Peter Schelkens received his degree in electronic engineering in VLSI-design from the Industriële Hogeschool Antwerpen- Mechelen (IHAM), Campus Mechelen in 1991. Thereafter, he obtained an electrical engineering degree (MSc) in applied physics (1994), a biomedical engineering postgraduate degree with a specialization in medical physics (1995), and, finally, a PhD degree in applied sciences (2001) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
Peter Schelkens currently holds a professorship at the Department of Electronics and Informatics (ETRO) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. He is also affiliated with the Interuniversity Institute for Microelectronics (imec) in Leuven, Belgium, where he is currently active as principal investigator and ETRO research team coordinator. From, 2010 till 2016, he was member of the board of councillors of the same institute. From 2004 till 2016, Peter Schelkens was affiliated with the strategic research center iMinds that merged with imec in 2016.
The research interests of Peter Schelkens are situated in the field of multidimensional signal processing encompassing the representation, communication, security, rendering and quality assessment of these signals while especially focussing on multidisciplinary research. He holds an ERC Consolidator Grant focusing on digital holography.
Peter Schelkens has published over 280 papers in journals and conference proceedings, and he holds several patents. His team is participating to the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG1 (JPEG) standardization activities. Since 2018, he is rapporteur/chair the JPEG Coding, Test and Quality Subgroup and actively involved in the coordination of the JPEG PLENO standardisation activity. Before he has been fulfilling several coordination roles in the committee.
He is co-editor of the books ‘‘The JPEG 2000 Suite’’ and “Optical and Digital Image Processing”, published respectively in 2009 and 2011 by Wiley. He is a member of the IEEE and SPIE, Belgian EURASIP Liaison Officer and elected committee member of the IEEE Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee (IVMSP TC) (Term 2013- 2018) and the IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee (MMSP TC) (Term 2014-2019). Since 2015, he is also appointed as vice-chair of the EURASIP Special Area Team on Visual Information Processing. Peter Schelkens is associate editor of Signal Processing: Image Communication, AOP JPhys Photonics, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, for which he was the recipient of the Best Associate Editor Award in 2014.
In 2011, he was acting as General (co-)Chair of the following conferences: IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX) and Workshop on Image Processing for Art Investigation (IP4AI). Peter Schelkens is also co-founder of the spin-off company, Universum Digitalis.