Adrian Munteanu (M’07) is professor at the Electronics and Informatics (ETRO) department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. He received the MSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, in 1994, the MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Patras, Greece, in 1996, and the Doctorate degree in Applied Sciences (Summa Cum Laudae) from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, in 2003. In the period 2004-2010 he was post-doctoral fellow with the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders (FWO), Belgium, and since 2007, he is professor at VUB.
His research interests include image, video and 3D graphics compression, 3D video, deep-learning, distributed visual processing, error-resilient coding, and multimedia transmission over networks.
Adrian Munteanu is the author of more than 350 journal and conference publications, book chapters, and contributions to standards and holds 7 patents in image and video coding. He is the recipient of the 2004 BARCO-FWO prize for his PhD work, and of 13 other awards and scientific prizes at national and international conferences. Adrian Munteanu served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and currently serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.
2003 PhD in Applied Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
1996 M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece
1994 M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=2kfmAzEAAAAJ&hl=en
# ISI-ranked journal papers: 85
# Peer-reviewed conference papers:250+
#Citations (Scopus): 3961
#h-index (Google): 30
14 scientific awards including best paper awards, scientific prizes, most cited paper awards. Among them the FWO-BARCO Scientific Prize for my PhD thesis, the Alcatel Scientific Award, FWO-IBM Scientific Prize, Baudouin Elleboudt Award, Solvay Award, Best Paper Awards at ICDSC, ICDT, IC3D.
2019 – now Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
2016 – 2018 Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia
2013 Guest Editor, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Special issue: Advances in Distributed Source Coding
2003 – now Member of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG1 (MPEG) standardization committee
– Member in juries for professor positions, academic promotions, habilitation committees, PhD juries at VUB and other universities in Belgium and abroad (member in 48 PhD juries).
– Principal Investigator (PI), Research team “Multimedia Representation, Transmission, Visualization and Forensics”, Interdisciplinair Instituut voor Breedbandtechnologie / iMinds Instituut 2009-2016.
Since 2007: Professor (full-time hoogleraar since 2021) at the Electronics and Informatics department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2017 – now MSc course Machine Learning and Big Data Processing, VUB, Belgium(lecturer-in-charge)
2017 – now BSc course System Programming, VUB, Belgium (lecturer-in-charge)
2016 – now BSc course, Multimedia Processing Tools, VUB, Belgium (lecturer-in-charge)
2006 – now Master course Image Processing, VUB, Belgium (lecturer-in-charge)
2019 – now Master in Applied Computer Sciences, VUB, Belgium, Academic responsible for the internships with industry
2016 – now MSc in Electrical Engineering, VUB-ULB, Belgium, Academic responsible for the Internships with industry
2008 – 2016 BSc course, Mathematical Tools in Information Processing, VUB, Belgium (lecturer-in-charge)
2005 – 2010 BSc course, Aanvullingen van de wiskunde, VUB, Belgium (lecturer-in-charge)
1999 – 2006 MSc course, Beeldverwerking en –synthese, VUB, Belgium (teaching assistant)
1998 – 2001 Multiresolution Analysis and the Wavelet Transform – Theory and Applications, Athens Intensive Course in Computer Vision, Technical University of Aachen, Germany (lecturer-in-charge)
1999 Medical Image Segmentation, International Course on Image Formation and Processing in Medicine, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1999 (lecturer-in-charge)
1998 – 1999 Medical Image Processing, International Postgraduate Studies on Biomedical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece (lecturer-in-charge)
Prof. Adrian Munteanu and has more than 25 years expertise in the area of data compression. Research in this area seeded many innovations and delivered state-of-the-art contributions in the domains of wavelet-based scalable image and video coding, volumetric image coding, distributed video coding, and various error resilient coding based on scalable multiple description quantizers (patented ETRO technology) and scalable joint source-channel coding techniques. In the area of 3D graphics, VUB-ETRO brought novel concepts, such as scalable L-infinite coding of meshes, enabling accurate control of the coding error at vertex level, designed state-of-the-art texture compression technologies significantly outperforming the standard DXT family of texture codecs, has developed the MESHGRID coding technology, which is an MPEG-4 AFX-standard, and proposed novel scalable coding methods providing state-of-the-art results in compression of semi-regular and irregular meshes.
Current research activities in the group led by A. Munteanu focus on multi-view multimodal sensor processing with topics including camera calibration, depth estimation, color correction, view interpolation, light field processing, and deep learning techniques for image, video and 3D graphics processing.
In these areas, the group led by prof. Munteanu has developed state-of-the-art methods in color correction in multicamera systems, calibration of light field cameras, and proposed innovative deep learning algorithms yielding state-of-the-art results in lenslet image coding, depth estimation in light field cameras, view synthesis, lossless image compression, semantic segmentation, quality enhancement, Time-of-Flight denoising, and automatic extraction of biometrics from 3D scans.
– Numerous collaborations in industrial projects with various national and international partners (e.g. IMEC, Melexis, Nokia, Barco, MACQ, FLIR, EASICS, Xenomatix, Treedys, Spentys, SONY, …)
– Strong bilateral collaborations with SMEs, promoting IP transfer from academia to industry
7 patents in image and video coding, error resilient coding, 1 patent application on body biometrics
Scientific contributions to JPEG, MPEG-4 SVC and MPEG4-AFX standardization committees