ePIXfab Silicon Photonics Summer School

(3rd Edition)

 Specialist Design Course on Silicon Photonics

2nd Edition

After two successful editions with participants from across the globe, ePIXfab organizes the 3rd edition of its Silicon Photonics Summer School. We combine this back-to-back with the second edition of the focused Specialist Course on Silicon Photonics Design.

The summer school runs from 11th to 15th June 2018  and is followed by the design course from 18th to 22nd June 2018 at Ghent University (Belgium). The two modules can be taken together or separately.

Learn to make and test your own silicon photonics chip

Silicon Photonics Summer School

Silicon Photonics Design Course

The final program will be announced on 15th of January 2018.

  • June 18 – Day 1: Basic Concepts in PIC design. What is a PIC? Difference between components and circuits. Overall view of a design flow. Circuit modeling techniques.
  • June 19 – Day 2: PDK-driven design flow. Designing circuits with standard building blocks from a Fab-provided PDK.
  • June 20 – Day 3: Custom component design. Defining custom (parametric) layout. Component simulations
  • June 21 – Day 4: Wavelength filter design. Basic filter principles. Designing arrayed waveguide gratings, echelle gratings and lattice filters.
  • June 22 – Day 5: Verification and preparation for tape-out.


Fill the registration form before May 25, 2018.

Practical Information


iGent Tower – Department of Information Technology (INTEC)
Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 15
B-9052 Gent, Belgium


Brussels National Airport
Ghent is only 60 minutes from the international airport of Zaventem ‘ Brussels Airport”, where flights arrive from and depart to more than 70 destinations. There are two direct trains per hour between the airport railway station (Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven) and the railway station, Ghent-Sint-Pieters (Gent Sint-Pieters station).

In the airport, follow the signs to the railway station. Buy a ticket for Ghent-Sint-Pieters station at the counter in the train station of the airport or online on http://www.belgianrail.be/en/. Booking online avoids long ques at the ticketing counters.

Apart from direct trains to Ghent, you can take the shuttle train to Brussels Central Station from the airport (4 trains in each hour). There, you can change to a train to Ghent-Sint-Pieters.

More information on transport to and from Brussels Airport can be found on http://www.belgianrail.be/en/.

Charleroi Brussels South Airport
There are two options for traveling between Charleroi (Brussels South) Airport and Ghent:
Option 1: Bus + Train
More information can be found at http://www.charleroi-airport.com/en/acces/train-bus/index.html
Option 2: Shuttle bus to Ghent (or Brussels)
More information can be found at http://www.charleroi-airport.com/en/acces/shuttle-buses/index.html 

By High-Speed Train:
The closest international railway station for high-speed trains is Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi) railway station (arrival of Thalys, TGV, Eurostar, ICE, etc.).

Regular connections by train to Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station are available (approximately 2-3 trains per hour) with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes. Train schedules are available at  www.b-rail.be/main/E/.

By International Bus:
If you’re planning to travel by bus or coach, you can contact Eurolines (http://www.eurolines.be/), which runs coach services to many destinations in Europe. Ghent is one of them. The bus stops at Koningin Elisabethlaan 73, which is near the Ghent Sint-Pieters train station.


The course participants have to arrange their own accommodation. There are plenty of options for a short stay in Ghent. For price and availability, check the following links. If you have any difficulties finding suitable accommodation please send an email at info@ePIXfab.eu.


Budget Accomodation


ePIXfab is the European Silicon Photonics Alliance. Its mission is to promote silicon photonics science, technology and applications. ePIXfab represents the European Silicon Photonics at the global scale and enables access to European silicon photonics technology to industry and academia through by training, workshops and road mapping activities. More information at: www.epixfab.eu

The photonics research group of Ghent University, headed by Prof. R. Baets, is actively working on the design and fabrication of SOI and SiN-based photonic devices using standard lithographic techniques compatible with CMOS-processing. 100- members of the group are working on the various application of silicon photonics ranging from information and communication technology to sensing and life sciences.

Supported By

Luceda Photonics wants photonic IC engineers to enjoy the same first-time-right design experience as electronic IC designers. Luceda Photonics’ IPKISS tools and services are rooted in over 50 years of experience in photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design. IPKISS assures that Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) designers have full control of their design framework to make sure that what they fabricate matches exactly how they designed it.


The Australian Silicon Photonics team has been designing and fabricating integrated optics devices for more than 15 years. For the last decade, the group has focused on mass-manufacturable silicon photonics device fabrication using the leading-edge electron-beam lithography (EBL) and wafer processing equipment at the Australian National Fabrication Facility’s (ANFF) Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) and RMIT’s MicroNano Research Facility (MNRF).

Australian Silicon Photonics has developed a capability to reliably design, fabricate and characterise Silicon Photonics devices with similar geometries as the imec SiPhotonics passives technology.