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Prof. Dr. Ir. Peter Schelkens

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Electro-technical Industrial Engineer in Electronics (VLSI Design), IHAM Mechelen, Belgium, 1991

Electro-technical Civil Engineer in Applied Physics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 1994

Medical Physicist (Postgraduate in Biomedical and Clinical Engineering Techniques), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 1995

Ph.D. Applied Sciences (Electronic Engineering), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2001


Fundamental research: source/channel modeling and coding, information theory, signal representations (Fourier theory, wavelet theory, curvelets, contourlets, etc.), quantization (successive approximation quantization, multiple description quantizers, L-infinite strategies, etc.), convex optimization problems, data hiding, digital signal processing, multidimensional signal processing, holography, optical processing

Strategic research: image, video and multi-dimensional signal representation (JPEG, MPEG, wavelet-based coding schemes), (multi)dimensional signal processing and communication, error-resilient coding (distributed video coding, multiple description coding, joint source-channel coding, etc.), computer architectures (memory optimization, GPGPU/GPU/SSE processing, high performance computing, exascale computing), objective and subjective quality metrics and assessment procedures, image privacy & security, content authentication, image search, autostereoscopic and holographic imaging and visualisation, augmented reality.

Applied research domains: (bio)medical imaging, eHealth, bio-informatics, HD/HDR/3D media production and broadcasting, cultural heritage, media archiving, industrial vision


Peter Schelkens received his degree in electronic engineering in VLSI-design from the Industriële Hogeschool Antwerpen-Mechelen (IHAM), Campus Mechelen. Thereafter, he obtained an electrical engineering degree (MSc) in applied physics, a biomedical engineering degree (medical physics), and, finally, a PhD degree in applied sciences 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 scientific director of the data science programme. From, 2010 till 2016, he was member of the board of councillors of the same institute. Till 2016, Peter Schelkens was affiliated with the strategic research center iMinds that merged with imec.

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 cross-disciplinary research. He holds an ERC Consolidator Grant focusing on digital holography.

Peter Schelkens has published over 250 papers in journals and conference proceedings, and he holds several patents. His team is participating to the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG1 (JPEG) and WG11 (MPEG) standardization activities. Since 2017, he is chairing the JPEG Quality & Test Subgroup and the JPEG PLENO standardisation activity. Before he was PR Chair of the JPEG committee and acting as rapporteur/chair of JPEG Coding and Analysis Technologies. 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 2014-2016). 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 and 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.

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