Guy Verschaffelt received the M.E. degree in photonics and the Ph.D. degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium in 1996 and 2000, respectively. From 2000 until 2009 he was postdoctoral researcher with VUB, and in 2009 he was granted a senior research fellowship at the Applied Physics research group of the VUB. His research is focused on polarization and noise properties of vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers, emission properties of broad-area high power semiconductor lasers, speckle and speckle reduction techniques, the study of non-linear dynamics in photonic systems and photonic implementations of reservoir computing. He teaches courses in physics to bachelor and master students in Science and Engineering. He has been involved with several IWT and FWO funded projects within the Applied Physics research group. He is currently secretary of the board of the IEEE Photonics Society Benelux Chapter. He is co-author of about 60 journal papers and 60 conference papers.