I’m so pleased to announce that Rector Vincent Blondel will do the keynote of the Data Innovation Summit – made in Belgium.
Vincent D. Blondel is professor of applied mathematics and president of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium. He received an engineering degree, a degree in philosophy, and a PhD in applied mathematics from the Université catholique de Louvain, and a MSc in pure mathematics from Imperial College (London, UK). He has also completed a master thesis at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France). He was a visiting scientist at Oxford University in 1993. During the academic year 1993-1994, he was the Göran Gustafsson Fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). In 1993-1994 he was a research fellow at the French national research center in computer science (INRIA, Rocquencourt, Paris). From 1994 to 1999 he was an associate professor at the Institute of Mathematics of the Université de Liège in Belgium. Dr Blondel was a visitor with the Australian National University (1991), the University of California at Berkeley (1998), the Santa Fe Institute (2000) and Harvard University (2001). He has also been an invited professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon (1998) and at the University of Paris VII (1999 and 2000). In 2005-2006 and in 2010-2011 he was an invited professor and Fulbright scholar with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA). He was the Petar Kokotovic Distinguished Visiting Professor of the University of California in 2012-2013. Blondel’s major current research interests lie in several area of mathematical control theory, theoretical computer science and network science. He is a former associate editor of the European Journal of Control (Springer) and an associate editor of Systems and Control Letters (Elsevier) and of the Journal on Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (Springer). For his scientific contributions he has been awarded of a grant from the Trustees of the Mathematics Institute of Oxford University (1992), the prize Agathon De Potter of the Belgian Royal Academy of Science (1993), the prize Paul Dubois of the Montefiore Institute (1993), the triennal SIAM prize on control and systems theory (2001), the prize Adolphe Wetrems of the Belgian Royal Academy of Science (2006), and the Antonio Ruberti prize in systems and control of the IEEE (2006). He is a fellow of the IEEE. Vincent has directed more than thirty PhD and Master thesis. His recent work on networks has been widely featured, including in Wired, Technology Review, Le Monde, La Recherche, Der Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Professor of Applied Mathematics, Université catholique de Louvain
Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Mathematical Engineering
Research group on large graphs and networks
Louvain School of Engineering
Université catholique de Louvain
Avenue Georges Lemaître 4, boîte L4.05.01, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Scientific publications in Google Scholar
Interviews and opinions
Portrait dans “Trends”: Le réseau de Vincent Blondel (Novembre 2014, en français)
Interview pour “La Recherche” sur le “Big Data” (Décembre 2013, en français)
Interview in “IEEE Control System Magazine” (December 2013, in English)
Intervention pour “Le Vif” sur les MOOCs (Septembre 2013, en français)
Opinion in “Technology Review” (May 2013, in English)
Portrait dans “Trends”: L’ambassadeur de Belgique au MIT (Septembre 2011, en français)
About the event:
The Data Innovation Summit in Brussels is a one day conference gathering all the Belgian actors facilitating data innovation. It is an action packed conference where more than 50 speakers will demonstrate what they do that helps us compete in this digital marketplace.