PROF. DR. RIK VAN DE WALLE
Rik Van de Walle (°1970) is Rector at Ghent University since October 2017. In his role as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, he was involved in CESAER and welcomed the new impetus recently given to the network. In collaboration with the EU Office in the university’s Research Department, he proactively supported the involvement of his faculty and of Ghent University in European Public Affairs activities.
He graduated in engineering physics in 1994 and obtained his doctoral degree in engineering physics in 1998. He was a visiting post-doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona (USA), before returning to Ghent University to set up the Internet and Data Lab which became one of the founding research groups of IBBT/iMinds, now part of IMEC. As a senior full professor, his specialties involved multimedia applications, systems and signals and data science. Between 2012 and September 2017, he was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture until he was appointed Rector at Ghent University.
- Member of the Board of Governors IMEC, since 2016
- Member of the Board of Governors Greenbridge Incubator, since 2015
- Member of the Board of Directors IBBT/iMinds, 2007 – 2016
- Member of the Board of Governors Ghent University, 2008 – 2012
- Head of Delegation Belgian National Body MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group), 2007-2010
Ghent University, a top 100 university in the Shanghai Ranking (69), is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries with more than 42,000 students, including over 4,500 doctoral candidates, and more than 9,000 staff members. It distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective, and has been named ‘one of the fastest growing universities in Western Europe’.
Located in Flanders, with campuses in Ghent and Kortrijk and with a Global Campus in Songdo, Korea, Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation. Each year Ghent University spends around 315 M€ for research. Since the creation of Europe’s prestigious ERC, Ghent University has been the proud host to more than 50 grantees. Because it plays a leading role in the academic and scientific world, Ghent University attaches great importance to a transparent organisation structure, a dynamic human resources policy, an active environmental policy, support to spin-offs and welcomes other new initiatives.
- Rotblat Medal for most cited paper of the last 5 years, in Physics in Medicine and Biology, "GATE: a simulation toolkit for PET and SPECT", Physics in Medicine and Biology (2004), 2009.
- "Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contributions to International standardization for ISO/IEC 21000-10 MPEG-21 Digital Item Processing from the Moving Picture Experts Group", awarded jointly with Frederik De Keukelaer and Jeroen Bekaert, 2006.
- "Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contributions to International standardization for ISO/IEC 21000-2 MPEG-21 Digital Item Declaration-Second Edition from the Moving Picture Experts Group", awarded jointly with Frederik De Keukelaere, 2005.
- "Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contributions to International standardization for ISO/IEC 21000-2 MPEG-21 Digital Item Declaration-First Edition from the Moving Picture Experts Group", 2005.
- Scientific Award BARCO NV for PhD Thesis, 1998.
- BARCO Award for Master Thesis, 1995.
- articles ISI Web of Science: 150+
- articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings: 600+
- (co)editor of books: 2
- (co)author of book chapters: 20