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Rob F.M. van den Brink - Biography


Name:Dr. ir. Rob.F.M. van den Brink
Workplace: The Hague, The Netherlands
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Dr. ir. Rob F.M. van den Brink has more than 36 year experience in applied research at Delft University (1984-1985), KPN (1985-2002), TNO (2003-2019) and currently with Delft Circuits (since 2020). He has a Ph.D degree in Microwave Technology (1994), and graduated in Electronics from Delft University in 1984. His roots are in microwave electronics, antennas, remote sensing, analog electronics, fiber networks, DSL and Quantum Computing.

G.fast and DSL deployments. As senior scientist in the field of Broadband Access Networks, he became an expert on deploying DSL technology over twisted pair copper loops, with a focus on the physical layer aspects. He played a significant role in the development of G.fast, a modem technology for transporting up to 1 GigaBit/s over ordinary telephony wiring. In 2008 he was one of the co-founders of the 4GBB consortium, a European consortium on the development of Gigabit solutions over Copper, and remained active in it until 2017.
During that period, he gave many presentations on G.fast related topics, including the one at Broadband Forum (dec 2010) that brought the industry into motion for the development of that technology. It was the trigger that caused ITU-T-SG15 to start with the standardisation of G.fast in feb 2011. He also wrote several ITU and BBF contributions, white papers, articles in magazines and technical presentations at various conferences to get the development of G.fast running. It all accelerated the fourth generation of broadband (4GBB) to bring bitrates of 1 Gb/s or more to the homes via a hybrid combination of fiber and copper.

Present interests. His present interests have been moved toward quantum computing, with a vision on the next level on quantum software. He delivered via TNO consultancy on product development for building quantum computers, and that stimulated his present interest in acting as Scientific Advisor for start-up companies and young professionals.

Spectral Management. He is the architect of the Spectral Management policies in the Netherlands, and advised the SOO regularly about it (SOO = Spectral Councel of competitive operators in the Netherlands). As Rapporteur for ETSI-TM6, he created both Spectral management standards (ETSI TR 101 830, part 1 and part 2). From 1996-2008, he played a very prominent role in all kinds of xDSL standardization in Europe (ETSI, FSAN), wrote about 100-120 technical contributions to ETSI in identifying / defining cable models, test loops, noise models, performance tests, and spectral management. He is the editor of the ETSI-TM6 reference document on European cables, and the ETSI blueprint for many xDSL performance tests in standards.
He created various xDSL tools on performance simulation, for designing Spectral Management and Deployment rules of DSL modems, and for testing DSL performance. He holds a world wide patent on the generation of noise for DSL testing, being the core technology of commercially available DSL noise generators from Spirent.

MUSE. From 2003-2007, he was Board member of the MUSE consortium, a huge FP6 industry consortium on future access networks. He took a leading position in creating the MUSE Test Suite, a comprehensive document for analyzing access networks as a whole (full service, end-to-end), It was created by a multi-disciplinary team of experts over a period of four years.

Microwave and Lightwave. Before 1995, he worked on various aspects of coherent optical transmission systems at KPN. His focus was on the design of low noise, wideband optical receivers for lightwave systems, used for both internal as external projects. This resulted in 1994 in a Ph.D on Low Noise Wideband Feedback Amplifiers, various patents and several related publications on the characterization of transfer and noise in electrical, optical and acoustical devices.

Some expertises and skills
DSL technology
  • modeling of cables and DSL modems
  • designing deployment guidelines
  • performance simulations/predictions of DSL
  • benchmarking of xDSL
  • Geographic statistics
Spectral management of metallic access networks
  • designing access rules
  • designing spectral policies
Standardization and international cooperation
  • Rapporteur for ETSI
  • spectral management and DSL
  • consortium building, consensus building
Software tooling
  • numerical analysis
  • signal processing for measurements, analysis, simulation and presentation
  • Parser generators, compilers
  • Matlab, Object Pascal, SQL
Quantum computing
  • quantum simulator
  • software development
  • microwave cryogenic cabling
Track record
Rob has over 23 years experience in deploying xDSL technology, spectral management and modelling cables, networks and systems. He played leading roles on the building of various consortia, international cooperation and standardisation.
  • Leading roles within in 4GBB consortium (2009-2018) that created G.fast (a Gb/s modem technology on telephony cables).
  • Presented in dec 2010 at Broadband Forum a vision on Gb/s transmission over telephony cables, resulting in G.fast standardisation (in ITU) to months later.
  • Over 22 year experience in participation (1996-2008) and contribution (1996-2018) to standardisation (ETSI, ITU-T, BBF)
  • Rapporteur/editor for ETSI (1999-2009) to deliver both Spectral Management standards, ETSI TR 101 830 (part 1 & 2)
  • Board member of the MUSE consortium (2003-2008). Leading the MUSE Test Suite, covering all OSI layers on analyzing an access network
  • Program committee member of G.fast summit (2014-2015)
  • Architect of most aspects of the performance test in the ETSI xDSL standards
  • Architect of the present Spectral Management policies in the Netherlands, about how compatitive and incumbant operators (KPN) are now sharing the Dutch access network
  • Active roles in building consortia for international cooperation in EU projects within FP6, FP7, H2020, CELTIC, EIT-ICT labs, and FSAN
  • Experienced in presenting complex technical matters to a broad audience: TNO Seminar (2009-2017), SOO (KPN + competative operators), G.fast summit, master classes for TNO customers, etc
  • Several patents, including a patent on a software-based approach for noise generation (for DSL testing)
  • Diana prize in 2001, and several Awards on how the 4GBB consortium created G.fast, from incubation towards deployment


Education history

  • 1992-1994: PhD Thesis, "Low Noise wideband feedback amplifiers"
  • 1979-1984: Electronics, Technical University, Delft (interupted by military service)
  • 1973-1978: Electronics, HTS Wegastraat, Den Haag
  • < 1973: Havo 4, Mulo B

Employer history

  • 1984-1985: Technical University Delft - Research group "Microwave technology"
  • 1985-2002: KPN Research
  • 2003-2019: TNO
  • 2020-now: Delft Circuits

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