Honorary doctorate for professor Van Huffel

Professor 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.

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. 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.

She will receive the honorary doctorate on TU/e’s Foundation Day, the Dies Natalis, on Thursday afternoon 25 April 2013 in the Paterskerk church in Eindhoven.

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