Keynotes 1

Dr. Guido Camps - WUR/OnePlanet
& Dr. Gerrit Polder - WUR

'The use of photonics technologies in Wageningen,
from farm to fork?'
Guido Camps is a researcher @WUR and @OnePlanet Research Center in the area of nutrition and Artificial Intelligence, sensor development to determine food intake and MRI visualization of digestion. He trained in veterinary medicine at Utrecht University, AI at Radboud University, Data Science/Information Technology at Harvard University and did his PhD in Nutrition at Wageningen University. e currently supervises a group of PhD cadidates and a Post-Doc across different fields of research in using technology to get a better understanding of nutrition, and his work is often cited in the media. For example, on satiety for Algemeen Dagblad, Universiteit van Nederland and Quest magazine. He teaches different courses on nutrition and technology, nutrition and communication and physiology. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and baking (a different form of nutrition research) and the outdoors with his dog. Guido Camps is the scientific director of the Innovation Center of Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) Lab for Precision Health, Nutrition and Behavior. He is a member of the scientific advisory council of the Maag Lever Darm Stichting.

Gerrit Polder is senior researcher Computer Vision & Plant Phenotyping at the department Greenhouse Tech- nology of Wageningen University & Research. In 1985 he obtained a BSc in electronics at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem the Netherlands. After working several years in image processing and related topics, in 2004 he got a PhD from Delft University of Technology on spectral imaging for measuring biochem- icals in plant material. From 2004 he works at Wageningen University & Research on machine-vision, robotics and automated phenotyping projects in agriculture. His research interests include photonic based sensing, including imaging spectroscopy and spectral imaging for disease detection and high throughput automated plant phenotyping both in protected cultivation and arable farming. Furthermore, he worked on sensor fusion (color, fluorescence and infrared) for monitoring plant health using a robot system, and other projects mainly focused on agricultural research. He is (co-)author of several book chapters and more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.


Dr. Kaylee Hakkel

'The Spectral Revolution.'
Dr. Kaylee Hakkel is the COO of MantiSpectra. She is responsible for the daily operation of the company, but also has a background in physics. During her PhD at the Eindhoven University of Technology she worked on the spectral sensors that are now being commercialized at MantiSpectra. She was involved with the design, fabrication and characterization of the sensors. Next to her research, she became the founding president of the Photonics Society Eindhoven in 2019, which is an organization for Master and PhD students committed to the dissemination of optics and photonics. Her passion is to make spectral sensing available for everyone. Let’s join the spectral revolution!

Dr. Lex Oosterveld

'Opportunities for integrated photonics in agrifood.'
Lex Oosterveld is a principal scientist food processing at OnePlanet Research Center. In this role Lex focusses on the translation of chip and digital technologies to practical solutions for the food industry.
Additionally, Lex focuses on the development of integrated photonics for agrifood in the context of the growth fund PhotonDelta. Lex was trained as a food technologist at Wageningen University. He holds a PhD in food chemistry from Wageningen University and was active in the past as project manager in research and development at Sara Lee Douwe Egberts and NIZO food research.

Sikke Lautenbach

'Next gen. Imaging & Detection solutions for Life Science & Environmental market.'
During his Electronics study, Sikke Lautenbach started the "Led Factory." This company specialized in the development and production of high-end lighting solutions for Agricultural- and Life Science applications. One especially appealing project was the development of an advanced poultry house lighting system in cooperation with Friedrich Loeffler Institut and Maximilian University in Munich. Thereafter Sikke did various consultancy jobs (development and sales) for companies active in the agricultural and environmental sector before joining Photonis as Business development- and sales manager for the Scientific Detectors BU (Roden, The Netherlands). Photonis offers Advanced Imaging & Detection solutions for all kinds of markets. Furthermore, the team in Roden is developing an advanced spectroscopy instrument based on the Remote Raman working principle for use in future Life Science and Environmental applications.

Scientific Instruments

MSc. Ramon Navarro

'The Development of the James Webb Space Telescope.'
Ramon Navarro is a physics engineer from Eindhoven and has had a career at Philips Research and ASML. Since 2005 he has been responsible for the optical infrared equipment used by astronomers at Dutch universities use for their research. This equipment is always developed in international cooperation with eg ESA or ESO. The scientific instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope are highlighted, with a focus on MIRI, the Mid InfraRed Instrument, especially the Dutch contribution: the Spectrometer Main Optics module. The MIRI concept, optical design, mechanical design, manufacturing, testing and verification processes are all covered. Key question: How can you validate the performance in space on Earth: in vacuum, at cryogenic temperatures and at 0g? There are also many aspects of the Webb Space Telescope that deserve attention: the fabrication program, integration, verification tests on Earth, the launch, orbit in space, deployment of the sunshield and telescope, alignment of mirrors, cooling of the scientific instruments, verification of performance and handover to scientists.

Dr. Jessica Steinlechner
Maastricht University

'The Einstein Telescope: A future gravitaitonal-wave observatory '.
Jessica Steinlechner is an associate professor (UHD) at the Department of Gravitational Waves and Fundamental Physics at Maastricht University and a researcher at Nikhef. She received her PhD in experimental physics in 2013 in Hannover, Germany, followed by postdoc periods in Glasgow, UK, and Hamburg, Germany, before she came to Maastricht in 2019. She is an active member of the LIGO, Virgo and Einstein Telescope gravitational-wave collaborations. Jessica’s research focuses on the development of mirrors and their highly-reflective coatings, which are essential components of gravitational-wave detectors, requiring extremely low optical absorption, scattering and thermal noise. Her current activities, including a Vidi project and an ERC starting grant, focus on the development of mirrors to enable the Einstein Telescope to perform at the envisioned sensitivity.

Prof. dr. Ilse Aben

'The methane hunters : Detection of methane super emitters with satellites in support of emission reductions.'
Prof. dr. Aben is a senior scientist in the Earth group at SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research. The group focuses primarily on the interpretation of satellite remote sensing data of greenhouse gases (CO2 and methane) and related species as part of the Carbon cycle research. Dr. Aben is the Dutch Co-Principal Investigator and co-initiator of the TROPOMI instrument on the Sentinel-5 Precursor mission. She leads the SRON TROPOMI team responsible for safeguarding the scientific performance of the TROPOMI SWIR channel measuring CO and methane. Dr. Aben is responsible for a number of projects in her group focusing on detection and emission quantification of localised and area sources of methane and carbon monoxide. Aben is professor by special appointment at the Earth Sciences department of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Keynote 2

Dr. Bruno Ehrler

'SolarNL: A Plan to Establish a Dutch Ecosystem for Solar Photovoltaics Industry and Research.'
Bruno Ehrler is leading the Hybrid Solar Cells group at AMOLF in Amsterdam since 2014 and is also a honorary professor at the University of Groningen since 2020. His group works on perovskite materials science, both on the fundamental level and for device applications. The research is currently focussed on understanding and using ion migration in perovskite solar cells, the main reason for their degradation.He is recipient of an ERC Starting Grant and an NWO Vidi grant, recipient of the WIN Rising Star award, advisory board member of the Dutch Chemistry Council, the science board of the Netherlands Energy Research Alliance (NERA), part of the NWA route Energy Transition, and senior conference editor for nanoGe.


Prof. David Marpaung
Twente University

'Light-sound interactions in a photonic chip: enhancing the ultra-versatile toolbox.'
David Marpaung is a full professor leading the Nonlinear Nanophotonics group at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is a fellow of Optica (formerly OSA). He was the recipient of the 2015 Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council, the 2017 Vidi award and the 2019 START UP grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2022 he was awarded the ERC Consolidator grant on the topic of 3D photonic circuits for Brillouin scattering. His research interests include photonic integration, optomechanics, and microwave photonics.

Dr. Suyeon Yang

'Open microscopy in the life sciences: Sharing is caring.'
Dr. Suyeon Yang studied Physics at KAIST (South Korea) and did her MSc thesis on optical trapping of nanometer-sized particles using a 3D plasmonic cavity under the supervision of Prof. Yong-Hee Lee. She then moved to the Netherlands in 2018 to start her Ph.D. In September 2023, she obtained her PhD at the Laboratory of Biophysics (Wageningen, the Netherlands) under the supervision of Dr. Johannes Hohlbein and Prof. John PM van Duynhoven. During her studies, she applied and developed various microscopy techniques to reveal the mechanisms of lipid-protein co-oxidation in food emulsions. She is currently working as a Postdoc at WUR and continues her work on the DNA-PAINT method combined with spin trapping to understand the spatiotemporal mapping of oxidation

Dr. Natallia E. Uzunbajakava

'Light for Health. The grace & power of flexible electronics.'
Natallia holds a Ph.D. and engineering degree (University of Twente), certification in Strategic Management & Innovation (CBS). Along 20 years of experience in R&D her hallmark is working at intersection of biophotonics, photobiology and skin & hair physiology, utilizing light for diagnostics and interventions. Natallia pioneered Raman imaging of single human cells (two awards at ‘Focus on Microscopy’). Collaboration with Dr. Botchkareva, Dr. Westgate and Dr. Dierickx revealed mechanism of low fluence photoepilation. Investigations with prof. van de Kerkhof deepened understanding of Sensitive Skin (‘Sensitive Skin Syndrome’ Eds. Honari, Andersen, Maibach 2017). Efforts within a European project CLASSIC (ID 607886) resulted in a discovery opsin-like photoreceptors in the skin and hair follicle as targets for phototherapy (Keith Foundation Best of Photobiomodulation Session, ASLMS 2017, Book Chapter in Molecular Dermatology, Eds. Botchkareva, Westgate, 2020). Dr. Uzunbajakava has over 40 publications, 3 Book Chapters, 22 Technical Notes, 27 US granted patents and applications. She lectures frequently, contributes to IMCAS Academy and Home Use Device Working Group. Her H-Index is 18 (Scopus @Spring 2023). Currently she works at the Holst Centre, serves at TNO IRB and operates as BioLight Consultancy with previous affiliations at PHILIPS, ASML, Eindhoven University of Technology.

MSc. Bart de Boer
Delta Diagnostics

'Accelerating life science research with label-free photonic biosensors.'
Bart de Boer is Chief Technology Officer at Delta Diagnostics and obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He started his career as a Scientist at Philips Research where he was involved in, among others, magneto-resistive biosensors. After 10 years at Philips, he joined the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research – TNO, where he was active as System Architect and Project Manager in the area of integrated optical biosensors. In 2018 he co-founded Delta Diagnostics to commercialize the biosensing technology developed at TNO. Bart has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of biosensing and biomedical sensor systems and hold over 40 patents.

Parallel Session - Roadmap

Peter van Arkel

Overview of the Dutch Photonics roadmaps landscape
Peter is managing consultant at Berenschot, specialized in the photonics ecosystem. In this role he conducts market and technology analysis, writes project and funding proposals and acts as project manager. Peter is the roadmapping director of the Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap – International (IPSR-I) where he coordinates over 400 experts contributing to the roadmap. He holds degrees in both Applied Physics and Management and is currently a PhD candidate at the Eindhoven University of Technology where he researches the knowledge transfer between organisations collaborating in an innovation ecosystem. Peter’s main drive to work in the photonics ecosystem are the societal benefits that it can bring. From a more sustainable food supply chain, to energy reduction in efficient datacentres. From safe transport networks to scientific instruments.

Parallel Session - Next Tech Food Factories

Pavel Paclik

Pavel has been active in spectral imaging and machine learning fields since 2000. Moving to industry in 2006, he has been building industrial machine learning solutions in sorting, medical diagnostics and quality control. He is a co-founder of perClass BV making spectral imaging easy-to-use for industrial and applied researchers. In 2022 perClass has joined Headwall Photonics, a US-based manufacturer of hyperspectral sensors. Pavel currently serves as a managing director of perClass BV and software architect for machine vision.

Henk Reitsma

After graduating at the Technical University of Eindhoven in 1993, faculty Electrical engineering, I fulfilled my military service in an artillery battery in the north of the Veluwe heath. By the end of 1994 I joined Greefa as a junior vision engineer. Greefa is manufacturer of sorting and packing equipment. Machinery in which measurement systems are key. In the first years there I specialized in the development of measurement systems, such as external quality measurements, size measurement and I also did research on internal quality measurements. Lateron, in 2000 I became teamlead of the software group and in 2008 manager of the Besturingen department, in which we do things like Electrical and PLC engineering, developing software and measurement systems. In the meantime I married with Marja. We have 5 kids and 3 grandkids. Besides spending time with the family, we love nature, historical places, classical music, and healthy food.

Dr. Lex Oosterveld

'Opportunities for integrated photonics in agrifood.'
Lex Oosterveld is a principal scientist food processing at OnePlanet Research Center. In this role Lex focusses on the translation of chip and digital technologies to practical solutions for the food industry.
Additionally, Lex focuses on the development of integrated photonics for agrifood in the context of the growth fund PhotonDelta. Lex was trained as a food technologist at Wageningen University. He holds a PhD in food chemistry from Wageningen University and was active in the past as project manager in research and development at Sara Lee Douwe Egberts and NIZO food research.


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