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Wim Van Thillo    



Wim Van Thillo - Program Director Perceptive Systems, imec

Wim Van Thillo received his master degree in electrical engineering and his undergraduate degree in business economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He obtained a PhD degree from the same university based on his research in imec’s wireless communications group. In 2008, he was a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley’s Connectivity Lab. From 2012 to 2014 he led imec’s 79 GHz radar R&D program. Since January 2015 Wim is responsible for imec’s R&D in cellular and WiFi transceivers, 60 GHz communications, 79 GHz radar and 140 GHz sensors.

Presentation abstract

Silicon radars and smart algorithms: a unique combination for disruptive innovation in perceptive IoT systems

Perceptive IoT systems are cyber-physical systems with perception and connectivity capabilities on par or superior to those of humans. Thanks to these capabilities, they can seamlessly blend into our everyday environments, creating a fully intuitive IoT. The autonomous car is a very well-known example that combines cutting edge sensing and processing capabilities to this effect. When technology cost comes down and manufacturing volumes go up, plenty more applications will emerge, leading to truly smart cities, infrastructure, homes and industrial environments. In this talk, we will focus on radar as a sensing technique currently undergoing dramatic reduction of cost, power consumption and form factor combined with an increase in resolution and algorithmic capabilities, driven by advances in semiconductor technology scaling and machine learning developments.


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