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Innovation in engineering forms the backbone of progress. Our pioneering technologies and designs drive solutions for complex challenges and lay the foundation for a better and more efficient world.

Anneke Hunninck

The Sustainable Materials Technology (SuMaT) research consortium aims to address the challenges of rethinking material selection and design in the context of societal changes, such as the need for renewable materials in various industries, to contribute to the European Green Deal's ambition of a resource-efficient and competitive economy decoupled from resource use, with a focus on designing sustainable materials to replace traditional primary materials.

VUB Anneke Hunninck
Simon Beckers

BruBotics

BruBotics is the Brussels Human Robotics Research Center of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Eight research groups collaborate to enhance the quality of life and working conditions for people through Human Robotics. BruBotics uniquely integrates expertise in robotics, AI, rehabilitation sciences, movement sciences, social sciences, retail marketing, ageing, and eHealth, making it one of the only truly interdisciplinary robotics research centers in Europe. Working alongside industrial and societal partners, we aim to push the boundaries of Human Robotics to the next level.

VUB Simon Beckers
Gabriël Van de Velde

BruBotics

BruBotics is the Brussels Human Robotics Research Center of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Eight research groups collaborate to enhance the quality of life and working conditions for people through Human Robotics. BruBotics uniquely integrates expertise in robotics, AI, rehabilitation sciences, movement sciences, social sciences, retail marketing, ageing, and eHealth, making it one of the only truly interdisciplinary robotics research centers in Europe. Working alongside industrial and societal partners, we aim to push the boundaries of Human Robotics to the next level.

VUB Gabriël Van de Velde
Sudha X

Acoustics & Vibration Research Group (AVRG)

The AVRG’s central goal is to conduct fundamental and applied research in the broad field of Acoustics & Vibration, with special emphasis on the development of advanced testing and system identification methodologies with application in mechanical engineering domain (Experimental and Operational Modal Analysis, Damage Assessment and Structural Health Monitoring, Offshore Wind Turbine Monitoring, Additive Manufacturing Modelling and Control, Optical Measurement Techniques).

VUB Sudha X
Rik Steensels

Construction Engineering Research Group (CERG)

The Construction Engineering Research Group (CERG) of Hasselt University focuses its research on the analytical, numerical and experimental assessment of the technical design of both structures and road infrastructure. In this way, CERG wants to facilitate the transfer of fundamental research to practical applications and into practice.

Hasselt University Rik Steensels
Bart De Ketelaere

Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS)

MeBioS investigates the interaction between biological systems and physical processes. The emphasis is on the measurement of properties of biological products and process variables, the analysis of the measured signals by means of advanced statistical methods, process and equipment design, optimisation and control. Mathematical models to describe the working principles of biological systems at different spatial and temporal scales are essential for this purpose.

 

KU Leuven Bart De Ketelaere
bart.deketelaere@kuleuven.be +32 16 32 85 93; +32 487 545 312
Rodrigo Furtado Madeiro Da Costa

Skeletal Biology and Engineering Research Center

The division of Skeletal Tissue Engineering (Prometheus) of KU Leuven is an interdisciplinary initiative focusing on skeletal tissue engineering (TE) research and technology transfer. The Prometheus platform runs three integrated programs:

  • fundamental science related to stem cells and 3D tissue creation
  • translation of scientific findings into a technological plan for manufacturing processes, quality and safety
  • creation of blue prints for the clinical implementation of a bone TE therapy

KU Leuven Rodrigo Furtado Madeiro Da Costa
rodrigo.madeiro@kuleuven.be +32 16 19 41 01
Bert Lagrain

Sustainable Catalysis and Engineering (CSCE)

The mission of the CSCE is to produce knowledge to foster a better understanding of the role of heterogeneous catalysis in the upcoming circular and carbon-smart economy. As a group of academics, students and technicians, interested and trained in different disciplines, we are highly committed to search for novel catalysis solutions to drive and enable the sustainable production of chemicals and materials. CSCE research covers the range of fundamental to applied catalysis research, both in chemistry and engineering.

 

KU Leuven Bert Lagrain
bert.lagrain@kuleuven.be +32 16 32 16 27; +32 16 32 16 27
Ann Witvrouw

The KU Leuven Institute of Additive Manufacturing - Leuven.AM

Leuven.AM is a prestigious Institute on Additive Manufacturing (AM) at KU Leuven in Belgium. It creates multi-disciplinary collaborations by bringing together the expertise of more than 200 experts from all over the university and the university hospitals.

Research at Leuven.AM covers the full additive manufacturing value chain, including material and feedstock design, process development and optimisation, characterisation, and eventually added value through additive manufacturing. We bring together this wide range of expertise, creating added value and a positive societal impact through additive manufacturing.

 

KU Leuven Ann Witvrouw
ann.witvrouw@kuleuven.be +32 16 32 71 59; +32 16 32 71 59
Bert Pluymers

Mecha(tro)nic System Dynamics (LMSD)

The KU Leuven Mecha(tro)nic System Dynamics research group aims at creating added value during every phase (design - manufacturing - operations) in the lifetime of mecha(tro)nic systems by understanding, monitoring and controlling their dynamic (motion-vibration-acoustics) behaviour.

We strive for international leadership in engineering dynamics through excellent research, education and services; building upon an expertise of five decades and with the Digital Twin concept playing a central role in our roadmap.

Being at the origin of spin-off company LMS International, now Siemens Industry Software, and serving as core group of Flanders Make, the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry in Flanders, illustrate that industrial and societal relevance are essential drivers.

 

KU Leuven Bert Pluymers
bert.pluymers@kuleuven.be +32 16 32 25 29; +32 479 735 606
Hugo Thienpont

Photonics B-Phot

Photonics is a major digital technology of the 21st century and the key enabling technology empowered by the unique properties of light. Photonics is at the heart of B-PHOT’s activities in its dedicated photonics research and innovation center on the Photonics Campus Gooik of VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium). B-PHOT teams up a critical mass of 70 highly skilled researchers and technology experts, coached and directed by Prof. Hugo Thienpont, with a mission to jointly embrace photonics, connect the dots between photonics research, innovation, education and STEM, and establish links to other science and engineering disciplines. Our aim is to contribute with photonics to solving the current and future global challenges in sectors such as Biomedical, Industry 4.0, Agrifood, Information and Communication, Mobility, Durability, and Smart Cities, and to building a brighter and healthier world for all.

VUB Hugo Thienpont
hugo.thienpont@vub.be 0473 36 12 02
Jeroen De Maeyer

M&F

Machineries & Factories (M&F) is active in the field of smart motion products such as robotics, on- & off road vehicles, industrial equipment and drivetrains for (renewable) energy systems; and smart production systems such as (flexible assembly lines, batch and continuous processes. Leveraging our in-depth knowledge on electromechanical systems and industrial systems engineering as well as business economics, we embrace the industry 4.0 context driven by digitalisation and digital twin technology. 

Ghent University Jeroen De Maeyer
jeroen.demaeyer@ugent.be +32 471 58 88 32
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