Profile

Olivier Pieters
10 December 1994
Ghent, Belgium
I am a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University and ILVO, in collaboration with imec and OnePlanet. I recently obtained my PhD in Computer Science at the same university by investigating the computational aspects of plants. During my bachelor and master programmes, I studied electrical engineering with a special focus on communication and information technology. I'm passionate about science, technology, photography and languages. A five word description of me would be: enthusiastic, observant, perfectionistic, driven and minimalistic.
Olivier Pieters

Experience

Ghent University

March 2022 – present

Postdoctoral Researcher

Expanding the results towards more plant species and trait observations. This researchs builds on the work done in my PhD and is mainly focussed on broadening it. Moreover, we are also collaborating with OnePlanet to scale the system to bigger expeirmental setups.

Ghent University

September 2017 – February 2022

PhD Researcher

Evaluating the computational aspects of plants. This research was promoted by Francis wyffels, Tom De Swaef and Michiel Stock. We provided the first proof-of-concept in situ experimental demonstartion of reservoir computing with a strawberry plant. To achieve these results, we worked with a hyperspectral camera and leaf thickness sensors to observe the plant's state. Moreover, we also developed a new measurement platform for deep phenotyping.

Newtec

June 2015 – August 2015

Summer Internship

Redesign and analysis (in terms of computational complexity, design complexity and performance) of existing low-pass filters for parallelised operation. These filters were implemented in VHDL and verified using ModelSim simulations and a Python test bench.

Huawei

August 2014 – September 2014

Summer Internship

The Huawei Telecom Seeds for the Future program includes both a cultural and a technical aspect. A Mandarin language training at the University of Geosciences in Beijing and an introduction to Chinese culture and historical landmarks formed the cultural aspect. The technological aspect consisted of a Huawei Training on ICT Technologies & Solutions and work experience at Huawei's Shenzen headquarter.

Education

Doctor of Computer Science Engineering

Reservoir Computing with Plants

Ghent University, September 2017 – February 2022

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Communication and Information Technology

Ghent University, September 2015 – June 2017

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Ghent University, September 2012 – June 2015

Language Studies

Chinese Language

CVO Handelsschool Aalst, September 2010 – June 2012

Secondary School

Science and Mathematics

SVI Gijzegem, September 2006 – June 2012

Skills

MATLAB
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LaTeX
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Python
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Embedded C
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VHDL
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MS Office
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macOS
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C
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C++
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Linux
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Electrical Engineering
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HTML5
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Programming (general)
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MS Windows
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Shell scripting
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ModelSim
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Ruby on Rails
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BRIO-classic
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Javascript
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Interests

applied mathematics
applied physics
machine learning
engineering
embdeed systems
electronics
digital photography
gaming
phenotyping

Languages

Dutch
mother tongue
English
full professional proficiency
French
limited working proficiency
German
elementary proficiency
Chinese
elementary proficiency

Teaching Experience

Digital electronics
2017 to 2020
Guiding practicals on VHDL coding in Vivado.
Machine Learning
2017
Correcting student reports.
Mechatronics
2017 to 2018
High-level guiding and evaluation student projects.
Bachelor Project
2018
Guiding students in the design and construction of a smart growth chamber.
Electrical Networks
2018
Design of a low-pass sensor project for the students and mentoring them.
Digital Signal Processing
2019
Design of a LIA-based sensor project for the students and mentoring them.
Hardware Design Project
2021
Mentoring students in the design and realisation of a soft robot finger with embedded sensing.