Benoit Macq was born in 1961.
He is currently Professor at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), in the Telecommunication Laboratory and Vice-Rector of the University
He completed his military service in 1984-1985 at the Royal Military School of Belgium where he worked on Laser interferometer measurements.
He worked on networks planning in 1985 for the Tractebel company, Brussels.
He did his doctoral thesis on perceptual coding for digital TV under the supervision of Prof. Paul Delogne at UCL.
He was researcher at Philips Research in 1990 and 1991.
He has been senior researcher of the Belgian NSF.
Benoit Macq has been visiting scientist at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston.
He has been Scientific Visitor at MIT and Visiting Professor at the "Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications", ENST-Paris, France as well as at the "Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis", France.
Benoit Macq is teaching and doing his research work in image processing for visual communications.
He is closely collaborating with the MIT (Boston, USA; Pr. Dewey and Goemans),
the Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA, Pr Warfield), and with the NARA Institute, Japan (Pr. Chihara)
His main research interests are :
- image compression
- image watermarking
- image analysis for medical and immersive communications.
Benoit Macq has been Guest Editor for the Proceedings of the IEEE and for the Signal Processing Journal and member of the program committee of several IEEE and SPIE conferences. He was co-Technical Chair of the IEEE Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME02), member of the board of EUSIPCO2002 and ICPR2002, plenary chairman for ICASSP06, and has participated in many other conferences. He was co-guest editor for a special issue on security for image communications of the Image Communications journal in 2003, co-guest Editor for a special issue on Watermarking for the IEEE Trans on CSVT in 2003, co-Guest editor for the Proceedings of the IEEE on Digital Rights Management in 2004, and for many others publications.
He is Fellow Member of the IEEE. He is member of the IEEE Technical Committee IMDSP (Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing) and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. He is general chair of the ICIP2011 conference to be held in Brussels, Belgium.
Main IST projects coordination as a prime contractor :
OpenSource project :
OpenJPEG, an open-source JPEG 2000 library developed in the Communications and Remote Sensing Lab.
Member of the board at Multitel ASBL
Member of the board of Macq Electronique
Member of the board of the TWIST cluster enterprises
Member of the Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et de Beaux-Arts de Belgique
Supervisor of 12 terminated Doctoral Thesis and about 10 Master Thesis per year.
i.e. more than 100 Master Thesis supervised or co-supervised until now.
Young Scientist Award of the URSI 1991
Bell Telephone MC Award in 1991
Supervisor of the best Belgian Thesis in 2003
Fellow member of the IEEE (2007)
Boelpaepe Award from the Royal Science Academy of Belgium in 2007