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Research – VUB China Network


 Joint VUB-NPU Laboratory


Several funding channels and R&D agencies are now offering support for joint international research. ETRO has officially joined in January 2011 the Sino French Lab in Computer Science, Automation and Applied Mathematics (LIAMA) in Beijing together with the members INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique) and CAS (Chinese Academy of Science). Within LIAMA, ETRO collaborates with INRIA, NPU, and the National Laboratory for pattern recognition of the Institute for Automation (CAS), on computational models for (daily life) human activities, social behavior and “ambient intelligence”.

Joint VUB-NPU Laboratory on Audio Visual Signal Processing (AVSP)
The joint AVSP laboratory between the Department of Electronics and Informatics (ETRO) of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the School of Computer Science at the North Western Polytechnic University (NPU) – Xi’an – China (http://www.saiip-vision.org) has been created in 2005. http://www.etro.vub.ac.be/Research/AVSP/

The research work includes:

  • Audio Visual Interactions in Multimodal Communications
  • Audio Visual Emotion Analysis & Synthesis
  • Audiovisual behaviour analysis & Human Action Recognition
  • Source localization and tracking in audio-visual scenes

The applications being addressed by this work include:

  • Affective Computing
  • Multimedia applications- understanding, indexing and managing multimedia content as well detecting scene transitions and events.
  • Ubiquitous computing applications – multimodal Audio-Visual Processing for Advanced Context Awareness in Smart Spaces (Smart rooms, Group meeting, Intelligent Environments)
  • Combined Visual-Acoustic for Humanoid Robots
  • Audio-visual surveillance
  • Audio-visual monitoring

ETRO website: http://www.etro.vub.ac.be/

Brussels Academy for China and European Studies (BACES)

The Brussels Academy for China and European Studies (BACES) is an academic platform initiated by four founding universities: Renmin University of China, Sichuan University, Fudan University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. BACES was officially established on 31 March 2014.

More information:  Brussels Academy for China European Studies

EU-China Higher Education Research Center (ECHE)

Introduction EU-China Higher Education Research Center (ECHE), is a transnational research group, which is established in July 2012. ECHE provides a platform dedicated to research and cooperation on higher education issues in the EU and China. In 2013 a three-year project EUCNDOC is launched as a facilitator for EU-China cooperation in doctoral education, under the administration of ECHE. This project will be implemented by a strong and prestigious partnership with six European partners and five Chinese partners. 

More information:  EU-China Higher Education Research Center 

Collaboration between the Department of Sport Policy and Management of the VUB and the Wushu College of the Shanghai University of Sport

The VUB has a longstanding collaboration with the Shanghai University of Sport. This collaboration dates back to 1991 when Prof. Dr. Marc Theeboom, current chair of the Department of Sport Policy and Management (LK-SBMA), visited the Shanghai University of Sport (SUS) for the first time in preparation for his doctoral study on teaching methods in Chinese martial arts (wushu). This study visit, which lasted three months and was supported by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the Flemish Scientific Foundation (VWS), marked the beginning of a longstanding collaboration. Since then, Marc Theeboom has established collaborative work with colleagues from SUS (in particular with Prof. Dr. Qiu Pi Xiang and Prof. Dr. Zhu Dong). Research topics primarily relate to different aspects of the Chinese martial arts, such as youth training in wushu and its relationship to physical education. A specific focus has also been on the globalisation process of the Chinese martial arts. Recently, collaborative work has been initiated on the effects of ‘taijiquan’ (taichi) intervention (wushu’s most popular style) on detained substance abusers in Shanghai.

Funding for these studies has been obtained in the past by the Research Council of the VUB, as well as by the Research Council of SUS and the Chinese government.

This collaboration, which has resulted in various international and national publications and conference presentations, has been further officialised in May 2014 by a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both universities. Other opportunities to collaborate with the VUB Department of Sport Policy and Management are currently investigated (e.g., with regard to elite sport policy).

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