Prof. Jean-Philippe Thiran

Jean-Philippe Thiran was born in Namur, Belgium, in August 1970. He received the Electrical Engineering degree and the PhD degree from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 1993 and 1997, respectively. His PhD thesis was supervised by Prof. Benoît Macq

Dr Jean-Philippe Thiran joined the Signal Processing Institute (ITS) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in February 1998 as a senior lecturer. From 2004 to 2011 he was an Assistant Professor (tenure track), responsible for the image analysis group (LTS5). In a few years he has built a research team of some 20 researchers, both PhD students and post-docs, active in various areas of signal, image and multimodal data analysis. In March 2011 Dr Thiran has been promoted to Associate Professor and since June 2020 he is a Full Professor. He also holds a 20% associate professor position with the Department of Radiology of the University Hospital Center and University of Lausanne (CHUV-UNIL).

The scientific interests of Prof. Thiran include:

  • Computational medical imaging: Acquisition, reconstruction and analysis of imaging data, with emphasis on regularized linear inverse problems (compressed sensing, convex optimization). Applications to medical imaging: diffusion MRI, ultrasound imaging, inverse planning in radiotherapy, etc.
  • Computer vision: image and video analysis, with application to facial expression recognition, eye tracking, lip reading, industrial inspection, medical image analysis, etc.

Prof. Thiran is author or co-author of severalbook chapters, many journal papers and peer-reviewed papers published in proceedings of international conferences (see details here). He holds 9 international patents. From 2001 to 2005 he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Signal Processing international journal (published by Elsevier Science) and between 2005 and 2010 an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He was a member of the organising committee of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo 2002 (ICME 2002) and of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2011), general chair of the 2008 European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2008) and technical co-chair of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on image Processing (ICIP 2015). Dr Thiran is a member of the scientific committees of many international conferences including the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), the International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) and the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO). He is a senior member of the IEEE, was a member of the “Machine Learning for Signal Processing” Technical Committee (2008-2010) and of the “Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing” (IVMSP – formerly IMDSP) Technical Committee (2009-2014) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.