Jaap C. Haartsen (Feb1963) has been active in the area of Wireless Communications for the more than 25 years. He studied at Delft University of Technology obtaining his Master and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering (both with honor) in 1986 and 1990, respectively. Jaap started his industrial career in the US early 1991 when he joined Ericsson-GE in Raleigh-Durham, working in the research department on advanced cellular phone systems. Mid-1993, he moved to Lund, Sweden and started working on wireless indoor communication systems. Summer 1994, he laid the foundations for the system that later became known as the Bluetooth® Wireless Technology.
Dr. Haartsen played an active role in the creation of the Bluetooth Special Interest group which was founded in February 1998 and served as chairman for the SIG Air Protocol Specifications group from 1998 till 2000 driving the standardization of the Bluetooth radio interface. During that time, he played an important role in obtaining worldwide regulatory approval for the Bluetooth technology. From 2001 until fall 2004, he served as Chief Scientist of Ericsson Technology Licensing AB, a company fully dedicated to Bluetooth IP. In 2007, he moved to the SonyEricsson, working as Senior Expert on wireless systems. In March 2010, he left the Ericsson group and became CTO of tonalite B.V., a privately-owned company addressing wireless wearable products. In 2012, he started working for Plantronics Inc.as Chief Scientist Wireless Technologies. In 2016 he founded JHC2, from which he provides consultancy services in the area of wireless systems and is involved in several start-up initiatives.
From 2000 until 2008, in parallel to his industrial work, Dr. Haartsen served as a part-time professor at the University of Twente, teaching and leading research in the area of wireless communications.
Dr. Haartsen published in major journals and magazines and is named inventor in over 200 patents in the area of mobile and local radio communications. Over the past years, he was honored with several awards related to his fundamental work in the area of Bluetooth. In 2015, he was inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Washington, and in 2016 in the CTA Hall of Fame, New York.