Ton Backx, Eindhoven University of Technology, Presents: “Photon Delta: Integrated Photonics Ecosystem”

Ton Backx, Eindhoven University of Technology, Presents: “Photon Delta: Integrated Photonics Ecosystem”

Photon Delta is an ecosystem focusing on the opportunities in Integrated Photonics. It is centered around the Brainport Region Eindhoven where companies, organizations and knowledge institutes engage in Integrated Photonics activities. In the coming years, Photon Delta will enable the creation of new employment opportunities. Moreover, the ecosystem will contribute to a better competitive position for the Brainport Region worldwide.

About Ton Backx 

Ton Backx has worked in the field of applied research on model based process control and process optimization in the past 30 years both in industry and at the university. With his co-workers at the university and in industry he has made significant contributions to model predictive control technology and system identification technology that is currently applied in a wide range of (petro)chemical processes, steel manufacturing processes and glass production processes. He initiated and built up an industry – university network that has been involved in and initiated many European R&D projects (a.o. European Project INCOOP (FP5), the European project SYNCPRO (FP6), the European Marie Curie Project PROMATCH (FP6), the European project AUTOPROFIT (FP7)).

Ton Backx received his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering (Cum Laude) from Eindhoven University of Technology in 1977. In 1987 he received his PhD on contributions to the identification based modeling of MIMO industrial processes. He was appointed part-time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in 1990 in the field of modeling and model based control of industrial processes.

After having worked in Telecom research (1977-1981) and within Philips (1981- 1988) he started his own company (‘IPCOS’) in model based control. He was responsible for R&D on the integration of modeling technology and model predictive control technology in Setpoint and AspenTech (1993-1998) and started a new company in 1998 (‘IPCOS Technology’) in model based control focusing on chemical processing and glass manufacturing. In 2006 he founded InSolutions, a company focusing on new ways of operating catalytic chemical processes to improve simultaneous control of both selectivity and conversion.

In 2006 he joint Eindhoven University of Technology and was appointed Dean of the Electrical Engineering Department. In 2010 he was appointed Vice-Rector of Eindhoven University of Technology.

About Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Our education, research and knowledge valorization contribute to:

  • science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility
  • science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry
  • science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education

2 Replies to “Ton Backx, Eindhoven University of Technology, Presents: “Photon Delta: Integrated Photonics Ecosystem””

  1. Geachte heer Bacx, afgelopen week hoorde ik het programma Kwartiermeesters op de radio en daarin uw uitleg over photonics. Ik was kortgeleden op zeer interessante excursie bij CERN en zag daar bij de CMS Large Hadron Collider de enorme rijen servers en kabels om alle gegevens uit de experimenten te verwerken. Is photonics al in gebruik bij CERN om hun processen in kleinere servers te verwerken, of wellicht zijn wat ik zag al photonics servers.

    Bij voorbaat dank voor uw reactie en vriendelijke groet,
    Christel Biermans

    1. Dear Ms Biermans,
      Thank you for your interest. Ton Bacx will be speaking at the Photonic Integration Symposium, next Monday, on April 25, if you join the conference you might have the chance to discuss this in person and also find more updates about photonics http://www.phisymposium.org/program/ Registration is free, but mandatory.
      Best regards,
      Photonic Integration Conference Team

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