Short CV 

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

Scientific profile 

Google Scholar:

# ISI-ranked journal papers: 85                        

# Peer-reviewed conference papers:250+

#Citations (Scopus): 3961                                 

#h-index (Google): 30

Scientific output and impact 
  • 350+ scientific publications of which more than 85 are ISI journals
  • Promotor of 25 defended PhDs and of 8 ongoing PhDs
  • Member in 48 PhD juries
  • Promotor of 10 FWO/IWT PhD bursaries and 1 FWO postdoc mandate
  • Promotor of 50 MSc theses
  • Member in 6 ZAP mandate and habilitation committees
  • FWO postdoctoral mandate (2004-2010)
  • 2004 FWO-BARCO prize for my PhD work
  • Membership in editorial boards of journals and books and participation in the organization of scientific events (Area Chair, Special Session Chair, Technical Program Committee member at numerous international conferences including IEEE ICIP, EUSIPCO, ICASSP, PCS, ACIVS, etc )
  • Coordinating role in the definition of the VUB-ULB BRUFACE MSc program in Electrical Engineering
  • Project reviewer in funding organizations at national and international level
  • Scientific contributions to MPEG-4 SVC and MPEG4-AFX standardization activities
  • 1st and 2nd places in Olympiads in Mathematics (1983-1988)
Fellowships and awards 

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.

Editorships and committees 

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

Coordination and advisory roles in scientific organizations 

– 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.


Educational services

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)

Research Interests 

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.

Valorization experience and industrial collaboration 

Industrial collaborations with:

– 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