Leuven.Inc seminar: 'Drive through your senses'

Where innovation in safety meets driving comfort

Organised by Leuven.Inc in cooperation with VeroTech. Powered by Flanders' Drive

With on average 1.2 Million road deaths every year, safety is a major concern which will shape the future of the automotive industry. How will the future of car safety look like? Will your car wake you up during moments of drowsiness? Will it break for you or steer away from an imminent collision?

Nowadays the development in driving comfort is linked to safety improvements. The driver is more and more assisted to safer and smoother driving. The sense of security is re-enforced when he/she knows that systems monitor their driving. But where is the limit when the machine over-rides the driver’s input?

This seminar brings together experts in the field of innovative car technologies. Vision, trends and technologies will be presented with a focus on applications in collision detection, shared haptic control and detection of driver drowsiness. The event will be concluded by a panel discussion which will give the opportunity to have different points of views on all topics.

Practical aspects

Date: Tuesday 8 May 2012
Location: Innovatie- en Incubatiecentrum, Kapeldreef 60, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)


13h30: Registration
14h00: Welcome by Leuven.Inc and VeroTech
14h15: Keynote 'Overview of active safety systems in vehicles, trends and developments'
André Nieuwland, Project leader Flanders Drive
14h30: Haptic Shared Control
David Abbink, Assistant Professor Biomechanical Engineering, TU Delft
15h00: Electronics in the car: impact on driver comfort and safety
Joris Roels, Application Engineer Melexis
15h30: Short break
15h45: Real time monitoring of drivers' sleepiness in cars
Daniel Berckmans, Professor Biosystems KU Leuven
16h15: Car design of the future
Jonas Ambeck, Senior Manager Toyota
16h45: Panel discussion and conclusions
Toon Leroy, Consultant VeroTech
17h15: Networking moment

The interventions will be held in English 

Participation fee

  • 70 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc and Flanders Drive
  • 95 euro (excl. VAT): all others
  • Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities.  Please do contact us by e-mail.


Registrations before Wednesday 2 May, 2012, preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuveninc.com (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.*

* As an (Associate) Company Member you can be replaced by a colleague. As an individual Member you can only be replaced by another Individual Member. When this is not possible, Leuven.Inc will charge an extra fee for the replacement by a non-member.

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