Full Professor

Frans Willems

Group / Unit
Signal Processing Systems
Floor / room

Research Profile

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 and 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 was made an IEEE Fellow in 2005. He was Counselor of the IEEE Student Branch Eindhoven from 2007-2014, and is Chairman of the IEEE Benelux Chapter on Information Theory since 2007.  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. As of 1999, Willems also holds an advisory role at Philips, for subjects related to information theory.

Educational Activities

  • Communication theory
  • Applications of information theory
  • Digital wireless communcation exploration lab

Ancillary Activities

No ancillary activities