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Etienne Perret

Full Professor in Electrical Engineering


Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble INP – Esisar


Short presentation

Etienne Perret received the Eng. Dipl. degree in electrical engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique, d’Electrotechnique, d’Informatique, d’Hydraulique, et des Télécommunications, Toulouse, France, 2002, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Toulouse Institute of Technology, Toulouse, in 2002 and 2005, respectively.

From 2005 to 2006, he held a post-doctoral position with the Institute of Fundamental Electronics, Orsay, France.

He was appointed Associate Professor in 2006 and Full Professor in 2022 of electrical engineering at Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble INP, France, where he heads the ORSYS Research Group (20 researchers) from 2015 to 2022.

From 2014 to 2019, he has been a Junior Member with the Institut Universitaire de France, Paris, France, an institution that distinguishes professors for their research excellence, as evidenced by their international recognition.

From 2015 to 2020, he has been an appointed Member of the French National Council of Universities.

He has authored or co-authored more than 250 technical conferences, letters and journal papers, and books and book chapters. He holds several patents. His works have generated more than 4500 citations.

His current research interests include wireless communication systems based on the principle of backscatter modulation or backscattering of EM waves especially in the field of RFID and chipless RFID for identification and sensors.

His research interests also include electromagnetic modeling of passive devices for millimeter and submillimeter-wave applications, and advanced computer-aided design techniques based on the development of an automated codesign synthesis computational approach.

Dr. Perret has been a Technical Program Committee member of the IEEE International Conference on RFID, the IEEE RFID TA; and currently he is a member of the IMS Technical Paper Review Committee.

He was a recipient of several awards like the MIT Technology Review’s French Innovator’s under 35 in 2013, the French Innovative Techniques for the Environment Award in 2013, the SEE/IEEE Leon Brillouin Award for his outstanding achievement in the identification of an object in an unknown environment using a chipless label or tag in 2016, the IEEE MTT-S 2019 Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the Prix Espoir IMT – Académie des sciences in 2020 and the Grand Prix de l’Electronique Général Ferrié in 2021.

He was a Keynote Speaker and the Chairperson of several international symposiums. Etienne Perret was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2017 for his project ScattererID.

Research activities

  • Keywords : Microwave circuits – Antennas – RF modelling – Wireless RF characterisation – Radar approach – Backscattering wireless-powered communications – RFID – RFID chipless –



ERC Consolidate Grant holder (2018) project ScattererID (2 million-euro project, 5 years). This grant is given to researchers who have demonstrated the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Perret’s transfer activities began in 2010 with the PassDor project and with the Grenoble technology transfer organization. These activities have been amplified in 2014 with the Pass2Dor Project and with the creation of a Startup IDYLLIC TECHNOLOGY (2018). Perret’s transfer activities concern the development of chipless RFID technology.



Teaching activities : Professor in Electrical Engineering

Keywords: Antenna, wave and propagation, Numerical methods for EM solvers

Responsible of the following courses:

  • Introduction to antennas
  • Modeling and Simulation Techniques for RF System Design


Head of the Embedded systems Department at Grenoble INP – Esisar  » (EIS): Engineering Degree, around 160 students spread over 3 years.