Belgian business newspaper De Tijd has made a list of 50 Belgians whose work in high-tech puts Belgium on the map. Twelve of them are doing this for Leuven-based institutions.
Source: De Tijd
De Tijd used 10 catgeories to compose this list: Robots, AI, Space Travel, Software and Data, Drones, The Connected Human, Materials, Computers and Chips, Digital Senses, Leaders and Thinkers.
The list named Luc Van Gool (KU Leuven) in the category AI for his early work in 'computer vision'. Bart Preneel (KU Leuven) is mentioned in Software and Data. The head of Leuven-based COSIC Security Lab (Computer Security & Industrial Cryptography) is world class in the encryption of digital data.
When it comes to The Connected Human, imec accounts for two representatives. Roel Baets conducts research for optical chips compatible for measurements with cheap and miniaturized sensors. Chris Van Hoof is mentioned for his work with imec's health wearables: portable electronics allowing for monitoring of patients.
KU Leuven is well represented in Materials with a mention for Materialise. Rob Ameloot's experiments with organometallic grids allow for computerchips to perceive odourmolecules. Jean-Pierre Kruth is the founder of 3D Printing technology ready for commercial use and is one of the founding fathers of 3D Printing pioneer Materialise.
Paul Heremans and Kris Myny are researchers at imec and are mentioned in the category Computers and Chips. They're currently working on a new generation of display- and chiptechnology. Marc Heyns (imec, KU Leuven) conducts research on new materials and technology for tomorrow's computer chips. And KU Leuven's Michiel Steyaert replaced all external components by one single chip through innovations in architecture, technology and integrated circuits.
Peter Schelkens is mentioned in Digital Senses for his research at imec to develop holographic images with a lower use of processing power.
In Leaders and Thinkers we find imec CEO Luc Van den Hove and Karen Verschooren, curator of contemporary visual arts at STUK, who frequently merges tech with arts.