7-8 September 2022
EPIC Meeting on CMOS Compatible Integrated Photonics at imec
Leuven, Belgium

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The EPIC Meeting on CMOS compatible integrated photonics at imec will bring together CMOS/Silicon/Electronics/MEMs foundries and manufacturers and providers of new materials with photonic functionality (Graphene, III-V, plasmonic structures, BTO, etc.) to address the needs to start new collaborations. The incorporation of new materials with photonic functionality to CMOS processing has been traditionally challenging. However recently, there has been major interest in bringing the developments in photonics to mass production, and for that, working closer to semiconductor companies is a necessary step.

Some of the recent trends are for example, the mass production of coherent transceivers for FMCW LiDAR, efficient detectors based on Quantum dots for next generation imagers, Intel hybrid IIIV/Si laser integration, Graphene flagship, and GF 300mm platform. At this meeting we would like the necessary steps to start new collaborations towards pilot production of these hybrid new platforms. Challenges to be addressed, such as through silicon/glass vias, wafer bonding, wafer testing, packaging & assembly as well as new market driven applications that demand the functionality beyond the state of the art.


DAY 0, Tuesday 6 September 2022
Pre-event dinner for early arrivals (optional) @hotel restaurant or nearby

DAY 1, Wednesday 7 September 2022
12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Light lunch @ imec (Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee)

13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming words – EPIC
13:05 – 13:15 Welcoming words – imec

13:15 – 15:15 SESSION 1: Setting up the scene
13:15 – 13:45 KEYNOTE: Philippe Absil, Vice President R&D at imec
13:45 – 15:15 PRESENTATIONS

15:15 – 16:00 Coffee Break – Networking

16:00 – 18:30 SESSION 2 The Integrated Photonics Ecosystem

16:00 – 16:30 KEYNOTE: Peter O’Brien, Head of Research Group at Tyndall National Institute
16:30 – 17:00 KEYNOTE: Finian Rogers, Program Manager at Intel
17:00 – 17:15 Tolga Tekin, Group Manager at Fraunhofer IZM
17:15 – 17:30 Inigo Artundo, CEO at VLC

18:45 Bus transfer from imec to dinner venue
19:00 – 22:00 Dinner @Faculty Club (Address: Groot Begijnhof 14, 3000 Leuven)
22:15 Bus transfer to Hotel

DAY 2, Thursday 8 September 2022
08:00 Bus/walk from Hotel to imec
08:15 – 08:55 Morning Coffee @imec

09:00 – 11:15 SESSION 3 Traditional Photonics  Applications
09:00 – 09:10 Recap of Day 1 – EPIC
09:10 – 09:40 KEYNOTE: Michael Lebby, CEO at Lightwave Logic
09:40 – 10:40 PRESENTATIONS

10:40 – 11:15 Coffee Break – Networking

11:15 – 13:30 SESSION 4: Emerging Applications

11:15 – 11:45 KEYNOTE: Cedric Huyghebaert, CTO at Black Semiconductor

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch – Networking

14:30 – 16:00 COMPANY VISIT @ imec
16:00 Departure from imec to airport


The meeting location: Auditorium in imec 1 (Address: Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee).

The recommended hotel within walking distance to the meeting location is Begijnhof Hotel Leuven.

The special reduced rate 152 EUR/night inclusive of breakfast, VAT and city tax, can only be booked with the Registration form sent to email: info@bchotel.be until 6 July 2022. After this date the rate will be subject to availability.

All bus transfers will be organized to and from this hotel only. Hotel will be paid by each participant individually.


Peter O’Brien (Professor) is Head of the Photonics Packaging Group at the Tyndall Institute, University College Cork and Director of the European Photonics Packaging Pilot Line (www.pixapp.eu). He is also Deputy Director of the SFI Centre for Integrated Photonics (IPIC). His research group develops packaging and integration solutions for a range of photonic-based applications including high-speed communications, miniaturised biomedical and diagnostics and remote and autonomous sensing. Prof O’Brien is also a visiting professor at the Optical Science Centre at the University of Arizona. He previously founded and was CEO of a start-up company manufacturing speciality photonic systems for bio-imaging and pharmaceutical product monitoring applications, which he sold in 2009. Prior to this, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was involved in the development of submillimetre wave devices for remote (space) sensing applications. He received his degree and PhD in Physics from Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork respectively.

Head of Research Group, Director of Photonics Packaging Pilot Line, Head of European Photonics Academy at Tyndall Institute

Iñigo Artundo (CEO) obtained the M.Sc. in Telecom Engineering at the Universidad Publica de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) in 2005, and received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Photonics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) in 2009. He has been involved in several national and European research projects and networks of excellence focused on reconfigurable optical interconnects, the design, fabrication and characterization of micro‐optic devices, and on flexible access and in‐building fiber network architectures. He has worked as a reviewer for several scientific journals and national funding agencies. He holds specializations in Business Financing, Commercial Management and Research, and Strategic Marketing. He is a member of IEEE, SPIE and COIT.

Vice President R&D, Department Head at imec

Tolga Tekin (PPS Manager) has received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, in 2004. He was a Research Scientist with the Optical Signal Processing Department, Fraunhofer HHI, where he was engaged in advanced research on optical signal processing, 3R-regeneration, all-optical switching, clock recovery, and integrated optics. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher on components for O-CDMA and terabit routers with the University of California. He worked at Teles AG on phased-array antennas and their components for skyDSL. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM), he then led projects on optical interconnects and silicon photonics packaging. At the Technical University of Berlin, he then engaged in microsystems, photonic integrated system-in-package, photonic interconnects, and 3-D heterogeneous integration research activities. He is manager of Photonics and Plasmonics Systems Group at Fraunhofer IZM and coordinator of ‘PhoxLab - European Photonics Innovation Hub for Optical Interconnects at Fraunhofer IZM. He coordinated European Flagship project on optical interconnects ‘FP7-PhoxTroT’, and is currently coordinating ‘H2020-L3MATRIX’ and ‘H2020-MASSTART’.

Group Manager at Fraunhofer IZM

Michael Lebby (Board Director) joined Lightwave Logic as a member of the Board of Directors in 2015. In May 2018, Dr. Lebby assumed the role of CEO, Lightwave Logic Inc (LWLG:OTCQB). Lightwave Logic is a leading technological company commercializing Electro-Optical polymers. Dr. Lebby (born 1961, London, UK) is an Anglo-American entrepreneur and intrapreneur in the fields of optoelectronics/photonics electronics and semiconductors. Dr. Lebby’s career started with the British Government in 1977 in telecommunications and he did research at their research labs (RSRE Malvern) in the early 1980s. Dr. Lebby worked at AT&T’s research labs: Bell Labs (1985-1989) in photonics, and subsequently drove the development (and co-authored the first patent) of the oxide VCSEL diode laser at Motorola in the 1990s (which is now used in laser mice, 3D sensing/FaceID in mobile phones, optical interconnects; where volumes of the laser are over 1B units today). From 2005-2010 he led the USA trade association in optoelectronics (OIDA) and represented the optoelectronics and photonics industry on Capitol Hill. Dr. Lebby has run technical start-ups and commercialized optoelectronic and photonics technology into volume manufacturing. He is currently a technical expert to the European Commission. He is a Fellow member of IEEE and OSA, and has been voted PIC (Photonic Integrated Circuit) business leader of the year by the PIC International Conference in 2018. Dr. Lebby holds over 450 issued international patents in photonics and electronics, that have been derived from over 200 issued USPTO utility patents, mostly in the field of optoelectronics, photonics and semiconductors. He has been cited by the USPTO to be in the most prolific 75 inventors in USA from 1988-1997. Dr. Lebby is passionate about photonics, and has focused his efforts over the last 30years to drive new photonics manufacturing programs in USA and Europe as well as industry-based photonics technology roadmaps.

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