Welcome to my research page. I am a PhD candidate and researcher at Ghent University in the Department of Electronics and Information Systems (ELIS). I am also a member of IDLab, imec and ILVO. My research is about non-linear dynamics of plants for computation and sensing.

Some non-technical questions we hope to answer by means of this research:

  • What plant is more intelligent: strawberry, orchid or corn?
  • What kind of environment does a plant like?
  • Does leaf movement tell anything about the plant’s feelings?

Since my research has roots in both plant science and computer science, I work together with a number of different people from both ELIS, ILVO and BIOMATH.


Pieters, Olivier, Tom De Swaef, Peter Lootens, Michiel Stock, Isabel Roldàn-Ruiz, and Francis wyffels. 2020. “Gloxinia—An Open-Source Sensing Platform to Monitor the Dynamic Responses of Plants.” Sensors 20. Preprint. Open Access link.

Jas, Mainak, Titipat Achakulvisut, Aid Idrizović, Daniel Acuna, Matthew Antalek, Vinicius Marques, Tommy Odland, Ravi Prakash Garg, Mayank Agrawal, Yu Umegaki, Peter Foley, Hugo Fernandes, Drew Harris, Beibin Li, Olivier Pieters, Scott Otterson, Giovanni De Toni, Chris Rodgers, Eva Dyer, Matti Hamalainen, Konrad Kording, and Pavan Ramkumar. 2020. “Pyglmnet : Python Implementation of Elastic-Net Regularized Generalized Linear Models.” JOURNAL OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE 5 (47). Open Access link.

Penders, Arno, Johanna Renny Octavia, Michiel Caron, Fay de Haan, Thomas Devoogdt, Samnang Nop, Anthony McAtear, Olivier Pieters, Francis wyffels, Steven Verstockt, and Jelle Saldien. 2018. “Solis : a Smart Interactive System for Houseplants Caring.” In 2018 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ORANGE TECHNOLOGIES (ICOT) IEEE.


As of September 2017, I am involved in the bachelor course of Digitale electronica. This is an introductory course on digital electronics taught to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students. I mentor the lab sessions during which the students need to programme an FPGA in VHDL.

Over the years I have mentored several student projects in Embedded Prototyping, Discrete Signal Processing and master thesis students.