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Martin Virte


Martin Virte is a professor with the Brussels Photonics (B-PHOT) group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He graduated as an engineer from the French “Grande Ecole” Supélec (now CentraleSupélec) in 2011. He then received his PhD in engineering in 2014 with the highest honours as part of a joint PhD program between VUB and Supélec. In 2015, he received a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) to pursue his research work at B-PHOT VUB. He became a research professor at the VUB three years later. Two years later, in 2020, he received a prestigious Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) and was appointed professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel the same year.

Martin’s work initially focused on the nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers from its fundamental aspect to potential applications. While this topic is still a central focus point of his current research, Martin is also exploring new facets of the problem including the design of novel laser systems on Photonic Integrated Circuits, such as Multi-Wavelength Lasers, the impact of laser dynamics in the context of fiber sensing, and the use of laser dynamics for all-optical processing.