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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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ETRO Demo @ Future Summits: Augmented reality in Neurosurgery 14.05.2019

Future Summits, is imec’s brand new tech experience. Three conferences, three perspectives, more than 1800 local and global innovators. Bart Jansen (ETRO) will be there with a
demo booth to showcase the SARA imec.icon project on augmented reality in neurosurgery.

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NEXUS 2nd Technical Training @ Mandalay 14.03.2019

Jonathan C-W Chan is coordinating the Erasmus + Capacity Building for Higher Education project NEXUS (Nodes of Excellence in SEA Universities through Spatial Data 2018-2020). From 25-28 Feb. 2019, the 2nd Technical Training was delivered at Mandalay Technological University, Remote Sensing Department. New equipment support by the NEXUS project were installed and utilized first time. The training focused on characterization of urban areas using satellite images and drone-based acquisitions. Training topics include machine learning algorithms and novel object-based feature extraction methods drone-based 3D modelling recent research in social-economic growth of cities using spatial data. The training has been completed exceeding expectations.

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Special Issue REMOTE SENSING journal 14.03.2019

Hyperspectral Earth Observation missions are slated to launch in the next decades. As global coverage of hyperspectral images is unprecedented, we still have very few knowledge about this kind of big data. Same as Deep Learning based algorithms for hyperspectral analyses. While so much has been reported in published literature, there are still so much we don't know about ANN inspired Deep Learning. As such, a new Special Issue in Remote Sensing journal has been organized by Jonathan C-W Chan to further our knowledge in these aspects.

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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!

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