Latest update: June 27th 2018. This page always shows the latest version of the programme.

Programme - World Technology Roadmapping Forum 2018

Important Message to Delegates from Karin Appeldoorn, PhotonDelta Project Office

The draft version of the 3 day programme is posted below. If you need any information, please don't hestitate to get in touch with the conference organisers. Contact Karin Appeldoorn at the PhotonDelta Project Office in Eindhoven. Send an email to or call us on +31 40 247 3258 during office hours or leave a message. (we're on GMT/UTC + 2 hours - click this link to see the time in Eindhoven now).


Location & Programme Outline

PhotonDelta and the AIM Photonics Academy of Boston are pleased to invite leading industry specialists and researchers from around the world for the second meeting of the World Technology Mapping Forum. The goal is to discuss the first version of International Photonic Systems Roadmap, looking ahead to global technology needs in 2030 and beyond.The three-day highly technical gathering will be held from June 20-22nd 2018 in the Horst conference centre on the campus of the University of Twente in Enschede. This is the heart of the Netherlands optics and nanotechnology sector. Organisation of the forum and the official forum dinner is possible thanks to the generous supported by the Netherlands Province of Overijssel.


WTMF 2018 Programme 20-22 June 2018 in Enschede

Please note that this is a draft version of the programme and subject to change. Correct as of June 16th 2018. The final version will be issued later on Monday 18th.

Venue: The Horst Building is building number 20 located on the Eastern side of Campus University of Twente, Enschede. The entrance to the Horst Building is located below the Horst Tower.

Street Address for Navigation systems: De Horst 2, 7522 LW, Enschede, the Netherlands.
Telephone reception desk: +31 53 489 2500

Venue Parking: The entrance to this building is not accessible by car. The nearest car park is P2 (circled on campus map below). Visitors with mobility vehicles can request access at the barrier. Use this link to download a PDF version of the campus map.

By Bus: The campus is a short bus trip or taxi ride from Enschede city centre. From Enschede railway station: line number 1 in the direction of ‘Universiteit Twente’ or line number 8 in the direction of Hengelo-Noordline or number 9 in the direction of Hengelo. There will be bus transportation on Wednesday to the offcial dinner in the centre of Enschede.

By Taxi: There are several dozen taxi companies in Enschede including Taxi Excellent: Tel: +31 53 47 88647. (website ) and Taxi Enschede Tel: +31 53 234 0555 (website Ask to be taken to the Horst Building on the campus of the University of Twente.

Day One - Wednesday June 20th 2018

0900 - 0930 Arrival & Welcome with coffee for participants

0930 - Welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Kees Eijkel.

0930 - 0940 Official Opening by Rector Magnificus University of Twente, Thom Palstra

Thom Palstra

0940- 1000 Presentation of the progress towards a World Roadmap on Integrated Photonics by Professors Ton Backx & Lionel Kimerling.

Reporting back since WTMF 2017 and outlining what has been achieved in the meantime and expectations for WTMF 2018.

Ton Backx

Lionel Kimerling

1010 -1030 First Keynote Presentation:

Integrated Optics, Path(s) to Market by Bert-Jan Offrein, IBM GmBH - Manager Neuromorphic Devices and Systems, Zurich, Switzerland

Bert will address several issues, including:
- What is required to make a technology platform successful?
- Where is integrated optics in that respect? - Volumes are still not where they should be
- How to increase integrated optics volumes? - the need to look for broader set of applications beyond communication
- What boundary conditions are required?

Bert Offrein received his Ph.D. degree in nonlinear integrated optics from the University of Twente in 1994. He then joined IBM Research - Zurich and contributed to establishing and commercializing adaptive integrated optical technology for DWDM networks. From 2004 to 2016, Bert Offrein was managing the photonics group, addressing optical interconnects for computing systems. Since 2016, he is leading the neuromorphic devices and systems group, addressing cognitive hardware for accelerating neural network learning. Bert Offrein is a principal research staff member at IBM Research and the co-author of over 150 publications and the co-inventor of more than 35 patents

1030-1100 Coffee break

1100-1130 Second Keynote Presentation and Discussion; Eric Mounier, Yole Développement France. Eric will share remarks entitled Photonics for Sensors & Datacom: current status & future perspectives. He will then respond to questions from the moderator of this session: José Pozo, Director of Technology and Innovation, EPIC.

Eric Mournier

1130-1200    Work program for Thursday breakout sessions and outline of the expectations. Erik Teunissen, Berenschot

1200-1300    Lunch

1300-1340 Presentation Telecom/Datacom: Yossef Ben Ezra, Dean Holon Institute of Technology, Israel.

Background article posted here:

1340-1420 Presentation Healthcare: Integrated Photonics- Opportunities & Challenges for DNA Sequencing by Annette Grot, Pacific Biosciences, Menlo Park, California, USA

Dr. Annette Grot received her Ph.D. from Caltech in Electrical Engineering. Before joining Pacific Biosciences, Annette led research teams at HP and Agilent on various nanoscale photonics projects. She later drove product development of advanced optical sensors for consumer applications at Avago. She is currently Principal Engineer at PacBio, where she is responsible for developing optoelectronic circuits for DNA sequencing.

1420-1500    Presentation Aerospace: Stephen Doherty, Program Manager, Viasat Antenna Systems, Lausanne, Switzerland

Stephen Doherty has a background in Physics with specialisations in photonics and mm-Wave technology and joined Viasat in 2015. He is currently the programme manager of the Aidan programme, a Viasat-ESA PPP developing components to the Viasat 3 network. Key developments within this programme include that of an airborne phased array terminal utilising a photonic True Time Delay chip.

Background article posted here.

1500-1530 - Coffee Break & Networking

1530 -1610 Presentation Food & Agriculture: The contribution of Photonics to the Smart Agri-Tech Sector. Rick van de Zedde, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Rick van de Zedde is a senior scientist and business developer for Phenomics & Automation at Wageningen University & Research. His background is in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on imaging and robotics. In 2002, he graduated with a MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Groningen. Since 2006 he has been a coordinator of Agro Food Robotics, a joint initiative of several research institutes within Wageningen UR. He is also one of the initiators of the Phenomics initiative within WUR - - in which 15 WUR research groups work closely together on plant phenotyping projects.

1610-1650 Presentation : Photonics, I4.0 and the Internet of Things: Steve Walsh, University of New Mexico.

Steve is a “Distinguished Professor” and the Creative enterprise professor at UNM’s Anderson School of Management. He has served as the director of the Technology Entrepreneurship Program and is co-director of the MOT program at UNM. He has authored nearly 200 archival academic and practitioner articles, books and book chapters. During the last twenty years he has focused his efforts on technology project management and commercialization of emerging technologies including Micro, Nano, biotechnologies, Additive Manufacturing and IoT. He is the president of Janus Ventures Inc. a consulting firm and chair of the Trillion Sensor Systems group which is focused on infrastructure development.

1650 - 1730: Interactive Roundtable with today's speakers and the audience. This session will be lead by today's Master of Ceremonies, Kees Eijkel.

Kees Eijkel is Director Strategic Business Development of the University of Twente. As such, he is responsible for the external research cooperations of the University. Before that, Kees was acting president of Kennispark Twente, the shell for commercialization in and around the University of Twente and Saxion University, in cooperation with the province of Overijssel, the city of Enschede and the Twente Region. He has actively supported many new start-up firms. He holds a number of executive and non-executive positions in foundations and companies involved in innovation. In the recent past, he was managing director of the University Holding managing the university’s participations. He is board member and past president of the international Micro an Nano Commercialization Education Foundation MANCEF. Before Kennispark, Kees was technical-commercial director of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. He holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences from the University of Twente.

1730: End of Day One. There is bus transportation to the official dinner which takes place in the centre of Enschede. That's about a 12 minute drive from the forum venue.

Official Dinner Details


1900-2200 Official dinner for participants in “De Grote Kerk” in Enschede. The north wall of this former church located on the old marketplace dates back to around 1200. Full restored a few years ago, this imposing property is now regularly used for concerts, special events and weddings. The venue is a short walking distance from the railway station and the InnerCity Hotel. There will be transportation after the dinner for guests staying at the hotels on the University Campus. We do not know of any guests staying in Hengelo.

Parking in Enschede

If you are not taking the bus, here are details about parking for the official dinner in the Grote Kerk, Enschede.

The address of the venue is Oude Markt 32, 7511 GB Enschede. We recommend parking in one of the two parking garages given below.

- Irenegarage: Van Lochemstraat 9, 7511 EG Enschede or

walking route from Irenegarage:

- Stationsplein: Brammelerdwarsstraat, 7511 EN Enschede.

Both are also marked on the map below. Just look for the church tower.

Map of Enschede city centre with the location of the Grote Kerk.


Day Two - Thursday 21 June 2018                 

0800 - 0830 Welcome coffee (NOTE THAT THURSDAY STARTS PROMPTLY AT 0830)

0830 - 0900 - Plenary briefing and breakout to the 8 meeting rooms. The meeting rooms are all in the Horst building.

0900-1200 Parallel Working groups on the following Topics. Note that because of requests from participants, some groups have been split (too many for one topic) and others combined.

Morning working group workshops (3 hours):

-          Ecosystems

-          Telecom/datacom/ICT

-          Sensors (automotive, aerospace & defence)

-          Sensors (healthcare, industrial equipment & IoT, Agri-food)

-          EPDA, PDK and building blocks

-          Front-end

-          Back-end

-          Testing

1200-1300    Lunch

1300-1600 8 Working groups for Supply chains (based on linking applications to technologies:

Afternoon supply-chain workshops (3 hours):

-          Telecom/datacom/ICT

-          Telecom/datacom/ICT

-          Telecom/datacom/ICT

-          Healthcare

-          Automotive

-          Industrial equipment & IoT

-          Agri-food

-          Defence / Aerospace

1600 - End of day 2

Evening free

Here is a link to the Tripadvisor guide showing 30 of the best restaurants in Enschede. The Michelin-Guide also has some recommendations, though some of these are not in the city centre.


Day Three – Friday 22nd June 2018


0830-0900    Welcome Coffee

0900-1100    Outcome of day 2. There will be 14 presentations with the outcomes. These are now available in the online-magazine under Friday results and conclusions.

1100-1130 Coffee break

1130- 1215 Conclusion and Outlook on the next steps. Announcements of plans for WTMF-3 and location.

1215 - 1330 Lunch and departures

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