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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. Since January 2004 he is an Assistant Professor, 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.

Dr Thiran’s current scientific interests include

  • Image segmentation,
  • Prior knowledge integration in image analysis,
  • Partial Differential Equations and Variational Methods in image analysis,
  • Multimodal signal processing,
  • Medical image analysis, including multimodal image registration, segmentation, computer-assisted surgery, diffusion MRI, 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 5 international patents. From 2001 to 2005 he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Signal Processing international journal (published by Elsevier Science). He is currently an associate editor of the International Journal of Image and Video Processing, published by Hindawi Publishing Corp., and member of the editorial board of the journal “Signal, Image and Video Processing”, published by Springer. He was a member of the organising committee of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo 2002 (ICME2002) and of the IEEE International Workshop on Neural Networks for Signal Processing 2002 (NNSP02) and 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 was the general chairman of the 2008 European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2008). He is a senior member of the IEEE and 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.