Nick Van Helleputte received his MSc degree in electrical engineering in 2004 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He received his PhD from the same university in 2009 (KU Leuven MICAS research group). His PhD research focused on low-power ultra- wide-band analog front-end receivers for a wide range of applications. He joined imec in 2009 as an Analog R&D Design Engineer. He is currently R&D manager of the connected health solutions team. His research focus is on ultra-low-power circuits for biomedical applications. He has been involved in analog and mixed-signal ASIC design for wearable and implantable healthcare solutions. Nick is an IEEE member and served on the technical program committee of VLSI circuits symposium and ISSCC.
Remote home monitoring via wearables is rapidly gaining popularity, thanks to ever more complex vital signs recording and data analytics that are embedded into single devices. True system-on-chips (SoCs) push the envelope of power and form factor. While wearables are becoming more common-place, novel health sensing paradigms appear. Non-contact sensing technologies enable vital signs sensing without requiring any physical contact to the human body, while ingestible sensing technology could potentially provide a holistic view of the human GI system and metabolic health. This talk will focus on technological innovations needed in this space.