Van der Meulen Seminar in honor of Frans Willems

Save the date for the 2021 van der Meulen Seminar in honor of Prof. Frans Willems.


Event time: 9h30 - 17h00, Friday, November 5, 2021.


Venue: Main lecture hall (blauwe zaal), Auditorium, TU Eindhoven.

Please use entrances 6 and 12, see map here. The complete TU/e map can be found here.

This seminar will also be streamed, you can find the link here.


If you are interested in joining, please follow this link here to register online or send an email to (


The preliminary program is:

  • 09.30 - 10.00: Coffee
  • 10.00 - 10.15: Opening (Jan Bergmans + Han Vinck)
  • 10.15 - 11.00: What started here… (Pim Tuyls, CEO Intrinsic-ID)
  • 11.00 - 11.15: Break
  • 11.15 - 12.00: Dependence balance (Prof. Gerhard Kramer, TU Munich)
  • 12.00 - 13.00: Lunch (incl. musical touch)
  • 13.00 - 13.30: You cannot hide from Information Theory (Prof. Jean-Paul Linnartz, Signify & TU/e)
  • 13.30 - 13.45: The tension between IT bounds and how to make communication systems work better (Prof. Liesbet Van der Perre, KU Leuven)
  • 13.45 - 14.00: Break
  • 14.00 - 14.45: Inference and learning with Context-Tree Weighting (Prof. Ioannis Kontoyiannis, Cambridge University)
  • 14.45 - 15.00: Break
  • 15.00 - 15.45: With a little luck… (Prof. Frans Willems, TU/e)
  • 15.45 - 16.00: Closing remarks (Jan Bergmans)
  • 16.00 onwards: Drinks (incl. musical touch)

The following speakers are in the program:

  • Dr. Pim Tuyls, CEO Intrinsic ID
  • Prof. Gerhard Kramer, Technical University of Munich
  • Prof. Jean-Paul Linnartz, Signify (Philips Lighting)
  • Prof. Liesbet Van der Perre, KU Leuven
  • Prof. Ioannis Kontoyiannis, University of Cambridge
  • Prof. Frans Willems, Eindhoven University of Technology

Brief biography of Frans Willems

Frans M.J. Willems was born in Stein, The Netherlands, in 1954. He received the MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands (TU/e), and the PhD degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in 1979 and 1982 respectively. In 1982 he joined the Electrical Engineering Department of TU/e, where he retired as a full professor in 2020. Between 1999 and 2015 he was an advisor for Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, for subjects related to information theory.

Dr. Willems received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1982. From 1988 to 1990, he was Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is co-recipient of the 1996 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award for a paper in which the Context-Tree Weighting Algorithm was proposed. From 1998 to 2000 he was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. From 2002 to 2006 he was Associate Editor for Information Theory for the European Transactions on Telecommunications. Since 2005 Dr. Willems is an IEEE Fellow. He was Counselor of the IEEE Student Branch Eindhoven from 2007 to 2014, and Chairman of the IEEE Benelux Chapter on Information Theory between 2007 and 2017. Dr. Willems received a 2011 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the paper “Biometric Systems: Privacy and Security Aspects.” In 2014-2015 he was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society.

Dr. Willems has contributed more than two hundred journal and conference papers. He holds several patents.