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Research groups

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Department of Electromechanical, Systems and
Metal Engineering

The research areas of EELAB are low frequency electromagnetic fields and magnetic materials, power systems, power electronics, drive systems and control for electrical machines and energy and cluster management.

Electrical Energy Laboratory | EELAB

Jan Desmet

Peter Sergeant

Luc Dupré

Greet Van Eetvelde

Jos Knockaert

Hendrik Van Sompel

Jan Mertens

Department of Electronics & Information Systems

This research group focuses on measuring, analysing and modelling of thin film solar cells. The group is also active in the field of switchable smart windows based on liquid crystals, ranging from technology to device physics and numerical modelling.

Liquid Crystals & Photonics Group

Johan Lauwaert

Department of Architecture & Urban Planning

Research is contributing to the development of knowledge about sustainable, durable and energy-efficient buildings with a healthy and comfortable indoor climate. Heat and moisture transfer in buildings and building components is tested, studied and modelled. Furthermore, the performance of buildings and building services is analysed and optimised using simulations and measurements.

Building Physics, Construction & Climate Control

Arnold Janssens

Jelle Laverge

Marijke Steeman

Nathan Van den Bossche

Department of Civil Engineering

The main fields of expertise of the coastal engineering research group are: the design, construction and monitoring of coastal structures (mainly breakwaters and sea dikes), the experimental and numerical modeling of wave propagation and interaction with coastal structures, the development and usage of instruments for field measurements and renewable (wave, tide, offshore wind) energy conversion.

Coastal Engineering

Peter Troch

Department of Civil Engineering

The mission of the Maritime Technology Division is to provide an academic education regarding the design, construction, propulsion, functioning and maintaining of marine structures as ships and offshore constructions; to perform fundamental and applied scientific research in the maritime field, especially regarding the hydrodynamics of vessels and other floating constructions; and to carry out scientific studies for and in collaboration with enterprises and public services in the maritime field.

Maritime Technology

Evert Lataire

Department of Electromechanical, Systems and
Metal Engineering

Soete Laboratory pushes the boundaries in fracture mechanics and tribology. Their researchers are active in both experimental and numerical research on fatigue, fracture, friction, wear, reliability and durability of machine parts and mechanical constructions

Mechanical Constructions | Soete Laboratory

Wim De Waele

Department of Electromechanical, Systems and
Metal Engineering

The research group specializes in thermodynamics and heat transfer doing experimental and numerical research. It offers moreover support to industry, by advising companies in need of advice on problems in thermal engineering. 

Applied thermodynamics and heat transfer

Michel De Paepe

Steven Lecompte

Department of Electromechanical, Systems and
Metal Engineering

Transport Technology is specialized in internal combustion engines. The group's research is focused on the in-cylinder processes (spray formation, combustion, heat transfer and emission formation). The goal is to develop simulation tools for fast engine optimization.

Transport Technology

Sebastian Verhelst

Department of Green Chemistry and Technology

The research group Sustainable Systems Engineering (STEN) aims at designing and evaluating systems in a sustainable context, relying on engineering principles. Products, processes, supply chains and production and consumption patterns are studied with a focus on resources (i.e. resource footprint and resource efficiency), a lifecycle thinking approach, e.g. operationalized through MFA and LCA and thermodynamic principles, relying on second law: exergy and exergetic life cycle analysis.

Sustainable Systems Engineering

Jo Dewulf

Department of Information Technology

IDLab performs fundamental and applied research on internet technology and data science. Major research areas are machine learning and data mining; semantic intelligence; distributed intelligence for IoT; cloud and big data infrastructures; multimedia processing; wireless and fixed networking; electromagnetics, RF and high-speed circuits and systems. Specific energy related research mainly pertains to data analysis and machine learning for smart grids. Also the internet-of-things research in the frame of smart cities is highly relevant in this context.

IDLab | Internet Technology & Data Science Lab

Chris Develder

Department of Electromechanical, Systems and
Metal Engineering

Members of this group have research interests in various areas of stability and stabilisation, optimization of dynamical systems, modeling and regulation of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian systems, machine learning, data mining, evolutionary optimization, synchronisation of oscillators, Control of discrete event systems, feedback control for on-line management of networks and Imprecise probabilities as knowledge representations.

Dynamic Systems and Controls

Kurt Stockman

Jeroen De Kooning

Department of Electromechanical, Systems and
Metal Engineering

The Fluid Mechanics team specializes in numerical simulation of fluid-structure interaction (FSI) using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational solid mechanics (CSM). We develop quasi-Newton algorithms for partitioned simulation of FSI and apply them in various fields such as flow-induced vibration (FIV) of tube bundles, compressible flows in air jet looms and nozzles, atmospheric flows around wind turbines and airborne wind energy systems.

Fluid Mechanics

Joris Degroote

Department of Electromechanical, Systems and
Metal Engineering

The following data-related research is conducted in the Dynamic Design Lab: automation and control systems; kinematics and dynamics; physical system modelling; sensing, estimation and actuating; signals and systems; automation, feedback control and robotics; system theory, modelling and identification.

Dynamic Design Lab | D2Lab

Guillaume Crevecoeur

Department of Communication Sciences

CEPEC examines the effectiveness of persuasive communication, both in a profit and non-profit context. Next to our work in sustainable consumption and green energy, our research also entails digital marketing, advertising literacy, children and consumer socialization, media multitasking, influencer marketing, risk and crisis communication, behavioral change, personalized advertising, consumption and subjective well-being

Center for Persuasive Communication | CEPEC

Veroline Cauberghe

Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design

The research group has the mission to empower people in a digitizing society. The group gains insights in human behaviour by developing new methods, conceptual approaches and future technologies, inspiring people, organisations and policymakers to create a more sustainable society. We study the interactions between people, society and technology by leveraging on state-of-the art methodological innovation to grasp the attitudinal, behavioral as well as cognitive dimensions of the 'homo digitalis'.

Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies | MICT

Peter Conradie

Jelle Saldien

Department of General Economics

The research focus is on energy and climate economics; economics of climate policy, the energy transition & energy markets (with a focus on electricity markets). We opt for a multidimensional approach. In our economic analysis of environmental issues, we integrate technological assessments, law & economics, institutional dynamics as well as economics of innovation.

Environmental Economics & Management

Johan Albrecht

Marten Ovaere

Department of Political Science

Our research topics include energy security and energy policy, in relation to international politics, global governance and international institutions. 

Ghent Institute of International Studies

Thijs Van de Graaf

Department of European, public & international law

The Centre for Environmental and Energy Law is the research group that conducts research about  environmental law and energy law. It is situated within the Department of European, Public and International Law of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Ghent University. The group's research includes fundamental (PhD)  and applied (policy oriented) legal and policy research, and multidisciplinary research.

Energy Law

Frederik Vandendriessche

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