Philips Research Eindhoven
Philips Research Eindhoven is located on the High
Tech Campus (HTC) Eindhoven, which is the center for
technology enabled innovation in The Netherlands. It
is an open campus, targeted at fostering open
cooperation between different companies and
institutes. Over 8000 researchers, developers, and
entrepreneurs work closely together at the HTC,
developing the technologies and products of
Activities at this location?
Philips Research Eindhoven works for all
innovation areas in the three Philips market sectors
of Healthcare, Lighting, and Consumer Lifestyle. We
combine research activities with “first of a kind”
product development based on our advanced
engineering competencies. Our way of working is
strongly multidisciplinary, both in terms of
technical scientific disciplines and in terms of
We cover a broad range of disciplines. From physics,
chemistry, electronics, mechatronics, embedded
software, signal processing, and computer science
into cross-disciplinary fields like biomedical
engineering, microbiology, biophysics, and systems
design all the way to psychology, perception, and
Most important research topics?
Within Healthcare, we focus on diagnostic imaging
and minimally invasive image guided intervention,
patient care, and clinical decision support, and
home and personal healthcare. In Lifestyle, we are
investigating technologies and solutions that
stimulate a healthy life, offering optimized
personal care, and exploring ways to enhance a
fulfilling home and interactive lifestyle.
In Lighting, we are investigating a variety of key
technologies for solid state lighting, embedded
lighting solutions, lighting systems, and the
effects of light on health and wellbeing.
Partners we work with
The list of our partners is long and varied –
open innovation is our way of working. From our
Eindhoven laboratory we cooperate with some 100
different universities and external companies in
Europe and across the globe. We are closely linked
to our Research labs elsewhere in Europe (UK,
Germany and France), in North America (Cambridge, MA),
China (Shanghai) and India (Bangalore).
One of the unique research facilities developed by Philips Research is the ExperienceLab at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, where a natural setting is provided in which proposed new technologies and applications can actually be tested and experienced.
In the ExperienceLab, multi-disciplinary teams including psychologists, sociologist and designers can observe people and monitor their behavior and interactions with the innovative concepts. ExperienceLab provides an ideal environment in which user-centered research can be performed.
History of Philips Research Eindhoven
Philips Research as a global organization grew
out of the renowned “Natuurkundig Laboratorium” or
NatLab which was established in 1914 in downtown
Eindhoven. The NatLab pioneered a number of
breakthrough inventions, which contributed to the
successful expansion of Philips into a multinational
company. These included the pentode radio tube, the
rotary shaver, and the compact disc. In the early
1960s, Philips Research moved to its current site in
Waalre, where it expanded into IC technology,
software, and systems.
In 2000, Philips decided on a new destiny for the
Research labs' site. The barriers were
removed and the High Tech Campus Eindhoven was
established, which has since become the largest
Dutch high tech campus. It is a truly vibrant
community and ecosystem for innovation. Philips
Research in Eindhoven is well positioned as a
cornerstone of the campus.
The former Philips Applied Technologies group was
created by a merger of several Philips departments
in 2005, including the Center for Manufacturing
Technology and the Philips Digital Systems Lab of
Philips Consumer Electronics. It moved to the High
Tech Campus in 2006.
In January 2011, a large part of the Applied
Technologies organization merged with Philips
Research, thereby enhancing its technical competency
base, and its ability to bring technology-enabled
innovation closer to the market. At this time, first
of a kind product development skills and advanced
engineering competencies were added to Philips
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5656 AE Eindhoven