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Activities for the year 2021 (Han Vinck)

- Lecture at the vd Meulen Seminar, to honor Prof. Dr. ir. Frans Willems (5th November 2021)

- Lecture for Probus Venlo (September, 2021), Cryptography basics without mathematics

- Lecture University Johannesburg: my view on the university for PhD and young staff (September 16, 2021)

- Lecture on Cryptography: an introduction for the local Rotary club Venlo (September 9, 2021)

- Distinguished Visiting Professor University of Johannesburg - 2016 - 2021

the Council of the University of Johannesburg has selected A.J. Han Vinck for the re-appointment of

DISTINGUISHED VISITING PROFESSOR within the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment.

- TPC member for ISPLC 2021 in Aachen

- guest editor for: Special Issue "Advances in Passive RFID: From UHF to THz"

- Cooperation with Prof. Adel Ghazel and Prof. Fatma Rouissi from Tunis, Tunisia

- Member of the Institute on Digital Signal Processing at Duisburg-Essen University

The following papers are published:

Novel low complexity decoding method for the binary coded frequency shift keying modulation
S Najjar, F Rouissi, H Gassara, AJH Vinck, A Ghazel
Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience 33 (1), e5760, 2021
 
 

 

On the simulation of the Middleton Class-A noise model for single-and multi-carrier modulation in power line communication
F Rouissi, AJH Vinck, A Ghazel, Telecommunication Systems, 1-11, 2021

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LED Lighting and the Impact on the PLC Channel 

in: Advances in Science, Technology and Engineering SystemsJournal Vol. 6, No. 2, 933-941(2021)

Allan Emleh, Arnold de Beer, Hendrik Ferreira, A.J. Han Vinck

 

 

Activities for the year 2020 (Han Vinck)

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Analysis of Clipping a Digital Modulated Signal Affected by AWGN and Impulse Noise, 
Thokozani Shongwe and A.J. Han Vinck
12 IEEE /IET Int. Symp. on Comm. Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing
CSNDSP, 20 - 22 July 2020 - Online
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Estimating Efficient Sampling Rates of Metrics for Training Accurate Machine Learning Models
Tigran A. Bunarjyan, Ashot N. Harutyunyan, Arnak V. Poghosyan, 
A.J. Han Vinck, Yanling Chen, and Narek A. Hovhannisyan
In:
Collaborative Technologies and Data Science in Artificial Intelligence Applications
Aram Hajian, Nelson Baloian, Tomoo Inoue, Wolfram Luther (Eds.)
Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH 2020 ISBN 978-3-8325-5141-4
Page 143 - 151

A paper with my "student" Safa Najjar was published: Novel low complexity decoding method for the binary coded frequency shift keying modulation,S Najjar, F Rouissi, H Gassara, AJH Vinck, A Ghazel, Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience

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Project cooperation with Ashot Haroutyunian from Yerevan Armenia (American University of Armenia) on artificial intelligence

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Distinguished visiting professor University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Paper - (Analysis of Clipping a Digital Modulated Signal Affected by AWGN and Impulse Noise)- presentation with Thokozani Songwe from University of Johannesburg  at the 2020 12th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing (CSNDSP).

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July 10 member of the "habilitation" committee  for Dr. Fatma Rouissi, Supcom University Tunis

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Journal of Communications and Networks

The Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences

Babak Nikfar and Han Vinck received the 2020 best paper award for a publication in  the Journal JCN, Communications and Networks  ( see  http://www.jcn.or.kr/html )

Vol. 19, No. 1, February 2017. Authors: Babak Nikfar, A. J. Han Vinck

Title: Relay Selection in Cooperative Power Line Communication: A Multi-Armed Bandit Approach

 

Plaque:

Paper Award With Babak Nikfar


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https://www.itsoc.org/news-events/recent-news/in-memoriam-piet-schalkwijk

January 30, my PhD supervisor Piet Schalkwijk passed away. I wrote a "in memoriam" for him in the IT newsletter.

messages for his family can be put at:   http://www.condoleance.nl/17564/piet--schalkwijk.html

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Research visit: Thokozani Shongwe, January 2020

Activities for the year 2019 (Han Vinck)

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Research visits:

      August 2019, Fatma Rouissi, Supcomm, Tunis

      November 2019, Ashot   Harutyunyan, VMware, Yerevan, Armenia

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WSPLC 2019

Workshop Wsplc 2019

Workshop on Powerline Communications Hammamet, Tunisia, November 7-8, 2019

        Invited Speaker: “Notes on physical layer PLC”

        Contribution 1: "Power line communications impulse noise mitigation: clipping at waveform level”

        Contribution 2: “Short Block Code concatenated with a Permutation Code for narrowband PLC channel constraints”

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IEEE Menacomm, 19-21 November 2019 // Manama, Bahrain

      paper with Safa Najjar: 

                  Short Block Code concatenated with a Permutation Code for narrowband PLC systems
                  Safa Najjar, Fatma Rouissi, Héla Gassara, Han Vinck and Adel Ghazel

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IEEE International Symposium on Information theory

ISIT 2019 Paris, July  7 - 13, 2019. Presentation in the memory session.

WE2.R3.4: Coding for Write l-step-up Memories
         Yeow Meng Chee; Nanyang Technological University
         Han Mao Kiah; Nanyang Technological University
         A. J. Han Vinck; University of Duisburg-Essen
         Van Khu Vu; Nanyang Technological University
         Eitan Yaakobi; Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

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3rd African IEEE Winterschool on Information theory and Communications:

Date: 27-29 August, 2019,    website      Aric Winterschool 2019

We had a great workshop completely financed by UJ with about 50 participants (mainly PhD students)

Workshop Mount Amanzi _spouth Africa

 

Dancing at the excellent banquet with traditional music.

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August 30, Invited Speaker University of Johannesburg: Models concepts and Applications of Information and Communication theoy

Date: 30 August 2019, Time: 11:00 - 12:30, Venue: APK Library Level 5 Nadine Gordimer

https://www.uj.ac.za/newandevents/Pages/Distinguished-Public-Lecture-on--Models,-Concepts-and-Applications-of--Information-and-Communication-theory.aspx

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AEW 11 Rotterdam, the Netherlands, July 3 - 5

http://www.turing-machines.com/AEW11/AEW11-2019.pdf

Visit Kees With Kui In Rotterdam

Visit Kees Immink with Kui

Participabts Aew11 Rotterdam

Participants AEW11 in rotterdam, 2019

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Invited speaker in Gent on the 40th WIC meeting (org: Liesbeth van de Perre, KUL)

Information and Communication in the Benelux

Part of my lecture on: history of Information theory in the Netherlands.

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Visit Tunis: Preparation WSPLC and Research project. Visit Sagemcom

Foto Met Fatma

Picture with Fatma

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Visit to University of Johannesburg, May 12 - May 18.

Two lectures:    1. A memorial for Hendrik Ferreira who passed away, Nov. 2018;

see presentation here:

   2. From Defect to Flash and more.

Have a look at this website:

https://www.itsoc.org/news-events/recent-news/in-memoriam-hendrik-christoffel-ferreira

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PAPERS in 2019, see research results

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Participation in ISPLC 2019, Prague, April 3 - 5. Invited lecture

Presentation At Isplc 2019 In Prague

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My good friend and colleague Hendrik Ferreira passed away last Novemer.

Have a look at:

https://www.itsoc.org/news-events/recent-news/in-memoriam-hendrik-christoffel-ferreira

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ACTIVITIES for the year 2018 (Han Vinck)

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A remark on the Diffie Hellman key exchange protocol:

The requested URL /~vinck/crypto/script-crypto-pdf/add-to-3.pdf was not found on this server.

It has been replaced by this one:

Diffie Hellman By Painter Vinck

https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/images/dc/crypto_chapter_5_public_key.pdf

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Workshop

Tunisian-German ENERCOM Project Workshop 6-8 Dec. 2018, Hammameth, Tunisia.

Chair and Plenary Talk: Noise Mitigation in Narrow-Band PLC Systems

Hammameth Dec 2018

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ISITA SIngapore, October 2018, lecture:Some classes of systematic polynomial codes correcting single- and adjacent transposition errors,Yanling Chen,  Han Vinck

Singapore Isita 2018

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Lecture University Johannesburg, South Africa, Information theory and Big Data: Typical or not-typical, that is the question, October 12, 2018

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Workshop Stellenbosch, South Africa, Intelligent  Systems and Circuits, October 4-5, 2018, Stellenbosch, chairman en paper presentation on memory systems.

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Workshop Yerevan, September 12-15, 2018

YEREVAN, Armenia ‒ On September 12-15, the Akian College of Science and Engineering (CSE) of the American University of Armenia hosted an international workshop in Collaborative Technologies and Data Science in Smart City Applications 2018 (CODASSCA). The workshop gathered specialists from Germany, Japan, Chile, USA, and Armenia to present their work, to acquaint participants with their advances in the field, and to create new opportunities for networking and collaboration

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Mini Workshop on Communication for Smart Networks and Systems

Hotel Bellevue, Boppard, Germany

August 26 - 29, 2018  (new date)

WEBSITE:

- Research Project NBPLC with Adel Ghazel from Tunisia

- International Advisory Committee, ISITA 2018, Singapore, from October 28 to October 31, 2018.

- Distinguished Visiting Professor University Johannesburg, South Africa

- advisor editorial board IEICE Trans. fund. of electronics, communicatoins and computer science

- Special Editor SAIEE for Communications and Signal Processing

- TPC member ISPLC 2018 in Manchester, UK

- member IEEE Technical committee - for powerline communications

- senior professor Unuversity Duisburg-Essen

- Scientific advisor ID4US

 

GUESTS for 2018

March 19 - 26, Adel Ghazel, Supcom Tunis

April 2 - 6, Prof Hendrik Ferreira, UJ Johannesburg, SA

April 2 - 6, Prof. Jaco Versfeld, Stellenbosch, Sa

July, Khaled Grati, Tunis

August, Fatma Rouissi, Tunis

September - November, Safa Najjar, Tunis

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Seminar for the IEEE medal of Honor for Kees Schouhamer Immink

June 16, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Have a look at the WEBSITE: http://homepage.tudelft.nl/2k00k/ImminkSeminar/.for the scientific program.

My lecture can be found here

 

A proud "scientificgrandfather" Tom Kailath with Han Vinck and Kees Schouhamer-Immink

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Seminar in Honor of Kees Schouhamer Immink, June 16, 2017, rotterdam, the Netherlands

Kees Schouhamer Immink (Turing Machines Inc) received the 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor on May 25, 2017, in San Francisco, CA, USA, “for pioneering contributions to video, audio, and data recording technology, including compact disc, DVD, and Blu-ray”. In order to celebrate the unique fact that this award  was bestowed upon a member of the Benelux information theory community, a seminar in honor of Kees was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on June 16, 2017. The venue was the beautiful Sociëteit KR&ZV “De Maas” (Royal Maas Yacht Club). The seminar, which was preceded by a lunch and followed by a reception and dinner, attracted 45 participants. It was organized by Han Vinck, Jos Weber, and Peter de With and sponsored by the Shannon Foundation, the  IEEE Benelux Chapter on Information Theory, and the Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC). Presentations were given by

  • Han Vinck (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany): “Four myths about Kees Immink”,
  • John Watkinson (Run Length Limited, UK): “Impact of Kees Immink’s work on digital data- video- and audio recording”,
  • Hiroshi Kamabe  (Gifu University, Japan): “Immink Codes for Phase Change Memory”,
  • Ronald Aarts (Philips Research & Eindhoven University of Technology, NL): “Kees and his channel coding for CD”,
  • Peter de With (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL): “In the beginning ..... there was Justesen”,
  • Dirk Van Hertem (KU Leuven, Belgium & Chairman of the IEEE Benelux Section): “The IEEE and its Medal of Honor”,
  • Jos Weber (Delft University of Technology, NL): “Kees Immink: his current work, his importance to the Benelux IT Community, and his UJ Honorary Doctorate”.

The slides are available via the seminar website http://homepage.tudelft.nl/2k00k/ImminkSeminar/. An interview with Kees appeared in the May 2017 issue of IEEE Spectrum.

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AEW10 in Boppard, Germany from June 21-23, 2017, just before ISIT 2017 in Aachen

Have a look at the website

 

The 10th Asia-Europe workshop on “Concepts in Information Theory and Communications” (AEW10)  was held   in Boppard – Germany on June 21-23, 2017. Forty-one participants enjoyed the beautiful environment of the  Rhinevalley and the setting of the romantic Bellevue hotel venue in Boppard.

The workshop is based on a longstanding cooperation between Asian and European scientists. The first workshop was held in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 1989. The idea of the workshop is threefold: 1) improvement of the communication between the scientist in the different parts of the world; 2) exchange knowledge and ideas; 3) pay a tribute to a well respected and special scientist. For this workshop Hirosuke Yamamoto  accepted the invitation to be the guest of honour and to be the key lecturer. His lecture on almost instantaneous fixed-to-variable (AIFV) length codes was clear and inspiring. The other 25 presentations contained concepts of error correcting codes, time series analysis, prediction, cryptography and coding for memories. Kees Immink (IEEE 2017 medal of honour recipient) gave a presentation on progress in constrained codes. Martin Vinck presented his results on image processing in the brain. A special session "Hardware-Aware Information Theory" was organized by Brian Kurkoski and Dirk Wübben and a special session on Powerline Communications was  organized by Adel Ghazel and Han Vinck.

The mayor of Boppard, Dr. Walter Bersch, opened the AEW10 and he  welcomed our guests from Japan. Boppard has a long tradition in the cooperation with Japan, especially the city of Ome. The workshop contained a banquet, excursion around the Rhinevalley and a wine tasting in the ancient Roman cellar of the Bellevue hotel.

Proceedings: can be found here

Report: Han Vinck 

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ACTIVITIES for the year 2017 (Han Vinck)

- Organization AEW10 in Boppard, see above for the announcement

- Co-chair of Seminar in honor of Kees Immink, June 16, Rotterdam

- Research Project NBPLC with Adel Ghazel from Tunisia

- International Advisory Committee, ISITA 2018, Singapore, from October 28 to October 31, 2018.

- IEEE: member of the ITSoc Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award Committee

- Distinguished Visiting Professor University Johannesburg, South Africa

- advisor editorial board IEICE Trans. fund. of electronics, communicatoins and computer science

- Special Editor SAIEE for Communications and Signal Processing

- TPC member ISPLC 2017 in Madrid

- member IEEE Technical committee - for powerline communications

- international advisor IEEE - ITW, November 2017, Kauchung, Taiwan

GUESTS for 2017

November 2016-January 2017 Thokozani Shongwe From UJ, Johannesburg

March 2017: Adel Ghazel and Fatma Rouissi, Tunis, Tunisia

July-October 2017: Fatma Rouissi and Safa Jaffar

June 2017: Ashot Harutyunyan, Yerevan, Armenia (Vware)


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Piet Schalkwijk 80

Seminar on the Occasion of the Eightieth Birthday of Professor Piet Schalkwijk

November 16, TUE, Eindhoven the Netherlands (12.00-21.00)

my presentation

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Information theory and Big Data Symposium in Armenia

From Information Age to Big Data Era

A Claude Shannon Centenary event

October 3-5, 2016,  Yerevan, Armenia

my lecture as pdf(ppt on request): 

proceedings

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ACTIVITIES for the year 2016 (Han Vinck)

                 6 Presidents Of The Ieee It Society

  6 former presidents of the IEEE IT society at the Shannon meeting in Paderborn (May 3-4, 2016)

 from left to right:

Sergio Verdu, Gerhard Kramer, Guiseppe Caire, Joachim Hagenauer, Han Vinck, Vijay Bhargava

  • Co-organizer: Shannon 100th Birthday, May 3-4, 2016, Paderborn, Germany
  • IEEE: member of the ITSoc Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award Committee
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor University Johannesburg, South Africa
  • International Liaison ISPLC 2016, Bottrop
  • TPC member ISITA 2016 (Oct 30-Nov. 2), Monterey, USA, http://www.isita.ieice.org/2016/index.html
  • TPC member Workshop on PLC, Paris, 10-11 October, http://www.wsplc2016.fr/
  • advisor editorial board IEICE Transactionson fundamentals of electronics, communicatoins and computer science
  • Special Editor SAIEE for Communications and Signal Processing

I visited the University of Johannesburg (Prof. Hendrik Ferreira and his Center for Telecommunications) from May 28 - June 5, 2016. Special lecture on "Shannon and my research".

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GUESTS for 2016

- December 1st, Ulrich Speidel, Auckland, New Zealand

- From November 2016-Januar 2017, Thokozani Shongwe, University of Johannesburg

- November 21-25, 2016: Adel Ghazel, Professor, Directeur of GRESCOM Lab

- November 21-25, 2016: Fatma Rouissi, Assistant Professor ENI Carthage

- June 2016: Prof. Vijay Bhargava, University of Britsh Columbia, Vancouver,

   lecture: Communications Technologies for 2020 and Beyond:

An Energy-Efficient Perspective with Application to Internet of Things

-  From April 2015 - April 2016, Lucas Giroto, Brazil - Federal University of Juiz de Fora

- March 2016, Prof. Hendrik Fereirra, university of Johannesburg

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Other news

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Appointed as Distinguished Visiting Professor (2016 -2021)

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science

University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Professor in Johannesburg

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Participation in Smartgridcomm 2015 in Miami.

presentation of a paper with Babak Nikfar on optimal scheduling in Smartgrid

Banquet talk as Chairman of the Steering committee for Smartgridcomm.

chairman of the steering committee on Smartgridcomm 2015

Banquet talk as Chairman of the Steering committee for Smartgridcomm.

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Han Vinck named recipient of the 2015 Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Information theory society.  See the web-site: http://www.itsoc.org/news-events/recent-news/han-vinck-2015-wyner-award

for this occasion, I gave a lecture at the Digital Signal Processing Group on June 29, 2015

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"Fest Vortrag" - Plenary award lecture

Constrained Sequences a critical part of the Sony-Philips commercial success: CD

at the occasion of the Eduard Rhein award for Kees Schouhamer Immink, October 2014, Munich, Germany. Kees Immink is one of the contributors to the success of CD.

 

James Russel  succeeded in inventing the first digital-to-optical recording and playback system  The earliest patent by Russell, US3501586, was filed in 1966, and granted in 1970.  See also slide 38 of this ppt file

James Russel

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