Biomedical Imaging Group
The biomedical imaging group pursues research on the development of new algorithms and mathematical tools for the advanced processing of medical and biological images. Topics of interest are image reconstruction, multi-modal imaging, image analysis and visualization. Research efforts are taking place at two complementary levels: 1) the fundamental and mathematical aspects of imaging, and 2) application-oriented projects in collaboration with researchers in medicine and biology.
Prof. Michael Unser
Congrats to Thanh-An Pham for receiving the ISBI 2021 Best Paper Award (runner-up) for his work on diffraction tomography for SMLM. His second one after 2019!
Virginie Uhlmann is the happy recipient of the 2020 ABB Best Thesis Award "For her unifying formulation of active contours models and the development of novel, user-friendly computational tools for bioimage analysis. Bravo for perpetuating the BIG tradition (Ricard in 2014 and Michael in 1985) !!!
Michael Unser is the recipient of the 2020 EMBS Academic Career Achievement Award from the IEEE Society of Engineering in Medicine and Biology For the development of mathematical tools and advanced algorithms for the analysis and reconstruction of images in medicine and biology.
Kyong Hwan Jin, Michael T. McCann, Emmanuel Froustey, and Michael Unser received the 2019 SPS Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for their paper: "Deep Convolutional Neural Network for Inverse Problems in Imaging," IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Volume 26, No. 9, September 2017.
This is a BIG achievement !
Shayan Aziznejad won an ICASSP 2019 Best Student Paper Award for his work on Deep Spline Networks with Control of Lipschitz Regularity.
Thanh-an Pham won the ISBI 2019 Best Paper Award (runner-up) for his work on Closed-Form Expression of the Fourier Ring Correction for Single Molecule Localization Microscopy
Julien Fageot is the recipient of the EPFL Doctorate Award 2018 for his thesis entitled "Gaussian versus Sparse Stochastic Processes: Construction, Regularity, Compressibility ". Congratulations for this truly exceptional achievement !
Virginie Uhlmann received EPFL's Best Doctoral Thesis Award in Electrical Engineering 2018 for her thesis entitled "Landmark Active Contours for Bioimage Analysis : A Tale of Points and Curves". Congratulations to Virginie for her excellent work!
The Startup Mirrakoi, an offspring of BIG, achieved the 3rd stage of Venture Kick and won the CHF 130'000 award. Bravo for being in the top of Swiss innovation !!!
Michael Unser is the recipient of the 2018 Technical Achievement Award "for fundamental contributions to the theory of sparse stochastic processes and sparsity-based signal processing" from the European Association for Signal and Image Processing.
Virginie Uhlmann has been appointed as a research group leader at EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) at Cambridge, UK. Congrats!
Ulugbek was selected to receive the 2017 SPS Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the paper: Ulugbek S. Kamilov, Vivek K Goyal, and Sundeep Rangan, Message-Passing De-Quantization With Applications to Compressed Sensing, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Volume 60, No. 12, December 2012, which resulted from his master project at MIT.
Stamatis, Aurélien and Michael are the happy recipients of the, 2017 SPS Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for their paper, Stamatis Lefkimmiatis, Aurélien Bourquard, and Michael Unser, Hessian-Based Norm Regularization for Image Restoration With Biomedical Applications, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Volume 21, No. 3, March 2012.
Ulugbek Kamilov (BIG alumni) accepted an Assistant Professorship (with tenure track) at Washington University in St. Louis. Good luck and welcome to academia !!!
Daniel Schmitter has a paper and a video at SIGGRAPH 2016 entitled "Smoothly Deformable Spheres: Modeling, Deformation, and Interaction". More info...
Ulugbek Kamilov was a finalist for EPFL's 2016 doctoral prize and got a special distinction from the selection committee. Congratulations!!!
Denis Fortun won the Best Paper Award at the RFIA 2016 conference for his work on image reconstruction. Congratulations!
Zsuzsanna successfully passed her Ph.D. exam entitled "Local Geometric Transformations in Image Analysis". Congratulations!
Michael Unser was awarded a new ERC Advanced Researcher Grant: The project "GlobalBioIm: Global integrative framework for Computational Bio-Imaging" will be funded for 5 years by the European Research Council, starting October 2016.
Michael Unser was plenary speaker at ICASSP 2016 in Shanghai. If you missed the talk, you can watch the video.
Emrah Bostan successfully passed his Ph.D. exam entitled "Sparsity-Based Data Reconstruction Models for Biomedical Imaging". Congratulations!
Daniel Schmitter won the ICIP 2015 Best Student Paper Award (1st place) for his work on new parametric 3D snake for medical segmentation. He received his award from the hands of Lena herself!
Masih Nilchian won the Research award 2015 from the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering (SSBE) for his PhD thesis on high performance tomographic reconstruction framework.
Ulugbek's Optica paper, in collaboration with the Psaltis Lab, just got reviewed in the "News & Views" section of Nature. Check it out !
Masih Nilchian successfully passed his Ph.D. exam entitled "High Performance Reconstruction Framework for Straight Ray Tomography: from Micro to Nano Resolution Imaging". Congratulations!
Ulugbek Kamilov successfully passed his Ph.D. exam entitled "Sparsity-Driven Statistical Inference for Inverse Problems". Congratulations!
30 years of wavelets celebration at CIRM in Marseille. Watch Michael's account on how the Gaussian world became sparse.
WHOW: Pedram and Viginie's won the ICIP 2014 Best Student Paper Award. The title of the paper says it all !!!
Ricard Delgado-Gonzalo is the happy recipient of the 2014 ABB Award "For the development of a novel theoretical framework for the segmentation of biomedical images, its validation on concrete tasks of image and volume analysis, and its implementation as a user-friendly software"
Erik Meijering (former BIG alumni) has a writeup (author profile) in Nature Methods.
Ricard's friendly active cells software is featured in an editorial of the magazine "Microscopy and Analysis".
Michael Unser was elected to the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE (2014-2016).
Full manuscript available: An Introduction to Sparse Stochastic Processes by Michael Unser and Pouya Tafti. The book will be published by Cambridge University Press. Feel free to download it and to provide comments!
Martin Storath has been awarded the status of GAMM Junior, a recognition of excellence by the Gesellschaft fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik. Wir gratulieren Herrn Dr. Martin Storath sehr herzlich zu diesem Erfolg.
Ricard's spline-based software for the analysis of bio-microscopy images was described in an article that made the front page of the STI web site. You may also check the video.
Michael won the 2013 Education Award from EPFL's Life Sciences Section (SV) in relation to the Signals and Systems course. Many thanks to the team of TAs (Emrah, Julien, Ulugbek, Virginie, ...) whose hard work and dedication was instrumental to this success.
Ricard Delgado-Gonzalo won the 2013 Research Award of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering (SSBE). Congratulations for this achievement!
Arash Amini, a BIG alumni, has been appointed Assistant Professor in EE at Sharif University, the top ranking institution for research and higher education in Iran. We wish him good luck with his new career!
For a crash course on "Sparse stochastic processes": watch the video (Michael's plenary at SPARS'13)
Kunal Chaudhury, a former Ph.D. student at BIG, has been appointed Assistant Professor in EE at the Indian Institute of Science, the leading institution for research and higher education in India. Bravo, Mr. le Professeur Chaudhury, et bonne chance !
Beta version 1.1 of book available: An Introduction to Sparse Stochastic Processes by Michael Unser and Pouya Tafti. There is a new Chapter 10 on biomedical image reconstruction. Check it out !
Junhong Min won the ISBI'2013 Best Student Paper Award for his paper "Continuous-space localization using sparisty constraints for super-resolution microscopy". Congratulations for this achievement !
Ricard Delgado-Gonzalo successfully passed his Ph.D. exam on January the 16th, 2013. Congratulations!
Book preview: An introduction to sparse stochastic processes by Michael Unser and Pouya Tafti
Created a new LinkedIn group for employees and alumni. A perfect opportunity for fresh PhD students to get in touch with former fellow members. Sign-in now!
A warm welcome to our two new PhD students, Julien Fageot and Virginie Uhlmann!
Matthieu Guerquin-Kern's public defense is scheduled for July 6, 2012. Congratulations!
R. Delgado-Gonzalo won the Poster Award 2012 for the IEEE EMBS International Summer School on Biomedical Imaging, congratulations !
We have organized the Bioimage Analysis Workshop at Barcelona, entitled "Bioimage analysis software: is there a future beyond ImageJ?". All the major researchers on the domain were present.
Congratulations to Cédric whose son Olivier was born in May. All the best for the whole family ;-)
Post'doc positions available in biomedical imaging.
Ricard's iMondrian application is now available in the App Store as a free download for you iPhone/ipad. It illustrates an intriguing interaction between science and art: an (unstable) stochastic partial differential equation that results in a harmonious, rather than chaotic, solution. Don't forget to rate it !
Pouya Tafti successfully passed his public Ph.D. defense on Nov. 8, 2011. It was a masterful demonstration of his pedagogical and artistic qualities. Congratulations!
On the theory and practice of signal processing: "Le rap des Signaux et Systèmes" by a local polytechnique artist.
Take some time to respond to the Euro-bioimaging survey.
Michael Unser is the recipient of the 2011 Technical Achievement Award for "outstanding contributions to signal and image processing with applications in biomedical imaging" from the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) of the IEEE.
Michael Unser is the lucky recipient of an ERC Advanced Researcher Grant. The project "FUN-SP: A functional framework for sparse, non-Gaussian signal processing and bioimaging" will start on April 1, 2011 and will be funded for 5 years.
ERC Advanced Researcher Grant: The project 'FUN-SP: A functional framework for sparse, non-Gaussian signal processing and bioimaging' started on April 1, 2011 and is funded for 5 years.
Pouya Tafti and Ricard Delgado-Gonzalo have won the ISBI-2011 Best Student Paper Award. Congratulations ! This is a substantial achievement: ISBI is the primary international conference in Biomedical Imaging of the IEEE.
Michael Unser gave a keynote presentation at the workshop on "Sampling and Reconstruction: Applications and Advances", November 28 - December 3, 2010, Banff, Canada.
François Aguet has received the 2010 Research Award of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering. Congratulations !!!
Michael Unser gave an inaugural lecture at the 2010 European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO-2010), August 23-27, 2010, Aalborg, Denmark.
Michael Unser was plenary speaker at the EPSRC Symposium Workshop on Spatio-temporal dynamics challenges from fluorescence data (FLUO), July 12-16, 2010, University of Warwick, UK
Michael Unser was keynote speaker at the Sixth Astronomical Data Analysis Conference (ADA'6), Monastir, Tunisia, May 3-6, 2010.
Michael Unser gave an invited presentation in the Distinguished Speakers Series in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Simon Fraser University, April 8-9, 2010, Vancouver.
Florian Luisier was selected to receive the 2009 Young Author Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the paper: F. Luisier, T. Blu and M. Unser, "A New SURE Approach to Image Denoising: Interscale Orthonormal Wavelet Thresholding", IEEE Trans. Image Processing, Vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 593 - 606, March 2007.
Congratulations for this major achievement !!!
Florian Luisier successfully passed his Ph.D. exam on November 20, 2009. Congratulations!
Dimitri Van De Ville was awarded an assistant-professor fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is setting up his own Medical Image Processing lab, jointly with the University of Geneva (Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology) and the EPFL (School of Engineering, Institute of Bioengineering). Un grand bravo à Monsieur le Professeur !!!!
Michael Unser gave a keynote presentation at the 4th IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics, 7-9 September 2009, Sheffield, UK.
Cédric Vonesch is the happy recipient of the 2009 Research Award of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering. Congratulations !!!
Michael Unser gave a keynote presentation at the 16th International Conference on Digital Signal Processing (DSP 2009), 5-7 July 2009, Santorini, Greece.
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the International Conference on Wavelets and Applications, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, June 14-20, 2009.
François Aguet successfully passed his Ph.D. exam on May 5, 2009. His public defense is scheduled for May 28, 2009. Congratulations!
Michael Unser was co-chair of the technical program of the International Conference on Sampling Theory and Applications, May 18-22, 2009, Marseille, France.
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the meeting of the French Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles), May 25-29, 2009, La-Colle-sur-Loup, France.
BIG headlines: On April 22 at 9.22AM (IST), Dr. Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula became the proud father of a little Indian boy; a few minutes later, he got notification of his appointment as Assistant Professor in EE with the prestigious Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.
Super congratulations !! His life will never be the same again...
Michael Unser was selected to receive the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Technical Achievement Award.
Michael Unser was invited to become EURASIP Fellow, the most prestigious honor of the European Association for Signal and Image Processing.
Sathish successfully passed his Ph.D. exam on January 11, 2009. The public defense is scheduled for March 6, 2009. Congratulations!
Cédric Vonesch successfully passed his Ph.D. exam on January 13, 2009. Congratulations!
BIG's research on splines and medical imaging was featured in the December 2008 issue of Horizons (the magazine of the Swiss Science Foundation); it also made the cover page.
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the Sixth Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing, December 16-19, 2008, Bhubaneswar, India.
Michael Unser gave a keynote presentation at 10th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, ICARCV 2008, December 17-20, 2008, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Ildar Khalidov successfully passed his Ph.D. exam on November 11, 2008. The public defense is scheduled for January 30, 2009. Congratulations!
Michael Unser gave a keynote presentation at the Workshop "Rapid MR-Imaging - Beyond the Nyquist Limit", October 12-13, 2008, Freiburg, Germany.
The tutorial article "Splines - A perfect fit for signal and image processing" (Unser, 1999) has reached the status of the most cited paper of the IEEE Signal Process Mag within the past 10 years.
BIG achievement for April Fool's Day: publication of Snakuscules in the IEEE Trans. Image Processing. What then is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphism - Friedrich Nietzsche
Michael Unser gave the keynote presentation at the IASTED Int. Conf. on Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, and Applications (SPPRA 2008), February 13-15, 2008, Innsbruck, Austria.
Michael Unser was the recipient of the 2007/2008 Israel Pollak Distinguished Lecturer Award. He visited the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) and delivered a series of lectures, January 12-17, 2008.
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the CIMST Symposium, "Imaging: Pushing the Limits in Bio-medical Research", ETH Zurich, Switzerland, January 21-22, 2008.
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP 2007), St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, December 12-14, 2007.
Guillaume Schmit received the 2007 Student Award of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering for his EPFL master thesis "Deconvolution in 3D: an ImageJ plugin, which he completed in the lab. Congratulations !
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Biomedical Engineering, CSEM, Neuchâtel, September 13-14, 2007.
Francois Aguet received the Max Anliker Memorial Poster Award for his beautiful poster presentation "A model-based approach to extended depth of field for brightfield microscopy" at the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Biomedical Engineering, CSEM, Neuchâtel, September 13-14, 2007. Well done!
Michael Unser gave a series of invited lectures at the Summer School, "New Trends and Directions in Harmonic Analysis, Approximation Theory, and Image Analysis", Inzell, Germany, September 17 - 21, 2007
With the publication titled "Affine Invariance, Splines, Wavelets and Fractional Brownian Fields," the Biomedical Imaging Group has reached its five-hundredth publication, shortly before it turns ten-year old. Congratulations to all BIG members for all the nice work done through the years!
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the 5th Int'l Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA 2007), Istanbul, Turkey, September 27-29, 2007.
Michael Unser gave the keynote lecture, "Wavelets, Operators, and Invariance Principles", at the SPIE conference Wavelets XII, August 26-30, 2007, San Diego, CA.
Dimitri Van De Ville was the general co-chair of the SPIE conference Wavelets XII, August 26-30, 2007, San Diego, CA.
Michael Unser gave the keynote lecture, "Splines, Noise, Fractals and Optimal Signal Reconstruction", at the International Conference on Sampling Theory and Applications, 2-7 June 2007, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Michael Unser appears on the new "Highly-Cited-Scientists" list provided by the ISI - Institute for Scientific Information. He is among the most highly cited researchers in the "Engineering" category.
Michael Unser gave a 4-hour tutorial on the colored revolution of bio-imaging at the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, April 12-15, 2007, Washington DC, USA.
BIG achievement for April Fool's day: publication of Snakuscules in the IEEE Trans. on Image Processing. What then is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphism - Friedrich Nietzsche
Michael Unser was elected to the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) with the citation "for pioneering work establishing a link between engineering and the life sciences via the development of novel algorithms for the analysis of biomedical images".
Thierry Blu won a Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the article "Sampling Signals with Finite Rate of Innovation" (co-authored with M. Vetterli and P. Marziliano).
Michael Unser gave a 4-hour tutorial on the colored revolution of bio-imaging at the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO'06), September 4-8, 2006, Florence, Italy.
Mathews Jacob has accepted an offer (tenure-track assistant professor) with the department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester. Good luck and congratulation !
Sathish Ramani won a ICASSP 2006 Best Student Paper Award in the IMDSP category. Congratulations !
Michael Liebling (former member of BIG) just demonstrated that wavelets can lead to publication in "Science". Thanks for showing us the way!
The IEEE Signal Processing Magazine published a special issue on Molecular and Cellular Bioimaging. Check out the introductory paper on the "Colored Revolution of Bioimaging" by our local team of multidisciplinary experts!
Muthuvel Arigovindan was selected to receive the 2006 EPFL Doctoral Award (best thesis award) "for fundamental contributions to the theory of vector-splines and its innovative application to ultrasound imaging". Congratulations to Muthuvel for his achievement !
Michael Unser gave a 4-hour tutorial on sampling and interpolation at the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, April 6-9, 2006, Arlington, VA, USA.
Francois Aguet's recent work on super-resolution localization of nanoparticles in fluorescence microscopy (Optics Express, Dec. 2005) is discussed in the 2006 March issue of Photonics Showcase. Congratulations for the impact in optics !
The annual meeting of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering took place at the EPFL, September 1-2, 2005. It was organized by members of BIG; in particular, Dimitri Van de Ville (Chairman), Daniel Sage (Secretary General), and Michael Unser (Program Chair). The conference was a success with 11 invited presentations (including a whole day on imaging) and over 130 registered participants. Many thanks to the whole team for a flawless organization !
Michael Unser gave the plenary talk, "Vers une théorie unificatrice pour le traitement numérique/analogique des signaux", at the 20th GRETSI Symposium on Signal and Image Processings, September 6-9, 2005, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
Michael Unser gave the plenary talk, "Splines: A unifying framework for image processing", at the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, September 11-14, 2005, Genova, Italy.
Laurent Condat won the ICIP 2005 Best Student Paper Award for the work that he did during his stay at BIG. Congratulations !
Muthuvel Arigovindan successfully passed his Ph.D. exam on August 29, 2005. The public defense is scheduled for September 16, 2005. Congratulations!
Our research on wavelets in medical imaging was described in the annual report of the ETH board (pp. 32-33 + photos on pp. 12-13). It was selected to illustrate the 2004 research activities of the EPFL.
Michael Unser gave the plenary talk, "Splines: On scale, differential operators and fast algorithms", at the 5th International Conference on Scale Space and PDE Methods in Computer Vision, April 6-10, 2005, Hofgeismar, Germany.
Cédric Vonesch was awarded EPFL's Landry prize for his master thesis on generalized Daubechies wavelets. He was also among the finalists for a best poster award at the ICASSP'05 conference in Philadelphia. Congratulations !
Michael Sühling, Christian Jansen, Muthuvel Arigovindan and Patrick Hunziker have been awarded the prestigeous 2005 Pfizer Research Prize (Cardiovascular System Area) for their work on "Computer Vision for Analysis of Medical Images". The award ceremony took place on February 4, 2005, at the University Hospital in Zurich.Congratulations!
Michael Unser is the chair of the newly-formed technical committee on Bio Imaging and Signal Processing (BISP) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. The committee, which is now operational, was described in a recent editorial by the president of the society.
Michael Unser gave the plenary talk, "Think analog--Act digital", at the International Conference on Signal Processing and Communications, December 11-14, 2004, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, India.
Michael Unser gave the plenary talk, "Medical Image Interpolation---The Quest for Higher Quality", at the IEEE Medical Imaging Conference (MIC'04), October 16-22, 2004, Rome, Italy.
Michael Liebling received the 2004 Research Award of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering for his thesis work "On Fresnelets, interference fringes, and digital holography". Congratulations !
Brigitte Forster received the Max Anliker Memorial Poster Award for her key contribution to the poster presentation "Extended Depth-of-Field for Color Images in Light Microscopy: Image Fusion and 3D Visualization" at the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Biomedical Engineering, ETH-Zurich, September 2-3, 2004.
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Biomedical Engineering, ETH-Zurich, September 2-3, 2004.
Michael Unser gave the plenary talk, "Advanced Bio-Imaging: The Impact of Mathematics and Signal Processing", at the 5th caesarium / Advances in Molecular Biomedicine, September 6-8, 2004, Bonn, Germany.
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the IFAC Workshop on Fractional Differentiation and its Applications (FDA'04), July 19-21, 2004, Bordeaux, France.
Michael Unser gave an invited lecture at the summer school, Wavelets and Multifractal Analysis (WAMA'04), July 19 - 31, 2004, Cargèse, Corsica.
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the workshop on Bio-imaging organized by the GSF, Munich, June 3-4, 2004.
Michael Suehling successfully passed his Ph.D. exam on June 25, 2004. The public defense is scheduled for July 16, 2004. Congratulations!
Michael Unser gave the plenary talk, "Fractals, wavelets, and medical image analysis", at the Computer Vision Approaches to Medical Image Analysis Workshop (CVAMIA), Prague, May 15, 2004.
The web site of EPFL's Biomedical Imaging Group has been cited in The Infography as one of the six superlative sources of information about the subject of Wavelet Applications to Biomedical Data Processing.
Michael Unser was chairman and organizer of the special session, Wavelets in biomedical imaging, at the 2nd IEEE Int. Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI'02), April 15-18, Arlington, VA, 2004.
Michael Liebling successfully passed his Ph.D. exam on March 30, 2004. The public defense is scheduled for April 21, 2004, at 17:15 in CM3. Congratulations!
Dimitri Van de Ville started his new term as Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters.
Philippe Thévenaz started his new term as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.
Thierry Blu and Michael Unser received the 2003 Best Paper Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for their paper "Wavelets, Fractals and Radial Basis Functions".
Slavica Jonic successfully passed her Ph.D. exam on December 4, 2003. Congratulations! The public defense is on December 19, 2003.
Mathews Jacob successfully passed his Ph.D. exam on September 22, 2003. He has also been awarded a Beckman Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Urbana. Congratulations!
Michael Unser gave a keynote lecture at the Twenty-Fifth Pattern Recognition Symposium (DAGM'03), Magdeburg, Germany, September 10-12, 2003.
Michael Unser gave a plenary talk at the International Conference "Wavelets and Splines", July 3-8, 2003, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Michael Sühling and Patrick Hunziker received the Menarini Prize for Echocardiography for their presentations "Exploring the complexity of cardiac motion by multiscale motion mapping" and "Direct measurement of myocardial thickening by means of computer vision" at the annual meeting of the Swiss Society of Cardiology in Lausanne. The papers are co-authored with M. Arigovindan and M. Unser (Biomedical Imaging Group), and C. Jansen, A. Linka, P. Buser, S. Marsch, and C. Heidegger (University Hospital Basel).
Biomedical Imaging at the EPFL: The April issue of the A3 journal (journal de l'association des diplomés de l'école polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) was entirely devoted to biomedical imaging. Research contributions of the Biomedical Imaging Group are mentioned on page 10.
EPFL's wavelet interest group, "Catch-a-Wavelet", starts meeting again on a bi-weekly basis. It is animated by Michael Liebling. The first meeting of the semester will take place on Tuesday March 18, 2003, 17:15 at BM 5.202.
Michael Unser gave an invited presentation on splines and wavelet theory at Cal Tech in Passadena, CA.
Slavica Jonic received the Best Poster Award at the SPIE Medical Imaging 2003 Symposium in San Diego, CA for the poster "Multiresolution-Based Registration of a Volume to a Set of Its Projections" which she co-authored with Philippe Thévenaz and Michael Unser.
Michael Unser started his term as new associate Editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.
Michael Unser started his term as new Editor-in-Chief of the Wavelet Digest, the monthly electronic newsletter of the wavelet community, which has over 25'000 subscribers. Its website was completely re-designed by Dimitri Van de Ville and is now hosted by the EPFL. Dimitri, Brigitte Foster and Shai Tirosh help out as Technical Editors.
Christian Jansen received the Young Investigators' Award at the Euroecho 6 meeting, Munich, Germany, for the paper "Multiscale Motion Mapping ("Triple-M imaging") A novel echo imaging mode featuring quantitative echo motion display independent from borders and Doppler", which he co-authored with M. Suehling, M. Arigovindan and M. Unser from the Biomedical Imaging Group.
The high-quality spline interpolation algorithms developed by Philippe Thévenaz were incorporated into the latest release of SPM (version 2b). SPM (statistical parametric mapping) is a comprehensive software package for analyzing functional imaging data (PET and fMRI); it is freely-available and widely used by the neuroscience community worldwide.