Prof. Dr. Guy VAN DER SANDE
Guy Van der Sande was born in Belgium in 1978. He received the Master’s degree in electrotechnical engineering with a major in photonics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium, in 2001. He received the title of Doctor in the applied sciences from the Department of Applied Physics and Photonics, VUB, in 2005. His Ph.D. program was awarded with the prize “Ignace Vanderschueren” for the best PhD thesis in Basic, Natural and Applied Science of the last 6 years at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 2006, he was postdoctoral researcher at Optique Nonlinéaire Théorique (ULB) with prof. Thomas Erneux, where he did research on nonlinear dynamics vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, metamaterials and dynamics of spatially extended nonlinear optical systems. In 2007, he was a visiting scientist at the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC) in the Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (under supervision of Prof. Dr. Claudio R. Mirasso and invited by Prof. Maxi San Miguel), where he worked on nonlinear dynamics of large networks of delay-coupled nonlinear oscillators. In 2013, he was granted a Research Professor fellowship at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since 2012, he provides Physics and Photonics education to bachelor and master students in Sciences and Engineering. His current research interests include modeling and nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers, synchronization phenomena and bio-inspired information processing. He is author of more than 60 journal papers and 80 conference papers of which 6 invited talks, with an h-index of 24.