Barkhausen Institut

Research Projects

MetaBoost project

The new project Metamaterial-Boosted Antenna Systems for Beam Steering in IoT-Applications (MetaBoost) was started in the BI research group RF Design Enablement.

The antenna is a key element in any radio communication system, both in the receiver and the transmitter. To realize future applications in the Internet of Things with high data rates, significantly higher operating frequencies are required. These higher frequencies not only allow higher data rates,  they also reduce the size of the antenna. However, the propagation losses of such antennas are a disadvantage. They can be eliminated by various techniques such as the combination of beam forming and beam steering. Therefore, the goal of the MetaBoost project is to develop a beam steering antenna system which is characterized by a reduced antenna size. Furthermore, it will significantly reduce the energy consumption of applications in the field of the Internet of Things. For the realization  the combination of different lens concepts and artificially produced materials - so called metamaterials - will be analyzed and applied. High-resolution 3D printing processes are also used to create the system. The results of MetaBoost contribute to the development of new wireless connectivity solutions that will significantly advance the development of the Internet of Things.

This measure is co-financed with tax funds based on the budget approved by the Saxon state parliament. 

Project duration: 2020-2022

Contact: Dr. Padmanava Sen, Head of the RF Design Enablement Group, E-Mail: padmanava.sen@barkhauseninstitut.org

IntelliLung project

The new project Intelligent lung support system for acute respiratory failure (IntelliLung) was started in the BI Connected Robotics Lab

Intensive care patients with acute respiratory failure usually need support of lung function, which is accomplished with mechanical ventilation and, in most severe cases, extracorporeal gas-exchange. Although mechanical ventilation is a life-saving therapy, it has the potential to worsen lung injury and impair the haemodynamics. Currently, there are different strategies to protect the lungs from injury by the ventilator. Yet, settings may differ substantially regarding to the mechanical energy transferred to lungs, and its distribution across the parenchyma. Variables at the ventilator and extracorporeal lung support device can be set automatically using optimization functions and clinical recommendations, but the handling of experts may still deviate from those settings depending upon clinical characteristics of individual patients. Artificial intelligence can be used to learn from those deviations as well as the patient’s condition in an attempt to improve the combination of settings and accomplish lung support with reduced risk of damage. The project IntelliLung aims at developing a hybrid mechanical ventilator/extracorporeal lung support device, where elements communicate wireless, using artificial intelligence-based algorithms to improve the care of invasively mechanically ventilated patients with acute respiratory failure.   

The Barkhausen Institut works on the subproject to wirelessly connect involved devices in a simple, secure and reliable manner.

This measure is co-financed with funds from Else Kröner-Fresenius Center for Digital Health (EKFZ).

Project duration: 2020-2022

Contact: Dr. Maximilian Matthé, maximilian.matthe@barkhauseninstitut.org

Project Partners: University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus in Dresden, Technische Universität Dresden

COREnect project

BI participates in the Coordination and Support Action project "COREnect" since July 2020

The aim of the "COREnect" (European Core Technologies for future connectivity systems and components) project is to provide the foundations for a sustainable European technology sovereignty in 5G and beyond. European industry and R&D leaders from both the microelectronics and telecommunications sectors will jointly develop a high-level strategic roadmap of core technologies for future connectivity systems and components, targeting the next generation telecommunications networks and services.

The strategic roadmap will cover the full 5G value chain including materials, components, subsystem integration, connectivity platforms and will address vertical industry sectors in areas such as health, energy, manufacturing, automotive and smart cities, among others.

Over the next ten years, 5G and then 6G are expected to connect billions of devices, digitise industries, and bring social and economic advances in many vertical sectors. Developing the necessary core technologies is crucial for Europe to decrease its dependence on non-European technologies.

By bringing together the microelectronics industry (electronic chip makers) and the telecommunications industry, COREnect will support the necessary coordinated and concrete actions to be taken in Europe.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 956830

Project duration: 2020-2022

Contact: Dr. Tim Hentschel, tim.hentschel@barkhauseninstitut.org

Cooperation partners:  Technische Universität Dresden, The 5G Infrastructure Association, AENEAS Robert Bosch GmbH, Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), Ericsson AB, Infineon Technologies AG, III-V lab, Australo Interinnov Marketing Lab SL, Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum (IMEC), NXP Semiconductors Netherlands B.V., STmicroelectronics SA