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Prof. Jan Cornelis visits Patras. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 March 2012 14:50
Professor Jan Cornelis from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium, is going to give a lecture on Thursday 15/3/2012 at 13:00, at the Science and Technology Museum of Patras University. The title of the lecture is:

"Regional, University and Departmental strategies for technology transfer - cases in biomedical engineering"

The event is organised by IΕΕΕ Greece section with collaboration with the student branch of the University of Patras.
It is the 4th in the series of the "Meet a Successful Leader (i-MSL)" lectures that Greece section is organising, in order to give students and young researchers and engineers the chance to meet with world-known and influential individuals of the engineering world. Jan Cornelis has been Vice Rector of Research at VUB for 8 years and he is still a member of the IBBT and IMEC boards.

For those interested, the lecture will be in English and it will last 1h approximately.
It is also possible to remotely attend the lecture through mms://vod.upnet.gr/met

You can send questions for discussion by email to skodras@ieee.org that will be answered right after the end of the presentation.

Prof. Cornelis will also conduct interviews for a joint PhD degree program, between VUB and the Hellenic Open University. Interested applicants should send a brief CV to Prof. Skodras (skodras@ieee.org) until Wednesday 14.3.2012.

Brief summaries of the lecture and the lecturer's CV are following.

The regional authorities of Flanders and Brussels, two regions in Belgium, have developed a multitude of project/program funding opportunities along the life cycle of the typical knowledge package or technology maturation trajectory, going from fundamental research, over strategic R&D to industrial R&D and technology transfer.

I will concentrate on the strategic R&D, the technology transfer phases and the traditional funding gap that exists between the world of subsidies for fundamental research and the world of investments made by venture capitalists. I will explain how Flanders is trying to transform this funding chasm into a funding opportunity for early stage investors, by establishing hybrid (private & public subsidies & investments) funding mechanisms.

In the second part of the talk I will elaborate on the systemic approach that the Universities have put into place to accelerate and augment their technology transfer activities. The special case of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will be taken as an example. I will also briefly mention how the internationalization policy of the University could benefit from cross-border collaboration in technology transfer.

In the third part of the talk, the question will be answered on how a department can react to these governmental and university stimuli. The department of Electronics and Informatics - ETRO has developed its own tailor-made system for turning new ideas into good ideas that include business plans. Cases in the area of biomedical engineering and their derivatives to other application fields will be analyzed. Some of the medical imaging technologies of the IRIS group will be summarized with respect to their history, novelty, their state of development and the partnership needed to bring them to full deployment: personalized health systems (gaming for revalidation, fall risk assessment), software and computer aided diagnosis for dental and medical applications, capacitive sensing in dentistry and implantology - an example of biomimicry, image compression and low power encoding for smart pills, etc.

Brief CV
Professor in medical imaging and electronics, coordinator of research group IRIS (computer vision, image processing), academic coordinator Knowledge Innovation and Technology Transfer at VUB. Current research interests: Image and video compression, Medical imaging. For 20 years Jan Cornelis has been active in R&D-management: co-founder of “BI3 NV” –incubation fund, and ICAB NV - Incubation Centre of VUB. From 2001 to 2008 he has served as Vice Rector for research at VUB. Afterwards, he became Deputy Head of cabinet in the Ministry of Science Policy and Innovation. He is representing the Flemish Government in the Board of Directors of IMEC. He is also board member of IBBT.



Some background information about ETRO and its biomedical research
ETRO: Our motivation is to stay ahead of the obvious R&D tendencies, which drives us towards in depth fundamental research. Our mission statement is to impact on the transformation processes of the knowledge society, which keeps us alert to continuously update our strategic R&D agenda and extend/generalize our background knowledge. We are often seeking inspiration in the unexplored engineering bottlenecks at the interface of various application domains. Participation in various application value chains and collaboration with industry, public services, and hospitals, are priorities for us. We are actively searching for opportunities of industrial valorization.


ETRO-IRIS: In MEDICAL IMAGING and e-HEALTH, we have 3 specific fundamental research foci: (i) robust mathematical solution methods, bridging the gap between inverse problems and numerical analysis, (ii) image processing and analysis, (iii) human motion with particular attention for frail and elderly people.

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