UWB Signal Processing for Combined Ranging and Radar

Student project at imec (Thesis)

This project aims to answer whether ultra-wideband communication transceivers can be used for radar applications as well and vice versa.

What you will do

Ultra-wideband has been first developed for military applications for secure communication and was standardized by IEEE already more than a decade ago. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in ultra-wideband based data communication and ranging for smartphones.


This raises the question: "Can we use Ultra-wideband communication signals and transceivers for opportunistic radar applications?" During your thesis, you play an essential role in answering this question from a technical perspective. One of the major technical challenges is expected to be transmit to receive (TX-RX) crosstalk and local oscillator (LO) leakage. You will analyse and develop architectures and algorithms, all with the aim to mitigate the impact of crosstalk and local oscillator (LO) leakage, while maximizing sensitivity. You will deliver a comprehensive model and algorithm(s) in either Matlab or Python complete with documentation. A publication at scientific conference/journal is always a possibility, depending on the duration, quality and novelty of the work.


  • Literature review.

  • Compare known transceiver architectures and propose modification.

  • Develop a simulation model and algorithms based on t modifications.

  • Evaluate the expected radar performance.

  • Reporting and presenting.

What we do for you

You will be working on cutting-edge research on a topic that is very relevant to both academic research and industrial applications. To help you in this journey, we offer a flexible environment where you can be the leader of your own research while at the same time have support of experts from signal processing and systems design as well as IC design to complete your tasks. out and measurement of the chip if the performance of the design is promising. As part of IoT team in IMEC-Netherlands you will have opportunities to learn from the some of the best minds in signal processing as well as other research domains.


Who you are
  • MSc student in Electrical Engineering.

  • Available for a period of 12 months.

  • Affinity with wireless and radar systems.

  • Knowledge of (radio) signal processing.

  • Knowledge of Matlab and/or Python.

  • Entitled to do an internship in the Netherlands.

  • Motivated student eager to work independently and expand knowledge in the field.

  • Good written and verbal English skills.


Click on 'apply' to submit your application. You will then be redirected to e-recruiting.


Please be advised that non-EU/EEA country students that are studying outside of the Netherlands, need to have a work-permit to be able to do an internship in the Netherlands.