Low power wireless technologies for connecting embedded sensors in the IoT: A journey from fundaments to hands-on


Professor Liesbet Van der Perre:

Liesbet Van der Perre received the M.Sc. and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the KU Leuven, Belgium, in 1992 and 1997 respectively. Dr. Van der Perre joined imec’s wireless group in 1997 in the wireless group and took up responsibilities as senior researcher, system architect, project leader and program director, until 2015. She was appointed full Professor in the DRAMCO lab of the Electrical Engineering Department of the KU Leuven and guest professor at the University of Lund in 1996. She’s an author and co-author of over 300 scientific publications. Her main research interest is in energy efficient wireless communication and embedded systems.

Dr. Gilles Callebaut, KU Leuven, Belgium: 

Gilles graduated summa cum laude in 2016 and received the M.Sc. degree in engineering technology at KU Leuven campus Gent, Belgium. He is currently a member of DRAMCO, a research group which is focused on wireless and mobile communication systems. His main interests are Machine Type Communication (MTC), Internet of Things (IoT), low power embedded systems and everything mobile.


Embedded sensors are enabling a wide range of emerging smart services in domains ranging from healthcare to smart homes and cities. They are waiting to be connected to the internet and rapidly becoming crucial components of a valuable Internet of Things (IoT). 

The variety of wireless sensor system applications demands for appropriate wireless connectivity. Several new technologies and standards are popping up, fit for short or large range, and various data rate requirements. Dedicated networks are being deployed for Machine Type Communication. This tutorial will bring a theoretical and practical initiation to wireless technologies tailored for connecting embedded sensors. It will explain fundamental concepts of wireless propagation, highlighting the challenges and opportunities to realize low power connections. Several actual technologies and standards for different categories of connections will be introduced. A few illustrative use cases will be presented. A hands-on session will allow the participants to experiment with EFM32 Happy Gecko developer boards, cooperating in small teams. In a final session a glance on future trends will be given. The tutorial will be concluded with an overview of interesting relevant resources and a discussion with the participants on the expectations for follow up beyond the tutorial.