Steering committee members

Kevin Williams Kevin leads the Photonic Integration research group at the Institute for Photonic Integration at the Technical University of Eindhoven. 

Kevin Williams

Kevin leads the Photonic Integration research group at the Institute for Photonic Integration at the Technical University of Eindhoven. 

Meint K. Smit Meint K. Smit invented the Arrayed Waveguide Grating, for which he received a LEOS Technical Achievement award in 1997. In 2000 he became leader of the Photonic Integration group at the COBRA Research Institute of TU Eindhoven. His current research interests are in InP-based Photonic Integration, including integration of InP circuitry on Silicon.

Meint K. Smit

Meint K. Smit invented the Arrayed Waveguide Grating, for which he received a LEOS Technical Achievement award in 1997. In 2000 he became leader of the Photonic Integration group at the COBRA Research Institute of TU Eindhoven. His current research interests are in InP-based Photonic Integration, including integration of InP circuitry on Silicon.

Francisco M. Soares Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute (HHI) Francisco is currently focusing his research on high-level- and high-scale photonic integration on InP. His expertise lies in the design, simulation, fabrication, and characterization of integrated photonic devices. The Photonic Components (PC) department in HHI has more than 30 years of experience in researching and developing a wide range of discrete and integrated photonic devices mainly for optical communications, but also for optical sensing and instrumentation. Relying on the two enabling materials platforms, “InP semiconductors” and “optical polymers”, HHI focuses on the development and prototyping of photonic chips in close cooperation with domestic and foreign companies, mainly SMEs, but is also engaged in pilot production to help transfer devices from the laboratory environment to real deployments in the field.

Francisco M. Soares

Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute (HHI)

Francisco is currently focusing his research on high-level- and high-scale photonic integration on InP. His expertise lies in the design, simulation, fabrication, and characterization of integrated photonic devices.

The Photonic Components (PC) department in HHI has more than 30 years of experience in researching and developing a wide range of discrete and integrated photonic devices mainly for optical communications, but also for optical sensing and instrumentation. Relying on the two enabling materials platforms, “InP semiconductors” and “optical polymers”, HHI focuses on the development and prototyping of photonic chips in close cooperation with domestic and foreign companies, mainly SMEs, but is also engaged in pilot production to help transfer devices from the laboratory environment to real deployments in the field.

Arne Leinse CCO at LioniX International. He has been closely involved in the invention and development of the TriPleX™ platform  and (co)authored over 100 articles in the last years. He has been Vice-President of LioniX BV in recent years. Since the establishment of LioniX-International in 2016 he is active in the role of Chief Commercial Officer.

Arne Leinse

CCO at LioniX International.

He has been closely involved in the invention and development of the TriPleX™ platform  and (co)authored over 100 articles in the last years. He has been Vice-President of LioniX BV in recent years. Since the establishment of LioniX-International in 2016 he is active in the role of Chief Commercial Officer.

Luc Augustin, CTO SMART Photonics Luc Augustin has an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology. After his graduation, he switched to industry, including the Cedova, Photonics Lab at Philips Research, His expertise is in simulation and design of InP based photonic integrated circuits, fabrication of III-V photonics components and integrated circuits and characterization of semiconductor based photonic components.  SMART Photonics is the world's first pure-play foundry for Indium Phosphide photonics semiconductors headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. A more detailed profile appears here.

Luc Augustin,

CTO SMART Photonics

Luc Augustin has an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology. After his graduation, he switched to industry, including the Cedova, Photonics Lab at Philips Research, His expertise is in simulation and design of InP based photonic integrated circuits, fabrication of III-V photonics components and integrated circuits and characterization of semiconductor based photonic components. 

SMART Photonics is the world's first pure-play foundry for Indium Phosphide photonics semiconductors headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. A more detailed profile appears here.

Twan Korthorst CEO Phoenix Software Twan has been instrumental in advocating for photonic integration technologies and bringing parties together to accelerate the development of design flows and manufacturing supply chains. Twan is a well respected authority in his field, not only by his partners but also by other software suppliers. He often represents the European Eco-system in other territories, including the United States.

Twan Korthorst

CEO Phoenix Software

Twan has been instrumental in advocating for photonic integration technologies and bringing parties together to accelerate the development of design flows and manufacturing supply chains.

Twan is a well respected authority in his field, not only by his partners but also by other software suppliers. He often represents the European Eco-system in other territories, including the United States.

Iñigo Artundo CEO VLC Iñigo has a M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering, a Ph.D. on applied Physics and Photonics, and a Master in Business Administration. He has been part of several European research projects and networks of excellence, focused on micro-optics and integrated photonics, as well as optical interconnects and networks. He also works as a reviewer for National and European funding programs and international journals.

Iñigo Artundo

CEO VLC

Iñigo has a M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering, a Ph.D. on applied Physics and Photonics, and a Master in Business Administration. He has been part of several European research projects and networks of excellence, focused on micro-optics and integrated photonics, as well as optical interconnects and networks. He also works as a reviewer for National and European funding programs and international journals.

Dave Robbins David is R&D Scientist and Manager with extensive expertise in photonics, semiconductor device design and semiconductor device fabrication.Collaborator and leader in externally funded programmes such as FP7 projects  EuroPIC, PARADIGM, and PHASTFlex He runs Willow Photonics, a small high-tech consultancy based in the UK.

Dave Robbins

David is R&D Scientist and Manager with extensive expertise in photonics, semiconductor device design and semiconductor device fabrication.Collaborator and leader in externally funded programmes such as FP7 projects  EuroPIC, PARADIGM, and PHASTFlex

He runs Willow Photonics, a small high-tech consultancy based in the UK.

Michael Wale Oclaro Mike is Director of Active Products Research at Oclaro, a leading UK supplier high bandwidth optical connectivity products. He is also a Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. 

Michael Wale

Oclaro

Mike is Director of Active Products Research at Oclaro, a leading UK supplier high bandwidth optical connectivity products. He is also a Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. 

 

Partner representatives

Andre Richter General manager, VPIphotonics VPIphotonics GmbH Carnotstr. 6 10587 Berlin Germany Tel: +49-30-398058-0 André is a leading expert in the field of modeling and design of applications in optical communications and integrated photonics. He holds a M.Sc. degree from Georgia Tech, USA and a Ph.D. from TU Berlin, Germany. Being with the VPIphotonics team since 1997, André contributed numerous modeling advances, invoked an international training program, and co-authored more than 100 publications. VPIphotonics is a software company with technical centers in Germany and USA supporting the Photonic Design Automation market for more than 20 years. VPIphotonics develops professional simulation software for optoelectronic components and transmission systems, and provides consulting services addressing customized design and analysis tasks.  

Andre Richter

General manager, VPIphotonics

VPIphotonics GmbH
Carnotstr. 6
10587 Berlin
Germany

Tel: +49-30-398058-0

André is a leading expert in the field of modeling and design of applications in optical communications and integrated photonics. He holds a M.Sc. degree from Georgia Tech, USA and a Ph.D. from TU Berlin, Germany. Being with the VPIphotonics team since 1997, André contributed numerous modeling advances, invoked an international training program, and co-authored more than 100 publications.

VPIphotonics is a software company with technical centers in Germany and USA supporting the Photonic Design Automation market for more than 20 years. VPIphotonics develops professional simulation software for optoelectronic components and transmission systems, and provides consulting services addressing customized design and analysis tasks.

 

Ronald Broeke General manager, BRIGHT Photonics BV Bright Photonics BV Horsten 1 – Multimedia Pavilion 5612 AX Eindhoven The Netherlands Phone: +31 64 67 220 99 BRIGHT Photonics is a design house for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The company is based in Eindhoven, on the same campus as JePPIX.  Our mission is making PICs accessible to businesses, research institutes and universities in the technologies InP, SoI, Triplex, glass and polymers. We typically operate as intermediate company between foundry services and product developers. Bright Photonics is the commercial design partner in the two largest European photonic IC projects.

Ronald Broeke

General manager, BRIGHT Photonics BV

Bright Photonics BV
Horsten 1 – Multimedia Pavilion
5612 AX Eindhoven
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 64 67 220 99

BRIGHT Photonics is a design house for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The company is based in Eindhoven, on the same campus as JePPIX. 

Our mission is making PICs accessible to businesses, research institutes and universities in the technologies InP, SoI, Triplex, glass and polymers.

We typically operate as intermediate company between foundry services and product developers. Bright Photonics is the commercial design partner in the two largest European photonic IC projects.

Dominic Gallagher CEO, Photon Design Ltd Photon Design 34 Leopold Street, Oxford, OX4 1TW United Kingdom Tel: +44 1865 324990 Dominic Gallagher is currently the CEO of Photon Design – a UK company he founded in 1992 to develop photonics software. We now provide a wide range of innovative photonics CAD tools to 35 countries around the world, supplying most of the World’s leading photonics companies, universities and government research labs. CAD products include tools for both passive and active (semiconductor) component and optical circuit modelling. 

Dominic Gallagher

CEO, Photon Design Ltd

Photon Design
34 Leopold Street, Oxford, OX4 1TW
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1865 324990

Dominic Gallagher is currently the CEO of Photon Design – a UK company he founded in 1992 to develop photonics software. We now provide a wide range of innovative photonics CAD tools to 35 countries around the world, supplying most of the World’s leading photonics companies, universities and government research labs. CAD products include tools for both passive and active (semiconductor) component and optical circuit modelling. 

Andrea Melloni Founder Filarete S.r.l. Andrea is Associate Professor at Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria – Politecnico di Milano – where he leads the group of Photonic Devices and teaches the master course “Photonics Devices”. In 2008 he founded the company Filarete, for the development and commercialization of the first circuit simulator for integrated optical circuits, ASPIC. Aspic™ is a fast and accurate simulator for the analysis, the modeling and the design of photonics integrated circuits.  In Aspic™, circuits are built as a collection of building blocks that do not require the description at physical level. Its model-based approach allows a high abstraction level, focusing on circuit functionality and performance.  

Andrea Melloni

Founder Filarete S.r.l.

Andrea is Associate Professor at Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria – Politecnico di Milano – where he leads the group of Photonic Devices and teaches the master course “Photonics Devices”.

In 2008 he founded the company Filarete, for the development and commercialization of the first circuit simulator for integrated optical circuits, ASPIC. Aspic™ is a fast and accurate simulator for the analysis, the modeling and the design of photonics integrated circuits. 

In Aspic™, circuits are built as a collection of building blocks that do not require the description at physical level. Its model-based approach allows a high abstraction level, focusing on circuit functionality and performance.

 

Partner representatives (continued)

Katarzyna Lawniczuk Katarzyna leads the EU project PICs4All which replicates JePPIX support initiatives across Europe. More details are given in the Projects section of the website.

Katarzyna Lawniczuk

Katarzyna leads the EU project PICs4All which replicates JePPIX support initiatives across Europe. More details are given in the Projects section of the website.

Antonello Vannucci R&D Manager at Linkra srl Antonello Vannucci joined Linkra in 2011 and took in charge the activities of R&D and Product Development of Microwave, Photonics and Microwave Photonics modules and Photonic packaging foundry service for ASPICs and optoelectronic devices. Linkra is a diversified technology company which offers a broad range of products and services (design, engineering, manufacturing and repair) in particular for the Telecom, Aerospace and Defense markets.

Antonello Vannucci

R&D Manager at Linkra srl

Antonello Vannucci joined Linkra in 2011 and took in charge the activities of R&D and Product Development of Microwave, Photonics and Microwave Photonics modules and Photonic packaging foundry service for ASPICs and optoelectronic devices.

Linkra is a diversified technology company which offers a broad range of products and services (design, engineering, manufacturing and repair) in particular for the Telecom, Aerospace and Defense markets.

 

Coordination Team

Aura Higuera Rodriguez JePPIX Coordinator & Application support Aura joined us on 16th January 2017 as the newly appointed JePPIX coordinator. Her expertise is on R&D of nanotechnology, during her PhD she worked on novel nano-beam lasers on photonic membrane technology. The JePPIX coordinator is the first point of contact for any technical discussions. Contact Aura through coordinator@jeppix.eu or by pressing the contact button below.

Aura Higuera Rodriguez

JePPIX Coordinator & Application support

Aura joined us on 16th January 2017 as the newly appointed JePPIX coordinator. Her expertise is on R&D of nanotechnology, during her PhD she worked on novel nano-beam lasers on photonic membrane technology.

The JePPIX coordinator is the first point of contact for any technical discussions. Contact Aura through coordinator@jeppix.eu or by pressing the contact button below.

Jolanda Levering JePPIX Administration. For general inquiries on membership, events, administrative aspects of MPWs and registration for JePPIX training.

Jolanda Levering

JePPIX Administration.

For general inquiries on membership, events, administrative aspects of MPWs and registration for JePPIX training.