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About us

We are part of the IDLab research group at Ghent University and imec.

The TE team is a composite group of people who share a passion for both economic and technological related work. Here are our members:

Sofie Verbrugge
Thibault Degrande
Asma Chiha
Timo Latruwe
Melanie Verstraete
Youssef Ben Daoued
Maarten de Mildt

Our alumni can be found here!

We are hiring! Three positions are available.
Vacancy 1: Techno-economic analysis of data-enabled ecosystems based on Solid technology
Vacancy 2: Understanding business modelsfor sustainable local energy solutions
Vacancy 3: Techno-economic evaluation of 5G and drone- based solutions

TE Team

We are furthermore also uniting different techno-economic research groups across Europe on the TE portal.

Interested in working with us? We are always willing to discuss with prospective PhD students whose research interests match with ours. Feel free to go through some of our team’s recent publications and other work to get a grasp of what our research deals with, before contacting us. Also, note that we take the liberty to ignore generic emails that do not show a genuine interest in and understanding of the research area.


TE Approach

The structured and iterative approach followed in all techno-economic studies allows for a complete analysis to the requested amount of detail.

The developed methodology is supported by tools on all steps.


We are active in different application domains


We collaborate with both industrial and academic partners

The Techno-Economics team collaborates with both industrial and academic partners, such as telecom operators, regulators, app developers etc. Our group is part of the widespread Techno-Economic research domain. Researchers are considering Techno-Economical problems worldwide.

Stad Gent

Telecom Italia












TE Connectivity

Arch & Teco



Deutsche Telekom



Maria Middelares


AZ Nikolaas








The techno-economic research unit offers master thesis topics and courses to engineering students of different Masters.

Interested in what kind of topics we offer? Read this article in Knack to get a better understanding about our research!

Master Thesis subjects

Open topics

Current master topics

Finished master thesis

Propose your own topic


Engineering Economy

Information Technology and Data Processing

Research Project


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Internship alumni


May 2022

Launch of science game Moendoes:

As a member of the Young Academy of Flanders (Belgium), Sofie Verbrugge coordinated the launch of the science game “Expeditie Moendoes” on April 22nd in the primary school De Harp in Gent. The game was played with the children of the 5th and 6th year of the primary school. First Belgian astronaut Dirk Frimout was present for a discussion on the value of scientific thinking. The game is currently being distributed to all Flemish primary school, free of charge. Expansion to other countries is planned for next year.

More information can be found here (in Dutch).

April 2022

The ‘Collection of the Gentenaar’ develops tools and methods to bring citizens in contact more quickly with the existing urban heritage and enriches collectios with their own objects, stories, photos… One of those tools to accomplish this is the CoGent box. This high-tech experience space that travels through Ghent’s neighborhoods, brings heritage objects to life on the basis of surprising storylines. As from the 29th of April 2022, visitors can discover, experience and share their past with other residents of Ghent. The CoGent box will from Wondelgem to Watersportbaan-Ekkergem and will have its last stop in Sluizeken-Tolhuis-Ham. After that, the CoGent box will have a permanent place in DING, the new wing of Design Museum Gent.

For more information about the location and dates of the CoGhent Box, click here (in Dutch).

March 2022

The webinair on “Business and techno economic analysis by integrating simulation and modeling methodologies towards a go-to-market strategy for CCAM applications & services” organised by the 5G-CARMEN project is now available on Youtube. You can click here to see the full video on YouTube. Check it out to see what interesting research our TE-team is involved in!

June 2021

We are working together with DuCoop on the RENergetic project. Check out this link for more details on the renewable energy district in Ghent! (Note: article in Dutch)

April 2021

We have a new job opening in our team! Check out this link for more details!

November 2020

We are proud to announce that we successfully finished the Promobed project together with our partner hict, which has led to the development of Caspr, a simulation tool for strategic hospital capacity planning! Click here for more information.

During ‘Ik twijfel dus ik ben’, the GUM (Gents UniversiteitsMuseum) invites scientists to look inside their heads. In this episode, Sofie Verbrugge, computer science engineer specialized in techno-economic analysis at Ghent University, will talk about her life as a professor. Click here to watch the full episode!

November 2019

The SaT5G project announced the completion of several successful demonstrations of 5G over satellite at an industry-briefing event held in the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom. More information can be found at the project website, and the full press release can be downloaded here.

November 2019

A short video describing the 5G Carmen project is now available on Youtube. Check it out to see what interesting research our team is involved in!

September 2019

We would like to thank all the attendees of the CTTE-FITCE conference! We enjoyed the interesting presentations and discussions!

June 2019

Some of our recent work on business models for integrated satellite-5G networks was presented at EUCNC 2019 and included in this white paper.

April 2019

The city of Ghent won the Belfius Smart Belgium award for the TMaaS Project! Interested in what we do in the project? Visit the website!



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