Short Curriculum Marc Nyssen
Studied Electrical Engineering at the Free University Brussels, graduating in Electronics in 1975.
In 1978, he obtained an Engineering degree in "Computer Science"
In 1983, he obtained a PhD. degree in Electrical Engineering, after defending a thesis: "New Architectures for Optoelectronic Signal Processing"
From 1976 to 1977 research assistant in the Electronics Dept. at the V.U.B. (Brussels).
From 1978 to 1983 he was appointed in the Medical Informatics Dept., responsible for the research network and server computing infrastructure of the new medical campus of the Brussels Free University, in Jette. First as a research assistant, from 1983 then as Associate Professor, finally as Professor.
As National Secretary he represents Belgium in the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (IFMBE), of which he is a board member and officer.
Co-founder and Secretary General of the Belgian National Committee on Biomedical Engineering within the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences and Fine Arts.
His interests lie in different aspects of the computerized production lines, mainly for the scientist, with emphasis on network communication aspects. Image processing related hardware and software systems were studied and realized under his guidance, as research projects or as thesis for students in Engineering or Biomedical Engineering and Medical Research.
Medical Internet applications are a second field of interest and expertise, this field is now known as « E-health ».
Several projects were accomplished regarding the introduction of electronic medical records, physiotherapy registers and the exchange of medical data via the Internet, currently his main project consists of the introduction of electronic medical prescriptions in Belgium: the Recip-e project, as project leader.
Member of several Phd commissions and promoter of Masters and Phd students.
In the field of teaching, he is the co-promoter of a series of "wireless laptop" projects to foster ICT in education.
Teaching assignments include courses in "computer science" at bachelor level in the medical faculty, e-health at master level in engineering (biomedical engineering VUB-UGent and several courses as guest professor in the master in e-health, KIST/KHI, Kigali, Rwanda.
Chairman of the Flemish Interuniversity Council's Bureau for development cooperation: VLIR-UOS (2005-2008), co-chair 2009- 2011, member of the Bureau 2011 - August 2016.
Member of the Belgian "Telematics Commission" that initiated the ehealth developments in Belgium, mainly participating in the elaboration of the data structures for the medical health records and medical prescriptions until 2009.
Appointed as member of the Flemisch "Toezichtcommissie voor het elektronische bestuurlijke gegevensverkeer" the Flemish "Privacy Commission" by the Flemish Parliament, as of January 2010 -.
Co-coordinator of the VLIR-UOS and CUD project UNIVERSITIC in D.R.Congo.
Fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE).
Officer (currently Treasurer) if the International Federation for Biomedical Engineering) IFMBE.
Founder of the ICT4D group at the VUB and project leader of the Recip-e project, introducing electronic medical prescriptions for ambulatory care in Belgium.
Currently: Professor Emeritus of Medical Informatics (Department of Public Health)
Free University Brussels (VUB)
Languages: fluent (speaking, writing) Dutch, French, English understanding German, Spanish.