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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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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

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