Wout Joseph

5G Italy 2019 / Wout Joseph

Wout Joseph

Ghent University, Belgium


5G International PhD School 2019


Wout Joseph (1977) received the M. Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Ghent University (Belgium), in 2000. His research work dealt with measuring and modelling of electromagnetic fields around base stations for mobile communications related to the health effects of the exposure to electromagnetic radiation. This work led to a Ph. D. degree in March 2005. Until 2009, he was postdoctoral researcher for iMinds-UGent. From 2007 to 2013, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the FWO-V (Research Foundation – Flanders).

Since October 2009, he is professor in the domain of Experimental Characterization of wireless communication systems. He is IMEC PI since 2017. He is elected council board lid of EBEA (European Bioelectromagnetics Association) in 2015, re-elected in 2019.

His professional interests are electromagnetic field exposure assessment, in-body electromagnetic field modelling, electromagnetic medical applications, propagation for wireless communication systems, IoT, antennas and calibration. His research was ranked first in number of dosimetric peer-reviewed studies for the radiofrequency range (Bodewein et al. BioEM 2016 www.emf-portal.org)

Tutorial: Human exposure to electromagnetic fields:  from mobile phones to 5G base stations


Part 1 : Concepts of field interaction wih humans and scientific basis for international norms

Part 2:  Use cases: Prevention – Measures to reduce EM-fields

This tutorial involves the study the dosimetry or assessment of electromagnetic fields, interaction of radiation with humans, and absorption in the human body in the context of non-ionising field exposure. On the one hand, concepts about interaction with the human body are explained and on the other hand, state-of-the-art experimental and numerical dosimetry will be explained. Limits and guidelines for radiofrequency exposure will be explained. This will enable the student to acquire the skills and knowledge to judge current and future technologies and systems about their radiation exposure and to propose the required measures to reduce the exposure, and to design systems accounting minimal human exposure ranging from mobile phones to 5G base stations.

Keynote: First numerical and experimental assessment of 5G real-life exposure

Abstract: As the roll-out of the fifth generation (5G) of mobile telecommunications is well underway, standardized methods to assess the human exposure to 5G NR base station radios are needed. The 5G mobile networks being rolled-out consist of 5G new radio (NR) technology, Massive MIMO (MaMIMO) where the base stations will in most cases use beamforming, small cells, and mm-wave technology. MaMIMO as 5G technology enables benefits such as excellent spectral efficiency and superior energy efficiency. The main concept is to use large base station antenna arrays to simultaneously serve multiple user equipment.

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