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Research profile

Bart Smolders is the Dean of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Next to this he is a Full Professor and Chair of the Electromagnetics (EM) group. His key areas of expertise include Telecommunication engineering, antenna systems and microwave engineering. In the EM research group Smolders’ main focus is advanced integrated antenna systems and related applications such as phased-arrays and focal-plane arrays for future wireless communications. 

Bart’s team is collaborating on a number of European and national projects, including SILIKA (Silicon-based Ka-band massive MIMO antenna systems for new telecommunication services), EAST (tunable antenna concepts for 5G mobile), Integrant (90 GHz wireless point-to-point systems), MUSIC (60 GHz single-chip MIMO radar) and SMART-One (millimeter-wave channel sounding).

Academic background

Bart Smolders received his MSc and PhD d in Electrical Engineering from TU/e in 1989 and 1994, respectively. From 1989 to 1991, he worked as an IC Designer at FEL-TNO, The Hague. From 1994 to 1997, he was a Radar System Designer with Thales, the Netherlands. From 1997 to 2000, he was project leader of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) with the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON). From 2000 to 2010, he has been with NXP (formerly Philips) Semiconductors, The Netherlands, responsible for the innovation in the RF business line. In 2007, he was appointed as professor at TU/e in the Electromagnetics Group with special interest in antenna systems and applications.

Bart is currently member of the "instituutsraad" of the NWO institute ASTRON, member of the scientific foundation of URSI Netherlands (Stichting Wetenschappelijke Activiteiten van het
Nederlandse URSI Comité, SWAN), TPC chair of the IEEE Wireless Power Week 2019 and member of the scientific advisory board of the Business Cluster Semiconductors. Recently, he was chairman of the NERG (Nederlands Radio- en Elektronica Genootschap, 2012-2017), chair of IEEE-Benelux (2014-2016) and vice-chair of the EuCAP 2014 organizing committee. In addition to his research activities, Bart is the dean of the TU/e Electrical Engineering department.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor, Eindhoven University of Technology

Feb 1991Oct 1994

External positions

Innovation Manager, NXP Semiconductors

1 Sep 200031 Dec 2009

Project leader SKA prototype, ASTRON

1 Aug 199731 Aug 2000

Phased-array principal Engineer, Thales Netherlands

Oct 1994Jul 1997

Officer Royal Air Force, Royal Airforce The Netherlands, The Hague

Oct 1989Feb 1991

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Research Output

5G RAN architecture based on analog radio-over-fiber fronthaul over UDWDM-PON and phased array fed reflector antennas

Konstantinou, D., Bressner, T. A. H., Rommel, S., Johannsen, U., Johansson, M. N., Ivashina, M. V., Smolders, A. B. & Tafur Monroy, I., 1 Jan 2020, In : Optics Communications. 454, 10 p., 124464.

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    A High-Gain Dielectric Resonator Antenna with Plastic-Based Conical Horn for Millimeter-Wave Applications

    Baldazzi, E., Al-Rawi, A., Cicchetti, R., Smolders, A. B., Testa, O., Moreno, C. D. J. V. C. & Caratelli, D., Jun 2020, In : IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters. 19, 6, p. 949-953 5 p., 9054940.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • Antenna‐in‐package measurements

    Reniers, A. C. F., Johannsen, U. & Smolders, A. B. B., 6 Mar 2020, Antenna‐in‐Package Technology and Applications: Antenna‐in‐Package Measurements. Liu, D. & Zhang, Y. (eds.). Wiley, p. 115-145

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  • Prizes

    Onderwijsprijs 2011 voor de beste Bachelordocent TU/e

    A.B. (Bart) Smolders (Recipient), 3 Sep 2011

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


    ASTRON (External organisation)

    A.B. (Bart) Smolders (Chair)
    May 2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of councilScientific

    12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, (EuCAP 2018)

    Ad Reniers (Contributor), A.B. Smolders (Contributor)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    European Microwave Week 2017 (EuMIC 2017)

    Ad Reniers (Contributor), A.B. Smolders (Chair), U. Johannsen (Contributor)
    9 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    Nederlands Elektronica en Radiogenootschap (NERG) (External organisation)

    A.B. (Bart) Smolders (Chair)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardProfessional

    8th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2014

    A.B. (Bart) Smolders (Chair)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific


    Phased array and smart antennas

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    Student theses

    Accelerating simulations of electromagnetic waves in hot, magnetized fusion plasmas

    Author: Budé, R., 2019

    Supervisor: Smolders, A. (. (Supervisor 1), Jaspers, R. J. (Supervisor 2) & van Dijk, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Analysis of infinite arrays of Vivaldi-like antennas

    Author: Hulshof, S., 31 Dec 1996

    Supervisor: Smolders, A. (Supervisor 1) & Jeuken, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Analysis of infinite phased arrays of printed antennas

    Author: van Beurden, M., 31 Oct 1997

    Supervisor: Smolders, A. (Supervisor 1) & Jeuken, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Analysis of microstrip antennas in the spectral domain using a moment method

    Author: Smolders, A., 31 Oct 1989

    Supervisor: Jeuken, M. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master


    Antenna diversity for Bluetooth

    Author: Breur, J., 31 Aug 2004

    Supervisor: Smolders, A. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master