News, press, Etc

May 2024 – Optical Design Summit

” Meta-surface design
  How to catch the next wave in optics “

Find the full presentation here

April  2024 – SPIE Photonics Europe

PlanOpSim: Large Area Meta Optics presenting at SPIE Photonic Europe

” Local full-wave methods for accurate modelling of large area meta-surfaces “

Find the full presentation here

Januari 2024 – Full release of ODA 

ODA -Overlapping Domain Analysis in the software ! 


Find a full design example here
Find a video explanation here 

January 2024 – SPIE Photonics West 

PlanOpSim: Large Area Meta Optics presenting at SPIE Photonic West 

” Simulation methods for large-area meta-surfaces: comparison local periodic, overlapping domains, and full wave calculations “


Find the full presentation here

December 2024 First ever PDK into public Meta Optics Design
Software ! 

PDK’s as accelerators for Meta Optics Design.

Full announcement by Dr. Lieven Penninck in video here

Access all detailed background information here

Find a video explanation here 

November 2023 – Our founder and CEO speaks
at EPIC Meeting on Optical Design

” The ongoing advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize this field, allowing for swifter and more precise optimization of intricate optical systems. On 6 November, we will bring together industry experts and R&D professionals to explore the challenges they face in optical design and the innovative simulation tools they employ. “


the link 
Lieven starts his talk at minute 59 more specifically about our new release of
Overlapping Domain Analysis to our software.

November 2023 – PlanOpSim has been selected as a finalist for the 2024 SPIE Prism Awards, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about this remarkable achievement.

We have always strived to push the boundaries of innovation and excellence in the field of photonics, and this recognition serves as a testament to our dedication and the hard work of our entire team. We are proud to be at the forefront of technological advancements that have earned us a place among the finalists for this prestigious award in the category software.

The innovative photonics products and solutions we’ve developed are not only a source of pride for our team but also represent the potential to transform industries and impact our society positively. Our commitment to advancing the field of photonics is unwavering, and being recognized in this way is a significant milestone for PlanOpsim.

Check the link below for the other finalists: you will see we are in great company ! This recognition would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication, and support of our team members, partners, and stakeholders. We want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone who has been a part of this journey but especially to our customers all over the world.

September 2023  –  Showcase and fabrication of design ! 

Announcement can be found here 

Hologram for automotive lightning designed by PlanOpSim 

More context here


September 2023

PlanOpSim’s CEO Interviewed byRochester Business Journal

Luminate NY: Startup works to revolutionize optics industry !

Read here for full long read or click image right 


September 2023

PlanOpSim on CIOE (China International Optoelectronic Exposition ) is world’s leading optoelectronic event. Read here what Lieven’s findings are.

Dr. Lieven Penninck interviewed on the past, present and future of PlanOpSim, Meta Optics by José Pozo, CTO Optica. Vision for metalens design & simulation.

” The introduction of more advanced AI offers great new opportunities. Dr. Penninck points to the necessity of identifying the right model for the right method. And while there is no miracle solution, AI can help design at record speed. A multi-step design process gives you the ability to run scenarios and create prototypes with AI – streamlining time constraints and costs in moving to mass production.  “

Longread with link here


❖ Large area design: Meta-components up to 169’000’000 meta-atoms (6,3×6,3mm2)

❖ Batch selection of meta-atoms

❖ Angular analysis and optimization

❖ Wave-to-ray interface

Link with video here !

March 2023

PlanOpSim selected for highly competitive Accelerator !
Press release here: 

Empire State Development Announces 10 Finalists Selected (

Lieven Penninck, Founder and CTO gave a seminar on  ” Meta-surface
design from meta-atoms to systems ” 
in Silicon Valley 
With a focus on pragmatic and practical design

You can find the full presentation here

Jan-Feb 2023

PlanOpSim will be presenting at SPIE Photonic West with the following topic
” Dispersion engineered hybrid meta-surface design for highly compact optical systems “

You can find the full presentation here


EPIC Technology Meeting on Metalenses & Metasurfaces

”  A View on the Opportunities & Challenges for the Design of Metalenses and Metasurfaces. A Pragmatic and Case Based Overview  ” 

Link can be found here to full talk

Dec 2022

PlanOpSim, part of Fabulous wins an Horizon Europe Call

 December 2022

PlanOpSim presented at POEM Conferencewith the follwowing topic
” Accelerating Meta-atom Optimization with Optimization, Inverse Design and AI Methods: An Application OrientedBenchmark ” 
If you want the abstract or full result; feel free to email us.


August 2022

SPIE Photonic West 2022

” Angular spectrum representation of vector fields for supporting metasurface
analysis and design ” 


July 2022

PlanOpSim presented at Meta Conference
Metalens & Metasurface Design: From Nanostructure to Components to System Design ( Hybrid )
Full YouTube Video Link Below

May 2022

PlanOpSim named as one of the frontrunners in the Metalens Revolution by LaserFocusWorld

” Their multiscale simulation approach treats the subwavelength structures of the metaatoms with a full Maxwell solution and applies appropriate approximations on the component and system scale where a full wave solution is extremely time and memory consuming. “

Februari 2022 

OSA Webinar by PlanOpSim for the whole Nanophotonics Community
Practical Meta-Surface Design for Polarization Optics 

June 2021

OSA Topical Meeting on Flat Optics

” Sensitivity analysis and tolerancing of Mid Wave IR metalenses ” 



First Launch of Commercial Software


PlanOpSim selected as one of 9 start ups by leading tech accelerator ImecIstart


Foundation of PlanOpSim Limited

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