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Chapter Mission
It is the objective of the IEEE Benelux Chapter on Information Theory to connect people in the Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg) that are interested in processing, transmission, storage, and use of information, as well as in theoretical and applied aspects of coding, communications, and communications networks.
The Chapter cooperates closely with the "Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC)" and coordinates its activities and initiatives with those of the Werkgemeenschap.

News Flashes

  • Announcement: Fourth Van der Meulen Seminar. The Fourth Van der Meulen seminar (with a.o. two distinguished lectures by Max Costa, author of the celebrated publication “Writing on Dirty Paper”) will be held on Tuesday December 4, 2012, at Eindhoven of Technology (announcement
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  • Announcement: WIC Midwinter Meeting 2013. On February 5, 2013, the WIC Midwinter Meeting on “Cyber Security” will take place at Eindhoven University of Technology. Further details will be announced soon.
  • Announcement: WIC Symposium 2013. The 2013 Symposium on Information and Communication Theory in the Benelux will take place on May 30 and 31 at IMEC, Leuven. Further details will be announced soon.


The board of the Benelux IT Chapter consists of:

·         Frans M.J. Willems (Chair, since 2007)

·         Peter H.N. de With (Vice-Chair, since 2002)

·         Vincent Rijmen (Treasurer, since 2008)

·         Jos Weber (Secretary, since 2008)

·         Jasper Goseling (Member, since 2012)

Some History

The initiative to found an IEEE Chapter on Information Theory in the Benelux came from Edward C. van der Meulen, who had also been active in establishing the "Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie" in the early eighties. The Chapter is active since 1990. Edward served as the first Chairman of the Chapter.


Since 1990 the Chapter co-organizes, jointly with the Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC), an annual Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux and an annual Midwinter-Meeting with tutorial presentations on a hot topic.
Apart from that, the Chapter organizes other activities. In 2009 it started a series of Van der Meulen Seminars. The first edition, which took place on May 27, 2009, at Eindhoven University of Technology, was on “Relay Communication”. The second edition, which took place on November 4, 2010, at Delft University of Technology, was on “Network Coding”.


·         Invited speakers at the First Van der Meulen Seminar: Nick Laneman, Edward van der Meulen, and Michael Gastpar

·         Jan Biemond presents a certificate of appreciation to Ludo Tolhuizen (Secretary IEEE IT Benelux Chapter 2002-2008)

News Flashes Archives

  • Announcement: Third Van der Meulen Seminar. On December 7, 2011, the Third Van der Meulen Seminar will take place at K.U. Leuven. The topic is “BIOMETRY”.
  • Announcement: Colloquium at TU/e. On November 4, 2011, 14.00-16.00 hrs, a colloquium on "BIOMETRIC SECURITY" will be held at Eindhoven University of Technology, Room Potentiaal 3.13. For more information contact Frans Willems (
  • Announcement: Network Coding event in Delft. The Second Van der Meulen Seminar (an IEEE Benelux Chapter on Information Theory activity) will be held at Delft University of Technology on Thursday November 4, 2010. The theme of the seminar is "Network Coding", the invited lecturers are Angela Barbero (University of Valladolid, Spain), Ludo Tolhuizen (Philips Research), and Oyvind Ytrehus (University of Bergen, Norway).  The seminar will be held in conjunction with Jasper Goseling's defense of his PhD thesis "Network Coding: Exploiting Broadcast and Superposition in Wireless Networks".  
  • Martin Bastiaans for IEEE Region 8 Director. Balloting period ends October 1, 2010. For more information, check
  • Inald Lagendijk KNAW member. On May 15, 2009, Inald Lagendijk of Delft University of Technology has been elected member of the KNAW (the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences).



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