Digital Global-Navigation-Satellite-Systems (GNSS) have found their way in all our daily lives. Integrated in every smartphone, but also a key component in many commercial processes, users depend on application that exploit the geo-information. This comes with the risk of (financial) failure if localization is not available –  due to random interferences, or because of malicious generated noise or even forged satellite signals. Multi-antenna systems and sensor fusion are techniques to detect and even compensate in case of such attacks.

What is more, localization within building continues to be a challenge. Despite the many technical solutions and the related introduction of new products, there is no holistic solution available with similar penetration as GNSS. Besides your own location, tracking objects (asset tracking) is of keen interest for commercial processes such as manufacturing. In these cases, requirements in terms of number of tracked objects, autonomy, and cost are quite different. As commonly the case in the general domain of IoT sensors high quantities, very low cost and preferably autarkic operation without the need of recharging are of outmost importance. Here, new possibilities in the heterogenous integration of printed electronics and integrated circuits offer high potential.

From the demanding digital signal processing of distributed multi-antenna systems to cost and energy efficient solutions in the IoT domain, the chair addresses a number of challenging research questions in the domain of heterogeneously integrated digital circuits.