Ramses Valvekens is managing director at Easics, a SoC, FPGA and ASIC design company, active in imaging, industry 4.0, healthcare, space and other markets. To this day, he vividly remembers his first encounter with neural networks, in 1996, when he used them to implement an optical character recognition system. In 1993 he co-invented, at Imec, the first soft microprocessor on FPGA, for which he received the Barco/VIK-prize. He holds two master degrees in electronics engineering from KU Leuven. He performed research at INP Grenoble (France) and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (California).