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Abdellah Touhafi receives the European CIDIC award in Estonia

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).
The jury was impressed by the entrepreneurial attitude and achievements of Abdellah: he started the valorization of his research results on environmental monitoring in an early stage (2006) at the Erasmushogeschool Brussel, by licensing sound measurement instrumentation in cooperation with INDUTEC (the interface between the Engineering Brussels colleges and the economic world). Very generously, he incorporated entrepreneurship in the curriculum for industrial engineers (2009). He became university professor at VUB’s ETRO (Electronics and Informatics) department in 2014, and he started his own spinoff company, Lumency - Partnering in Smart Cities (2016).
As a first-generation Moroccan immigrant, he was automatically pushed to follow professional education like all other immigrant students of his generation (late eighties). As a self-made man, he successively became industrial and later academic engineer.
Moreover, his social engagement for the immigrant Moroccan community, which he represents in the local diversity council, remains intact. Recently he has taken the initiative to invest in sustainable technology transfer between Belgium and Morocco.
It is the multifaceted career of Abdellah Touhafi that was taken into consideration by the jury to select him for the CIDIC Award.

http://www.ttu.ee/digital-society-and-big-data-cidic-conference-in-ttu

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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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