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The ETRO department hosts 3 research groups: Micro-electronics (LAMI), Multidimensional signal processing and communication (IRIS) and Audio-Visual Signal Processing (AVSP).

Through an intense collaboration between these groups, ETRO aspires to

  • Make sense of audio, video, hyper-dimensional signals & sensors for various sectors.
  • Deliver unique value through multi-disciplinary engineering and through demand-driven and fundamental research - beyond mainstream.

As a true multidisciplinary research group, people at ETRO look for inspiration in the unexplored engineering bottlenecks at the interface of various application domains. Creating an impact on the transformation processes of the knowledge society is their ambition. Knowledge accumulation and dissemination remains the day-to-day assignment. With approx. 100 motivated people, the researchers at ETRO strive to surpass the state of the art in their research domains and try to pass on that knowledge to an ever more international student population.

Because of the application driven research focus, ETRO has a longstanding reputation in cooperating with local and international industry, but also public services and hospitals. Considerable experience was gained in dealing with various actors along different application value chains which enabled them to develop a generic R&D background that is applicable in very diverse sectors (e.g. health care, automotive, media, surveillance, security, public safety, remote sensing, energy, telecommunications, content industry, creative industries …).

In recent years, policymakers have recognized the increasing need of closer industry-academia collaboration and dedicated funds have been allocated to foster such type of bridge building research. Since 2005 the ETRO department is recognized as a key industrial research pole at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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2017 was the year in which artificial intelligence (AI) and new display technologies, such as augmented reality (AR), broke through to the general public. The hype surrounding AI reached a peak and is now part of our day-to-day lives, although sometimes we don’t even realize it. Just think of Siri, the sophisticated assistant with voice recognition from Apple, or the personal recommendations that Google and Netflix dish up to us on a daily basis. There are also lots of devices on the market already that use various new display technologies. Microsoft’s HoloLens, for example, has brought AR into our living rooms.

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Abdellah Touhafi receives the European CIDIC award in Estonia 20.10.2017

Abdellah Touhafi received the prestigious European CIDIC award, for his multifaceted career … social engaged entrepreneur, self-made man, director of the RAPPTOR research lab (, teacher in electronics-ICT of the Industrial science department (INDI-ETRO), initiator and coordinator of interconnected fab labs (A fab lab - fabrication laboratory - is a small-scale workshop offering personal digital fabrication to a public of all ages).

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Say-it: Your computer as your Speech Therapist 27.04.2017

Lukas Latacz was interviewed about the spin-off Say-it. A tool is developed jointly by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University. Via an online application, patients perform speech exercises and through well-developed algorithms, they get thorough feedback. As such, it allows them to practice independently, which enriches the sessions with speech therapists.
Two prototypes are being tested by hundreds of speech therapists in Flanders and the Netherlands at the moment and plans exist to commercialize the tool and research how to expand its possibilities in other languages.

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Imec And VUB Present 60GHz CMOS Chip 04.02.2016

At the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC2016), nanoelectronics research centre Imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) presented a four-antenna path beamforming transceiver for 60GHz multi Gb/s communication in 28nm CMOS technology.

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Well done! Three ETRO candidates obtain 4 year scholarship from IWT 18.12.2015

Nathalie Fievet (prom. J. Stiens), Evgenia (Jenny) Papavasileiou (Prom. B. Jansen) and Robin Deleener (Prom M. Kuijk) have scored very well and will obtain an IWT scholarship from Jan. 2016 till Dec. 2019. Great job!

Certificate of Appreciation for ETRO valorization of 3D-TOF technology 14.12.2015

Vrije Universiteit Brussel held a ceremony on the 4th of December 2015 to award its first Certificate of Appreciation to Optrima/SoftKinetic, a 3D Sensor innovator and a very successful VUB spin-off. The award is a token of recognition of the contribution, quality work, and dedication in promoting and valorising VUB's technological excellence around the globe. In October 2015, Sony announced the acquisition of SoftKinetic Systems.

Sony buys VUB spin-off SoftKinetic ! 09.10.2015

The Brussels company SoftKinetic, producer of 3D Sensors, has been sold to Sony. Their sensor was invented and developed at the ETRO lab from Vrije Universiteit Brussel with support from FWO, IWT and the Brussels Region.

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Collaboration between Duke and ETRO-VUB leads to a new tool! Cool! 10.09.2015

Platypus is a software solution specifically designed to digitally remove cradling artifacts in X-ray images of paintings on panel. The algorithm was originally designed and implemented in Matlab by Rujie (Rachel) Yin under the supervision of Prof. Ingrid Daubechies at the department of Mathematics of the Duke University.

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New VUB-ETRO spin-off "eXia" 20.03.2014

VUB-ETRO is proud to present its new spin-off eXia (° end 2013), grown within the Department of Electronics and Informatics (ETRO), in collaboration with iMinds and Sensatech Research UK.

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ETRO Spin-off sold 22.11.2013

The spin-off EqcoLogic of the ETRO department, founded in 2005, has been sold to Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions.
EqcoLogic customers should continue to contact EqcoLogic through the normal sales and support channels that existed prior to this acquisition announcement.

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