Honorary doctorate for authority on biomedical signal processing at KU Leuven

Professor Van Huffel. Photo: KU Leuven | Rob Stevens.

Prof. Sabine Van Huffel of KU Leuven will receive an honorary doctorate from TU/e on 25 April 2013. She is one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of biomedical signal processing. This expertise area leads to techniques that allow data to be obtained from inside patients’ bodies without the need for operations, and is also one of the strengths of TU/e. Van Huffel is a recognized role model for women in science.

Van Huffel (54) has been a professor at KU Leuven since 1998 in the Department of Electrical Engineering. She is head of the Biomedical Data Processing research group, which includes fifteen doctoral candidates and seven postdocs. A characteristic of Van Huffel’s work is her synergistic combination of scientific depth with an application focus. Her book ‘The Total Least Squares Problem’, published in 1991, has become a standard work with more than 1,000 citations. She works closely together with many leading physicians, and has more than 300 publications to her name in a mix of technical and medical journals. Van Huffel is a Fellow of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is also treasurer of the Benelux chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.

In Belgium Van Huffel is a recognized role model for women in science; for example she was rectorial advisor for Equal Opportunities and Diversity at KU Leuven, and has made important contributions to increasing enthusiasm among girls for studying technical subjects.

The Belgian professor will receive the honorary doctorate on TU/e’s Foundation Day, the Dies Natalis, on Thursday afternoon 25 April 2013. TU/e will then celebrate its 57th anniversary.

Each year the university awards an honorary doctorate, while on ‘lustrum’ or five-yearly anniversaries three honorary doctorates are bestowed. The Dies Natalis celebration will be held in the Paterskerk church in Eindhoven.

For more information about Sabine Van Huffel, please visit the KU Leuven website: http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/scd/person.php?view=1&persid=17

The list of earlier TU/e honorary doctorates can be found at: http://www.tue.nl/universiteit/werken-bij/werkomgeving/feiten-en-cijfers/bijzondere-verdiensten/tue-onderscheidingen/eredoctoraten/verleende-eredoctoraten/