PhotonHub Europe supporting photonics within agrifood

PhotonHub Europe has established a unique European full-service one-stop-shop Photonics Innovation Hub in a manner which is deeply rooted within the wider ecosystem of innovation hubs and manufacturing right across the European continent for maximum coverage, leverage, impact and long-term sustainability.
PhotonHub has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Grant Agreement n°101016665, in Public Private Partnership with Photonics21.

November 2024

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This session is moderated by Lien Smeesters, postdoctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), within the B-PHOT Brussels Photonics Research team.

Her drive is improving food safety and quality using light technology and optical sensors, whereby she sees that machine learning and multi-modal optical sensing are essential in this.

About Lien Smeesters
Lien Smeesters is a postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), within the B-PHOT Brussels Photonics Research team. She obtained her PhD in Engineering Sciences in 2016, with a thesis entitled ’Improving food safety with optical screening‘. Lien is currently focusing on multidisciplinary research on optical design and optical spectroscopy, including the design of novel freeform optics and the spectroscopic sensing of food products, while pursuing industrial valorisation on e.g. food package inspection, food sorting machines and miniature spectrometers. She is coordinating projects with industry, via bilateral collaborations and within the European Commission funded PhotonHub programme.

About Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B-PHOT Brussels Photonics
We are a self-supporting research and innovation institute of the Faculty of Engineering of Vrije Universiteit Brussel with 35 years of experience in photonics education, research and innovation.

B-PHOT is an international and gender-balanced community hosting 70 experts from 20 countries.

Our continuous mission is to advance photonics, the key digital technology that uses the unique properties of light to innovate. As such, we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

We are recognized by the Flemish Government as “Photonics Spearhead for Industrial Research and Innovation” because of our track record for transferring photonics expertise and innovation breakthroughs to companies.

B-PHOT is also uniquely involved as coordinator of the EC-funded pan-European initiatives ACTPHAST and PhotonHub Europe that support both SMEs and researchers with photonics innovation.

B-PHOT is a core research group of Flanders Make, the strategic research center for manufacturing and industry 4.0 in Flanders.

Lien Smeesters will moderate the session PhotonHub Europe supporting photonics within agrifood during the 2023 edition of the Agrifood Innovation Event.