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LUC VAN DEN HOVE, IMEC
PRESIDENT & CEO

Luc Van den hove was till June 30, 2009 executive vice president and chief operating officer at imec (Leuven, Belgium). He became chief executive officer (CEO) on July 1, 2009. He joined imec in 1984, starting his research career in the field of silicide and interconnect technologies. In 1988, he became manager of imec’s micro-patterning group (lithography, dry etching); in 1996, department director of unit process step R&D; and in 1998, vice president of the silicon process and device technology division. In January 2007, he was appointed as imec's EVP & COO. Luc Van den hove received his PhD in electrical engineering from the KU Leuven, Belgium. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and conference contributions.

 

 

Presentation abstract

TECHNOLOGY NEEDS A HUMAN FACE

Today there is a tremendous acceleration in the advancement of nanotechnologies, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, biosciences …

With the fusion of these technologies, we stand on the brink of the fourth industrial revolution. A revolution which will have impact everywhere. A revolution which is not about a single product or service innovation – it is about innovation of entire systems. It is creating the shared economy.

To guarantee that the overall effect on the economy, on the quality of life turns out to be positive, we need to bring technology and people closer together.

Smart technologies on its own will not do the job. Smart use is of equal importance.
Only this combination will create the smart world, smart everything that tackles the struggles of today’s society.

 

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