Mission: “zero” power wireless transceivers

The Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Department of Engineering (ENG), AU is building up capabilities to do world-class research and teaching within Integrated Circuits & Electronics (ICE) to support the growing Internet of Things (IoT) electronic industry. This requires excellent key researchers equipped with state-of-the lab facilities. Aarhus University is investing massively in building up the engineering science department over the next 10 years; this includes a strong focus on digitalisation, processing power, hyper-connectivity and artificial intelligence/big data. The other big areas are materials science and industrial biotech.

The Foundation’s contributions

  • In 2016, the Poul Due Jensen Foundation and the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University agreed to work together to create a state of the art laboratory in support of the wireless transceivers research group led by Professor Domenico Zito, who moved to Aarhus from Ireland to head up the work.
  • In 2018, the Foundation funded the recruitment of a PhD in Wireless Transceivers. Italian-born PhD student Michele Spasaro will be playing an important role in Professor Zito’s research program towards “zero” power wireless transceivers.

Key achievements since 2016

Building a world-class academic centre of excellence from scratch in a young environment is a challenge. Nonetheless, Domenico Zito has managed to pass several milestones:

  • New teaching courses to expand the existing MSc degree program in Electrical Engineering and key contributions to the development of the new BSc programme that is on the way to being rolled out.
  • 15+ publications in top international journals and international conferences.
  • The first Master’s student graduated in September 2018. His excellent thesis work has been accepted for presentation/publication at the flagship conference of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in December 2018.
  • The first step of the research programme toward low-power wireless transceivers has started and the first PhD student, Michele Spasaro, began in May 2018.