Smart Optics:

a new technology platform for the dynamic directing and shaping of light


December 19th, 14h, iGent

Lighting has recently evolved from a commodity product where innovation concentrated mainly on efficient illumination, to a lifestyle product class that acknowledges the diverse and profound effects it can have on general wellbeing, efficiency in the workplace, city atmosphere, health, architecture etc.

This increased attention to the quality of light brings along increasing demands on the ability to control it, be it artificial light or sunlight that enters buildings via shafts etc. It also asks for dynamic solutions that allow a single source of light to serve different use cases, for instance to adapt to a change in interior, switch from direct to indirect lighting etc.

Other applications that require the ability to steer light are for instance 3D-displays that can work without the need to wear special glasses.

These challenges were tackled within the research project SECONDOS: Smart Electro-Optical Components for the direction of Solid State Light, involving B-Phot (VUB), the Centre for Microsystems Technology (UGent, imec) ETAP N.V. and the Liquid Crystals and Photonics group of UGent. This seminar will present the main results from this project and offer an outlook to possible next steps towards products. This research was subsidized by VLAIO.






Registration and coffee



Welcome and Introduction

(lead up to the project + agenda)

Prof. Herbert De Smet (UGent),
project co-ordinator


EYEco eyeCO: Digital eyewear

Jelle De Smet, EYEco eyeCO


A new smart optics technology platform.

Prof. Kristiaan Neyts


Behind the scenes introduction to the research groups and infrastructure involved in SECONDOS

Profs. Jeroen Beeckman, Herbert De Smet, and Michael Vervaeke.





The Lighting Industry: still in transition

Mrs. Catherine Lootens, Groen Licht Vlaanderen


Services and regional funding channels supporting innovation

Dr. Tine Demoor, Innovatiecentra Vlaanderen





Reception with finger food and sandwiches




December 19th, 14h


iGent Tower, Technology Park nr.15, Zwijnaarde, Gent.


The event is free of charge, but registration is required before Dec. 15th @:


Looking forward to meeting you on the 19th,

Herbert De Smet

Full Professor, UGent and imec

Coordinator of SECONDOS

Frederik Leys

Research Valorisation Manager,