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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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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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