The WIC is a professional organization that aims at coordinating and stimulating the work of professionals in the field of Information and Communication Theory in the Benelux (i.e. Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg) and Germany.
The WIC organizes an annual two-day technical symposium where researchers from Industry and Universities from Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany meet and discuss their current research results and interests. The WIC also organizes MidWinter Meetings of a tutorial nature on current topics in its field.
News and announcements
Prof.ir. IJsbrand Boxma, founding father and honorary member of the WIC, passed away on June 19, 2015, at the age of 92. He was emeritus-hoogleraar in information theory at Delft University of Technology, Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw and Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau. He organized the first WIC Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux, which was held in Zoetermeer in 1980. In 2015 we had the 36th edition of this annual symposium taking place in Brussels, showing the success of the series that he started, binding the various information theory activities in the Benelux. Professor Boxma also served as a board member in the early WIC years, mid 1980's. He retired in 1987, but seventeen years later he was present as an honorary guest at the dinner of the silver jubilee symposium. We remember him as a very dedicated WIC member, who has been of great importance and inspiration to our community.
On behalf of the WIC,
Jos Weber (chairman), Ludo Tolhuizen (secretary)
- Liesbet Van der Perre, KUL/IMEC-professor and former WIC board member, has been awarded an honorary doctorate at Lund University. The official press release was on May 29.
- The 36th WIC Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux, 5th Joint WIC/IEEE Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux (SITB/SPS 2015) was held in Brussels, Belgium, May 6-7, 2015. There were about forty participants. The winner of the best student paper award was Nanang Susyanto, for his paper "Semiparametric Score Level Fusion: Gaussian Copula Approach", co-authored with C.A.J. Klaassen, R.N.J. Veldhuis, and L.J. Spreeuwers. The winner of the best student presentation award was Giel J. Op 't Veld, for his paper "Caching (a pair of) Gaussians", co-authored with M.C. Gastpar.
- The European School of Information Theory 2015, co-sponsored by the WIC, was held in Zandvoort, The Netherlands, April 20-24, 2015.
The IEEE Information Theory Society will bestow its 2015
Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service award
to Han Vinck.
Amongst his many services to the Information Theory community,
professor Vinck served as a chairman of the WIC from 1998 to 2001.
The WIC board congratulates him with this prestigious award.
Prof.ir. E.W. (Willem) Gröneveld, founding father and honorary member of the WIC,
passed away on January 20, 2015, at the age of 88.
Gröneveld was professor in network, information, communication, and system theory
at the University of Twente.
We remember him as a very constructive and conscientious WIC member,
who has been of great importance to our community.
On behalf of the WIC,
Jos Weber (chairman)