Official opening of the fifth Smart Systems Industry Summit

Peter Simkens - Managing Director DSP Valley
Dirk Stroobandt - Chairman of DSP Valley Board of Directors

Smart Vehicles: What it takes to make automated driving a reality
Maurice Geraets - Board Member NXP Netherlands

The entire automotive world is working hard to enable automated driving, building on innovations in electronics. Public authorities are keen to pilot, test and deploy connected & automated driving. In his presentation, Maurice Geraets will explain what innovations are key drivers of connected & automated driving and will touch upon the relevance of security in this domain.

Smart Health: Point of Care Testing - Smart Systems based Healthcare Solutions
Dr. Jürgen Spinke - Head of System Integration, Centralised and Point of Care Solutions, Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) is a growing segment within the In-vitro Diagnostics market. Providing the right diagnostic parameter, with the right performance, at the right place is the key philosophy behind successful POCT solutions, where time to result is essential. What this means for the technical requirements and “smartness” of POCT products will be discussed in this talk, based on general considerations and concrete examples of successfully implemented systems. 

Smart Industry: The challenges in Western manufacturing – how to create a smart industry & how to marry the worlds of digital and manufacturing?
Herman Derache - Managing Director SIRRIS, Head Innovation Center of Expertise Agoria

The challenges of the manufacturing industry in the western world have been quite stable over the last 20 years. Smaller series, higher product mix, more complex products, … in a context of high labour costs. But new ICT-technologies that become really accessible to small and big companies today are changing the solution space: sensors, wearables, cloud, connectivity, data, cobots, etc. are making new solutions possible for the old challenges. The result is higher productivity, less stress for the operators, better quality, shorter lead times at one condition: the digital people and the manufacturing people have to understand each other well.

Morning break

Smart Industry

Industry 4.0 Human Interface Mate as a virtual AR solution

Ives De Saeger, Managing Director - Arkite

Arkite NV aids the Industry 4.0 uprise. with the Human Interface Mate, a hard and software tool that assists operators in making less mistakes easy in production.  Focus for Arkite is on autonomation (one of the key pillars of Lean management) instead of automation because people matter.

Smart Cities

The big hole in IoT architecture (and how to fill it)

Dr. Javed Vassilis Khan, Founder - Ambianti

The current paradigm of IoT essentially connects several devices with each-other. Although this is an important step to creating smart solutions for industry and home automation there is one important aspect that prevents actual smartness of current solutions: that of knowledge of the space. As human beings we occupy space and space is one of the most important parameters of our being and everyday activities. Current IoT solutions lack the knowledge of their place in the space we occupy as well as the relative space between them. In this talk we present Ambianti Tiles, a revolutionary product that addresses the current overlooked challenge that prevent IoT solutions actually becoming smart. I will present several projects that exemplify the technology in smart lighting applications such as The Cube in last year’s GLOW festival

PHD Track

11hr40: Welcome and introduction by AnSem, track sponsor


11hr50: Epileptic seizure detection at home: a multimodal and patient specific approach - Kaat Vandecasteele, KULeuven


11hr58: Diagnosing neurological diseases by fusing multimodal functional brain data - Simon Van Eyndhoven, KULeuven

Smart Industry

How Visual Positioning Systems augment our reality and robots

Peter Soetens, Director - Intermodalics

Intermodalics, a robotics software development company in Heverlee, Belgium has worked closely with Google for more than 2 years to develop a Visual Positioning System called Tango. It's a beaconless positioning system that works in any environment we can think of. Nowadays, it serves as the founding technology for ARCore, an Augmented Reality (AR) toolkit for Android, but it harbors great potential for Virtual Reality and Robotics applications that will influence our lives on a daily basis. This presentation gives an overview of the possible applications in industry, robotics and consumer markets: augmenting position information in GPS denied environments,measuring 3D shapes without 3D cameras, enabling true human-computer interactions within our living environment.

Smart Cities

Accurate indoor positioning at large scale with ultra-wideband

Samuel Van de Velde, Founder & CTO - Pozyx

Wireless indoor positioning systems have been around for many years, with systems offering positioning accuracies between 1m and 5m. However, for many applications this is not accurate enough. Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology has the potential to change this, allowing for accurate (30cm) positioning at a low cost in large environments. Pozyx has been building UWB-based systems for the past years with customers such as Apple, Intel and Cisco. In this presentation, UWB technology is explained and an overview of the possible new applications is shown.

PHD Track

12hr06: Multimodal analysis for unobtrusive characterization of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) - Margot Deviaene, KULeuven


12hr14: Ubiquitous six-degrees of freedom head pose estimation providing human-computer interaction for people with limited hand usage - Edwin Walsh, UAntwerpen

Smart Industry

Business Model Innovation through data

Jo Nelissen, CEO & Founder - SmartLog

Industry 4.0 delivers huge potential for industrial companies. Currently however, most Industry 4.0 data are not used. That's because this information is used mostly to detect and control anomalies - not for optimization, prediction and uptime, which provide the greatest value.

By collecting the right data at the right moment, the right decision will be made to transform and innovate your business model (servitization), helping you towards a connected Industry 4.0.

Smart Cities

Integral design for a world in transition

Nicolas den Hartog, Architect - NP Bridging

Form, function and future of infrastructure are all based on some clearly observable principles in relation to technology, both digital and analog. These principles are derived from technologies’ driving force: speed, or to be more precise, acceleration.

In this context, an integral approach towards projects on every scale, is our central tool to obtain durable and robust physical answers to the demands of society, economy and nature.

Integrality is not only a tool to tackle problems in our hypermodern world, it is also an inherent consequence from the direction that developing technology takes us. In this sense, the new possibilities of technology delivers a playground for inventiveness and creativity. Although optimism must be the first condition to use these technologies, we always must be aware to use them in an intelligent, convincing, and at the same time, vigilant way.

The technological potentials and pitfalls, as well as gaps in contemporary processes, which are both in- and extrinsic, are explained within the framework of an integral work process.


Thus, during this short reading, a situation will be briefly clarified and our vision on integrality situated, to conclude with the role of technology to respond with infrastructure to the needs of society in the 3th millennium.

PHD Track

12hr22: Undiagnosed patients can be ill: Do not let this ruin your model! - Jessa Bekker, KULeuven


12hr30: ASSIST: Assistive Speech Interface for Smart Technologies - Vincent Renkens, KULeuven


12hr38: Automatic motion detection with Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras - Gianni Allebosch, Universiteit Gent

Smart Industry

Applied neural network classifiers in industry applications

Dirk-Jan Kroon, Senior Vision Engineer - DEMCON

Vision defect detection normally consist of aligning a product image with a common reference followed by finding pixel regions which deviate from the expected value. For products with highly varying shapes and texture such as flowers but also metal casted parts this approach is not feasible. The last decade neural network and deep learning approaches are becoming popular tools for product classification and defect detection. These methods work on training an application with large amounts of usually manually labeled images. After which the application can automatically classify new images into the trained categories. However; Trained classifiers are highly sensitive and will fail if illumination, location or the product changes in time.  Also manually labeling takes often too long and contains errors. Thus in practice many challenges has to be dealt with for a useable, efficient, maintainable industrial application is obtained

Smart Cities

Rethinking construction

Benjamin Eysermans, Founder - BAO

Some of you may know that there is a huge global urbanization happening at the moment. Between now and 2050, 2.5 billion people are going to move to urban and suburban environments. This means that more buildings are going to be concentrated into a smaller area and that living spaces are getting smaller. What this leads to is an increase in cost of building which also, unfortunately, leads to more expensive apartments for you and me.The construction sector also is a massively polluting and wasteful sector. 33% of all EU waste is construction and demolition waste. If we combine these problems we quickly realize that construction needs to be rethought…

PHD Track

12hr46: Exploiting scene constraints to improve object detection algorithms for industrial applications - Steven Puttemans, KULeuven



Smart Vehicles

Autonomous systems: surviving the nanosecond blue screen

Eric Verhulst, CEO/CTO - Altreonic

Smart systems are a hot topic these days. Enabled by continuously shrinking electronics, we can now add software to almost anything, from thermostats to autonomously driving cars and self-regulating energy networks. But is a smart system also trustworthy? Will it ever be smart enough to be trustworthy? Self driving cars for example use artificial intelligence to mimic the behaviour of an experienced driver.

Smart Health

MOLECUBES: think inside the box

Ewout Vansteenkiste, Co-Founder - Molecubes

MOLECUBES is a Ghent University spin-off that designs, develops and produces high-tech preclinical imaging scanners in-house. The entire product development trajectory can be labeled "Made in Flanders". With best in class universities and research institutions combined with agile SME's in hardware-design, mechanics and rapid prototyping as well as assembly and production we were able to bring throughly innovative platforms with potential spill-over in clinical imaging. In this talk MOLECUBES' past journey and future directions will be presented

Starters Track

Smart Vehicles

Integrating depth sensing inside vehicles enabling gesture control and robust monitoring

Daniel van Nieuwenhove, CTO - SoftKinetic

To enable intelligent cars, it is critical to upgrade their perception capabilities. Depth is one of the key senses required. In this presentation we will give an overview of the different depth sensing technologies and present the progress on SoftKinetic’s own DepthSense® technology and its usage inside the car for gesture control and in cabin monitoring.

Smart Health

Pig respiratory distress monitor: from sound to early disease warning

André Stoffel, Head of Research - Soundtalks

For economical reasons, the number of animals per farm(er) has increased drastically over the last decades and will continue to rise further in the future. Due to this trend, it has become impossible for farmers and veterinarians to observe large herds on a frequent basis. However, fast detection and identification of infections remains extremely important for the economic result of the growth cycle, animal welfare and reduction of the overall use of antibiotics. These challenges are the drive behind the continuous growth of the precision livestock farming sector where advanced technologies are used to optimize the contribution of each animal. SoundTalks offers easy to use, automated monitoring tools to assist the farmer and the veterinarian in their daily decisions in the management process. This presentation will address the need for precision livestock farming and present SoundTalks’ showpiece product: the pig respiratory distress package which integrates SOMO (Sound Monitor) hardware and respiratory distress monitoring software to deliver early disease warning to the farmer.

Starters Track

Smart Vehicles

Blind spot accidents - While a societal drama unfolds, technology firms race to perfect new smart safety systems

Bart Truyen, Managing Director - eXia

Last year, a reported 1.000 European cyclists and pedestrians were killed in collisions with trucks, leaving many more seriously injured.  Progress on reducing casualties among vulnerable road users has been particularly disappointing.  The problem lies mainly in the blind spots alongside heavy vehicle, which render other road users often invisible to the driver.  Especially in urban areas, collisions between trucks and cyclists remain a grave concern, responsible for more than half of all fatal cyclist accidents.  With expanding urbanization and the rapidly increasing popularity of cycle commuting, concerns regarding cyclist safety are growing worldwide.

Smart Health

IoT and the triple aim of healthcare

Geert Claeys, Technology Manager - Agfa Healthcare

IoT creates new opportunities. The presentation will sketch the value of IoT in solving the triple of healthcare - lower cost, better care and better health.

Starters Track

Smart Vehicles

Autonomous driving challenges: overview, opportunities and solutions

Stefan Dutré, R&D Manager - Siemens Industry Software

Autonomous driving has important implications and challenges for the engineering of the car systems and its software and electronics.

Cars will be instrumented with a growing number and variety of sensors giving a tremendous amount of data and information. Software and hardware gets increasingly complex and much more integrated. For safety, a massive amount of scenarios and cycles will need to be validated and verified. Combining traceability and agility is key to manage a liability shift from driver to OEM, requiring well documented development processes, while there is new technology coming to market every day. All these new challenges need to be tackled while not compromising on fuel efficiency, comfort and drivability.

This requires a paradigm shift and a rethink of the complete vehicle development process.

Smart Health

Solving the blind spot in adherence

Erwin Roovers, Supply Chain strategy Director - Janssen Pharma

An introduction to smart packaging solutions in a the pharmaceutical industry, their value proposition, key insights from stakeholders and  considerations for technology providers to develop & deploy smart solutions.

Starters Track

Afternoon Break

The critical role of citizens in a Smart City
John Baekelmans - Managing Director and Vice-President at imec

The explosive growth of IoT solutions within Smart Cities creates many challenges that call for creative research efforts and disruptive innovations from both academia and industry, especially for the development of efficient, scalable and relevant Smart City deployments. John will explain imec’s Smart City strategy and will clarify why co-creation with citizens is critical as part of the Antwerp City of Things project.

Towards the Next Generation Smart Catheters and implants
Ronald Dekker - Philips Research, Microsystems, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Smart catheters and instruments add “eyes and ears” to minimally invasive instruments. Many clinical studies have underlined their value in improving the outcome of interventions, and in reducing cost. However, originating from traditional catheter manufacturers, these devices are without exception made with outdated 20th century technology, requiring extensive costly manual assembly.  The next generation Smart Catheters will be characterized by: digitization at the tip, best in class sensors and (ultra-sound) transducers and lower cost. Furthermore, they will use open platform technologies that are  steered by roadmaps and implemented on dedicated pilot lines.

The Flex-to-Rigid (F2R) interconnect technology is an example of such an open platform. It was developed in the ENIAC project “INCITE” and is designed to squeeze complex electronic functionality like AD conversion, integrated passives and (ultra-sound) MEMS devices into extremely small form factors  such as in the tip of catheters, guide-wires or implants.

The INCITE project is the first in a row of initiatives aimed at realizing an open pilot line infrastructures for medical devices, in particular smart catheters and implants. The ECSEL project “InForMed” connects essential technologies from many European manufacturers in an integrated pilot line to bring the concepts developed in INCITE to a higher TRL level. The new project “POSITION” that is under preparation at the moment, brings together a number of European catheter manufacturers and technology providers to develop smart catheter applications using the platform technologies and the pilot line  manufacturing infrastructure.

Award Ceremony and closing