Johan Bauwelinck is a professor in IDLab, an Imec research group at Ghent University, where he’s leading the Design lab. His research focuses on high-speed, high-frequency integrated circuits and systems for next-generation transport, metro, access, datacenter and radio-over-fiber networks. He’s been involved in 15 EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects and an ESA-funded project. He has promoted 25 PhDs and co-authored more than 300 publications and 10 patents in the field of high-speed electronics and fiber-optic communication. In 2020, he’s co-chairing the technical program committee of ECOC, the leading European conference in the field of optical communication.