P02 University of Leuven – KULEUVEN (BE)
The division MeBioS (Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors) of the Department of Biosystems of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium investigates the interaction between biological systems and physical processes. The emphasis is on the measurement of properties of biomaterials and process variables, the analysis of the measured signals, and finally process design and control. The basic research in MeBioS is in the area of (bio)sensor technology, mechanobiology and biophysical properties of cellular systems. Multiscale modelling, in which biological systems are described at multiple spatial and organisational scales play an important role. Applications are situated at multiple spatial scales, from agricultural machinery automation over medical diagnostics and predictive microbiology, to postharvest storage of fruit and vegetables and food processing. MeBioS is headed by Prof. Bart Nicolaï and has a staff of about 70, amongst which 6 professors and 12 postdoctoral researchers, and produces about 50 articles in peer reviewed journals per year. About 50% of the research in MeBioS is in collaboration with industrial companies in the agro-food sector. MeBioS’ multidisciplinary research team has been successful in building a world-wide reputation, what can be seen for instance from the organization of the largest European conference for Agricultural Engineering (AgEng'04, September 2004) and an important modeling congress for the food chain (MODEL-IT, May 2005). MeBioS is one of the leading groups in the area of nondestructive measurement of quality attributes of fresh fruit and vegetables and eggs, notably using acoustic resonance techniques and NIR spectroscopy. MeBioS coordinated EU research projects (FAIR CT95-0302; FAIR CT96-1192; INCO CT98-0912; AIR3-CT94-1170, QLTR-1999-01280) and coordinates the InsideFood project that aims at the development of integrated sensing and imaging devices for designing, monitoring and controlling microstructure of foods. K.U. Leuven Research & Development (LRD) has been awarded the 2008 IPTEC Tech Transfer Award in Frankfurt. This award recognizes institutions with an outstanding record in technology transfer: making the bridge between science and industry and getting technologies to the market.