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Overview

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.

Industry Contact

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Mr. Bugra Ersu

+32 (0)2 629 1028

bersu@etrovub.be

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IOF-NLITE: A consortium has been set up consisting of Prof. Tony Lahoutte, Prof. Sophie Hernot, Prof. Maarten Kuijk and Dr. Hans Ingelberts to bring together multidisciplinary and complementary expertise on the development and validation of Nanobody-tracers, clinical translation, opto-electronics and camera development to improve the field of image-guided surgery and interventions. In order to advance the current state-of-the-art in the field of fluorescence imaging, the consortium will (i) develop fluorescence lifetime (FLT)-camera systems dedicated for different use-cases of high interest, (ii) design and (pre-)clinically validate nanobody-based tracers responding to clinical needs, and (iii) show the advantage of the combination of both in a relevant environment to get market traction and investors’ attention. The awarded Groups of Expertise in Applied Research (GEAR) excel in applied research and will receive IOF funding for 5 years to realise their portfolio of applied research and the valorization thereof.

Ine Dirks wins prize @ ie-net 2018 with her Master dissertation 22.11.2018

The finals of the ie-net competition took place on Thursday 22 November. From the 38 finalists Ine Dirkx (amongst 10 other competitors) convinced the jury of the societal relevance, and innovative and commercialization aspects of her work in Biomedical Engineering. Ine Dirks received the prize from the press and obtained the third place in the category civil engineering. Well done, Ine!

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ETRO inspires youngsters @ successful PEP! TechFair in Antwerp 18.11.2018

Last Sunday, Yong Zhao and Cedric Oveneke participated to a VUB stand together with VUB-AI department.
The event, organized by PEP! vzw aimed at putting young diversity in contact with new technology.
The event was a big success and ETRO's participation was much appreciated.
Among others, Minister De Croo, Thierry Geerts (CEO Google Belgium), Jurgen Ingels (B-Hive) and Saskia Van Uffelen (CEO Ericsson) were also present for a very interesting debate.
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Alexander De Croo handed out three awards “Digital for Development (D4D)”, one of the three awards went to an ETRO spin-off. The app WisePocket, a spin-off of the VUB & Universidad de Oriente in Santiago de Cuba, got the award for the most promising innovative idea in the category iStartup. Using interaction and gamification, this mobile app wants to make healthcare campaigns more effective and quantify their efficiency.

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VUB-ETRO spin-off Universum Digitalis releases the Inside Bruegel website 03.10.2018

Excellent and inspiring work by our ETRO colleague Frederik Temmermans, who is also co-founder of a small university spin-off company, Universum Digitalis. This company develops mobile and web applications, mainly in the cultural sector. In particular it is specialized in applications that provide access to extreme high resolution image data. It developed the Closer to Van Eyck website (closertovaneyck.be) that documents the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece and since this year also other works by Jan van Eyck.
This week, the Inside Bruegel website (insidebruegel.net) was released. It allows access to the recently captured image data of the twelve Bruegel paintings from Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien in super high resolution for several image modalities ranging from visual light to X-ray.

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Peter Schelkens on artificial intelligence In IMEC Magazine 30.01.2018

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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 (https://rapptor.vub.ac.be/), 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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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

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