Erik Van Mossevelde

Director Corporate Technology

Niko

Erik Van Mossevelde

Director Corporate Technology

Niko

Humanizing your home

 

Erik Van Mossevelde has been active at Niko since 2001 where he took various leadership R&D positions. Since last year, Erik has been active as Director Corporate Technology, a role in which he is responsible for the long-term technology strategy, IP, and the collaboration with external research groups.

Niko is part of Niko Group, the European reference for innovative, stylish and user-friendly electro-technical solutions and services. From its headquarters in Sint-Niklaas, Niko produces solutions for home automation, switching materials, access control and lighting control.

Kees-Jan 't Mannetje

Business Development Specialist

ABB

Kees-Jan 't Mannetje

Business Development Specialist

ABB

How data from homes contributes to a more sustainable urban environment

Kees Jan ’t Mannetje has worked for ABB since 2004. As a Business Development Specialist, he is following trends and developments in relation to the energy transition. Creating new business models and enlarging the existing use of the Smart Energy Management module is one of his core activities.

He is also playing an active role in monitoring, applications and data in relation to Smart Energy Management. Besides his degree in Electrical Engineering he also holds a degree in management & business administration.

ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally.

David Williams

Business Architect - Applied Innovation Team

Microsoft

David Williams

Business Architect - Applied Innovation Team

Microsoft

The Microsoft Digital Vision - Smart Buildings enable Productive People

David has worked at Microsoft for 12 years and has been part of the Microsoft Digital Applied Innovation Team since December 2014. His job is to develop, accelerate, and support Microsoft’s key strategic innovation initiatives by providing commercial, business, and technical advice and guidance to help Microsoft customers and partners digitally transform. His particular focus is on developing Microsoft Digital’s Smart Buildings vision and strategy for the future. Prior to joining Microsoft, David served in the Royal Air Force for 22 years as an Engineer Officer and has a LLB Honours degree in English Law.

The Microsoft Applied Innovation Team develops, drives and supports Microsoft’s key innovation initiatives by providing programmatic enablement of business and technology scenarios impacting the digital transformation within Microsoft’s strategic customers and partners.

John Baekelmans

Managing Director Netherlands & Vice President

imec

John Baekelmans

Managing Director Netherlands & Vice President

imec

Smarter buildings in Smart Cities: the need for Innovative and Creative Solutions

John Baekelmans obtained a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Antwerp, and is a former Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). Before imec, John spent 21 years at Cisco where he held various global leadership positions within Engineering, Services, and the M&A departments and has authored numerous US and European patents.

As part of imec's extended focus into Smart Cities, it's clear that smarter buildings are at the heart of a smart city, in fact they are the foundation of city life. At imec, we don't want to make buildings just smarter, we want to make them more intuitive through a combination of innovative and creative solution approaches. In his presentation John will cover the need for those innovations and will give you a glimpse into what may be coming down the road.

imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of a widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes imec unique.

Get a taste of John's vision on the future of IoT with this recently published article.

 

Jean-François Demets

Sales Director

Junkers / Bosch

Jean-François Demets

Sales Director

Junkers / Bosch

Connected heating devices in Smart Homes: energy efficient, but not only!

Jean-François Demets has been active in the HVAC sector since 1990, mainly for residential products. He has held different positions with a broad scope of responsibilities including IT, after sales, marketing, and sales. He joined the Thermotechnology Division at Bosch Group in 2000 and is presently responsible for the sales of Bosch' Climate Solutions in Belgium (Junkers & Bosch brands).

Bosch' Climate Solutions include heat pump, gas and electrical water heaters, gas and oil boilers, thermal solar systems, heat pumps, ventilation systems, as well as smart controls and solutions on the market through the wholesales channel.

Erik Mannens

Research Valorisation Director & Professor

imec - Ghent University

Erik Mannens

Research Valorisation Director & Professor

imec - Ghent University

The House that Learns: how AI will make the Smart Home smarter

Erik Mannens is Research Valorisation Director at imec & Professor Big Data Science at Ghent University. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science Engineering (2011) at UGent. He currently heads a Data Science team of +50 Semantic Technologies & Artificial Intelligence Researchers. Before joining imec & Ghent University in 2005, he was a software engineering consultant and Java architect for over a decade.

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of a widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes imec unique.

Rik Vereecken

Smart Building Evangelist

byNubian

Rik Vereecken

Smart Building Evangelist

byNubian

Smart buildings, really?

Rik Vereecken is a respected guest speaker and well known in the world of smart buildings. In 2004 he won the KNX-award for 'biggest integrated KNX-project' (The Paul Janssen Discovery research center in Beerse) as Product Manager Building Automation of Stagobel Electro. With his company byNubian, he offers innovative solutions for capturing, persisting, and analysing building and (mobile) sensor data. Microsoft as well as Powerhouse/Essent cooperate with byNubian. 

Rik is visiting lecturer Bus Technology at Odisee/KU Leuven and a member of the examination commission of the subject 'Energy Technology'. He is also chairman of Groen Licht Vlaanderen, human rights defender at Amnesty International, and concerned about global warming. He offers his expertise to NGO's like Memisa and Medics Without Vacation, specifically on his missions to Congo.

Jeroen Hoebeke

Senior Researcher & Professor

imec - Ghent University

Jeroen Hoebeke

Senior Researcher & Professor

imec - Ghent University

Smart devices and interoperability: an ongoing nightmare?

Jeroen Hoebeke is a professor in the Internet Technology and Data Science Lab of Ghent University and imec. He performs research on wireless communication solutions for the Internet of Things. On top, he investigates how open standards can be used to roll out connected devices and easily integrate them in IoT applications. He has been active in several IoT domains such as smart buildings, logistics, healthcare, industry 4.0, and so on. In 2015, he also launched a new course on Internet of Things.

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of a widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes imec unique.

Leen Peeters

Owner

Th!nk E

Leen Peeters

Owner

Th!nk E

The Living Lab: energy storage solutions

Leen Peeters has a background in Energy in Buildings with a post doctorate in convective heat transfer. Since 2010, Leen is active at European level in composing large scale EU projects, reviews, and innovation actions. Leen has been a member of the Advisory Group on Energy for the European Commission and is currently co-coordinating the Bridge Working Group on Business Models. Leen's main interests are: innovation in energy technology, cooperation between different energy vectors and in combining the practical experience with advising and out of the box thinking.

Th!nk E is a consultancy company that provides guidance and support in the areas of energy in buildings, indoor climate, and innovation at district and city level. The company was launched in 2011 and has delivered a broad variety of projects on conceptual design, policy analysis and turning theoretical concepts into working prototypes. Th!nk E's strength lies in the combination of practical experience and theoretical knowledge. Composing large scale innovation actions or focusing on altering a small scale component, as long as it's about creating impact in the field of energy. With ENION, activities have moved to actual implementation on a large scale. ENION designs, implements and operates battery systems in the range up till 72 kW. A growing market where we offer a fully automated, remotely controlled hybrid storage concept, that is ready to couple to aggregators and offer services to ELIA.

Frederik Loeckx

General Director

Flux50

Frederik Loeckx

General Director

Flux50

Who controls the Smart Home?

Frederik Loeckx graduated in 1996 as electrical engineer at the University of Leuven. He worked as an advisor on innovation strategy and innovation projects at the Flemish government. In 2006, Frederik Loeckx founded Triphase, a spin-off of the university of Leuven, operating internationally with research systems for smart energy systems and grew the company to 16 people on own accounts. Until 2016, Frederik was CEO of the company and to this day he is still a member of the board of the company. On behalf of Triphase, Frederik was member of the board of Flux50 for 6 years, as well as present in several innovation advisory groups in Flanders.

Frederik Loeckx is now Managing Director of Flux50. Flux50 is the membership organization that helps Flanders gain international recognition as a Smart Energy Region. Flux50 facilitates cross-sector collaboration between energy, IT and building companies to enhance the competitiveness of the Flemish smart energy industry in the transition towards low carbon systems..

Arnold Janssens

Professor in Building Physics

Ghent university

Arnold Janssens

Professor in Building Physics

Ghent university

Learning from energy monitoring to improve building energy calculation methods

Arnold Janssens is a professor in building physics and building construction applications at Ghent University since 1999. He graduated as a civil engineer-architect (building technology option) at the K.U.Leuven in 1990. He obtained a doctorate in applied sciences (civil engineering) in 1998 with a dissertation on ‘Reliable control of internal condensation in lightweight roof systems’.

At Ghent University he teaches courses on ‘building physics’,'building acoustics and lighting technology’, 'building services’ and ‘building physics: advanced topics’ within the architectural and civil engineering programme. His research interests are the modeling of heat, air and moisture transfer in buildings, the energy performance and indoor climate of buildings, and the energy renovation of dwellings.

The research group Building Physics, Construction and Services of UGent is contributing to the development of knowledge about sustainable, durable and energy-efficient buildings with a healthy and comfortable indoor climate. Heat and mass transfer processes in buildings and building components is tested, studied and modelled. The research settings include fundamental research projects as well as development and consultancy projects for private companies and authorities, in which the acquired knowledge and methods are applied and valorised.

Jan Desmet

Full professor

Ghent University

Jan Desmet

Full professor

Ghent University

The approach of the integrator: how can smart solutions be integrated in new and existing systems, and how fast?

Jan Desmet is full professor at Ghent University. His research interests include PQ, LV distributed generation, renewables and storage. Besides his job as full professor and researcher, he also is member of several expert groups and advisory boards. 

EELAB/Lemcko is a research group of Ghent University dealing among renewable energy and storage for both industrial and residential applications. Especially by using hybrid storage systems and an optimal design between consumption and renewable yield, it is the aim to improve self- consumption and self-production of the end user. Since November 2014, the Lemcko research group became a member of the prestigious DERLab group.

 

Stefan Grosjean

Founder & CEO

Smappee

Stefan Grosjean

Founder & CEO

Smappee

Panel Member

Stefan is an international expert in Smart Grids & Energy Management and a serial entrepreneur. He founded EnergyICT in 1991 and grew this company into a worldwide leader in the area of energy management solutions for Commercial & Industrial enterprises, DSO’s and utilities. In 2012 he founded Smappee, a company that develops innovative solutions for sustainable energy consumption. Its energy monitors provide people with user-friendly, affordable and efficient means to consume less energy without sacrificing comfort. Smappee recently got awarded as CES Innovation Award Honoree and was taken up in the European Red Herring Top 100. Stefan has received multiple recognitions, incl. “Entrepreneur of the year” (2000) and “European Business Award for the Environment” (2010). He holds a Master Degree in Electric & Electronics Engineering as well as an MBA from the Vlerick Business School.

Smappee develops smart monitors to analyze the production and consumption of energy in the home – down to appliance level for most important devices. Users always know how much energy they are consuming and producing in real-time via the Smappee app. The energy traffic control function, the Smappee Switch and partnerships with other IOT solutions empower consumers to turn their house into a smart home. The professional version offers SMEs and multi-sites real-time data on one or multiple sites.

Herman Daniëls

CEO

Intellisol

Herman Daniëls

CEO

Intellisol

Panel Member

After studying commercial engineering, Herman Daniëls started his career in finance and administration, tendermanagement in the construction business, and originator and general manager of the Ethias Arena, Grenslandhallen and Plopsa Indoor Hasselt. As of 2006 he started with a colleaugue his own company, Intellisol, specialised in engineering, distributing and installation of energy efficient systems

Intellisol's main business consists of bringing intelligent energy systems to the market with a strong focus on comfort, quality, efficiency, sustainability and  profitability. Recently, Intellisol is finishing the construction of the first energy-positive business center of the Benelux. Combining geothermal heatpumps, LED, Photovoltaics, optimal insulation, batteries and other energy-efficient applications, the building produces more energy than it needs on a yearly basis. Over 1200 datacollection points in this Energy Center for construction and renovation will help Intellisol develop new business models in energy efficient applications. 

Bert Vanderwegen

Technical Advisor

Pixii

Bert Vanderwegen

Technical Advisor

Pixii

Panel Member

Bert Vanderwegen graduated in 2003 as civil engineer architect. After his 2-year internship in an architect's office, he decided to take another path and worked for 5 years as technical advisor and trainer for a supplier of airtightness products and ecological insulation. Since the end of 2011 he works for Pixii (formerly known as Passiefhuis-Platform) as technical advisor, trainer and manager of the trainings and seminars.

Pixii is an independent non-profit research and education institute and is since June 20th, 2016 the new name for Passiefhuis-Platform (PHP). It was founded in 2002 from a necessity to build up and disseminate knowledge on energy efficient building to building professionals (architects, calculators, contractors, building promotors, etc.). The platform aims at diffusing and transferring knowledge and research results in the field of applied technology and services for the realisation of buildings with highly efficient energy performance thus resulting in a decreasing pressure on the environment. In that, Pixii supports the translation and subsequent implementation of research results through the whole building chain, involving every contractor and service provider in the building process (i.e. building contractors, local government, policy makers, etc) with a range of activities in communication and dissemination such as professional courses, symposia and congresses, workshops, focus groups, and publications.

Kurt Vanderhispallie

Head of Customer Service

Eandis / Infrax

Kurt Vanderhispallie

Head of Customer Service

Eandis / Infrax

Panel Member

Kurt has been working at Eandis since 2010 where he became Head of Customer Service in 2015. He is responsible for further developing the customer service strategy together with a team of 25 employees. 

People get in contact with Eandis for diverse reasons: from questions about connections, meter readings and local failures to questions about rational energy consumption and sustainable mobility. This results in millions of customer contacts  per year. Over the years we have noticed that our digital channel becomes more and more important (more than 3.000.000 contacts per year via digital channels) in servicing our customer. On top of that our call center serves over 1.500.000  customers per year. In our customer offices we reach out to 125.000 customers. 

Kurt also represents Eandis in the CPT (Clean Power for Transport) taskforce. The aim of this project is to stimulate sustainable mobility in the Flemish Region. Kurt is responsible for the roll-out of the charging infrastructure in Flanders. The aim is to connect the maximum amount of electrical vehicles to our grids at the lowest social cost possible. 

Prior to joining Eandis Kurt worked at Daikin Europe (Sales and Office Manager) and Siemens (Account Manager).

Cynthia Reekmans

Moderator

Smart Building Smart Home

Cynthia Reekmans

Moderator

Smart Building Smart Home

Multilingual presenter & host

After obtaining her degree in Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Cynthia Reekmans started her career as a TV presenter on a local TV channel, TVLimburg, where she stayed for over 8 years. Since then, next to working in communications, Cynthia offers her services as a freelance presenter and host for various occasions such as seminars, congresses, and debates. 

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