About iMinds The Conference 2014

iMinds The Conference is Brussels' #1 annual conference on digital innovation, targeted at researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, industry and policy decision-makers. The 2014 edition, on October 23, celebrates iMinds’ 10th anniversary with renowned speakers, 60+ demos of research projects and startups and a big after-party.

Looking back at 10 years of digital research excellence, we continue to create new growth opportunities for Flanders and Europe through our expertise in key technologies such as Internet of Things, cloud security, and high-tech visualization. These technologies, each of them holding the promise of revolutionizing the way in which we live and work, frame the program for this year’s conference.

Confirmed speakers include Ilkka Lakaniemi (Chairman European Commission's FIPPP), Jürgen Ingels (Founder Clear2Pay), Mariana Mazzucato (Author of the Entrepreneurial State), Jan Rabaey (Scientific co-director of the BWRC - Berkeley), George Yianni (Philips Lighting), Aljosa Smolic (Disney research), Abby Margolis (Claro Partners), John Baekelmans (S+CC), Dries Buytaert (Drupal, Acquia) & many more.

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ESA picture of the week

Coronal slab visualization of a whole brain tractogram.

An image generated by Ben Jeurissen was chosen as "picture of the week" on the website from the European Space Agency!

Researchers from the Universities of Antwerp, Leuven and Liège are studying microgravity induced neuroplasticity in astronauts. Pre- and post-flight data is currently being acquired that will elucidate changes in the structural and functional brain wiring as a consequence of microgravity.

On June 8th, Ben Jeurissen was awarded the “2014 Editors’ Choice Award” by Peter T. Fox, Founding Editor-in-Chief of Human Brain Mapping, for his paper "Investigating the prevalence of complex fiber configurations in white matter tissue with diffusion MRI" (HBM-11-0658). The award ceremony took place in the CCH-Congress Center in Hamburg, Germany.

Each year, the editors of NeuroImage and Human Brain Mapping, award the "Editors' Choice Awards" at the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. The award honors the best paper of the year in each journal.

Candidates for the Editor's Choice Award were nominated by the Associate Editors of Human Brain Mapping. The final selection was made by Editors-in-Chief (Jack Lancaster and Peter Fox), after weighing the merits of all the nominated papers. This year, there were many outstanding papers nominated, but Ben Jeurissen’s was considered the finest.

On May 12th, Ben Jeurissen was designated a "Junior Fellow of the Society" by Peter Jezzard, President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). The award ceremony took place in the Gold Plenary hall of the Milano Congressi building in Milan, Italy.

The review committee was impressed with Ben Jeurissen’s past commitment and contributions to the ISMRM, his publication history, as well as his scientific contribution to this year’s meeting in Milan.

The award recognizes Ben Jeurissen as a young researcher of outstanding quality and promise, with a significant potential for helping the Society in fulfilling its scientific and educational mission.

Naomi Christis, Ruben Beldé, and Femke Danckaers

On May 13th, Femke Danckaers, Naomi Christis , and Ruben Beldé received the prestigious "Belgian Industrial Research & Development (BiR&D) Interdisciplinary Master of Science Thesis Programme 2012"-award from Marc Van Den Neste (President of BiR&D) for their joint project "Anthropometrics 2.0". The award ceremony took place in the Diamond Building in Brussels under the watchful eye of FWO / FNRS and numerous representatives of the Belgian Industry (AGFA, Alcatel - Lucent, Umicore, UCB, Solvay, P&G,...) .

The students received this recognition for their joint work on the incorporation of 3D statistical shape models in the design process for wearable products. For each of the students, this led to the submission and successful defense of their Masters thesis for obtaining the degree of Master of Sciences in 2013. During their research, the students were guided by the research teams Vision Lab (Physics), CoSysLab (Applied Engineering) , and Product Development (Design Sciences).

In addition, their Anthropometrics 2.0 project led to a doctoral project for Femke (who is now at the Vision Lab) and a closer cooperation between Vision Lab and Product Development with a first joint project CADANS (IWT TETRA 2014-2016)

Congratulations Femke!


Geert Van Eyndhoven has developed an innovative method to create Shadow Art. Based on given shadows, he is able to create a 3D object that when shining light onto this object, shows these shadows. With his design, we recently won the Campuscrack Art Contest.

Congratulations Geert!

ASTRA-Toolbox Released


The ASTRA tomography group of the Vision Lab of the University of Antwerp has just released the ASTRA-Toolbox. This toolbox contains a collection of reconstruction algorithms, accessible through a MATLAB wrapper around the native C++ and CUDA code. Available algorithms include FBP, SIRT, SART, CGLS, etc. The forward and back projector can also be called separately, to enable building new algorithms. For most of the algorithms, an optimized GPU implementation is available for maximal performance. Another important highlight is that the scanner geometry can be highly flexible, with completely free detector and source positioning, in addition to the classical geometries (parallel, fan, and cone beam).

Click here to download the free ASTRA toolbox



A figure from the research article titled Multisource Classification of Color and Hyperspectral Images Using Color Attribute Profiles and Composite Decision Fusion, authored by Guy Thoonen, Zahid Mahmood, Stijn Peeters and Paul Scheunders, made it to the cover of the April 2012 Special Issue on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (J-STARS). The figure shows the result of a color attribute opening on a true color composite of the Reflective Optics System Imaging Spectrometer (ROSIS-3) image of the University of Pavia, Italy (courtesy of Professor Paolo Gamba, University of Pavia).

ISMRM MERIT AWARD: summa cum laude

Ben Jeurissen received the Summa Cum Laude Merit Award for the 20th Annual ISMRM meeting for his abstract entitled HARDI-based methods for fiber orientation estimation.