14-15 November 2022
EPIC Technology Meeting on Electronics & Photonics – Two Sides of One Coin
Munich, Germany

The aim of this meeting is to bring together key players from the semiconductor and photonics industries to explore technological and manufacturing challenges and to explore how their respective industries can contribute to solving them and learn from each other. There has been much noise in recent months about the semiconductor industry, this summit, the first of its kind, will bring both communities together, along the entire manufacturing value chain from design, manufacturing, testing, packaging, equipment and materials. EPIC is renowned for its extensive networking opportunities, expect to make many new interesting contacts! The event takes place in conjunction with the exhibitions Electronica (world’s leading trade fair and conference for electronics) and SEMICON Europa (representing the semiconductor equipment and materials industry).

EPIC Meeting on Electronics & Photonics participants biographies, photos and companies descriptions are available HERE


DAY 1, Monday 14 November 2022

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @Maritim Hotel, Munich (Foyer in front of Nürnberg Saal)
13:00 – 13:15 Welcoming words – EPIC

13:15 – 15:15 SESSION 1: Advanced Laser Manufacturing in Microelectronic Industry

13:15 – 13:35 Small VCSELs but Big Range of Applications – Roman Koerner, Head of Device and Technology Development at Trumpf Photonics Components (Germany)
13:35 – 13:55 A European 300mm Photonics Platform for Datacom and BeyondFrédéric Boeuf, Technical Director Photonics Innovations at ST Microelectronics (France)
13:55 – 14:15 High Resolution Electronics Printing on Glass, Ceramics and PolymersTadas Kildušis, President at AKONEER
14:15 – 14:35 Laser Dicing in Liquids – Key Enabling Technology for Advanced Chip Designs – Jan Hoppius, Co-Founder at LIDROTEC
14:35 – 14:55 UV Laser Processing of GaN MicroLED´s, a Future Proof Technology – Oliver Haupt, Director of Strategic Marketing at Coherent

15:15 – 16:00 Networking Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00 SESSION 2: Advanced Equipment for Manufacturing Photonic Integrated Circuits

16:00 – 16:20 W2W and D2W Bonding Technologies Enabling Next Gen Integrated Photonics Manufacturing – Markus Wimplinger, Corporate Technology Development & IP Director at EVG (Austria)
16:20 – 16:40 Role of Materials for Semiconductor Manufacturing Enabling Future Nano-optical Applications and Devices – Thomas Gadda, CTO at PiBond (Finland)
16:40 – 17:00 Photonics Assembly & Test – A Roadmap to High Volume Manufacturing – Torsten Vahrenkamp, CEO at FiconTEC (Germany)
17:00 – 17:20 “More than Photonics” Solutions: Micro Transfer Printing at X-FAB – Joni Mellin, Product Marketing Photonics at X-Fab (Germany)
17:20 – 17:40 Advanced InP DFB Laser Sources for Silicon Photonics Hybrid IntegrationIain Eddie, Director of Device Engineering at Sivers Photonics (United Kingdom)

18:00 – 21:00 Dinner in the hotel restaurant

DAY 2, Tuesday 15 November 2022

08:00 – 08:30 Networking Coffee

08:30 – 10:30 SESSION 3: From Photonic Chips to Quantum Computers

08:30 – 08:50 Photons & Qubits – Design Solutions for Photonic ICs and Quantum ComputersTwan Korthorst, Group Director Photonic Solutions at Synopsys (Netherlands)
08:50 – 09:10 Photonic Design Tools Are Irrelevant. This Is WhyRonald Broeke, CEO at Bright Photonics (Netherlands)
09:10 – 09:30 Exploit Laser-augmented Silicon Photonics Circuit Technology – Pascal Langlois, Chairman at SCINTIL Photonics (France)
09:30 – 09:50 Optical Computing with Programmable PhotonicsJose Capmany, Co-founder and COO at iPronics (Spain)
09:50 – 10:10 Optical Computing – Towards All-Optical Data Centers – Michael Kissner, CEO at Akethonics (Germany)
10:10 – 10:30 Quantum Computing Using Photonic ChipsMichael Förtsch, CEO at Q.Ant (Germany)

10:30 – 11:15 Networking Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00 SESSION 4: Challenges in Packaging of Photonic Chips

11:15 – 11:40 Photonic Boards – Opportunities and Challenges of Electro-Optical Co-EngineeringNikolaus Flöry, Business Development Manager at Vario-optics (Switzerland)
11:40 – 12:05 The Challenges of Packaging Photonic Components & PICs for Quantum Technology 2.0Andrew Robertson, CTO at Bay Photonics (United Kingdom)
12:05 – 12:40 Assembly of Photonic IC based Products: From Prototype to Volume Production – Joost van Kerkhof, COO at PHIX Photonics Assembly (Netherlands)

12:40 – 12:55 Interconnect and Assembly Technologies for Next Generation Electronic and Photonics SystemsHannes Hundsbichler, Product Line Director at Besi (Austria)

13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch in the hotel restaurant


The event is conveniently taking place at the Maritim Hotel next to the Munich main train station with direct connection to Messe Munich

The accommodation is not organized by EPIC. You can contact Maritim hotel for your room reservation: +49 (0) 89 55235-0, info.mun@maritim.de or feel free to book any other hotel in the area.


Michael Kissner is the CEO of Akhetonics, a photonics start-up developing the first digital all-optical CPU. With over 15 years of experience in cyber security, Michael's focus has been on computer architectures and chip security, having held various positions in the field. He studied mathematical physics and received his PhD from the armed forces university in Munich, leveraging deep learning to develop novel methods in physical simulation.

Joni Mellin (Product Marketing Manager Photonics) is responsible for X-fab’s photonics business development and product marketing since June 2022. He has more than 25 years semiconductor experience. Previously he served at ams OSRAM (2014-2021), Microsoft (2014), Nokia (2008-2014) and Micro Analog Systems (1999-2008). He received his Master’s and Licentiate’s degrees at Semiconductor technology from Helsinki University of Technology in 1999 and 2012, respectively. And, in 2019 he received Global executive MBA degrees from University of Minnesota and WU Vienna.

Product Marketing Photonics at X-Fab

Torsten Vahrenkamp (CEO) holds a Diploma for Applied Laser Technologies from the University of Applied Sciences in Emden, Germany. During further work at the Institute of Laser Technology in Emden and at the University of Loughborough, UK, he built a fully automated laser lithography system for rapid generation of microstructures in sub-micron dimensions. He also developed a process to generate the world’s first in-glass diffractive optics using ion exchange processes in gradient refractive index glass – a process that is still used today for the generation of waveguides in glass. Torsten is Chief Executive Officer of ficonTEC and, together with CFO Matthias Trinker, one of the co-founders of the company. When founding the company in 2001, the goal was to provide fully and semi-automated assembly and test solutions for the photonics industry.

Pascal Langlois (Co-founder and Chairman) cofounded Scintil Photonics on November 2018 with Sylvie Menezo president and CEO. He is serving as chairman of the board. Most recently, Langlois was President and CEO of Tronics Microsystems, a Mems company he introduces in 2015 on Euronext Stock market, and which was acquired by TDK Group end of 2016. Prior to that he was Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at ST-Ericsson and from 2006, Founder of NXP and part of the executive management team responsible for global sales. He was previously with Philips Semiconductors BV, where he served in various capacities, including Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for multimarket products and VP of the automotive global market segment. He also worked with VLSI Technology, where his last position was VP for Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan operations. Pascal graduated with a Bachelor in technology from the University of Paris, and attended strategy and organization executive program from Stanford University. Langlois is also Chairman of supervisory board of Teem Photonics, an industrial laser company and Director of Yole Development, a market research firm.

Markus Wimplinger is Corporate Technology Development & IP Director at EV Group (EVG). In this role, he oversees EVG’s global process engineering team and manages the company’s R&D partnerships and contracts as well as intellectual property affairs.

Corporate Technology Development & IP Director at EVG

Twan Korthorst (Group Director Photonics Solutions) is Group Director of Photonic Solutions at Synopsys. He has been active in the field of chip design and fabrication for non-traditional semiconductor micro and nano technologies for over 25 years. After roles in product engineering and fabrication, he joined PhoeniX Software in 2007 and developed the company into a leading supplier of design solutions for photonic ICs in his role as CEO. In February 2018, Synopsys acquired PhoeniX Software, bringing together the industry’s widest portfolio of solutions for designing and manufacturing photonic devices, optical systems, and photonic integrated circuits within one organization and one single support channel. Twan is responsible for the integrated photonics strategy across the company leads the team developing the Photonic IC Solutions.

Group Director Photonic Solutions at Synopsys

José Capmany (COO) is Professor of Photonics at Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Spain and entrepreneur. With 30 years’ experience in photonic devices and systems research and technology transfer and over 500 scientific publications he is a Fellow of IEEE and OSA. In 2011 he co-founded VLC Photonics a leading design house in integrated photonics. In 2012 He received the King James I Award in Novel Technologies (the highest Scientific Distinction in Spain) for pioneering contributions in RF- Photonics. In 2016, he received a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant to develop programmable integrated photonic systems for RF-Photonic applications and in 2019 an ERC Proof of Concept Grant to bring the concept to market.

Cofounder and COO at iPronics

Ronald Broeke (CEO) has a background in physics, photonical engineering and business intelligence in Europe and the US. Ronald is excited to combine these interests in the photonics market.

Andrew Robertson (CTO) has a PhD in Laser Physics & Nonlinear Optics and a BSc in Laser Physics & Optoelectronics, both from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Andrew has over 25 years of experience in successful commercial technology development & exploitation within photonics. In 2002, he was one of the founders of SIFAM Fibre Optics which was acquired by Gooch & Housego (G&H) in 2007 after 5 years of growth. Andrew held key senior engineering management roles within G&H and was a member of the Senior Management Team, becoming Senior Vice President and latterly focussing on Strategic Mergers and Acquisitions. Since 2020, Andrew has been with Bay Photonics and as CTO, has led the development of photonics based semiconductor packaging critical for enabling photonic driven Quantum Technology. Bay Photonics are currently supplying packaged SPADs and packaged quantum photonic integrated circuits (Q-PICs) for quantum computing, secure quantum communications, and quantum LIDAR imaging systems.

Roman Körner (Head of Device and Technology Development) is the Head of Device and Technology Development at TRUMPF Photonic Components and is responsible for the VCSEL R&D. Roman studied electrical engineering in Stuttgart where he completed his PhD on “The Germanium-Zener-Emitter for Silicon Photonics” and has a strong background on silicon state of the art processing technology.

Head of Device and Technology Development at Trumpf Photonics Components

Michael Förtsch (CEO), after studying mathematics and physics, earned his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Light. For his scientific achievements in the field of quantum information processing, he was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal. After an international research stay at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Boulder, he started as a strategy consultant at TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG in 2015. In 2018, Michael founded Q.ANT, a start-up developing photonic quantum technologies. Q.ANT's product developments include sensors for autonomous driving as well as for human-machine interaction and photonic quantum computing. Recently, he was appointed as a member of the Program Committee Quantum Technology of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Frédéric Boeuf (Technical Director Photonics Innovations) obtained his M.Eng. and M.Sc. degree from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble in 1996 and Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Grenoble in 2000. Then he joined STMicroelectronics in Crolles, working on Advanced Devices Physics and Integration. He led the 65nm and 45nm research program as well as the UTBB and FDSOI research program between 2006 and 2012. He also led the development of MASTAR road-maping tool used by the ITRS for more than 10 years. Since 2011, he’s leading the Silicon Photonics program in STMicroelectronics Crolles and especially the development of 100G and 400G Silicon Photonics platforms. In 2016, he was invited researcher at the University of Tokyo. He authored and co-authored over 250 technical papers and 6 book chapters. He is recipient of General Ferrie french Award 2012 for his work on FDSOI, SSDM best paper award 2017, and best paper award from the Silicon Technology Division of the Japanese Society of Applied Physics in 2018. He was appointed regional fellow in 2018 and is currently Photonics Innovation Technical Director inside STMicroelectonics’s Technology and Design Platform organization.

Technical Director Photonics Innovations at ST Microelectronics

Hannes Hundsbichler (Director Productline Multi Module Attach) is working in the semiconductor backend equipment industry since 2002. After several stations in application engineering and as an RnD project manager for high-precision assembly machinery and bonding processes, he joined the Besi product management team in 2012. Since 2016, he is in charge of the product line Multi Module Attach, Besi’s highly flexible mutlichip die bonding platform. Hannes holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria.

Product Line Director at Besi

Nikolaus Flöry, is technical business development manager at vario-optics ag. He is responsible for consulting customers and project partners in developing miniaturized photonic applications & products using photonic integrated circuits. He holds a PhD in Photonics from ETH Zurich.

Business Development Manager at Vario-optics

Dr. Thomas Gädda is the CTO of PiBond. At PiBond he leads the teams of engineers and chemists responsible for developing new materials and processes for semiconductor and novel applications in photonics. He also oversees customer projects and product support. Prior to joining PiBond, he functioned as a Research Manager at VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland. Dr. Gädda has a +20-year experience in material development with a focus on silicon-based materials. Among materials he has developed include silicon and metal oxide based optical coatings, dielectrics, resists, and lithography hard-mask materials. He received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and MS in Chemical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology. Presently, he has ~30 patents and ~50 publications/proceedings.

Joost van Kerkhof (COO) started PHIX in 2018 together with Albert Hasper (CEO). He has more than 25 years of experience in the micro-nano technology industry. Before starting PHIX, Joost was the CEO of XiO Photonics since 2013 and the COO of LioniX International since the merger of XiO Photonics, LioniX and SatraX into LioniX International in 2016. Before joining XiO Photonics, Joost worked with Sensata Technologies as Director Business Integration. In this role, he built a significant experience in business case analysis and development. Before his role in business management, he has held positions within Texas Instruments (which became Sensata Technologies in 2006) as Director R&D and Director Operations. In these positions, he has brought several products in high volume production. Joost holds a master’s and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering specialized in micro-nano technology and (bio)sensors.

Iain joined Sivers Photonics (then CST Global) in 2006 as a Device Design Engineer, after completing an MEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Ph.D. in Photonics at the University of Glasgow. His research was in the design, fabrication and characterisation of VCSELs with carrier confinement by Quantum Well Intermixing. During his 16 years at Sivers, Iain has led many major projects, most recently focusing on InP sources for silicon photonics applications. As Director of Device Engineering, Iain leads the Device Engineering Team, responsible for the development of new device designs and implementing Sivers technology platform strategy.

Director of Device Engineering at Sivers Photonics

Tadas Kildušis (President, CCO) is working in laser micromachining industry for more than ten years. After co-founding and leading Direct Machining Control for 7 years, in 2022 he transferred to Akoneer to work on new laser micromachining technologies for electronics and semiconductor markets.

President at AKONEER

Jan Hoppius (CTO) is CTO at Lidrotec GmbH. With his 10 years experience in laser micro machining in liquid environment, he is in charge of software and hardware development for ultra high precision cutting applications. Cutting kerfs of less than 20µm width as well as burr-free and microcrack-free processing on any material stacks are his specialities.

Co-Founder at LIDROTEC

Director of strategic marketing for the Flat Panel Display (FPD) market at Coherent. Over 20 years’ experience in general laser applications. Holding a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Hannover. Started as head of sales for DPSS lasers, worked as product line manager for Coherent Excimer lasers and FlexOLED LLO systems in Goettingen/Germany, since 2015 focused additionally on laser based MicroLED and OLED display applications. Currently responsible for the display products and market strategy at Coherent.

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