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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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The Sound of Chocolate wins Make.Brussels: 30000 eur to realise the project 31.05.2016

With this project Felipe Reinoso Carvalho (ETRO-VUB), Peter Passos and Elien Haentjens want to revitalize the neighborhood of Sablon, by bringing together creative people from the most different fields: musicians, chocolatiers and scientists. Together, they’ll develop an innovative experience which is based on research that explores the influence that music can have on taste.

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Best student paper award @ SPIE Photonics Europe conference for Athanasia Symeonidou 15.04.2016

Athanasia Symeonidou, ETRO second year PhD student, has received the "Best student paper award" of the "Optics, Photonics and Digital Technologies for Imaging Applications" conference at SPIE Photonics Europe which took place in Brussels in April 2016. Her publication entitled "Speckle noise reduction for computer generated holograms of objects with diffuse surfaces" included ETRO researchers David Blinder, Ayyoub Ahar, Colas Schretter, Adrian Munteanu and Peter Schelkens as co-authors.

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iMinds High-Tech Visualization Lab officially open 18.03.2016

The 140m2 lab has been constructed within the scope of the iMinds “High-Tech Visualization” strategic program. The lab has been officially opened with an event in which the iMinds teams showed their recent advances and proof-of-concepts towards important industry players such as Barco and Nokia. The lab hosts a Holografika autostereoscopic light-field display which is able to display multiview content over more than 70 degrees. In addition, to enable research on curved screen projections the lab holds a 120x240cm curved projection surface. Research on high-dynamic range imaging is supported by a SIM2 HDR monitor which is able to produce more than 6000 nits brightness. Finally, a visual sensor network is being constructed in the lab in order to investigate distributed visual data processing. The lab is located in the ETRO offices at Pleinlaan 9.

Dr. Jonathan C-W Chan chairs a special session “Spatial Enhancement of Hyperspectral data and Applications” in the 8th Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing. 03.03.2016

In the upcoming WHISPERS 2016 (8th Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing), 21-24 August, Los Angeles, Jonathan will chair a special session on “Spatial Enhancement of Hyperspectral data and Applications”. With the growing importance of hyperspectral remote sensing and the increasing demand on high definition data for new applications, the topic has received more and more attention each year. This session is soliciting 5 papers for an oral session. In case of more papers, a double session or a poster session will be organized. Full papers must be submitted by March 15 for peer review (4 pages, IEEE format, can be extended to 5 pages with last page including only references).

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