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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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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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