Sofie Verbrugge

Sofie Verbrugge received an MSc degree in computer science engineering from Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium) in 2001. She obtained the PhD degree from the same university in 2007 for her thesis entitled “Strategic planning of optical telecommunication networks in a dynamic and uncertain environment”. Since 2008, she has been working as a researcher affiliated to imec (previously iMinds), where she is the research coordinator for the techno-economic research group within the Internet and Data Lab (IDLab). Since October 2014 she is appointed as an associate professor in the field of techno-economics at Ghent University. She teaches courses on Information Technology and Data Processing as well as on Engineering Economy. She also acts as the diversity coordinator for the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Sofie’s main research interests include technology selection, infrastructure as well as operational cost modeling, advanced evaluation techniques including real options and game theory as well as business modeling and value network analysis, applied to projects in a broad range of application domains based on fixed or wireless broadband networks as well as on the Internet-of-Things. Application domains include smart city, smart home, smart mobility, smart factory, smart care, energy and media. Sofie has been involved in several European as well as national research projects in these domains. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Telecommunications Policy, the International Journal of ICT Economy, Governance and Society. She is also a member of the Young Academy of Flanders (Belgium).

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