Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum vzw (IMEC) is a Belgian not-for-profit research and Technology organization (RTO) and a world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. With headquarters in Leuven Belgium, IMEC has research centres across Belgium, in the Netherlands (the Holst Centre in collaboration with TNO), China, Taiwan, India, USA and Japan. Its staff of around 3.5K people includes more than 700 industrial residents, visiting scientists and PhD students.

IMEC aims to be the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. As a trusted partner for companies, startups and academia we bring together brilliant minds from all over the world in a creative and stimulating environment. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of diverse partners across a multitude of industries, we are accelerating progress towards a connected, sustainable future.

The Internet and Data Science Lab (IDLab) ( performs fundamental and applied research on AI, data sciences, robotics and internet technologies. Our core activities include the development of technologies for machine learning, artificial intelligence and semantic techniques, communication, distributed computing and multimedia processing; covering future internet applications for manufacturing, health, media, smart environments and biotechnologies. The group involves 300 experts and researchers, well-known and recognized in the international community and offers a range of state-of-the art research facilities. The group delivers technology through fundamental research, regional and international collaborative research as well as through spin-offs and the IMEC business incubation facilities.

IDLab is well-known for its operational research test-beds (wireless, (Industrial) IoT, cloud and a HomeLab environment, (IDLab infrastructure) that allow high TRL validation opportunities for new ICT technologies. IDLab, amongst its other research priorities, is developing solutions to automate the deployment of deep-learning solutions across the cloud, edge-devices and robotic systems. The group is also developing projects in the Internet of Robotic Things where robots can intelligently act on the environment using feedback and context awareness from the IoT and reliable, distributed sensor networks. IDLab investigates also the use of social robots for the health care environment, e.g. to support elderly, patients with dementia, diabetes patients, …