Seminar in Honor of Kees Schouhamer Immink
June 16, 2017, Rotterdam


As announced by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

(President, Turing Machines, Inc., Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

has been named the recipient of the


“for pioneering contributions to video, audio, and data recording technology, including compact disc, DVD, and Blu-ray” (see video)

Kees has received the medal on May 25, 2017, in San Francisco, CA, USA, see (from 1.20 hrs).

Venue and Date:

In order to celebrate the unique fact that this award  is bestowed upon a member of the Benelux information theory community, a seminar (lunch, afternoon lectures, drinks, optional dinner) in honor of Kees was held in

Sociëteit KR&ZV “De Maas”,
Veerdam 1, 3016 DD Rotterdam,

Friday June 16, 2017


The program is available by clicking here.


Han Vinck (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany): Four myths about Kees Immink

John Watkinson (Run Length Limited, UK): “Impact of Kees Immink’s work on digital data- video- and audio recording

Hiroshi Kamabe  (Gifu University, Japan): “Immink Codes for Phase Change Memory

Ronald Aarts (Philips Research & Eindhoven University of Technology, NL): Kees and his channel coding for CD

Peter de With (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL): In the beginning ..... there was Justesen

Dirk Van Hertem (KU Leuven, Belgium & Chairman of the IEEE Benelux Section): “The IEEE and its Medal of Honor

Jos Weber (Delft University of Technology, NL): “Kees Immink: his current work, his importance to the Benelux IT Community, and his UJ Honorary Doctorate”

Organizing committee:     

Han Vinck (Universität Duisburg-Essen, 

Jos Weber (TU Delft,

Peter de With (TU Eindhoven,


A report on this meeting appeared in the September 2017 issue of the IEEE Information Theory Newsletter, available by clicking here (pages 14 and 15).


·         Shannon Foundation

·         IEEE Benelux Chapter on Information Theory

·         Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC)