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In Memoriam

Tribute to Jan C. Willems

Monday July 7, 2014, 15.30 - 20.00, Aula of the Academy building, University of Groningen
On August 31, 2013, Jan C. Willems passed away.
In order to commemorate his scientific legacy and friendship, and to honor his contributions to the Systems & Control scientific community, a memorial meeting will be organized in the Aula of the University of Groningen; the place where he acted as promotor for many of his PhD students, and where he held his inaugural speech and farewell lecture for the University of Groningen.
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Stadius Center for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics

STADIUS is headed by Prof. Marc Moonen, Prof. Jan Aerts, Prof. Alexander Bertrand, Prof. Jos De Brabanter, Prof. Lieven De Lathauwer, Prof. Bart De Moor, Prof. Moritz Diehl, Prof. Jan Engelen, Prof. Yves Moreau, Prof. Johan Suykens, Prof. Sabine Van Huffel, Prof. Toon van Waterschoot, Prof. Joos Vandewalle and Prof. Bart Vanrumste.

STADIUS's major research objective is to contribute to the development of improved digital (control and signal processing) systems, that incorporate advanced mathematical modeling techniques as a crucial new ingredient.

To achieve this goal, a variety of research activities are set up, ranging from fundamental/theoretical work (signal theory, linear and nonlinear systems - including complex systems and neural networks - theory, circuit theory and control theory), to applications driven algorithm design and implementation.

STADIUS draws concepts from mathematical fields such as linear and multi-linear algebra, statistics, discrete mathematics, differential geometry, optimization, etc. Its strategic basic research is focused on generic translations of basic concepts into algorithmic implementations, focusing on numerical linear algebra issues as well as software and hardware implementation issues. Our ultimate goal is to prove that such mathematical modeling based algorithms provide significant performance improvement.

To this aim, three specific application fields are targetted, namely digital communications, biomedicine and modeling and control of industrial processes and mechatronic products.
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The iMinds Department Medical Information Technologies positions itself between data and decision making by developing ICT-based Health Decision Support Systems to enable better health care. Focus is on three main areas: clinical, patient and policy decision support.

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Growth & Innovation. The new European research agenda (22nd January 2015, Brussels).


Panel Discussion with new European Commissioner of Science Carlos Moedas on the new European research agenda with participation of prof. Bart De Moor. Frank Luyten and Prof. De Moor provided testimonies from excellent researchers based in Europe on the challenges they face when trying to bring their frontier ideas closer to the market.

Europe has great expectations on science, research, technology and innovation as the sources of future sustainable growth. New ideas from fields such as digital technology, new materials and biotechnology are expected to generate economic growth and competitiveness, while addressing new global societal demands related to ageing, health, the environment, security and inclusion. But these expectations have to be squared with a history of not brilliant performance, despite ambitious EU research policy plans, like the Lisbon 3% target, the Innovation Union Flagship, the European Research Area, along with Horizon2020.

Will more of the same do, do we need a game changing new perspective in the EU research agenda or do we just need to walk the talk?

Panel speakers: Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Frank Luyten, Professor in Biomedical Sciences and a co-founder of Tigenix, a biotech spin-off currently in phase II & III trials in Europe, Bart De Moor, Professor in electrical engineering, data mining and bio-informatics, a co-founder of several spin-offs, and actively advising Flemish/Belgian Science Policy, Magda Chlebus, EFPIA Director of Science Policy, Sebastian Gerlach, Senior Manager, External Affairs, Microsoft, Chair: Reinhilde Veugelers, Senior Fellow at Bruegel

2014 IEEE Signal Processing Society Awards Announced: Best Paper Award for Daniele Giacobello


Daniele Giacobello, Mads Græsbøll Christensen, Manohar N. Murthi, Søren Holdt Jensen and Marc Moonen, “Sparse Linear Prediction and Its Applications to Speech Processing“, IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, Volume: 20, No. 5, July 2012.

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51 SPS Members Elevated to Fellow - unusual distinction in IEEE's designated fields- among which prof. dr. ir. L. De Lathauwer (KU Leuven, ESAT-STADIUS/iMinds Med IT department) for contributions to signal processing algorithms using tensor decompositions.

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Contribution of the week: Announcement for Spring School on:


Theory and Numerics of Nonlinear Model Predictive Control

Date : March 26 to April 2, 2015
Location: in Freiburg, Germany
Organizers: J. Rawlings, J. Andersson, M. Zanon and M. Diehl

The Spring School is co-sponsored by the EU project TEMPO on embedded optimization, in which Freiburg University and KU Leuven take part.

Target group: starting PhD students and advanced master students in control and optimization.

Note: participation is free but limited to 60 people, timely registration is advisable.

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Contribution of last week: 1st Programming for Evolutionary Biology goes to the Americas, November 24th to December 12th, Bogotá Colombia


The aim of the course is to provide the students with the necessary background and skills to perform computational analyses with a focus on solving research questions related to genomics and evolution.

With participation of lecturer prof. Jan Aerts (STADIUS-iMinds Med IT)

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