Expertise Centre for Digital Media

As a computer science research centre, the Expertise Centre for Digital Media (EDM) conducts research in five areas. Our preference is to create added value precisely at the interfaces of these different IT domains - where our areas of expertise meet. This is because combining expertise means doubling impact.

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Impression of the Knack article "Probleem van phishing is niet alleen de impact, maar ook de eenvoud ervan Science Communication

Mariano Di Martino writes about hacking in Knack (nl)

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We co-organized the workshop "HCI and worker well-being in manufacturing industry" at AVI

Impression and logo of our UHCTF 2022 Student Event

Our students organized and participated in large numbers in our CTF

Impression of the blogpost "Wat zijn omnidirectionele camera’s en voor welke toepassingen zijn ze nuttig?" Science Communication

What are omnidirectional cameras and what are they useful for? (nl)

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Kris Luyten co-chairs the papers track of the ACM SIGCHI conferences series EICS

Video thumbnail "Hoe steelt een hacker jouw identiteit?" Science Communication

Mariano Di Martino presents at Universiteit van Vlaanderen (nl)

Impression of the UHasselt Magazine article "Nieuwe opleiding: industrieel ingenieur in de informatica" UHasselt Magazine

EDM involved in the new study program computer science engineering technology (nl)

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VLAIO shares short introduction to the XR@Work-project (nl)

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Our student teams did a great job at Cyber Security Challenge Belgium

Video thumbnail "Immersive technologie voor de voedingsindustrie" AR4Industry

AR for Industry 4.0 in Z-Food episode about Immersive Technology (nl)

Impression of the UHasselt Magazine article "Trends in cybersecurity op sociale media" UHasselt Magazine
Video thumbnail "A Survey and Taxonomy of Electronics Toolkits for Interactive and Ubiquitous Device Prototyping" Award

Mannu Lambrichts wins UbiComp Best Talk Award

Press takes pictures and films Jeroen during an AR demo in the XR-huis XR-huis

Press visits XR-huis (nl)

Video thumbnail "HapticPanel: An Open System to Render Haptic Interfaces in VR for Manufacturing Industry" Award

Bram van Deurzen receives Beste Demo Award at VRST

Impression of Mariano's paper "Knocking on IPs: Identifying HTTPS Websites for Zero-Rated Traffic" Award

Hindawi's Article of the Year Award goes to Mariano Di Martino

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Creating added value is in our DNA

From information technology research that is socially and economically important and academic research findings that help local international businesses innovate and grow, to close cooperation with partners from other disciplines and other organisations in order to create added value together... Over the past ten years academic IT research groups have started to take this kind of approach. But for us, this focus on applied research and exploitation is part of our DNA.

The whole spectrum

While most other academic research institutes have increasingly shifted their activities over the past ten to fifteen years from basic research to more applied research that is relevant to industry and society, we have actually moved in the opposite direction. Initially we deliberately adopted a consistently applied focus, because we were determined to generate economic and social impact with our research. Over the years, we have developed a better and broader theoretical basis for this applied research.

Our research activities now cover the entire spectrum: from fundamental and applied research to highly targeted contract research and commercial applications. But even within basic research we often deliver prototypes that are tested by users in order to assess their added value. Our research rarely exists in a vacuum.

Commercially driven

Exploitation of research results is extremely important to us, and with our patent applications, licences and spin-offs we can point to great results in this context. We will continue this focus in the future. Our aim is to help our partners and other industries grow.

~ Director prof. dr. Frank Van Reeth

Why work with us?


Frank Van Reeth

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Mieke Haesen

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Business Development Manager


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Wetenschapspark 2

3590 Diepenbeek