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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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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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