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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

Fundamentals of the Nonlinear Optical Channel

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

1/01/1831/12/22

Project: Research direct

ICONIC: Increasing the Capacity of Optical Nonlinear Interfering Channels

Alvarado, A., Alvarado, A., Oliari, V., Keijzers, A., Keijzers, A., Gerrits, E., Willems, F. M. J., Sanders, R., Alvarado, A., Barreiro, A., Wu, K. & de Jonge, M.

1/08/1731/07/22

Project: Research direct

i-CAVE P4 - Radar Communication

Willems, F. M. J., Eijkemans, C., Keijzers, A., Keijzers, A., Laghezza, F., Tigrek, R. F., Lampel, F., Willems, F. M. J., Sanders, R., Alvarado, A., Barreiro, A., Hegh, L. & de Jonge, M.

1/11/1631/08/22

Project: Research direct

Silicon-based Ka-band massive MIMO antenna systems for new telecommunication services

Smolders, A. B. (., Johannsen, U., Keijzers, A., Keijzers, A., van der Avoird, M., Bressner, T., Elsakka, A., Smeets, R., Willems, F. M. J., Sanders, R., Alvarado, A., Barreiro, A. & Haagh, J.

1/09/1631/08/20

Project: Research direct

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Research Output

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.

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  • 530 Citations (Scopus)
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    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

  • 153 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

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  • 92 Citations (Scopus)
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    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

  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
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    Activities

    • 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

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    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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