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2017 EURASIP Best PhD Award for Nikos Deligiannis

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. Nikos Deligiannis’ thesis revolved around the design of efficient video coding systems, suitable for low-complexity devices such as wireless capsule endoscopes and low-resolution visual sensors. The proposed designs deliver high compression performance (a.k.a., reduced encoding bit-rates compared to prior architectures) and at the same time have very low encoding complexity so that they can be implemented in devices with limited memory footprint and processing power. The proposed designs are, therefore, able to break existing constraints in the battery life of low-end devices, bringing new capabilities in applications such as in-body or body area sensing. Moreover, the thesis introduced and tackled fundamental theoretical questions in the domain of distributed source coding, resulting in four subsequent PhD dissertations at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Nikos Deligiannis received the award by the EURASIP President, Prof. Abdelhak Zoubir, and the EURASIP Awards Chair, Prof. Kostas Berberidis, during the opening ceremony of the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) in Kos in August 2017.

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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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