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Rik Van de Walle (born July 21, 1970) is a Senior Full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University, Belgium. He received master and PhD degrees in Engineering from the same faculty, in July 1994 and February 1998, respectively. His PhD was about Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and was prepared in the context of a close collaboration between the Department of Electronics and Information Systems (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture) and the Department of Radiology (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences).
After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona (Tucson, USA) he returned to Ghent, became a full-time Lecturer in 2001, and founded the Multimedia Lab at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Multimedia Lab is one of the founding teams of iMinds (formerly called the Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology - IBBT).
In 2004, Van de Walle was appointed Full Professor, and in 2010 he became Senior Full Professor at Ghent University. In the same year, he was appointed as Research Director within iMinds, where he is leading the Future Media and Imaging Research Department. His personal research interests include video coding and compression, game technology, media adaptation and delivery, multimedia information retrieval and understanding, knowledge representation and reasoning, and standardization activities in the domain of multimedia applications and services.
From 2008 until 2012, Van de Walle was member of the Board of Governors at Ghent University. On October 1, 2012, he became the youngest Dean ever of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the same university.
Van de Walle is married, has two children (a boy and and a girl) and one stepson. In the past, he was also an active flute player.
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