prof.dr.ir. G.J. Heijenk (Geert)

Full Professor Wireless Networks & Mobility

About Me

I am a full professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science, Chair Design and Analysis of Communication Systems, of the University of Twente (UT). I received my M.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Twente, the Netherlands in 1988, worked as a research staff member at the same university and received my Ph.D. in Telecommunications in 1995. I have also held a part-time position as researcher at KPN research, the Netherlands, from 1989 until 1991. From 1995 until 2003, I was with Ericsson EuroLab Netherlands, first as a senior strategic engineer, and from 1999 as a research department manager. From 1998 until 2003 I was also a part-time senior researcher at the University of Twente. From 2015 until 2018 I have been program director of the Computer Science and Internet Science & Technology bachelor and master programs of University of Twente. As of September 2020, I am the chair of the Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) group at the University of Twente.

In 2011, I was a visiting professor at INRIA Rocquencourt, Paris. In 2002, I was a visiting associate professor at the University of California, Irvine. In 1992, I have performed part of my Ph.D. research at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

My area of research is Wireless Networks & Mobility. I am particularly interested in architectures, algorithms, and protocols for Cellular, Ad-hoc, and Vehicular Networks.


Wireless Networks
Network Protocols
Adaptive Cruise Control
Packet Loss
Quality Of Service

Ancillary Activities

  • ASCI (Advanced School for Computing and Imaging)
    Board member ASCI (Advanced School for Computing and Imaging)


My area of research is  Wireless Networks & Mobility. In particular, I am investigating novel ICT concepts to enable a transition in mobility of goods and people using coordinated automated driving. 


Smeitink, E., Herrebout, F., van Bussel, H., Nooren, P., Heijnen, P., Wijngaard, P., Wilkens, J., Kuipers, F., Heemstra de Groot, S., Smolders, B. , Heijenk, G. , van den Berg, H. L., & Zaalberg, J. (2021). Future Network Services: Communicatienetwerken voor en door Nederland. https://publications.tno.nl/publication/34638839/2xVZxj/TNO-2021-communicatienetwerken.pdf
Mendler, G. , & Heijenk, G. (2021). On the potential of multicast in millimeter wave vehicular communications. In 2021 IEEE 93rd Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2021-Spring), 2021 [9448670] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/VTC2021-Spring51267.2021.9448670
Chandramohan, A. , & Heijenk, G. (2020). Modelling V2V message generation rates in a highway environment. In 2020 16th International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob) [9253392] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/WiMob50308.2020.9253392
Meijerink, B. , & Heijenk, G. (2020). Infrastructure Support for Contention-Based Forwarding. In D. Cabric, O. Altintas, T. Leinmueller, H. Zhang, & T. Higuchi (Eds.), 2019 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference, VNC 2019 [9062795] (IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference, VNC; Vol. 2019-December). IEEE Computer Society Press. https://doi.org/10.1109/VNC48660.2019.9062795
Meijerink, B. J. , & Heijenk, G. (2018). Implementation and Evaluation of Distributed Geographical Routing. In K. R. Chowdhury, M. Di Felice, I. Matta, & B. Sheng (Eds.), Wired/Wireless Internet Communications: 16th IFIP WG 6.2 International Conference, WWIC 2018, Boston, MA, USA, June 18–20, 2018, Proceedings (pp. 121-133). (Lecture notes in computer science; Vol. 10866). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02931-9_10
Baratchi, M. , Heijenk, G. , & van Steen, M. R. (2017). Spaceprint: a Mobility-based Fingerprinting Scheme for Spaces. In SIGSPATIAL '17: Proceedings of the 25th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems [102] Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3139958.3140009
Gholibeigi, M., Sarrionandia, N. , Karimzadeh Motallebi Azar, M. , Baratchi, M. , van den Berg, H. L. , & Heijenk, G. (2017). Reliable vehicular broadcast using 5G device-to-device communication. In WMNC 2017: 10th IFIP Wireless and Mobile Networking Conference, 25-27 September 2017, Valencia (Spain) IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/WMNC.2017.8248846
Acciani, F. , Frasca, P. , Heijenk, G. , & Stoorvogel, A. A. (2017). Using a linear gain to accelerate average consensus over unreliable networks. 3569 - 3574. Paper presented at 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2017, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. https://doi.org/10.1109/CDC.2017.8264183
Brugman, T. , Baratchi, M. , Heijenk, G. , & van Steen, M. (2017). Inferring the social-connectedness of locations from mobility data. In G. L. Ciampaglia, A. Mashhadi, & T. Yasseri (Eds.), Social Informatics: 9th International Conference, SocInfo 2017, Oxford, UK, September 13-15, 2017 (pp. 443-457). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 10540). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67256-4_35
Meijerink, B. J. , Baratchi, M. , & Heijenk, G. (2017). Evaluation of geocast routing trees on random and actual networks. In Y. Koucheryavy, L. Mamatas, I. Matta, A. Ometov, & P. Papadimitriou (Eds.), Wired/Wireless Internet Communications: 15th IFIP WG 6.2 International Conference, WWIC 2017, Proceedings (pp. 127-142). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 10372). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-61382-6_11
Acciani, F. , Heijenk, G. , & Frasca, P. (2017). Achieving robust average consensus over wireless networks. In 2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016 (pp. 555-560). [7810343] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ECC.2016.7810343

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Within the Technical Computer Science and Electrical Engineering bachelor programs, I teach parts of the Network Systems module. Furthermore, I am coordinating and teaching in the minor module Cyber Physical Systems. For master students in Electrical Engineering, Embedded Systems, and Computer Science, I teach the following courses: Mobile & Wireless Networking, Ad Hoc Networks, and Advanced Networking. Finally, I supervise all kinds of student projects in the area of wireless networking and cooperative autonomous driving.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling (building no. 11), room 5063
Hallenweg 19
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling  5063
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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