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Research profile

Sonia Heemstra is a Full Professor and Chair of Heterogeneous Network Architectures (HNA) at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and director of the Centre for Wireless Technology Eindhoven (CWTe)Her field of research is wireless systems in the broad sense.  Sonia is interested in all aspects of wireless communications and specifically the challenges of future generation wireless networks. This ranges from reliable and ultra-low latency communication for autonomous vehicles, using 5G and beyond networks, to distributed protocols in large heterogeneous and self-organizing networks for the Internet of Things.  

The combination of wireless and optical communications is also one of Sonia’s interests. Part of her research focuses on protocols and techniques that take advantage of combining the high capacity of optical networks with the flexibility of wireless communications. An example is dynamically reconfigurable radio access networks that adapt to instantaneous and to long-term traffic changes, are scalable, energy efficient, and have low installation, maintenance and operational costs. 

Academic background

Sonia Heemstra’s background combines academic and industrial research as well as entrepreneurship. She graduated as an electrical engineer at the Universidad National de Mar del Plata, in Argentina. Shortly after, she came to The Netherlands and obtained a second MSc from the Philips International Institute/NUFFIC. Later, Sonia moved to the Electrical Engineering Department of University of Twente, where she obtained her PhD in 1990. She subsequently held the positions of Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Twente. Later, she held a Full Professor position in Personal and Ambient Networking at Delft University of Technology. After having worked some years as a senior researcher at Ericsson EuroLab, The Netherlands, Sonia co-founded the Twente Institute for Wireless and Mobile, where she has been Chief Scientist from 2003 to 2014. 

Since 2012, Sonia has been a Full Professor at TU/e where she holds the chair in Heterogeneous Network Architectures. In 2016, she became the director of the Centre for Wireless Technology Eindhoven (CWTe). She has managed, coordinated and participated in many national and European research projects. Sonia is or has been a member of several national and European scientific committees and advisory boards, such as ENISA (European Network and Information Agency), Innovatie Platform Duurzame ICT, Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI-nl),  Scientific and Technical Council (WTR) of the Dutch SURF Foundation, IFIP TC-6 Working Group, IST Advisory Board - European Security & Dependability Task Force: for the IST 7FP. She has authored or co-authored more than 250 papers published in international journals or presented at international conferences and is co-author of two books.

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Projects

5G-MOBIX

van Hout, J., Tafur Monroy, I., Kurtic - Brajic, M., Kurtic - Brajic, M., Calabretta, N., Johannsen, U., Okonkwo, C., Heemstra de Groot, S. M., Dubbelman, G., Kiss, D., Rommel, S., Cimoli, B., den Ouden, J., Sanders, R., Barros Carvalho, J. & Meyer, E.

1/11/1831/10/21

Project: Research direct

Research Output

Enhanced C-V2X mode-4 subchannel selection

Abanto Leon, L. F., Koppelaar, A. G. C. & Heemstra, S. M., 12 Apr 2019, IEEE 88th Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC 2018-Fall. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 5 p. 8690754

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    In-network hebbian plasticity for wireless sensor networks

    van der Lee, T., Exarchakos, G. & de Groot, S. H., 1 Jan 2019, Internet and Distributed Computing Systems 12th International Conference, IDCS 2019, Proceedings. Montella, R., Ciaramella, A., Fortino, G., Guerrieri, A. & Liotta, A. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 79-88 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 11874).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • Swarm-based energy efficient scheduling for wireless sensor networks

    van der Lee, T., Exarchakos, G. & Heemstra de Groot, S., Oct 2019, 2019 IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking, CSCN 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 6 p. 8931363

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • TDOA-based localization via stochastic gradient descent variants

    Abanto Leon, L. F., Koppelaar, A. G. C. & Heemstra de Groot, S. M., 15 Apr 2019, IEEE 88th Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC 2018-Fall. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 11 p. 8690742

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

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    A combined fair decentralized message-rate and data-rate congestion control for V2V communication

    Belagal Math, C., Li, H., de Groot, S. H. & Niemegeers, I., 30 Jan 2018, 2017 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference, VNC 2017. Brussels: IEEE Computer Society, p. 271-278 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Courses

    Wireless communications

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    Press / Media

    Cartoon #34 by Luuk van Ewijk

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    Over de Vloer: Villa 65

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    25/10/18

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    Jett Rebel bij introductieconcert

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    30/08/18

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    Student theses

    Experimental analysis of data-rate based DCCA in V2X communications

    Author: Stefánsson, S., 31 Aug 2018

    Supervisor: Heemstra, S. (Supervisor 1), LI, H. (Supervisor 2), Goswami, D. (Supervisor 2), Niemegeers, I. (Supervisor 2) & Belagal Math, C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Feasibility study of wireless sensor network in lithography machines based on empirical investigation

    Author: Daryanto , 30 Aug 2016

    Supervisor: Heemstra, S. (Supervisor 1) & Naulaerts, R. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

    Reliability analysis of vehicle-to-vehicle safety applications

    Author: Qu, X., 31 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Heemstra, S. (Supervisor 1), LI, H. (Supervisor 2) & Belagal Math, C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    SAE-DCC evaluation and comparison with popular congestion control algorithms of V2X communication

    Author: Wei, Y., 31 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Heemstra, S. (Supervisor 1), LI, H. (Supervisor 2) & Belagal Math, C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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