Visionary Seminar

When your life depends on the internet: 
from best effort internet to tactile internet

- Organised by Leuven MindGate in cooperation with imec -

The tactile internet is heralded as the next generation of internet technology, with reaction times in the order of milliseconds. This equals the visual response time of humans, typically around 10 milliseconds. It will thus enable and drive applications that have much more humanlike reactions, for example in industrial automation, autonomous driving, city transportation systems, health and serious games. It will combine extremely low latency in combination with high availability, reliability, security and increased network capacity and throughput.

The concept of the tactile internet was first introduced by Gerhard Fettweis, professor of the Technical University Dresden in Germany. It is today foremost associated with the changes needed to adapt the current technology to the requirements of the Internet of Things and the Industry 4.0.

This visionary seminar will address some of the key enabling technologies for the tactile internet. It will be illustrated with two specific use cases: the need for tactile technologies in smart cities and in the automotive industry.

Practical aspects

Date: Wednesday 4 October 2017 (16h30-20h00)
Location: imec auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven

The interventions will be held in English.


16h00: Welcome coffee
16h30: Welcome by Thomas Kallstenius, Chairman of the programme
Program Director Security and Privacy imec
16h45: 5G is more than (4+1)G: the tactile internet as enabler for the industrial use of the internet - Rudy Lauwereins, Vice President imec
17h15: Ready – Set – Go: the race for the 5G use case - Michael Peeters, Head of Innovation Portfolio Nokia
17h45: Disruptive innovations within the City of Things environment - John Baekelmans, Managing Director & Vice President imec
18h15: Coffee break
18h45: Applying the tactile internet for industrial applications: a virtualization approach - Steven Latré, Lead IDLab Antwerp
19h15: Case: Connected cars at Ford - Christian Ress, Supervisor Automated Driving Europe Ford-Werke GmbH
19h35: Q&A
20h00: Networking with drinks and snacks


Participation fee

135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc and Leuven MindGate
175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities. Please do contact us by e-mail.

Discount via KMO-portefeuille. Pijler OPLEIDING:
Leuven MindGate Recognition nr. DV.O219862
More info:

Registrations before 28 September, preferably via the online registration form 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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