Prof. Dr. Jens Anders

Institut of Smart Sensors, University of Stuttgart, Germany


Jens Anders received the master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2005, the Dipl.-Ing. degree from the Leibniz University Hannover in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in 2011.

From 2013 to 2017, he was an Assistant Professor of biomedical integrated sensors with the Institute of Microelectronics at the University of Ulm. He is currently a Full Professor and the Director of the Institute of Smart Sensors at the University of Stuttgart.

Dr. Anders has authored or co-authored several books and book chapters as well as approximately 100 journal and conference papers.

His current research interests include dynamic systems’ modeling and circuit design for sensing applications in various fields including materials science, nondestructive testing, quality control, biomedical applications and quantum sensing.

Dr. Anders served as a Program Committee Member of the IEEE Sensors, ESSCIRC and ESSDERC conferences. He received the 2003 President’s Award of the Leibniz University of Hannover, the 2006 Best Thesis Award of the VDE Chapter Hannover, the E.ON Future Award 2007, the VDE ITG ISS Study Award 2008, the VDE ITG Outstanding Publication Award 2012, the ICBME 2008 Outstanding Paper Award, and the IEEE Sensors 2017 Best Live Demo Award.

Integrated quantum sensors as a new challenging problem in theoretical electrical engineering

Abstract: Quantum technologies offer numerous opportunities for new applications in industry and society, covering a large number of different disciplines ranging from quantum information technology over quantum sensing to the quantum simulation of complex system. New quantum sensors are measuring the magnetic fields of the neuronal currents in the human brain, which will help us to better understand diseases such as Alzheimer‘s or Parkinson‘s. Moreover, quantum-based gyroscopes can complement or replace the currently used MEMS systems, and high-precision quantum simulations can help bringing new drugs or materials to market much faster and at greatly lower costs.

In this talk, we will investigate the possibilities associated with integrating quantum sensors into compact smart sensors systems in order to increase greatly their potential application scenarios. Here, we will focus on the modeling challenges associated with hybrid systems consisting of quantum sensors and conventional integrated circuit and packaging technologies, discussing how the multiphysics and advanced modeling aspects of future smart quantum sensors are crucial for their performance.

To this end, we will discuss examples of biomedical quantum sensors that greatly benefit from the embedding of the interface electronics for enhanced performance. It will be discussed how an advanced modeling of the sensor together with a precise modeling of the interface electronics as nonlinear dynamical system can be used for co-designing sensor and electronics to improve the overall system performance. Finally, we will talk about the challenges in numerical simulations of such advanced sensor systems, which arise from the immense precision (often precisions of 10-9 or better are required) that is frequently required in the scientific context.