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In Memoriam: Jan C. Willems

Jan C. Willems Jan C. Willems, Professor Emeritus of the University of Groningen and Guest Professor at KU Leuven-ESAT-STADIUS, Faculty of Engineering Science, died on August 31, 2013 at age 74. In recognition of his many achievements and to remember his memory add some personal comments on the In Memoriam website (short biograph)

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. Jos De Brabanter, Prof. Lieven De Lathauwer, Prof. Bart De Moor, Prof. Moritz Diehl, 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.


The iMinds-K.U.Leuven Future Health Department 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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Inaugural Lectures


With participation of Prof. dr. ir. Toon van Waterschoot.

Date: May 15th 2014
Location: Electrotechnical Department ESAT - Auditorium A, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 Heverlee

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Great news from the Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control


Congratulations to Marko and Siamak.

Marko Seslija received the DISC PhD Thesis Award for his thesis entitled "Discrete geometry approach to structure-preserving discretization of port-Hamiltonian systems" (PhD thesis, RuG, 2013) (see picture)

Siamak Mehrkanoon was among the nominees for the best presentation award for his talk on "LS-SVM approximate solutions to PDEs".

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Marko Seslija received the DISC PhD Thesis Award

Contribution of the week: The InBev-Baillet Latour Fund awards the prizes for Clinical Research 2014 to Professors Denis Franchimont (ULB), Edouard Louis (CHU Liège) and to Professor Dirk Timmerman (KU Leuven)



Since almost 20 years prof. Dirk Timmerman, prof. Sabine Van Huffel and prof. Bart De Moor are intensively collaborating together. Several algorithms for predicting malignancy of ovarian tumours and for predicting ectopic pregnancies were developed. Several PhD theses of Chuan Lu, Ben Van Calster, Lieveke Ameye, Olivier Gevaert, Anneleen Daemen, Peter Antal along with journal papers by Kirsten Van Hoorde en Laure Wynants are illustrating the collaborative work between ESAT-STADIUS-IMinds Medical Information Technologies and UZ Leuven (Organ Systems, Department of Development and Regeneration)

View the ceremony (Right Click > Save Link As) in the presence of queen Mathilde.(Mathilde reikt prijs voor medisch onderzoek uit aan gynaecoloog UZ Leuven) (In case the default player does not work, go to

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Lees ook 'Professor Dirk Timmerman bekroond voor verbeterde diagnose van eierstoktumoren' (Bron: KU Leuven Nieuws, 23 april 2014)

Professor Timmerman ontving de prijs uit handen van koningin Mathilde.

Contribution of last week: ERNSI 2014 (Workshop of the European Research Network on System Identification)


(Teamleader of ERNSI research team KU Leuven : prof. dr. ir. Bart De Moor)

Date: September 21-24, 2014
Location: Oostende, Belgium, in Thermae Palace hotel located at the beach.

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