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Frans Willems is a Full Professor in the Signal Processing Systems group. He is a researcher, teacher and supervisor in the field of information theory, with research contributions in the areas of multi-user information theory, noiseless source coding, data compression, data embedding, digital communication and biometrics.  

Willems served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 1988 to 1990 and as Associate Editor for Information Theory for the European Transactions on Telecommunications from 2002 to 2006. From 1998 to 2000, Willems was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society; he became an IEEE Fellow in 2005. He was Counselor of the IEEE Student Branch Eindhoven from 2007-2014, and Chairman of the IEEE Benelux Chapter on Information Theory from 2007 to 2017.  

Willems has contributed more than two hundred journal and conference papers. He holds several patents.

Academic background

Frans Willems obtained his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 1979 and then got his PhD from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Leuven in 1982. He returned to TU/e in 1982, first as Assistant Professor, later as Associate Professor and currently as Full Professor. From 1999 to 2018, Willems was holding an advisory role at Philips Research, for subjects related to information theory.

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Information is driving our society. I want to understand how information should be gathered, protected, communicated, stored, processed, and used in the best possibe way.

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Projects 2015 2022

RESCURE: Retrofit Security for Critical infrastructures

Willems, F., Kusters, L., Sartorius - ter Haar, M., Keijzers, A., Keijzers, A., Willems, F., Sanders, R., Alvarado, A. & Barreiro Berrio, A.

1/02/1831/01/20

Project: Research direct

FUN-NOTCH: Fundamentals of the Nonlinear Optical Channel

Alvarado, A., van Hout, J., Keijzers, A., Keijzers, A., Liga, G., Barreiro Berrio, A., Rabbani, H., Fehenberger, T., Willems, F., Sanders, R., Alvarado, A., Barreiro Berrio, A., Sheikh, A., Sheikh, A. & Goossens, S.

1/01/1831/12/22

Project: Research direct

i-CAVE P4 - Radar Communication

Willems, F., Eijkemans, C., Keijzers, A., Keijzers, A., Laghezza, F., Tigrek, R., Lampel, F., Willems, F., Sanders, R., Alvarado, A., Barreiro Berrio, A. & Hegh, L.

1/11/1631/08/22

Project: Research direct

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Research Output 1982 2019

514 Citations (Scopus)

The context-tree weighting method: basic properties

Willems, F. M. J., Shtarkov, Y. M. & Tjalkens, T. J., 1995, In : IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 41, 3, p. 653-664 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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redundancy
weighting
Redundancy
coding
Binary trees
148 Citations (Scopus)

The discrete memoryless multiple-access channel with cribbing encoders

Willems, F. M. J. & van der Meulen, E. C., 1 Jan 1985, In : IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 31, 3, p. 313-327 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Hinges
Decoding
communication situation
Communication
81 Citations (Scopus)

Biometric systems: privacy and secrecy aspects

Ignatenko, T. & Willems, F. M. J., 2009, In : IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. 4, 4, p. 956-973 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Biometrics
11 Citations (Scopus)

Universal data compression and repetition times

Willems, F. M. J., 1 Jan 1989, In : IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 35, 1, p. 54-58 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Data compression
symbol
time

An improved dropping algorithm for line-of-sight massive MIMO with max-min power control

Farsaei, A., Alvarado, A., Willems, F. & Gustavsson, U., 2019, In : IEEE Communications Letters. 23, 6, p. 1109-1112 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Power Control
Beamforming
Min-max
MIMO systems
Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO)

Activities 2002 2006

  • 4 Contributed talk

MSRI's Workshop: Mathematics of Relaying and Cooperation in Communication Networks, 10-12 April, 2006, Berkeley (CA), U.S.A.

Frans Willems (Speaker)
10 Apr 2006

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

4th International Workshop on Digital Watermarking (IWDW 2005), Siena, Italy

Frans Willems (Speaker)
15 Sep 2005

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Summer Research Institute 2002, Lausanne

Frans Willems (Speaker)
28 Jun 2002

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Workshop Information Theory, Berkely, CA

Frans Willems (Speaker)
25 Feb 2002

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Courses

Information theory

1/09/13 → …

Course

Student theses

Adaptive beamforming algorithms for a 60 GHz multiple antenna receiver

Author: van der Kuijp, H., 30 Apr 2006

Supervisor: Willems, F. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

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Analysis of the physical layer of an in-band-on-channel baseband transceiver based on NRSC-5 AM technology

Author: van Meurs, L., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Willems, F. (Supervisor 1) & van Houtum, W. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Design and implementation of a mode group diversity multiplexing optical fibre receiver system

Author: de Boer, M., 30 Apr 2006

Supervisor: Bergmans, J. (Supervisor 1), Willems, F. (Supervisor 2) & Martinez Vicente, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Het capaciteitsgebied van een Two-way Channel

Author: Willems, F., 31 May 1979

Supervisor: Schalkwijk, J. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

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Implementatieaspecten van een LDPC decoder in een FPGA

Author: Sullock Enzlin, E., 28 Feb 2005

Supervisor: Willems, F. (Supervisor 1) & Tjalkens, T. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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