Speaker: Dr. Valentijn De Smedt
Bio: Dr. Valentijn De Smedt received his PhD degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven on the design of ultra-low-power time-based building blocks for wireless sensor networks in 2014. Between February 2014 and July 2017 he was employed at MinDCet as a Senior Design Engineer and was responsible for the IP development of ultra-high voltage (1 kV) high-power integrated power converters and motor drivers. From September 2016 to October 2017 he was part-time postdoctoral researcher at the KU Leuven technology campus in Geel. Since 2017 he is appointed as assistant professor in the ADVISE research group. The focus of his research is on radiation-tolerant control systems for power and sensing applications. At KU Leuven, he has been involved in both leadership and technical activities of the IEEE student branch and IEEE Benelux GOLD (Young Professionals). In November 2017 he founded the IEEE Benelux NPSS chapter, which he currently chairs.
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Prinzie
Bio: Dr. Jeffrey Prinzie received his PhD degree from KU Leuven in 2017 in the field of radiation tolerant integrated circuits with the ADVISE research group. During his PhD, he was part of the CERN micro-electronics research group in which he was collaborating on a TDC SoC and high speed multi-gigabit transceiver and he gained experience in the design and experimental testing of these circuits in nuclear facilities. His current research focuses on highly digital integrated circuits, digitally assisted analog- and RF integrated systems and time accurate circuits for high-energy physics, space and nuclear energy applications. Currently, he is also a visiting researcher at Mediatek wireless (United Kingdom) on ultra-fast locking digital RF-frequency synthesizers for 5G mobile systems.