University of Antwerp

PhD Vacancy on Joint Communication and Sensing for Wireless Virtual Reality Applications

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University of Antwerp – imec IDLab Research group

The Internet & Data Lab (IDLab) is an imec research group at the University of Antwerp and Ghent University. IDLab focuses its research on internet technologies and data science. IDLab is a joint research initiative between Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. Bringing together 300 internet experts, we develop technologies outperforming current solutions for communication subsystems, high speed and low power networking, distributed computing and multimedia processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and web semantics. Within Antwerp, where you will work, the overall IDLab research areas are machine learning and wireless networking. IDLab has a unique research infrastructure used in numerous national and international collaborations.

IDLab collaborates with many universities and research centers worldwide and jointly develops advanced technologies with industry (R&D centers from international companies, Flanders’ top innovating large companies and SMEs, as well as numerous ambitious startups).

Research topic

This position is related to the collaborative research project titled “Context-Aware Millimeter Wave Network for Interactive Virtual and Augmented Reality”. The overall objective of the project is to design a next-generation wireless network that supports the critical requirements of interactive virtual reality (VR) applications, including a per-user data rate of gigabits per second, and a latency in the order of milliseconds. To this end, the project will investigate wireless communications at millimetre wave (mmWave) and sub-Terahertz (sub-THz) frequencies. The project team, consisting of the University of Antwerp (led by Prof. Jeroen Famaey) and Ghent University (led by Prof. Filip De Turck), will collaboratively perform research on novel methods for mmWave beamforming, localization, posture estimation, and low-latency network protocols, optimized for interactive VR applications. The selected candidate will study methods for joint communications and sensing using mmWave signals, to opportunistically estimate user location, posture, and gestures.

The job

  • You will conduct high quality research, under the supervision of Prof. Jeroen Famaey and Dr. Rafael Berkvens, on joint communications and sensing using mmWave for VR applications.
  • You will closely collaborate with other researchers at the University of Antwerp and Ghent University working on the “Context-Aware Millimeter Wave Network for Interactive Virtual and Augmented Reality” project.
  • You will design and implement novel signal processing algorithms, evaluating them using mathematical analysis, simulation, and prototype implementation.
  • You will write detailed technical evaluation reports on the developed solutions, implementation, and experiments, leading to publications in major conferences and journals in the field of wireless communications.
  • You will assist in teaching lab sessions of relevant courses at bachelor or master level (at most 10% of your responsibilities).

Job requirements

  • You have or will soon obtain a master’s degree in electronic/electrical/telecommunications engineering, computer science, or equivalent.
  • You have a profound knowledge of radio/wireless communications and signal processing. Experience with radio system prototyping using software-defined radios is a plus.
  • You have strong programming skills in C/C++. Knowledge of Python and/or Matlab is a plus.
  • You are a team player and have strong communication skills.
  • You have a high proficiency in oral and written English.


How to apply

  • Please apply using the application button on this webpage. Applications sent to us via email will not be considered.
  • More information about the PhD topic: Jeroen.famaey@uantwerpen.be

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PhD Vacancy on Joint Communication and Sensing for Wireless Virtual Reality Applications
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