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Quentin Vinckier

My academic background is quite unconventional and my scientific profile is characterized by a strong interest both in theory and experiments in many interdisciplinary fields. I first obtained my Bachelor and Master Degrees in Industrial Engineering Science – with a specialization in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (graduated from ISIB, Belgium ,2009). As my passion for research was growing, I successfully applied for a FRIA fellowship funded by FNRS to begin a PhD thesis focused on bio-inspired photonic neural networks under the co-supervision of Profs M. Haelterman and S. Massar (graduated from ULB, Belgium, 2016).

As I have always been attracted by many topics of physics, I am currently working as a postdoctoral scholar at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory of CalTech (“California Institute of Technology”) for the Lunar Flashlight mission. My work: System engineer, optical engineer and I&T engineer for the instrument of the Lunar Flashlight CubeSat mission, whose goal is to quantify and map water ice in the permanently shadowed regions of the lunar south pole using an active multi-band reflectometer working in the 1-2 μm spectral range. I also provide support for the instrument simulation model.


Education

Bachelor's degree in Technological Engineering - graduated from ISIB, Belgium, 2009.

Master's degree in Physics and Nuclear Engineering - graduated from ISIB, Belgium, 2011.

PhD in Engineering Sciences and Technology (applied physics, optics and RF electronics: artificial intelligence with photonic circuits (reservoir computing paradigm)) - graduated from ULB, Belgium, 2016.


Research Interests

Optical and electrical engineering, planetary sciences, optical computing, photonic neural network, reservoir computing, electronics, nuclear physics


Professional Experience

Since Nov. 2016

CalTech Postdoctoral researcher for the Lunar Flashlight mission – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory –
Planetary Sciences Section – Pasadena, CA USA

Design and conception of the multi-band reflectometer of a CubeSat whose mission is to map water ice in the permanently shadowed regions of the moon (south lunar poles). My responsibilities are quite diverse: system engineer, optical engineer and I&T engineer. I also provide support for the instrument simulation model.

Oct. 2012 – Sept. 2016

Phd in Engineering Sciences and Technology (FRIA fellowship funded by FNRS) – ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) – OPERA photonics group – Brussels (Belgium)

PhD thesis supervised by Prof. Marc Haelterman and Prof. Serge Massar: "Analog bio-inspired allphotonic processors based on reservoir computing paradigm". Description: Design and implementation of all-optical analog "reservoir" computers to carry
out nonlinear complex tasks in the field of information processing, using fiber-optics. This research activity is located at the intersection of two research areas: bio-inspired artificial intelligence transposed to "reservoir computing" learning system and dynamic optical systems. More specifically, my PhD thesis was devoted to the design and implementation of artificial neural networks based on fiber-optics systems. Since photonic systems are present everywhere to transport information thanks to their high bandwidth and high power efficiency, the goal of my research was to pave the way to the dream of high performance all-optical computing, a hot topic on which a significant part of today’s computer science research is focused.

Teaching assistant for the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. I supervise with other researchers the lab work of the theoretical course entitled "Physics of Information Technologies" (subjects: electronics and information theory).

Master thesis supervision whose goal was to control a caterpillar robot with artificial intelligence based on reservoir computing
paradigm (Sept. 2013 - May 2014). In particular, I have designed all the electronic circuits to control the robot with a wireless connection using Matlab.

March – Sept. 2012

Engineer position in the field of nuclear waste treatment ONDRAF/NIRAS – Brussels (Belgium)

Single point of contact for the radioactive waste producers (informing the producers: price, conditioning criteria before the waste care, treatment process, etc.; characterisation calculations; onsite measurements, etc.).

Feb. – June 2011

Research student ITN (Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear) – Sacavém (Portugal)

Master thesis: "Neutron and gamma radiation effects on the behaviour of HEMT and MOSFET transistors". This work includes theory, simulations (Monte-Carlo simulations with MCNP coupled with SRIM simulations) and experimental studies.

Feb. – June 2011

Student internship – Clinique Saint‐Jean– Brussels (Belgium)

Dosimetry studies in conventional radiology and computed tomography.


Selected Awards

2017 Antonella Karlson Prize - Prize awarded biennially by the National Fund for Scientific Research-FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS) in Belgium for a doctoral thesis defended in a domain of exact sciences, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, IT and applied sciences.

André Parent prize - CIJM (International Mathematical Games Committee) - won the second prize in Paris, 2006.

Fourth prize of the French Cup of Robotics ("E=M6" cup), Paris, 2005.

First prize of the "Third Belgian Robotic Trophies" - "le Pass" in Frameries, 2004.

Medal of Mouscron city - Annual prize won 3 times (2003-2004-2006) during my secondary education cursus.


Selected Publications
  1. Q. Vinckier, F. Duport, A. Smerieri, K. Vandoorne, P. Bienstman, M. Haelterman, and S. Massar, “High-performance photonic reservoir computer based on a coherently driven passive cavity,” Optica 2, 438-446 (2015).
  2. Q. Vinckier, A. Bouwens, M. Haelterman, and S. Massar, “Autonomous bio-inspired all-photonic processor,” (2016).
  3. A. Akrout, F. Duport, Q. Vinckier, A. Bouwens, M. Haelterman, and S. Massar, “Parallel photonic reservoir computing through frequency multiplexing of neurons,” submitted to Nature Communications (2016).
  4. A. Bouwens, Q. Vinckier, A. Akrout, M. Haelterman, and S. Massar, “Spatially parallel optical reservoir computer,” paper in preparation (2016).
  5. Q. Vinckier, F. Duport, A. Smerieri, K. Vandoorne, P. Bienstman, M. Haelterman, and S. Massar, “Conception d’un ordinateur analogique tout optique de type "réservoir" à l’aide d’une cavité optique linéaire passive fonctionnant en lumière cohérente," in Journée Nationales de l’Optique Guidée (JNOG), (Société Française d'Optique, 2013) (oral presentation).
  6. Q. Vinckier, F. Duport, A. Smerieri, M. Haelterman, and S. Massar, “Information processing using a photonic reservoir computer based on a coherently driven passive cavity with an analog readout layer,” in 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference, (Optical Society of America, 2015), paper CI_5_1 (oral presentation).
  7. Q. Vinckier, F. Duport, M. Haelterman, and S. Massar, “Information processing using an autonomous all-photonic reservoir computer based on coherently driven passive cavities,” in Frontiers in Optics, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2015), paper FTu3B.6 (oral presentation).
  8. Q. Vinckier, F. Duport, A. Smerieri, M. Haelterman, and S. Massar, “Autonomous bio-inspired photonic processor based on reservoir computing paradigm,” 2016 Summer Topicals Meeting Series, (IEEE photonics Society, 2016) (oral presentation).
  9. Q. Vinckier, A. Bouwens, M. Haelterman, and S. Massar, “Autonomous all-photonic processor based on reservoir computing paradigm,” CLEO: 2016, (Optical Society of America, 2016) (oral presentation).
  10. M. Bauduin, Q. Vinckier, S. Massar, and F. Horlin, “High Performance Bio-Inspired Analog Equalizer for DVB-S2 Non-Linear Communication Channel,”17th International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), (IEEE, 2016).
  11. Q. Vinckier, K. Crabtree, C. G. Paine, P. O. Hanye, and G. R. Sellar, "Design and characterization of a low cost CubeSat multi-band optical receiver to map water ice on the lunar surface for the Lunar Flashlight mission," in SPIE Optics + Photonics conference, (SPIE, 2017)(oral presentation).

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