Dr. Dries Berckmans is the CEO of SoundTalks, a high-tech company that spun out of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and the University of Milan in Italy. SoundTalks delivers an automated respiratory distress monitoring service for fattening pig farms.
Berckmans founded SoundTalks in 2011 and is now responsible for expanding the existing monitoring portfolio for pigs into applications for poultry. Prior to founding SoundTalks, he worked on sound algorithms for applications in traffic noise. Berckmans studied this topic at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, from which he received a doctoral degree in 2010. Berckmans also received a master's degree in electromechanical engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2005.
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