I am an electrical engineer, specialized in the fields of signal processing and telecommunication. I'm also a violinist, web designer and adventurer. Currently, I am employed at the Technical University of Denmark as a PhD student. As part of the Hearing Systems group, I conduct research into the benefits of using virtual sound environments in the testing of hearing aids. This research builds on the signal processing approach to understanding and analyzing human hearing, combined with psychoacoustic methods and cognitive processing. Before this, I worked as Quality Assurance engineer in the IP Routing R&D department at Nokia, where I validated novel software features used in the successful 7x50 Service Routing OS, used to route 1/3rd of the worldwide Internet traffic. I graduated as Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Electrical Engineering, Multimedia & Signal Processing from the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. As a person, I'm highly interested in technology, both for its potential and its challenges. The present and ever faster evolution of scientific research and its applications make this an exciting world to work in. I'm also passionate about playing and performing music, traveling and generally enjoying life!
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering• September 2007 - June 2012
Magna Cum Laude
An intense, but highly interesting five-year education, during which advanced understanding and knowledge in domains such as signal processing, telecommunication, and computer science was acquired. Participation in extracurricular activities, such as the University Symphony Orchestra, and VTK student club.
Erasmus Exchange - 1st year of Master in Electrical Engineering • September 2010 - June 2011 • ECTS Grade: A
A one-year exchange as part of the Erasmus program, to one of the most prestigious technical universities in Scandinavia. Apart from the usual curriculum, there was additional focus on Artificial Intelligence, Analog High-Frequent System Design and Computer Graphics. Participation in extracurricular activities, such as the BEST Engineering Competition, and the Polyteknisk Forening.
PhD researcher • December 2017 - now
Assessing hearing device benefit using virtual sound environments
The PhD project aims to bridge the gap between laboratory-based tests and real world performance of hearing aids and their applications. It makes use of virtual sound environments to evaluate the impact of various hearing-aid signal processing strategies, with particular focus on spatial processing algorithms. The main lab used in this research is the Audiovisual Immersion Lab (AVIL), established at the Hearing Systems group at DTU.
Traveling the world for one year • September 2016 - August 2017
Over the course of 11 months I traveled on my own through 18 countries around the globe. It was a journey of exceptional scale, and it taught me a lot about myself and the world around me. I met countless people of all ethnicities, religions and backgrounds, and my knowledge and ability with respect to social dynamics and interactions has expanded enormously. I wrote stories throughout my trip that are accessible here.
IP Quality Assurance Engineer • September 2013 - August 2016
Validation and quality assurance of the 7x50 SROS (Service Router Operating System) software, used in the highly popular 7x50 service switches and routers used throughout the world, carrying 1/3rd of the global internet traffic. The core characteristics of this position include:
Tutor • September 2008 - July 2013
Teaching a range of topics withing maths, physics, chemistry and computer science to high school and university students, for general improvement of understanding or preparation for specific trials and exams.
Pedagogic violin teaching to young children and adolescents.
Excellent: Dutch, English
Very good: French, Swedish
Basic: German, Danish
- OS: Windows & all Office products, Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS)
- Development: Matlab, Maple, Eclipse, SPSS,
- Web: CMS (Joomla, WordPress), HTML, CSS, SQL, PHP
- Programming skills: Java, TCL, Python, C++, Bash
- Most Adobe products (Acrobat, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash,...)
I love traveling, discovering and exploring new places, whether it's a buzzling city, a serene mountain range or a tropic archipel. I have had the fortune to be able to visit quite some so far, both for shorter and more extended periods of time.
Choosing a favorite one is hard, although backpacking through India for 3 months, or playing a New Year's concert in front of Angkor Wat were unforgettable experiences.
“Béla Nepali” literally means “Nepalese violin”. Béla Nepali is an organisation of volunteers who want to contribute to the development of musical life in Nepal. It wants to offer disadvantaged children and adolescents the opportunity to develop their musical talent, taking Western classical music as a basis.
Board member & webmaster
Visit the website for more information.
Design and development of small-scale electronics projects, using Arduino or custom-purpose microcontrollers.
The above photo displays a custom-built LED cube, controlled by a ATmega32 controller. The control software, written in C, drives and array of flip flops taking advantage of human retinal latency to simultaneously steer the 512 LEDs in the cube in a serialized way. This enables complete control and creation of highly complex and beautiful patterns and flows.
- Running: 5k, 10k, half marathon
- Sailing: Optimist & Laser class 1-man boat license
- Others: Tennis, archery, chess
In addition to the aforementioned hobbies, I like to read, both fiction and non-fiction, attend concerts and enjoy and play live music.
I love to play frisbee and football in summer, dance, sing karaoke, hang with friends and generally just live life to the fullest.
If you would like to get in touch, you can send me an e-mail at email@example.com, or reach out through the social networks displayed below.