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As of 2018, I am an Associate Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. I am affiliated to the Stadius Center for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing, and Data Analytics (STADIUS) as well as to the e-Media Research Lab of the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT).

In 2001, I graduated as a Master in Electrical Engineering at KU Leuven, after which I spent a year as a teaching assistant with the Hogere Zeevaartschool Antwerpen, Belgium. One year later, in 2002, I returned to KU Leuven to start a PhD research project on signal processing applied to audio and acoustics, funded by the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation through Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT-Vlaanderen), which I succesfully terminated in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Marc Moonen. In 2010, I moved to Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, where I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof. Geert Leus, working on distributed signal processing for wireless sensor networks. In 2011, I received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), which enabled me to return again to KU Leuven for initiating a 3-year research program on acoustic signal enhancement in cooperation with Prof. Marc Moonen and Prof. Moritz Diehl. In 2013, I was appointed as an Assistant Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium, where I am currently supervising a team of researchers working in the field of audio engineering and signal processing. From 2013 to 2016, I have also been serving as a Scientific Coordinator for the FP7-PEOPLE Marie Curie Initial Training Network "Dereverberation and Reverberation of Audio, Music, and Speech (DREAMS)" funded by the European Commission. In 2017, I have been awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC), which allows me and my research team to explore the analysis and synthesis of complex dynamic sound scenes in the ERC project "The Spatial Dynamics of Room Acoustics (SONORA)", 2018-2023. I have been teaching digital signal processing (with Prof. Marc Moonen and Prof. Søren Holdt Jensen) at the Advanced Learning and Research Institute (ALaRI) of the University of Lugano, Switzerland, optimization in the Faculty of Engineering Science at KU Leuven, and digital signal processing, control theory, signals & systems, multimedia, and linear algebra & geometry in the Faculty of Engineering Techology at the KU Leuven Campus Geel and Campus Group T.

Next to my academic career, I've been spending quite some time studying and playing music. I've been involved in the composition and performance of a wide range of musical styles, from experimental trash rock over electronic music to classical and early music. I started studying music at the age of 8, and since then I've been performing and touring with a number of rock bands, small ensembles, and orchestras, in Belgium as well as abroad. I've been lucky to have several inspiring musical mentors with whom I've been studying brass instruments (flugelhorn, bass), string instruments (guitar, violin), and keyboard instruments (piano, organ). In 2001, I obtained a violin diploma (summa cum laude) in the Flemish part-time music education program. Since 2012, I've been again enrolled in such a program, now studying the organ and focusing on early music.

Finally, I also enjoy renovating old houses, volunteering in all kinds of organizations, and of course spending time with my wife and three kids.

Academic CV

Degrees

Mar. 2009 PhD in Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium
Jun. 2001 MSc in Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium

Academic Positions

since 2018 ERC Consolidator Grantee, KU Leuven, Belgium
since 2018 Associate Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium
2013–2018 Assistant Professor (tenure-track), KU Leuven, Belgium
since 2005 Visiting Lecturer, University of Lugano, Switzerland
2011–2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), KU Leuven, Belgium
2010–2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
2009–2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, KU Leuven, Belgium
2004–2007 PhD Fellow of the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation through Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT-Vlaanderen), KU Leuven, Belgium
2002–2009 Research Assistant, KU Leuven, Belgium
2002 Teaching Assistant, Antwerp Maritime Academy, Belgium

Short Research Visits

Nov. 2012 Mathematical Statistics (Prof. Andreas Jakobsson), Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Lund University, Sweden
May 2012 Division of Systems and Control (Prof. Kristiaan Pelckmans, Prof. Peter Stoica), Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Sweden
Feb. 2011 Signal Processing (Prof. Simon Doclo), Institute of Physics, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany
Dec. 2010 Multimedia Information and Signal Processing (Prof. Søren Holdt Jensen), Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, Denmark

Awards

2017 Board of Governors Award, Audio Engineering Society (AES)
Aug. 2016 EUSIPCO-2016 Best Paper Award (M. Mounir, P. Karsmakers, and T. van Waterschoot, "Guitar note onset detection based on a spectral sparsity measure"), 24th European Signal Process. Conf. (EUSIPCO '16), Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 2016 (Co-author)
Mar. 2014 Best Master Thesis Prize (Mina Shehata, “Note Onset Detection Using Sparse Over-Complete Representation of Musical Signals”, supervised by Prof. Miroslaw Malek (University of Lugano, Switzerland) and Prof. Toon van Waterschoot (KU Leuven, Belgium)), Swissengineering Ticino, Switzerland (Supervisor)

Scholarships – Research Grants

2018–2021 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Maja Taseska (3 years – 300 kEUR), Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), Belgium (Supervisor)
2018–2023 ERC Consolidator Grant “SONORA” (5 years – 2 MEUR), European Research Council (ERC) (PI)
2018–2022 FWO Large-Scale Research Infrastructure Grant “The Library of Voices” (4 years – 1.1 MEUR), Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), Belgium (Supervisor)
2018–2020 Industrial R&D Project “SPOTT” (2 years – 287 kEUR), Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), Belgium (PI)
2016–2020 CSC PhD Scholarship Duowei Tang (4 years – 58 kEUR), China Scholarship Council (CSC), China (PI)
2016–2020 Category 2 Project “WLAAN” (4 years – 653 kEUR), KU Leuven Research Fund (BOF), Belgium (Supervisor)
2015–2017 TETRA Research Valorization Project “m-Sense” (2 years – 354 kEUR), Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), Belgium (Supervisor)
2016–2018 Verkennende Europese Samenwerking (VES) “SOUNDS” (2 years – 12.5 kEUR), KU Leuven Research Fund (BOF), Belgium (PI)
2015–2017 Industrial R&D Project “Ravenna” (2 years – 287 kEUR), Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), Belgium (PI)
2015–2018 Industrial R&D Project “Cochlear-VII” (3 years – 419 kEUR), Institute for the Promotion of Innovation through Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT-Vlaanderen), Belgium (Supervisor)
2014–2018 Impulse project “SparsEvent” (4 years – 185 kEUR), KU Leuven Impulse Fund, Belgium (PI)
2014–2019 Baekeland PhD Scholarship Martyn Hemeryck (5 years – 300 kEUR), Institute for the Promotion of Innovation through Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT-Vlaanderen), Belgium (PI)
2014–2016 BOF-F+ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Enzo De Sena (1 year – 35 kEUR), KU Leuven Research Fund (BOF), Belgium (Supervisor)
2014–2016 Verkennende Europese Samenwerking (VES) “MEDIA” (2 years – 15 kEUR), KU Leuven Research Fund (BOF), Belgium (PI)
2013–2016 Marie Curie Initial Training Network “DREAMS” (4 years – 4.1 MEUR), Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission (EC) (PI)
2011–2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (3 years – 297 kEUR), Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), Belgium (Grantee)
Aug. 2009 Travel grant (17th European Signal Process. Conf., Glasgow, Scotland, UK – 0.2 kEUR), Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), Belgium (Grantee)
2004–2007 PhD Scholarship (4 years – 90 kEUR), Institute for the Promotion of Innovation through Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT-Vlaanderen), Belgium (Grantee)

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Affiliation

University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Faculty of Engineering Technology (FIIW)

Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT)
(1) Stadius Center for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing, and Data Analytics (STADIUS)
(2) Electrical Engineering Technology Cluster (ESAT-ETC) – e-Media Research Lab