availability of the PRS service.
PANAMA: Power amplifiers and antennas for mobile applications
: IWT CATRENE project, participation as a subcontractor of Agilent Technologies Belgium, 2009-2012, supervisor: Prof. Hendrik Rogier.
The PANAMA project brings together leading European partners from the semiconductor, test tools, electronic design automation
and academic worlds to focus on future more efficient multi-band, multi-mode power amplifiers and transmitter systems.
Creation of a platform for the characterisation and the design of planar layered absorbers
: IWT project with Emerson & Cuming Microwave Products via IMEC, 2006-2007, supervisor: Prof. Femke Olyslager.
This project aimed at the development of an integrated platform to measure material properties of absorbers, to post-process this measurement data taking into account Kramer-Kronig relations,
to determine the scattering and transmission properties of planar layered stacks of these absorbers, to develop optimization techniques to design stacks of absorbers
satisfying given scattering and transmission properties and to perform a sensitivity analysis of these designs based on measurement error estimations.
Solution techniques of Maxwell's equations in materials
with complex constitutive relations with power and microwave applications
: FWO project, 2003-2006, supervisors: Prof. Femke Olyslager and Prof. Luc Dupré.
This project aimed the development of new analytical and numerical solution techniques of Maxwell's equations in the presence of materials with complex constitutive relations.
On the one side fields in the microwave regime are derived in so-called bianisotropic media.
On the other side quasi-static fields inside ferromagnetic materials with hysteretic properties described by the Landau-Lifschitz-Gilbert equations.
Protection e-textiles: Micronanostructured fibre systems for emergency-disaster wear
: EU Integrated Project, 2006-2010, supervisors: Prof. Hendrik Rogier and Prof. Daniël De Zutter.
The Department of Information Technology and the Textiles Department participated in the ProeTEX Integrated Project of the EU Sixth Framework Program,
focusing on the development of intelligent suits for rescue workers.
The research headed by prof. Rogier consists of the design of textile antennas for wireless communication of body and environment parameters from a rescue worker to a central command post.
Advanced simulation technologies for high-frequency communication systems
: IWT project with Agilent Technologies, 2004-2007, supervisors: Dr. Jan Van Hese (Agilent) and Prof. Daniël De Zutter, UGent.
This project focussed on efficient and accurate EM simulations for planar interconnect structures used in communication systems.
The applications for the EM simulator technology range from MMIC, RFBoard, RFIC to RFModule applications, used for wireless or wireline applications.
Two specific topics are addressed: (a) simulation of 3D effects, including general 3D finite thickness metallisation in a planar medium,
finite dielectric structures and general 3D metallisation (e.g. bond wires) and (b) more efficient EM simulations for large and complex structures.
Visualization of concealed objects with mm-wave systems
: IWT-SBO project, 2005-2009, supervisors (from Ghent University): Prof. Daniël De Zutter, Prof. Ann Franchois and Prof. Femke Olyslager,
in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Brussel (project leader), KULeuven, IMEC, UCL.
This project aimed at the development of mm-wave (30 - 300GHz) technology for the creation of an imaging system.
The contribution of the Electromagnetics Group deals with the forward and inverse electromagnetic modelling of the system and its separate components.