Plenary Speakers

Professor Roel Baets – Ghent University – imec, Belgium
Photonic integration: moving beyond telecom and datacom

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Roel Baets is full professor at Ghent University, Belgium. He is also associated with IMEC. He has held part-time professor positions at the Technical University of Delft and at the Technical University of Eindhoven.
Roel Baets works in the field of integrated photonic components and circuits. He has made contributions to research on semiconductor laser diodes, guided wave and grating devices and to the design and fabrication of photonic ICs, both in III-V semiconductors, in silicon and in siliconnitride. The Photonics Research Group, in which he is active, is involved in numerous national and international research programs and also coordinates the Multi-Project-Wafer service ePIXfab that provides access to silicon photonics technology. The silicon photonics research activities of the group are part of a joint research initiative with IMEC.
Roel Baets holds management responsibilities within the Photonics Research Group and the Center for Nano- and Biophotonics (NB Photonics) Ghent University. He was co-founder of the international European MSc programme in Photonics.
Roel Baets is a grant holder of the European Research Council (ERC). He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr Tom Hausken – The Optical Society, Optoelectronics Industry Development Association, USA
Update on the North American photonics market and US National Photonics Initiative

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With over 30 years in optoelectronics, Dr. Hausken focuses on industry activities at OSA—the Optical Society.  This includes OIDA (the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association, the trade association operated by OSA) where he held a position earlier in his career.  For 13 years until 2012, Dr. Hausken led market research and strategy consulting for lasers, image sensors, and a range of other photonic products at Strategies Unlimited.  He was also a telecom policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and held R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments in photonics and electronics.  He has a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in optoelectronics.

Professor E. Fred Schubert - Future Chips Constellation Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Enabling a Revolution in Lighting: Light-Emitting Diodes

E. Fred Schubert made pioneering contributions to the field of compound semiconductor materials and devices, particularly to the doping of compound semiconductors and to the development and understanding of light-emitting diodes. He is currently a distinguished professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY. He authored the books Doping in III–V Semiconductors (1992), Delta Doping of Semiconductors (1996), and Light-Emitting Diodes (1st edition 2003 and 2nd edition 2006). He is co-inventor of more than 30 US patents and co-authored more than 300 publications. He is a Fellow of the APS, IEEE, OSA, and SPIE and has received several awards.