Signal processing

The mission of the digital signal processing group is to unveil the mysteries of the universe through the use of advanced digital systems.

The goal of these systems is to retrieve astronomical information from large quantities of data. The data and the process of signal processing is so comprehensive, we develop these systems ourselves (a kind of computer). The people of this department work on the architecture of such system, they develop circuit boards and program the chips that are on the boards. Our challenge is to deliver these complex systems on time with a suitable quality, so that it meets the expectations of our users: the astronomers.

The drive of the employees within this department is problem solving. Our challenge is to measure very sensitive signals from space and to process these signals. This way we get a better understanding of the universe.

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Tammo Jan Dijkema
Scientific software engineer

The work at ASTRON fits perfectly with my studies Scientific Computing at the interface between physics, mathematics and computer science. I work, among other things, on the mathematics to perform faster calculations on physical and astronomical super computers. This allows the astronomers to perform their calculations more efficient. The location of the ASTRON headquarters amazing! […]

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