Symposium 2021

Date: May 20+21.
Venue: Online, organised by TU Eindhoven.
The keynote speakers were Nir Shlezinger and Slava Voloshynovskiy.

The best student paper award was won by Clint Sebastian for "Contextual pyramid attention network for building segmentation in aerial imagery", joint work with R. Imbriaco, E. Bondarev and P.H.N. de With.
The best student presentation award was won by Nicolas Heintz, for "Unsupervised decoding of matched versus mismatched EEG responses to speech", joint work with T. Francart and A. Bertrand.

MidWinterMeeting 2021

Date: January 28
Venue: Online
Topic: 5G networks and beyond
Organized by Liesbet Van der Perre, KU Leuven.
[Video recordings].
The speakers were Sofie Pollin (KU Leuven), Erik Larsson (Linköping), Alexios Balatsoukas-Stimming (TU Eindhoven), Jörg Widmer (IMDEA Networks), Arnaud Brehonnet (Proximus), and Mikko Uusitalo (Nokia Bell Labs).

Midwinter Meeting 2020

Date: March 3.
Location: Zwarte Doos, TU Eindhoven.
Topic: Optical wireless communication for 6G networks.
[Summary of the event, by students]
The speakers were Maxim Kuschnerov (Huawei Munich), Alex Alvarado (TU/e), Konrad Banaszek (Univ. Warsaw), Jean-Paul Linnartz (Signify & TU/e), Marco Zuniga (TU Delft) and Ton Koonen (TU/e).

8th van der Meulen Seminar

Date: December 13, 2019.
Location: TU Eindhoven, Atlas 6.225.
Topic: Neural networks in communication systems.

WIC / IEEE SP Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux

This SITB was the 40th anniversary of the WIC Symposium!
Date: May 28+29, 2019.
Location: KU Leuven in Gent.
In a special series of keynotes Han Vinck, Peter de With and Jos Weber presented the history of the WIC.
There was also a special session "Searching life-critical information, early computer-aided detection of cancer".

The best student paper award was won by Simon Geirnaert for "Expected Switching Time: a Markov Chain Based Performance Metric to Evaluate Auditory Attention Decoding Algorithms", joint work with T. Francart and A. Bertrand.
The best student presentation award was won by Miao Sun, for "Atrial Activity Extraction Based on Graph-Time Signal Processing", joint work with E. Isufi, N.M.S. de Groot, and R.C. Hendrik.

Midwinter Meeting 2019

Date: January 25
Location: Corona hall, Luna building, TU Eindhoven
Topic: Compressive sensing: hype or hope?

WIC / IEEE SP Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux

Date: May 31 and June 1, 2018
Location: Enschede
Symposium website
Y.C. Gültekin (TU/e) won the student best paper award "On constellation shaping for short block lengths", joint work with W.J. van Houtum and F.M.J. Willems. Jinaqio Cheng (ULB) won the best student presentation award for "Wireless channel modelling for low-altitude UAV Networks in Urban Environments", joint work with Ke Guan and Francois Quitin.
The social event was a guided tour at the Grolsch brewery.

Van der Meulen seminar 2018

Date: 12 April 2018
Location: University of Twente

Lecture series by Robert Calderbank

Prof. Calderbank has given a series of lectures at VUB, UGent, UCLouvain, KULeuven, and ULB on a rich set of subjects revolving around electrical engineering, applied mathematics and computer science.

Jan 18, Brussels: Remembering Shannon
Feb 15, VUB: Recent Developments in Quantum Computing
Mar 1, UGent: Enhancing Resolution in Undersampled Physical Imaging
Mar 22, UC Louvain: Golay, Heisenberg and Weyl
Apr 27, KU Leuven: 5G Wireless
May 3, ULB/VUB: Coding Theory and Computer Architecture
May 18, VUB: Data+

MidWinter Meeting 2018

Topic: Deep learning.
Date: January 24, 2018.
Location: Zwarte Doos, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Seminar in honor of Kees Schouhamer Immink

Kees Schouhamer Immink (Turing Machines Inc) received the 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor on May 25, 2017, in San Francisco, CA, USA, "for pioneering contributions to video, audio, and data recording technology, including compact disc, DVD, and Blu-ray". In order to celebrate the unique fact that this award was bestowed upon a member of the Benelux information theory community, a seminar in honor of Kees was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on June 16, 2017. The venue was the beautiful Sociëteit KR&ZV "De Maas" (Royal Maas Yacht Club). The seminar, which was preceded by a lunch and followed by a reception and dinner, attracted 45 participants. It was organized by Han Vinck, Jos Weber, and Peter de With, and sponsored by the Shannon Foundation, the IEEE Benelux Chapter on Information Theory, and the Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC). Presentations were given by The slides are available via the seminar website. An interview with Kees appeared in the May 2017 issue of IEEE Spectrum.

10th Asia-Europe Workshop on Concepts in Information Theory

The AEW10 was held in Boppard, Germany, on June 21-23, 2017.
The WIC sponsored this event.

WIC Symposium 2017

38th WIC Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux / 7th joint WIC IEEE SP Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux.
Date: May 11 and 12, 2017.
Location: Delft University Science Center, The Netherlands.
Keynote speakers: Kees Schouhamer Immink (recipient of the 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor) and Lieven Vandenberghe (professor at UCLA).

There were 44 contributions, mostly by researchers from various universities in the Benelux countries, but also from the companies NXP, Philips, and CycloMedia, and from universities in Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland. These were presented to an audience of about 70 participants, either orally or via a poster, and are all documented in the proceedings (available via or

WIC secretary Ludo Tolhuizen congratulates Yuri Murillo and Jamal Amini with their award.

Yuri Murillo (KU Leuven) was the winner of the best student paper award for his paper "An autonomous decision making flooding contention scheme based on spatial correlation", co-authored with Fernando Rosas and Sofie Pollin. Jamal Amini (TU Delft) was the winner of the best student presentation award for the poster presentation of his paper “Rate-Constrained Beamforming in Binaural Hearing Aids”, co-authored with Richard Hendriks, Richard Heusdens, Meng Guo, and Jesper Jensen.
Six grants were provided to MSc students, covering their registration fees and hotel costs.
The social event was a guided tour in the TU Delft Botanical Garden, which was also the site of the conference dinner.

We thank the keynote lecturers for accepting our invitation, all authors for their contributions to the scientific program, all participants for their presence, the Gauss Foundation for sponsoring the best student paper award, Antoon Frehe for the website support, and Minaksie Ramsoekh for the secretarial support.

- Richard Heusdens and Jos Weber (symposium organizers)

Midwinter Meeting 2017

Topic: Quantum Computation and Communication.
Date: Februari 16, 2017.
Location: Zwarte Doos, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
The talks can be found here.

Schalkwijk Symposium

Seminar on the occasion of of Piet Schalkwijk's 80th birthday.
Date: November 16, 2016.
Location: van Trierzaal, TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
[ Program]
For a report of this event see page 25 of the December 2016 IEEE IT Society Newsletter, which can be found here.

Van der Meulen Seminar 2016

The 6th van der Meulen Seminar was held on Thursday September 15, 13:30-18:00, at TU Eindhoven. The topic was "Information Theory and Fiber Optic Communication".

WIC Symposium 2016

The SITB 2016 was held in Louvain-la-Neuve on May 19 and 20. The best student presentation award was won by Jean-Francois Determe for his talk Noise Stabilization with Simultaneous Orthogonal Matching Pursuit. The best student paper award went to Linear Cryptanalysis of Reduced-Round Speck by Daniel Bodden and Tomer Ashur.

Shannon Centenary

The Benelux Shannon Centenary Symposium was held in Eindhoven on April 13, 2016. The speakers were Kees Immink, Wolter Lemstra, Jaap Haartsen, Jan van der Meer, Joan Daemen and Vincent Rijmen.

WIC Midwintermeeting 2016

The WIC Midwintermeeting 2016 on Big Data and Data Analytics was held on Februari 1 in Eindhoven. The programme can be found here .

WIC Symposium 2015

The SITB 2015 was held in Brussels on May 6 and 7, 2015. The proceedings can be found here.

2015 European School of Information Theory

ESIT 2015 was held in Zandvoort on April 20-24, 2015. [Website]

WIC Symposium 2014

The SITB 2014 was held in Eindhoven on May 12 and 13, 2014. The proceedings can be found here.

Midwintermeeting on Signals in Space

The WIC Mid-Winter Meeting 2014 on Signals in Space was held on February 7 in Eindhoven.

WIC Symposium 2013

The SITB 2013 was held in Leuven on May 30 and 31, 2013. The proceedings can be found here.

Midwintermeeting on Cybersecurity

The WIC Mid-Winter Meeting 2013 on Cyber Security was held on February 5 in Eindhoven. Renowned lecturers gave tutorial presentations. The announcement, program, list of participants, and presentations can be found here.

WIC Symposium 2012

The SITB 2012 was held in Boekelo, the Netherlands, on May 24 and 25, 2012. The proceedings can be found here.