SSIS 2017: high quality lectures, starter pitches and a lot of networking

On October 17, 2017 the Lamot Center once more was the scene for an entire day of Smart Electronic Systems. The fifth edition of the Smart Systems Industry Summit had a compelling programme to attract key players in the field of Smart Systems.

By DSP Valley

As in preceding years, the event revolved around the four application themes of DSP Valley: Smart Health, Smart Vehicles, Smart Cities and Smart Industry. Next to the traditional keynotes and presentations, there was also room for novelties. There was an academic track: 8 PhD students presented their research in a poster session on the exhibition floor as well as with a pitch. Next to that DSP Valley provided an opportunity for start-up companies to present themselves in a separate Starters Track.

All things combined, the SSIS 2017 proved to be a recipe for a savory day full of information, insights and networking. Some impressions…

Cooperating with others to create new software

New as an exhibitor at SSIS 2017 is Verum. The company provides engineering tools for software controlled systems and is a recent addition to DSP Valley. Verum is based close to Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Why they became a member? “We have some major clients in our own country but want to orient our business also to Belgium. Therefore DSP Valley and SSIS seem an obvious choice”, said Jos Hegge, Product Manager of Verum.

The company develops Dezyne, a new generation of a model-driven software engineering tool that enables software engineers to create, explore and formally verify component based designs for embedded and technical software systems. Dezyne ensures that hidden defects and design errors are discovered using an automated formal verification. The results reported by their customers include a 50% reduction in development costs, 20% decrease in time to market and a 25% reduction in the cost of field defects.

Unique about the tool is that Dezyne provides the power of rigorous, formal verification technology in a form that is easy to use, applicable to a wide range of general software challenges and scalable across entire systems and organisations. It provides solutions for building verifiably complete and correct software components; understanding the architecture and design of sophisticated embedded or technical software systems; communicating, reviewing and documenting the behavior of software components and (sub) systems; ensuring the ongoing, long term integrity, re-usability and maintainability of software assets. Dezyne is used in a large customer base in different markets, such as industrial systems, medical devices, robotics and financial systems.

We see multiple options where a partnership could bring mutual benefits

Is Verum interested in partnerships with other members? “Cooperating with other software developers to generate new software applications always interests us! We are active in European projects and always open to embark on new ones. We have close relationships with universities where we help in the educational program on Model Driven technologies and do research together. Since we are continuously looking for opportunities to integrate our tools with environments from others, we see multiple options where a partnership could bring benefits for both partners”, says Jos Hegge.

Those of you interested in demonstrating your skills at application design can participate in the Dezyne Challenge (1st of December 2017 – 31th of January 2018).

Each year, there is someone we can do business with!
Smart Nodes participates for the fourth time at SSIS.

For SmartNodes, SSIS 2017 was the 4th edition they participated. The company offers its clients smart lighting modules that reverse the modalities of public lighting! Instead of illuminating everywhere at full power during the whole night, lamps are kept to a minimal output level, except when road users are present. This means a drastic decrease of consumed power, light pollution and ecological footprint of the lighting system. Moreover, this is achieved while maintaining the visual comfort and safety of each person present in the public space.
SmartNodes realizes this thanks to modules equipped with sensors communicating between each other.

The proposed technology fits also right into the context of Smart Cities. SmartNodes solution is a good entry point for mobility and security applications. It opens the way to many applications by feeding road occupancy information’s, in a secure way, to traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and traffic and warning signs. Through the Smart Lighting communication network, the infrastructure equipped with extra sensors can transport additional public space information like parking occupancy, noise level, air quality, etc.
Today, SmartNodes modules are deployed in about 30 sites, including in Wavre, Liège, Rotterdam and Den Haag.

Partnering is important for the growth of our company

Why Smart Nodes is for the fourth time present at SSIS? “SSIS is an important event for us because of the interesting contacts we make here. Each year there is someone we can do business with or that can partner us with the development of a new technology” says Jean Beka, CEO of SmartNodes. “And that is of course important for the growth of our company.”

And the winner of our first PhD pitching contest is …

During the Summit 2017, a number of enthusiastic PhD students proudly presented their research work by means of a poster and a pitch. For the Summit they had to prepare a 7-minute pitch on their research project, to be showcased in a special and dedicated PhD-track.

Most of the pitches focused on healthcare subjects – clearly a field where a lot is happening this moment. This included epileptic seizures, neural diseases, sleep apnea, disease prediction models, different approaches to rehabilitation. The non-medical topics focused on vision technology.

A jury of four evaluated and rated the pitches along different criteria such as quality of the pitch and industrial relevance. All presentations were of high quality, which made the task of the jury quite challenging.  Eventually, it was concluded that one stood out: Simon Van Eyndhoven from the KU Leuven was praised for his pitching qualities as well as for the quality of his research. His pitch on “Diagnosing neurological diseases by fusing multi modal functional brain data” was proclaimed to be the best of the track.


Simon Van Eyndhoven (left), winner of the first PhD-pitch with Joan Ceuterick from Ansem, sponsor of the PhD track.

Congratulations Simon, we at DSP Valley wish you all the success in your professional career!