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Chairman

Marc Wuilpart
University of Mons, Belgium
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Marc Wuilpart received the degree of Electrical Engineering from the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Mons, Belgium in 1999 and the PhD degree in Applied Science from the same faculty in 2003. He is currently professor at the University of Mons. His research activities concern optical fibre metrology for telecommunications and sensing applications. In particular, he is interested in distributed measurement systems and in the characterization of polarization effects. His research activities lead him to be author and co-author of 4 book chapters, 53 journal papers, 144 conference papers and 4 patent applications. He is currently the chairman of the IEEE Photonics Society Benelux Chapter.

 

Vice chairman

Sonia M. Garcia-Blanco
University of Twente, The Netherlands
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Sonia García-Blanco is an Associate Professor at the University of Twente. She obtained her PhD degree in integrated optics at the University of Glasgow in 2003. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, she became a scientific staff member at INO (Institute National d’Optique) in Québec City, Canada. In 2010, she joined the University of Twente as a Tenure Track assistant professor. Since 2013, she leads the Integrated Optical Systems group, the research interest of which deals with the development of novel integrated photonic devices, including waveguide amplifiers and lasers integrated on passive technology platforms and integrated photonic sensors. In 2014, she received an ERC Consolidator grant to investigate novel sources in rare-earth ion doped crystalline materials. She is chair of the Integrated Optics conference at Photonics West and member of the Scientific Committee of the Optical Sensing and Metrology committee at CLEO-Europe. She is section editor (Optical Sensors) of the JEOS:RP journal.

 

Secretary

Guy Verschaffelt
Vrij Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
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Treasurer

Henrie Van den Boom
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Henrie (H.P.A.) van den Boom was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on August 20, 1955. He received an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in 1984. Since then he is an assistant professor at the Electro-Optical Communication Systems group of the COBRA Institute at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has been involved in national and international re¬search projects on coherent optical communicati¬on sys¬tems, optical cross-connected networks, broad-band communications in Hybrid Fiber Coax networks and Polymer Optical Fiber systems and networks. Currently, he is doing research and development in the field of novel optical sensor systems and applications. He (co-)authored over 200 journal and conference papers.

 

Student Representative

Ang Li
University of Gent, Belgium
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Mr. Ang Li is currently enrolled as a full time Ph.D candidate at the photonics research group, Ghent University-IMEC, supervised by Prof. Wim Bogaerts.
He graduated from an Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Sep.2013, with master degrees in photonics network from Technical University Berlin, Germany and Scuola Superiore Sant'anna, Pisa, Italy. 
Before that he received the BSc. from Mcrioelectronics Department of Fudan University, Shanghai, China in July 2011. 
From June 2012 til September 2012, he spent 4 months at Fraunhofer--Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) in Berlin, as a research assistant, participating in using Cadence AMS to design a SPI/I2C communication protocol for the control of optical active components. 
From March 2016 until August 2016 Ang Li conducted a 5-month internship as a research associate under supervision of Ray Beausoleil in the Large-Scale Integrated Photonics group at Hewlett Packard Labs at Palo Alto, CA, USA.


Board members

Christophe Caucheteur
University of Mons, Belgium
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Geert Morthier
University of Gent, Belgium
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Geert Morthier (M’93–SM’01) received the degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Gent in 1987, 1991, respectively. Since 1991 he is a member of the permanent staff of IMEC. His main interests are in the modelling and characterisation of optoelectronic components. He has authored or co-authored over 150 papers in the field and holds several patents. He is also one of the two authors of the  Handbook of Distributed Feedback Laser (Artech House, 1997). From 1998 to end of 1999, he has been the project manager of the ACTS project ACTUAL dealing with the control of widely tunable laser diodes, from 2001 to 2005 he was project manager of the IST project NEWTON on new widely tunable lasers and from 2008 to 2011 he was project manager of the FP7 project HISTORIC on microdisk lasers. In 2001 he was appointed parttime professor at Ghent University, where he teaches courses on optical fiber communication and lasers.

Jose Pozo
PNO Consultants, The Netherlands
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Pascal Kockaert
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
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Bjorn Maes
University of Mons, Belgium
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Bjorn Maes received the engineering degree in applied physics in 2001 from Ghent University, Belgium. In 2005 he obtained the PhD degree from the Photonics Research Group at the same university. During 2005-2006 he spent one year as a postdoctoral associate at the Joannopoulos research group at MIT. In 2006-2010 he was an FWO postdoctoral fellow at the Photonics Research Group of Ghent University. In September 2010 he became professor at the Faculty of Science of the University of Mons. His research interests include the numerical and theoretical modeling of nanophotonic devices and integrated circuits. More specifically he is working on the physics of plasmonics, photonic crystals, light emission and solar cells.

 

Jeroen Kalkman
Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands
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Jeroen Kalkman is at the Delft University of Technology working in the Department of Imaging Physics, faculty of Applied Sciences. He is specialized in optical imaging, in particular in optical coherence tomography. He has a strong interest in optical signal processing and sensing applications. He is co-author of more than 40 peer-reviewed papers in international journals.


Yuqing Jiao,
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Yuqing Jiao is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI, formerly COBRA Research Institute), at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. His research area covers photonic integrated circuits (PICs) from telecom applications, through to PICs for sensing and interconnects. He has strong background in both silicon/silica and InP material systems, and he also has intensive experience in cleanroom fabrication as well as electromagnetic theories. He is currently focusing on an advanced InP membrane based on photonic integration platform for wide applications such as optical interconnects and beam steering. His other research interests include novel semiconductor technology and materials, emerging photonic applications.


Luc Augustin
Smart Photonics BV, The Netherlands
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Luc Augustin received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. After his graduation, he switched to industry, to work at Cedova, Photonics Lab as part of Philips Research, stepped to the Photovoltaics industry and went to Solland Solar, to be involved in the development, pilot production and optimization of the innovative Sunweb solar module technology. Currently he is CTO at SMART Photonics. His expertise is in simulation and design of InP based photonic integrated circuits, fabrication of III-V photonics components and integrated circuits and characterisation of semiconductor based photonic components. At SMART Photonics he is responsible for the technological strategy of the company and project management of R&D projects.

 

Saeed Tahvili
Effect Photonics, The Netherlands
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Davide Iannuzzi
Vrije Universitieit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Merel Leistikow
Philips, The Netherlands
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Merel Leistikow received her M.Sc. degree in applied physics from University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands in 2016. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Twente on research on controlling spontaneous emission in nanostructures, performed at the Complex Photonic Systems group at the Center for Nanophotonics of the FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. She currently works at Philips Research, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Her current research interests include optical techniques to improve interventional navigation and imaging.

 

Patty Stabile
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Dr. Ripalta (Patty) Stabile received her Master degree cum laude in electrical engineering from the Politecnico of Bari (IT) in 2004. In 2005, she joined the National Nanotechnology Laboratory in Lecce (IT), where she received the Ph.D. degree in Nanoscience in 2008. In 2009, she moved to COBRA Research Institute, TU/e (NL), where she was appointed as a Postdoctoral Researcher, and Assistant Professor in 2014 in the ECO (Electro-Optical Communication) group. Her research interests include design, simulation, nanofabrication, characterization of organic and inorganic large-scale photonic circuits. In 2016 she has been awarded the Early Career Women in Photonics – Special Recognition for her contribution to large-scale photonic integrated circuits for high-connectivity and high capacity optical switches. She is expert of high-speed electronic control of on-chip integrated systems, as well as of high data capacity transceiver module assembly and active optical coupling. She is author and co-author of more than 90 journal and conference papers in prestigious photonics conferences.

 

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