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Prof. Roel Baets

RoelBaets Roel Baets is full professor at Ghent University and leads the Photonics Research Group of Ghent University,  a research group associated with IMEC. With about 250 journal publications and 500 conference papers as well as about 15 patents he has made contributions to research on semiconductor laser diodes, passive guided wave and grating devices and to the design and fabrication of photonic ICs, both in III-V semiconductors and in silicon. His current research interests focus on photonic integrated components for new application areas, such as smart sensors and biomedical instrumentation. He has been granted several scientific prizes and is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Roel Baets is coordinator of the European Network of Excellence ePIXnet and of the European "Erasmus Mundus" Master of Science in Photonics program and is the director of the Center for Nano-and Biophotonics. He has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for InSpectra and has received a Methusalem grant for Smart Photonic Chips.
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Prof. Peter Bienstman

PeterBienstmanPeter Bienstman was born in Ghent, Belgium, in 1974. He received a degree in electrical engineering from Ghent University, Belgium, in 1997 and a Ph.D. from the same university in 2001, at the Department of Information Technology (INTEC), where he is currently an associate professor. During 2001-2002, he spent a year in the Joannopoulos research group at MIT.
His research interests include several applications of nanophotonics (biosensors, photonic information processing, ...) as well as nanophotonics modelling. He has published over 50 papers and holds several patents. He is a member of IEEE-LEOS. He has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for Naresco.
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Prof. Wim Bogaerts

Wim Bogaerts is professor in the Photonics Research Group at Ghent University - imec. He coordinates the activities in the field of silicon photonics concerning process development, all-silicon integration and photonic design tools.
Wim Bogaerts graduated in engineering (applied physics) at Ghent University in June 1998 and a PhD in April 2004. Currently he is active in the photonics group as a part-time professor and postdoctoral researcher of the Flemish Science Foundation (FWO), coordinating the silicon photonics work, with a stronger focus on active elements and integration of silicon photonics with other technologies. He is a member of IEEE-LEOS, Optical Society of America (OSA), SPIE and the Flemish Engineering Society (KVIV).
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Prof. Bart Kuyken

Bart Kuyken was born in Ghent, Belgium, in 1985. He received the BS and MS degree in electrical engineering and the BS in Applied Physics from Ghent University in 2008. He received the MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2009. In 2013, he received the PhD degree from Ghent University for the PhD 'Four-Wave-Mixing in Dispersion-Engineered Silicon Nanophotonic Circuits for Telecommunication and Sensing Applications'. As a postdoc, he worked on the field of non-linear optics and collaborated with colleagues from Université Libre de Bruxelles (B) and Lille University (F). He has been a visiting scientist at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center (US) in 2011 and 2012 and at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (D) in 2013 and 2015. His work includes the integration of nonlinear optical functions in silicon photonics waveguides, 2D materials and THz waveguide integration.

In 2015, he has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Engineering Faculty of Ghent University. His main interests include Terahertz Photonics.

 

Prof. Nicolas Le Thomas

Nicolas Le Thomas was born in Rennes, France, in 1974. He received the degree in engineering from “École National Supérieure de Physique de Grenoble” (ENSPG) in 1998 and the PhD degree from “Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble” (INPG) in 2002. During 2002 and 2005, he was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Dortmund in the group of Prof. Ulrike Woggon, working on the optical spectroscopy of semiconductor nanocrystals. From 2005 to 2011, he was research associate at "École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne" (EPFL) in the group of Prof. Romuald Houdré, working on the optical characterisation of photonic crystals structures.

In 2012, he has been appointed professor in the Engineering Faculty of Ghent University. 
His main interests include photonic crystals structures, integrated photonic sensors, biological applications of sub-wavelength photonic structures, optical spectroscopy of nanostructures, and semiconductor lasers.
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Prof. Geert Morthier 

GeertMorthier Geert Morthier received the degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Gent in 1987, 1991, respectively. In 2001 he was appointed parttime professor at Ghent University.
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 around 100 papers in the field. He is also one of the two authors of the Handbook of Distributed Feedback Laser (Artech House, 1997) and co-editor of the book ‘How to model and measure photonic components: experience from a European project’ (Springer-Verlag, 1998). He has been the project manager of the ACTS project ACTUAL dealing with the control of widely tunable laser diodes and of the FP5 IST project NEWTON on new widely tunable lasers. He is currently the project manager of the FP7 ICT project HISTORIC on all optical logic and routing based on heterogeneous InP on silicon technology.
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Prof. Gunther Roelkens

Günther Roelkens was born in Ghent, Belgium, in 1979. He received a degree in electrical engineering from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2002 and a PhD from the same university in 2007, at the Department of Information Technology (INTEC), where he is currently a tenure track research professor. In 2008, he was a visiting scientist in IBM TJ Watson Research Center, New York. He is currently also part-time assistant professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.
His research interest include the heterogeneous integration of III-V semiconductors and other materials on top of silicon waveguide circuits, for high performance photonic integrated circuits. He has published over 40 journal papers and holds several patents. He is a member of IEEE Photonics Society. He has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for MIRACLE, to start up research in the field of integrated mid-infrared photonic integrated circuits.
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Prof. Dries Van Thourhout

DriesVan ThourhoutDries received the degree in physical engineering and the Ph.D. degree from Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium in 1995 and 2000 respectively.
From Oct. 2000 to Sep. 2002 he was with Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories, New Jersey, USA, working on the design, processing and characterization of InP/InGaAsP monolithically integrated devices. In Oct. 2002 he joined the Department of Information Technology (INTEC), Ghent University, Belgium. Currently he is member of the permanent staff of the photonics group. He is lecturer or co-lecturer for 4 courses within the Ghent University Master in Photonics program (Microphotonics, Advanced Photonics Laboratory, Photonic Semiconductor Components and Technology). He is also coordinating the cleanroom activities of the research group.
His research focuses on the design, fabrication and characterization of integrated photonic devices. Main topics involve Silicon nanophotonic devices, heterogeneous integration of InP-on-Silicon, integrated InP-based optical isolators. Besides he is working on the development of new fabrication processes for photonic devices, e.g. based on focused ion beam etching and die-to-wafer bonding.
He holds three patents, has authored and coauthored over 60 journal papers and has presented invited papers at several major conferences. He is member of IEEE LEOS and associate editor for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. He is currently coordinating the EU projects WADIMOS and SMARTFIBER. He has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for ULPPIC.
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