Technology Seminar: 'Energy Efficiency in Mechatronics: Enabler or just another cost function?'

Organised by Leuven.Inc and VeroTech. Powered by Flanders Make.

The future is now! Our lives are more and more influenced by technology. But where does it lead us to?

Is technology the way out of a blackout? What can mechatronics contribute?

A lot of applications have the potential to be more energy-efficient, yet the savings should be more than newly generated consumption. The total cost of ownership often drives the innovation but what does this mean for applications where energy efficiency is only a minor goal?

This interactive mechatronics seminar joins a couple of experts in order to share and discuss their vision. The sectors of application can be various, e.g. transportation, process industry or industrial production.
The seminar shall conclude with a panel discussion and a network drink.

Target Group

This event targets company researchers, developers, management as well as academics and government

Practical aspects

Date: Tuesday 3 February 2015
Location: Innovatie- en Incubatiecentrum, Kapeldreef 60 [GPS users: Celestijnenlaan 200], 3001 Heverlee


13h30: Welcome coffee

14h00: Introduction by Leuven.Inc and VeroTech

14h10: Energy Efficiency in Mechatronics: Why, what and how?
            Walter Driesen, Program Manager, Flanders Make

14h30: A systems engineering approach to energy-efficient design
            Mathieu Dutré, Application Specialist, Siemens Industry Software NV

15h00: Vehicle system design optimisation: integrating powertrain and control design
           Theo Hofman, Prof. Department of Mechanical Engineering, TU/e

15h30: Coffee break

16h00: Mechatronics in Automotive: From the first electric intermittent screenwiper towards the self driving electric car
            Alex Serrarens, Manager Business Development, Punch Powertrain

16h30: Challenges and opportunities of unmanned vessels
            Peter Staelens, Technical Director, dotOcean

17h00: Paneldiscussion and conclusions

17h20: Networking 

Participation fee
•70 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc
•95 euro (excl. VAT): all others

Registration is mandatory


Registrations before Wednesday 28 January 2015 online or by email to (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.*

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