Johan Schoukens received both the Master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1980, and the PhD degree in engineering sciences in 1985 from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium. In 1991 he received the degree of Geaggregeerde voor het Hoger Onderwijs from the VUB, and in 2014 the degree of Doctor of Science from The University of Warwick.
From 1981 to 2000, he was a researcher of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FWO-Vlaanderen), he was full time professor in electrical engineering at the VUB till 2018. Since 2018 he is emeritus professor at the INDI department of the VUB and member of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology. From 2009 to 2016, he was visiting professor at the department of Computer Sciences of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His main research interests include system identification, signal processing, and measurement techniques. From 2013 to 2021, he was an honorary professor of the University of Warwick.
He has been a Fellow of IEEE since 1997. He was the recipient of the 2002 Andrew R. Chi Best Paper Award of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, the 2002 Society Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, and the 2007 Belgian Francqui Chair at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Since 2010, he is a member of Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts. In 2011 he received a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary). In 2020, he received from IEEE, The Instrumentation and Measurement Society, the Gold Medal for recognition as the Most Published Author of All Time in the Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement.
In 2007 (renewed in 2014), Johan Schoukens received a ‘Methusalem’ grant from the Flemish government. In 2012, he was awarded the ERC advanced grant SNLSID 2013-2018 on Data driven structured modelling of nonlinear dynamic systems.