Monday 7 November, 12h00-19h00
@ De Krook, Gent
The availability of affordable Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio ICs has triggered a renewed interest in UWB technology, for a rapidly growing number of applications in wireless communication, accurate positioning and advanced sensing.
Today, UWB modules are already integrated in consumer electronics, such as flagship smartphones, wearables, and smart home appliances.
UWB is also one of the fastest-growing technologies adopted in Real-Time Localization Systems (RTLS), leading to improved asset management and operational logistics, thanks to the cm-level accuracy of UWB and the possibility to perform joint distance and angle estimation with one reference device.
We also see a growing interest in UWB-technologies for access control systems where a high level of security is needed, such as in automotive.
In industry 4.0, UWB supports collision avoidance, for safer interaction between humans and automated guided vehicles, drones, robots, etc.
Recent innovations have added advanced sensing capabilities to UWB-technology, including vital sign monitoring of the human body, crowd estimation, activity detection, fall detection, etc
To ensure compatibility and interoperability of UWB-products, different standardization bodies are active (IEEE 802.15.4, FiRa consortium,…).
In this workshop, experts from academia and industry will
- give a tutorial on the state-of-the art in UWB-technology for communication, localisation and sensing
- present R&D innovations for improved localisation in challenging conditions, high-throughput communication, and advanced sensing
- discuss and demonstrate novel applications of UWB-technology in diverse products
Participant list: download link
|12h00||Registration & Sandwich lunch|
|13h00||Introduction – download presentation (only for members)|
Kris Hermus, Coordinator Wireless Community & Innovation Program Manager Flanders, imec
|13h15||State-of-the-art of UWB technology for communication, localisation and sensing – download presentation (only for members)|
Eli De Poorter, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent
We give a general introduction to the past, present and future of UWB-technology. Our focus will be on general principles for UWB-based localisation, and on the FiRa and Apple standardisation activities.
|13h45||UWB: usages and standards – download presentation (only for members)|
Guillaume Vivier, Senior Manager Standardisation, Qorvo
After an introduction to Qorvo and activity in Flanders, we provide a quick overview of UWB market adoption. Then we present the standardization initiatives related to UWB, their scope and roadmap.
|14h05||Indoor joint communication and sensing – download presentation (only for members)|
Sofie Pollin, Professor, KU Leuven-ESAT and Principal Scientist, imec
Communication systems and signals are everywhere. The technology is good enough for sensing, under some assumptions. In this presentation, we will focus on the remaining challenges for joint communication and sensing in general and vital signs monitoring specifically. We will also discuss possible architectures to explore, consisting of distributed deployments or deployments with battery-free sensors.
|14h25||Using UWB in industrial IoT applications: lessons learned – download presentation (only for members)|
Nico Janssens, CTO, Rombit
Working in industry and logistics is often dangerous and less efficient. Rombit therefore offers UWB-based technology to improve safety and productivity. In this presentation, we share the lessons learned throughout Rombit’s product development journey — focusing in particular on UWB challenges.
|14h40||UWB positioning and precision landing for automated drone-in-a-box solutions – download presentation (only for members)|
Frederik Winters, Director of Business Development, DroneMatrix
After a short intro to DroneMatrix and our solutions, we discuss our experiences and collaboration with imec in the context of UWB positioning and navigation in indoor environments (imec.icon project InWareDrones). We will share the lessons learned, and discuss the integration of UWB-technology by DroneMatrix in our operations for precision landing in our drone-docking-station.
|15h20||GUIDED DEMO TOUR|
|16h10||Positioning for the internet of things – download presentation (only for members)|
Chris Marshall, Principal Member of Technical Staff, imec-NL @ Holst Centre
We are all very familiar with positioning using wireless technology, using GPS navigation every day when out and about in our cars. This talk will contrast GPS with the challenges of positioning for Internet of Things applications, in which we have lots of connected devices, often indoors. There are many differences, and the task is not easy, but ways forward will be described using WiFi, Bluetooth and UWB signals for fingerprinting, angle of arrival and ranging, to obtain information about position
|16h30||UWB and standardisation in RTLS – download presentation (only for members)|
Samuel Van de Velde, Co-Founder & CTO, Pozyx
We discuss the challenges for UWB-based RTLS systems in the industry space from a system-level perspective. We then briefly introduce Omlox, the open location standard for smart factories, and make a comparison with the FiRa Consortium.
|16h45||UWB antenna system design for unprecedented localization performance – download presentation (only for members)|
Hendrik Rogier, Professor, imec-IDLab-UGent
The need for a novel class of antennas dedicated to ultra-wide localization will be highlighted. Their response is optimized for minimal pulse distortion in the time-domain, while maintaining a compact footprint and keeping radiation characteristics stable after deployment on challenging platforms. A specialized analysis and design framework for such antenna systems will be proposed. The design strategy will be illustrated based on several antenna designs for a wide range of use cases.
|17h00||Applications in a broad UWB ecosystem – download presentation (only for members)|
Frank Leong, Product Manager, NXP Semiconductors
Due to a high degree of similarity between applications, single silicon designs can fulfill multiple roles. This talk gives an overview of several target applications, associated performance metrics, and common UWB radio concepts to address
|17h15||Plenary Q&A session|
|19h00||End of the workshop|
- Imec employees and residents: free of charge
- Employees of Wireless Community members: free of charge
- User group members of COLOSENS project: free of charge
- 80 EUR (excl VAT) early bird until October 27
- 100 EUR (excl VAT) late registration from October 28
Online registration has been closed on November 3 at 1 PM.
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