ICTEAM Thesis Award

The ICTEAM Thesis Award, which consists of an amount of 2000 €, is granted yearly to the best doctoral thesis that was publicly defended in the course of the previous civil year and for which at least one of the co-directors is officially a member of ICTEAM.

This year (2021), the selection committee was chaired by Peter Van Roy. The other members were Ramin Sadre, Jérôme Louveaux, Olivier Pereira and François Glineur.

The word of Peter Van Roy, president of the jury :

There were seven candidates for the best thesis award in 2021, all of them top quality dissertations which did not make the selection jury's work easy.

After a thorough study of all candidates, the jury awarded the ICTEAM Best Thesis Award 2021 to the thesis of Charlotte FRENKEL (picture), entitled "Bottom-up and top-down neuromorphic processor design: Unveiling roads to embedded cognition" (supervisors : David Bol, Jean-Didier Legat). The jury was impressed by the breadth and depth of the research presented by this thesis, by its impact, and finally, by the high quality of the text and figures, which are both pedagogic and thorough.

In addition, the jury gave a special mention to the thesis of Pierre-Yves GOUSENBOURGER entitled "Interpolation and fitting on Riemannian manifolds" (supervisors : Pierre-Antoine Absil and Laurent Jacques) for its important research contributions as well as the exceptional pedagogic quality of the text.

Are you wondering what Charlotte is doing now ?

"At the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI), University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, I am pursuing research in the same field as in my thesis: electronic circuit design for neuromorphic computing.
However, while I adopted a digital circuit design approach during my thesis, the INI is specialized in sub-threshold analog circuit design emulating directly the biophysics of the brain.
My postdoc aims at combining both approaches while investigating synergies with bio-inspired learning algorithms, toward low-power adaptive neuromorphic circuits for edge computing."

The award and special mention were granted during the ICTEAM (virtual) Day on May 26, 2021.

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