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KATHLEEN PHILIPS, IMEC / HOLST CENTRE
PROGRAM DIRECTOR PERCEPTIVE SYSTEMS FOR THE IOT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND PERSON CENTRIC

Dr. Kathleen Philips is a program director at imec/Holst Centre for infrastructure- and person-centric focused Perceptive Systems. Perceptive Systems build a view of the world, using the information from their own sensors, as well as information from the cloud.   Within this program, imec has been at the forefront of ultra-low power circuit and sensor design, with over 60 papers at ISSCC and IEDM and over 100 patents. In the IoT area, the research scope has been expanded including lightweight security for wireless sensors and new research on distributed and heterogeneous sensor networks, offering the innovations that will lead to an intuitive IoT. The multi-disciplinary team includes experts on ultra-low power radio, dsp and sensor design, as well as  on heterogeneous networking, distributed data analytics, edge security and testbed implementation.
Kathleen has joined imec in 2007 and has held positions as principal scientist, program manager for ULP Wireless and program director for Perceptive Systems. Before that time, she was a research scientist at Philips Research for over 12 years. She holds a Ph. D in electrical engineering, has authored and co-authored over 60 papers and holds various patents.

 

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SECURE PROXIMITY FOR A TRUSTED AND INTUITIVE IOT

IoT is connecting a diversity of Things to the internet. These Things are adding vision, sound, smell, taste and touch and create a holistic picture of our environment. In the IoT hierarchy, these devices are called leaf nodes and are typically constrained in resources and cost. Very often, the leaf nodes are under-protected and they risk to become the Achilles Heel of IoT security.

In this talk, we introduce Secure Proximity as a new, and intuitive authentication factor for IoT devices. This technology can be applied as an additional dimension in a multi-factor authentication protocol; or as a means for lightweight, natural but trusted, interaction between people and internet-connected Things. The imec technology combines secure and accurate location awareness, with ultra-low power integration in widely deployed connectivity standards like bluetooth. It brings security to next generation smart locks, indoor proximity services, a.o.

 

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