Many novel health applications rely on sensor networks, e.g. body area networks that perform physiological measurements, EEG systems that contain sensor nodes with local processing capabilities, and microphone networks such as communicating hearing aids that allow for acoustic analysis and signal processing. These systems operate in challenging scenarios, e.g. with large bandwidths and highly time-varying signal characteristics. A network-wide approach is needed to control the sensing and processing in each device, under tight real-time constraints, with a scarce energy budget, and a scarce radio communication spectrum.
The candidate will design electronic systems that allow for the implementation of distributed algorithms in real-time. The design of such systems encompasses power optimization, reliability and trade-offs such as software vs. hardware (incl. programmable logic), and on-chip vs. off-chip processing. The design of sensor systems also involves the optimal selection of components for sensing, data processing, wireless transmission and control.
- You develop a research programme at an international level in the electronic design of sensor networks for health.
- You strengthen existing research lines and provide additional expertise.
- You engage in targeted scientific research, resulting in PhDs and publications that meet international standards and lead to broad international recognition.
- You support or initiate a network of health care institutes and companies through the valorisation of research results and by delivering services, aimed at strengthening innovation in the health care sector.
- As part of your research programme, you develop an international partnership, within the academic world as well as with industry.
- You are able to acquire competitive funding, both project-based government funding as well as industrial funding.
- You strive for excellence and thus contribute to the international reputation of the research group and the faculty.
You provide high-quality education for both bachelor and master students in the field of electronics engineering, more specific in hardware design, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. You are enthusiastic about project-based, hands-on and interactive means of teaching. You contribute to the faculty’s and the university’s pedagogical project by guiding student projects (for example bachelor’s and master’s theses) and supervising PhD students.
You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s views on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for educational professionalization offere...