Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Obtained a PhD on the subject of nonlinear optics in 1992 at the VUB. In 2001 and 2002 he was a visiting scientist at IMEDEA (now IFISC), CSIC-UIB, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. As from 2005-2006 on he is full professor at the VUB. His current research interests go towards semiconductor laser dynamics and non-linear dynamics in general. He has been active as a working group chair in several COST actions, partner in several EU funded projects, workpackage responsible in the Belgian photonics network photonics@be and has been a member of the scientific programme committee of several conferences and workshops. As an author or co-author, he contributed to 50 papers in SCI-rated journals and about 100 contributions to international conferences of which 5 invited talks.
Jan Danckaert was born in Antwerp (Belgium) in 1964, and graduated in Physics at the University of Antwerp in 1985. He then joined the Department of Applied Physics and Photonics (TONA) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Brussels, Belgium) as a teaching assistant. In 1992, he obtained a PhD on the subject of nonlinear optics, studying the response of nonlinear optical resonators for all optical information processing. After a stay abroad at INPG in Grenoble, France (1993), he returned to the same department of the VUB. In 2001 and 2002 he was a visiting scientist at IFISC (Inst. for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems), Palma de Mallorca, Spain. As from 2005 on he is a full-time professor at the VUB, teaching introductory physics for both science and (bio-) engineering students, and courses in photonics at Master level. His current research interests go towards nonlinear dynamics in physics, photonics, biology, ... Currently, he is head of the Applied Physics (APHY) research group at the VUB, comprising about 15 researchers. He is also serving as head of the Physics Dept at the VUB since 2014. As an author he contributed to over 100 papers in international journals. He is a member of IEEE, EPS and OSA. He is also active in advisory panels on higher education and science policy in Flanders, and regularly organises and/or performs in science popularisation initiatives.