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Daniël  Berckmans

Daniël Berckmans

PhD, Professor, KU Leuven & University of Tennessee
Daniel Berckmans has a master’s and a PhD in Bioengineering. Headed as Full Professor for 20 years the research Division M3-BIORES (Measure, Model and Manage Bio-responses), Department of Biosystems at the Catholic University of Leuven (⁰1425, 62.000 students) and is Adjunct Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee USA. Daniel is also founder, board member and CTO of BioRICS NV that is focusing on continuous monitoring of human and animal mental and physical health. In education he was teaching 8 different courses at bachelors’ and master’s level. His research focus is on real time monitoring of health and wellbeing of individual humans and animals. He co-authored over 340 peer reviewed publications, over 450 papers, participated in 64 PhD commissions in 9 countries and promoted over 250 Master theses. Since 1982, 19 products for the world market were co-developed with industrial partners. He is co-inventor of 20 patents and coordinated several EU-projects. Daniel is worldwide considered as the spiritual father of the field of Precision Livestock Farming (PLF): real-time monitoring of animals with technology: microphones, cameras, and sensors. He co-started the European Association for Precision Livestock Farming that organizes since 2003 the 2-yearly European Conference for Precision Livestock Farming ‘ECPLF’. Today the conference is organized in agreement with the “Asian Conference for PLF” (ACPLF) and the “US Conference for PLF” (USCPLF).
He co-initiated the first European Master’s in Human Health Engineering at the KU Leuven: technology for monitoring healthy people. Daniel is co-founder of 3 spin-off companies: BioRICS NV in 2006, BioRICS INC in San Francisco in 2016 and SoundTalks in 2011. He is a member of the recently started Scientific Council of the World Farmers Organization, who represent a billion farmers worldwide. KU Leuven was ranked by Reuters the seventh most innovative university worldwide in 2020 with 130 spin-off companies so far. This ranks KU Leuven as the most innovative university outside of the United States.