Visionary seminar: Spotlights on light
01-12-2015 :: imec Leuven, Belgium

Organizer: Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec, powered by DSP Valley

Organized by Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec, powered by DSP Valley.This visionary seminar Spotlights on Light commemorates 2015 as the International Year of the Light, and, 2015 as the 50 years of the Moore s law.

The challenge posed by copper wire for transmission lines (100s of kilometers long)  for high speed communication was solved by optical fibers. The optical fiber introduction not only revolutionized terrestrial communication but enabled submarine optical networks, spanning the vast oceans, connecting continents at high speeds and also drastically changed the world of Datacom.
Can bringing light on semiconductor chips create another wave of high-tech revolution? Since early 1980s CMOS photonics has come a long way from proof of concept to first profit making companies. Will CMOS photonics fulfill its potential providing high speed communications on chip and give life to the Moore’s law for another 50 years? Can silicon photonics draw on the tremendous quality of the CMOS industry to produce healthcare products which are very cheap yet highly personalized for the growing population? If these are the potential applications then what is being done to get there and how soon.
By attending this Visionary Seminar, you will know how light can brighten the future of information technology, healthcare and more.


16h30: Welcome coffee
17h00: Welcome by Leuven.Inc and Steve Beckers, VP imec, GM imec IC-link and Chairman of the program
17h15: Silicon photonics for the telecom, datacom and medical diagnostics industries
Philippe Absil, Program Director, Silicon Photonics and 3D technologies, imec
17h40: Applications of silicon photonics in sensing and life science
Roel Baets, Prof., Director UGent Center for Nano- and Biophotonics and Head Silicon Photonics Research UGent-imec
18h05: Coffee break
18h30: CAD, Design Kits and standardization
Wim Bogaerts, Luceda Photonics
18h50: Photonics as an enabler for highly integrated optical interconnects
Bartek Kozicki, member Technical Staff, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs
19h10: WAN 2 HAN: glass optical fiber to plastic optical fiber
Philippe Bolle, Managing Director, Skylane Optics
19h30: Challenges and opportunities for integrated optics in the access network
Koen Huybrechts, Product Manager – Fiber Innovation, CommScope
19h50: Q&A
20h10: Networking with drinks and snacks
The interventions will be held in English.


imec CAF -1A, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee
Parking is possible near the venue.
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Participation fee

135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc/DSP Valley  - 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities.  Please do contact us by e-mail
Participation in our activities at -50% discount via KMO-portefeuille Pijler OPLEIDING: Leuven.Inc Approval number DV.O106761
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KMO portefeuille request: for this seminar you indicate 4 training hours.


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