Honorary Doctorate Lecture: Liesbet Van der Perre
Title: Precious bits, sharing the spectrum, on elegant energy
Abstract: Smart mobile devices offer ever nicer and more applications and services. Consequently, wireless communication witnesses a continued spectacular growth. The innovative power of nano-electronics has brought about this digital revolution. This huge success is bound: you can not fool physics! The limits of radio propagation and technology scaling are a fact, and the confrontation with the scarcity of resources (energy and spectrum), is evident. Researchers join forces to embark on a fascinating journey, conquering appealing new wireless capacity territories.
Biography: Liesbet Van der Perre is active in a very competitive area, wireless communications. A combination of deep scientific knowledge, fearless analytical skills, and strong leadership qualities makes her thrive in an environment where basic research is mixed with highly specialized commercial projects. Integrated circuits developed by her have been nominated among the best in the last fifty years. Traces of her designs may hide in your pocket right now, making your smart phone better performing and batteries last longer. She has participated in many European research projects, often in leading roles, where her experience and expertise has been a very valuable asset. She has contributed to the research at Lund University in different ways, both through joint projects and as scientific advisor in several center constellations.
Liesbet Van der Perre is currently a director at Imec, Belgium, a world-leading research institute in nanoelectronics, and professor at the KU Leuven, Belgium, where she is teaching advanced wireless systems. She is author and co-author of over 250 scientific publications.