Research at the department ELEC

"ELEC" stands for "Fundamental Electricity and Instrumentation" (in dutch: "Algemene Elektriciteit en Instrumentatie") and the name corresponds with the educational and research tasks and objectives of the department. The main research activity of the department is the development of new measurement techniques using advanced signal processing methods, embedded in an identification framework. There are no formal research groups in the department ELEC. There are 3 research teams that cooperate intensively with each other. Team A: Data driven modeling (Rik Pintelon) Team B: Applied signal processing for engineering, telecommunications and Microwave systems (Gerd Vandersteen, Yves Rolain and Leo Van Biesen) Team C: Structured low-rank approximation (Ivan Markovsky)

Overview Research Topics

The long term objective of the department is the realization of the IMMI project (Interpretation by Measuring, Modelling and Identification), since 1989. Beside this main project, which covers a broad spectrum of several related activities, also some other independent research topics are at stake.

Identifying Reflections in High Frequency Structures

The goal of this work is to improve the modeling of Lumped Distributed Structures (LDSs) by obtaining a sensible aaccuracy with a reasonably low number of model parameters while identifying the reflections present.

Developing wave-based calibration for vector network analyzers

Current state-of-the-art in RF calibration

Calibration is an essential part of any RF, microwave and millimeter wave measurement process. The accuracy of a bare-bones high-frequency measurement instrument is jeopardized by the influences of non-idealities, cabling and instrument drift....

Data-driven signal processing using the nuclear norm heuristic

Applications in signal processing and control theory are typically model-based and proceed in two steps. In the 'modeling' step, a mathematical model is built from the measured noisy data. In the 'design' step, the model is used to solve a specific application problem. In this project, we will...

Nonparametric identification of linear dynamic errors-in-variables systems

The present work handles the nonparametric identification of linear dynamic systems within an errors-in-variables framework, where the input is arbitrary, and both the input and output disturbing noises are white with unknown variances. Using the property that the frequency response function and...

Carrier aggregation intermodulation distortions in Advanced Systems

Achieving greater throughput requires increasing bandwidth. However, due to frequency’s scarcity, the necessary bandwidth may not be available in one contiguous band. LTE Advanced use multiple bands for one user: that is carrier aggregation [1]. However power amplifier’s efficiency is only...

Identification of time-varying biomechanical systems

This project aims at extracting models of human joints in a data driven manner. This is done in collaboration with the biomechanics group at the TU Delft, where experimental setups have been instrumented to apply force and position disturbances to joints (ankle, wrist and shoulder). Based on...

BLA-based Design and Analysis of VCO-based Sigma-Delta Modulators

Nonlinear system theory is involved. The available theoretical frameworks depend on the assumed system properties and the applied signals. An example is the Volterra theory framework which uses a series expansion of the system’s behaviour around an operating point. This operating point can be...

Data driven fast measurements

Measurement techniques have fundamental speed and accuracy limitations. The speed and precision of a measurement device used in monitoring and control tasks determines the quality of the available data, which in turn limits the accuracy of models derived from the data. In this project, we...

Identification of multiple reflections in high frequency structures

Necessity of identifying reflections is not only an interest for engineers working at high frequencies. Engineers from other societies such as geophysics, mine-field detections and civil engineering are also concerned about the reflections. While in these fields mainly identifying the positions...

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