Industry 4.0 will require better antennas

(01-12-2021) Quinten Van den Brande's PhD examines how antennas can be optimized, bringing industry 4.0 a step closer.

Society is on the brink of a new industrial revolution, where self-organizing factories will run autonomously with minimal human intervention and where products will optimize their own production cycle based on real-time customer demand. This concept, called industry 4.0, is revolutionizing the industrial landscape worldwide. To unlock the full potential of Industry 4.0, it uses a combination of three key technological developments: the Internet of Things, advanced wireless technology and artificial intelligence.

"In my dissertation, I focus on the wireless technology part and discuss the requirements and impact of wireless networks of the future, with a focus on antenna technology," says Quinten Van den Brande.

"More specifically, the potential of air-filled substrate integrated waveguide technology is analyzed for highly efficient ultra-wideband antennas in the context of two technology pillars of Industry 4.0," Quinten specifies.

"In the first part of my PhD, I focus on robust and highly efficient ultra-wideband antennas for reliable and accurate localization systems based on IR-UWB technology for Industry 4.0 applications such as autonomous vehicles in department stores."

"In the second part, I will explore the potential of air-filled substrate-integrated waveguide technology in on-chip antennas intended for next-generation wireless systems. It solves the critical problems of current mmWave and THz on-chip antennas, enabling high antenna efficiency over a wide impedance bandwidth, and within a compact footprint."

"My research contributes to the further deployment of Industry 4.0," Quinten concludes.

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PhD Title: Highly Efficient, Ultra-Wideband, Air-Filled Substrate-Integrated-Waveguide Antenna Technology for Next-Generation Wireless Systems


Contact: Quinten Van den Brande, Sam Lemey (promotor), Hendrik Rogier (promotor)

Quinten Van de Brande


Editor: Jeroen Ongenae - Illustrator: Roger Van Hecke