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NLite obtains GEAR funding 10.01.2019

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.

Redona Brahimetaj obtained a 4 year FWO Fellowship! 12.12.2018

Under the promoter-ship of Prof. Bart Jansen, Redona successfully defended her work entitled: Classification of tumor types - analysis of characteristics of micro calcification in 3D high resolution micro-CT images. Well done!

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.
The following media have reported on the event:
Nieuwsblad, GVA, HLN, ATV, VRT, VRT News, Facebook

The app WisePocket won the iStartUp Price 04.10.2018

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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Two of ETRO's Master students in Biomedical Engineering have a conference paper published 07.09.2018

Two Master students in biomedical engineering have a conference paper published:
Taylor Frantz’s work on Augmented reality in neuro surgery was accepted in a workshop at MICCAI
The work of Redona Brahimetaj on breast cancer diagnosis was accepted in an IEEE health com workshop http://healthcom2018.ieee-healthcom.org
Both Taylor and Redona have joined ETRO since September 2018. Welcome aboard!

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Quentin Bolsée obtained a PhD fellowship 01.02.2018

Quentin Bolsée was awarded a PhD fellowship from the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO)
His research project, entitled Denoising and Object Recognition in Multi-view Time of Flight Camera Systems is supervised by Prof. Adrian Munteanu.

Ségolène Rogge obtained a FWO PhD fellowship 01.02.2018

Ségolène Rogge was awarded a PhD fellowship from the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO)
Her research project, entitled 3D Reconstruction using Multimodal Camera Systems is supervised by Prof. Adrian Munteanu

Pieter Boonen won the IE-net prize for his Master thesis! 24.11.2017

Pieter Boonen (Master industrial engineer Nucleair Techniques UHasselt, meanwhile PhD student Radiologie-ETRO) won the IE-net prize for his master thesis (Radiologie-ETRO).
Title: Time resolved CT angiography in patients with suspicion of Peripheral Arterial Disease: qualitative and quantitative assessment.
Promoters: Nico Buls, Jef Vandemeulebroucke, and Wouter Schroeyers (UHasselt)

2017 EURASIP Best PhD Award for Nikos Deligiannis 23.10.2017

Prof. Nikos Deligiannis received the 2017 Best PhD Award from the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) for his PhD thesis awarded by Vrije Universiteit Brussel on June 2012. The award comes in recognition of the doctoral thesis in the EURASIP repository with the highest impact in terms of publications and citations during the period 2012-2017.

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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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New Head of ETRO dept: Prof. Johan Stiens, Vice-head of dept. Prof. Roger Vounckx 20.09.2017

As of 1 October 2017, Johan Stiens, will be the new head of the Electonics and Informatics (ETRO) department. He will be assisted by Roger Vounckx as vice-department head.

First prize for the best poster for Eowyn van Wittenberghe! 08.06.2017

During the VUB Doctoral School Day of Doctoral School of Natural Sciences and (Bioscience) Engineering (NSE) Ir. Eowyn van Wittenberghe received the first prize for the best poster of faculty of Engineering of VUB for her work on: In-vehicle Biofeedback Device to Reduce Stress.
Promoters: Prof. Johan Stiens (ETRO-IR) and Prof. Yori Gidron (Centre for Neuroscience, VUB and University of Lille, France)

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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Minh Duc Nguyen obtained the Solvay Award 2015 23.10.2016

Minh Duc Nguyen obtained the Solvay Award 2015 for his MSc thesis entitled “Stereo Depth Estimation with Inter-view Consistencies”. The promotor of Duc’s MSc thesis is Adrian Munteanu. Jan Hanca and Shao-Ping Lu are thesis advisers.
The awards ceremony was organized by the International Solvay Institutes during a grandiose Solvay Public Event at the Flagey building in Brussels. The event involved panel discussions and plenary talks given by distinguished scientists and Nobel prize laureates in chemistry.
Obtaining the Solvay prize involves a very strong competition with brilliant students in chemistry, physics, biochemistry and engineering. Congratulations to Duc for this outstanding result!

Selected as Editors’ Pick: Joint ETRO-Structural Biology Brussels publication 09.09.2016

A joint ETRO - Structural Biology Brussels publication (Lectin-Glycan Interaction Network-Based Identification of Host Receptors of Microbial Pathogenic Adhesins
http://mbio.asm.org/content/7/4/e00584-16) has been selected as Editors’ Pick of the mBio journal. It is featured as “Bioinformatic approach identifies receptors that pathogens use to attach to host cells” on the front page of the mBio journal website (see the “current issue” tab at http://mbio.asm.org/).

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