The Brussels Photonics Team (B-PHOT) is a research group within the Faculty of Engineering of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) that belongs to the UNICA Network of Universities of the Capitals of Europe.
VUB-B-PHOT hosts 15 senior post-docs and 30 researchers whose photonic R&D activities are coordinated by Prof. Hugo Thienpont.
VUB-B-PHOT is internationally recognized for its strategic and applied research in the field of photonics and is also uniquely involved in industry-related photonics projects in Belgium and Europe. As such VUB-B-PHOT has more than 15 years of experience in teaming up with companies in photonics-enabled innovation projects that span a variety of industrial sectors: e.g. high-end projectors and displays (BARCO, TP VISION); food-sorting (BEST, TOMRA); digital printing (AGFA, XEIKON, UCAMCO); automotive (MELEXIS); manufacturing (ICOS, XENICS) and lighting (PHILIPS). Since 2007 the VUB-BPHOT team has the special status of “Focal Point for Industrial Validation” , awarded by the Flemish government for its track record in industrial research validation, knowledge transfer, and entrepreneurship in photonics.