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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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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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