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Laurent Jacques received the B.Sc. in Physics, the M.Sc. in Mathematical Physics and the PhD in Mathematical Physics from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium. Postdoctoral researcher in the ICTEAM institute of UCL from 2005 to 2011, he was funded by the Walloon Region (2005-2006), the Belgian FRS-FNRS (2006-2010, 2011-2012) and by the Belgian Science Policy (Return Grant, BELSPO, 2010-2011). Visiting researcher at Rice University (DSP/ECE, Houston, TX, USA) in spring 2007, he also performed a postdoctoral stay from 2007 to 2009 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (LTS2/EPFL, Switzerland). Since 2012, he is Professor and FNRS Research Associate in the Image and Signal Processing Group (ISPGroup) in ICTEAM/UCL. His research focuses on Sparse Representations of signals (1-D, 2-D, sphere), Compressive Sensing, 1-bit and Quantized Compressive Sensing, Computational Imaging, Inverse Problems in Optics and in Computer Vision. Since 1999, Laurent Jacques has co-authored 39 papers in international journals, 71 conference proceedings and presentations in signal and image processing conferences, and 4 book chapters. Since 2015, L. Jacques is coordinating a Belgian Incentive Grant for Scientific Research MIS (AlterSense) on “Computational Sensing Strategies for Low-Complexity Signal Models”.

1.  Main fields of interest :

  • Inverse problems via Convex Optimization promoting a priori information (e.g. Sparsity).
  • Random projections (seen as dimensionality reduction) and Compressed Sensing.
  • Theoretical questions linked to new design of sensors (e.g. cameras, biosensors).
  • Applied mathematics for Astronomical and Biomedical signal processing questions.
  • Representation of data on strange spaces (e.g. sphere, manifolds, or graphs).

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2.  Main collaborators:

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3.  Frequent and occasional reviewer of:

(non-exhaustive list)

  • Journal of "Information and Inference" (IMA)
  • SIAM J. of Imaging Sciences (SIIMS), Sig. Im. Vid. Proc. (SIVP) journ., Int. J. Wav. Mult. Inf. Proc (IJWMIP) journ., Opt. Comm., J. Math. Im. Vis. (Springer), EURASIP J. Adv. Sig. Proc., European Tran. Tel. (ETT, Wiley), Applied Optics (OSA).
  • IEEE Tran. Inf. Th, IEEE Tran. Sig. Proc, IEEE Tran. Im. Proc, IEEE Sig. Proc. Letters, IEEE Tran. Comm.
  • IEEE Int. Conf. Im. Proc (ICIP), IEEE Int. Conf. Acoust. Speech Sig. Proc. (ICASSP), Eurasip conf. EUSIPCO, GRETSI, IEEE Int. Symp. Inf. Th.

Remark: I'm not reviewing anymore for journals of Elsevier, see why here: The Cost of Knowledge

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4.  Current and Former Technical committees

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5.  Research Grants

  • 2012-now: Research Associate, Belgian National Science Foundation, FRS-FNRS.
  • 2011-2012: Scientific Research Worker, Belgian National Science Foundation, FRS-FNRS.
  • 2010-2011: Return Grant, Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO).
  • 2006-2010: Postdoctoral Researcher, Belgian National Science Foundation, FRS-FNRS.
  • 2005-2006: NANOTIC - Walloon Region Project.
  • 2005: IRMA - Walloon Region Project.
  • 2005: MEDIANET - European Project.
  • 1999-2000: FRIA/FNRS Scholarship (governmental fund for applied research).

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6.  Research publications

7.  Master Projects (partial list)

7.1  Advisor or co-Advisor

  • 2018-2019: "Sparsity-Driven Moving Target Detection in Distributed Multistatic FMCW Radars", G. Monnoyer de Galland de Carnières (co-advisor: L. Vandendorpe)
  • 2018-2019: "Compressive sensing methods for radar systems", A. Delhaye & M.-P. van Oldeneel tot Oldenzeel (co-advisor: L. Vandendorpe)
  • 2017-2018: "A Study of Defect Detection by Convolutive Neural Networks", by C. Hautecoeur (co-advisor: C. De Vleeschouwer).
  • 2017-2018: "Multi-Channel Blind Deconvolution", by P. Antoine (co-advisor: L. Demanet, MIT, USA).
  • 2017-2018: "Matrix Completion Methods for Exoplanet Detection" by X. Lambein (co-advisor: P.-A. Absil).
  • 2016-2017: "Compressive Clustering of High-Dimensional Datasets by 1-bit Sketching", by V. Schellekens
  • 2015-2016: "Transfert de qualité entre images", by M. De Ron (co-advisor: C. De Vleeschouwer).
  • 2015-2016: "Statistical methods for exoplanet detection", by R. Rahir (co-advisor: P.-A. Absil).
  • 2014-2015: "Inpainting non local d'images satellites à deux résolutions pour l'étude de la déforestation", by S. Carbonnelle
  • 2014-2015: "Real-time Stereo Slam on SoC", by G. de Foestraets Guillaume (co-advisor: J.-D. Legat)
  • 2014-2015: "Visual Cryptography in Colours", S. Gilissen (co-advisor: F.-X. Standaerd)
  • 2014-2015: "Localisation par vision 3D : application au déplacement robotique autonome" by S. François & G. Touwaide (in collaboration with Quimesis)
  • 2013-2014: "Deconvolution Methods and Coded-Aperture Possibilities for Proton Dose Detection by Gamma Ray Imaging", by B. Peeters
  • 2012-2013: "Bridging 1-bit High Resolution Quantized Compressed Sensing", by K. Degraux (UCL) (co-advisor: D. Bol)
  • 2012-2013: "Conception architecturale et modélisation d'un convertisseur 1 bit compressif audio." by L. Neu (co-advisor: D. Bol)
  • 2011-2012: "De-Clipping of Sound Signals by Sparsity Prior Regularization", by S. Kitic (UCL)
  • 2011-2012: "Inpainting on Graphs as Interpolation Method" (+non-linear interpolation of data on graph with application to conic/parallel rebinning in X-Ray Computed Tomography) by T. Lienart (UCL)
  • 2010-2011: "Approche multirésolution pour la reconstruction de la surface d’une lentille optique à partir du gradient", by A. Saint (UCL)
  • 2009-2010: "Traitements d'images basés sur la transformée en ondelettes sur FPGA pour des applications spatiales", by C. Verleysen and N. Merlin (UCL)
  • 2008-2009: "The Panoptic Camera - Plenoptic interpolation in an omnidirectional polydioptric camera", by D. Raboud (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • 2007-2008: "Situational Awareness Using A Single Omnidirectional Camera", by. E. de Vito (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • 2005-2006: "Interpolation sphérique par Kriging et analyse spectrale de données EEG", by M. Thiry and F. van Damme (UCL)

7.2  Reader

  • 2017-2018 "Global optimization on manifolds with medical and aerospace application", F. Brancaleone
  • 2017-2018 "Deep learning in Automatic Piano Transcription", J. Karioun and S. Tihon
  • 2017-2018 "Force-distance curves analysis in Atomic Force Microscopy", B. Degomme
  • 2016-2017 "Segmentation of fingerprint images on a glass plate: a multiclass fern approach", N. Antoine.
  • 2016-2017 "Roots growth visual tracking", by Alabart Gutierrez del Olmo, Carmen.
  • 2015-2016 "Sum-Of-Squares programming on path-complete graphs for switching systems", by B. Legat.
  • 2015-2016 "Center of attention prediction for automatic video framing in teamsport events" by Vladimir Somers.
  • 2014-2015 "Looking for exoplanets" by Pairet Benoît.
  • 2014-2015 "Détection de mouvements respiratoires par caméra 3D pour la génération d'alarme chez le patient hospitalisé", by Sparta Pierre.
  • 2013-2014 "Plane-sweeping stereo matching for 3D reconstruction. Reconstruction 3D par glissement de plans en stéréovision", by G. Nicolas.
  • 2012-2013 "Modélisation de la consommation énergétique de l'Internet selon une approche ascendante", by S. Baudoin.

7.3  International Expert

  • 2019 External evaluator for the French National Research Agency (ANR).
  • October 2015: Project evaluation for Agoranov, a public incubator in Paris, France.
  • February 7, 2012: "Geometric group sparsity in image analysis" by A. Fawzi, EPFL, Switzerland.
  • February 7, 2012: "Efficient Depth Based Image Rendering for Virtual Views Synthesis" by G. Chevtchenko, EPFL, Switzerland.

8.  Supervision of internships

  • Nicolas Matz (INSA, Toulouse, France): "Spectral clustering sur des données biologiques", 1/7/2014-30/9/2014

9.  Patents

10.  Current and Former Project Participation

10.1  Coordinator

10.2  Partner

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11.  Tutorials and courses in summer/winter schools

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12.  Workshops and Minischool Participations

13.  Invited Conference/Workshop Presentations

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14.  Invited Talks in Research Group and Industries

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15.  Visiting Researcher

  • 2007 - 2009: Postdoctoral Visiting Researcher at the Signal Processing Laboratory (LTS2) of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Research in Omnidirectional Vision, Sparse Signal Representations, and Compressed Sensing. Performed under the FRS-FNRS Belgian Funding, and with EPFL scholarship.
  • Feb. 1st - Apr. 30th, 2007: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA. Collaboration with Prof. Richard Baraniuk in the Digital and Signal Processing Group (DSP). Research in Compressive Optical Imaging Systems, and Compressive Sensing of Manifolds. US Complementary Fundings (DARPA).

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16.  Conferences, Workshops, doctoral Schools Organization

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17.  Awards, Prize

  • 2019: Student best paper runner-up, awarded to W. Benjilali, W. Guicquero, G. Sicard, L. Jacques, for the paper entitled "An Analog-to-Information VGA Image Sensor Architecture for Support Vector Machine on Compressive Measurements" at the 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems.
  • December 18th, 2017: 45th "de Boelpaepe" prize (2015-2016) by the Académie royale des sciences, des lettres et des beaux-arts de Belgique (Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium), given jointly to C. De Vleeschouwer and I for our scientific research on image processing with wavelet analysis and sparsity methods.
  • 2009: Best paper award for the ICDSC Challenge Prize for "Sport Players Detection and Tracking With a Mixed Network of Planar and Omnidirectional Cameras", by A. Alahi, Y. Boursier, L. Jacques and P. Vandergheynst. Third ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC 2009), 30 Aug. - 2 Sep., 2009, Como (Italy).

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18.  PhD Juries

  1. S. Huang, "Sparse Coding for the Analysis of High-Dimensional Data: Applications in Remote Sensing and Art Investigation", UGhent, 2019
  2. J. Maly, "Recovery Algorithms for Quantized Compressed Sensing", Technische Universität München, 2019
  3. J. Meyer, "Light Field Methods for the Visual Inspection of Transparent Objects", Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, 2018
  4. J.-F. Determe, "Greedy algorithms for multi-channel sparse recovery", ULB & UCL, 2018.
  5. G. Lenoir, "Time-frequency analysis of regularly and irregularly sampled time series: Projection and multitaper methods", UCL, 2017.
  6. M. Chaffi, "Étude d’une nouvelle forme d’onde multiporteuses à PAPR réduit", CentraleSupélec, Rennes, France, October 7th, 2016.
  7. C. Verleysen, "3-D estimation and view synthesis in wide-baseline stereo", ISPGroup, ICTEAM/ELEN, UCL, Belgium, November 2015.
  8. N. Chauffert, "Echantillonnage compressé le long de trajectoires physiquement plausibles en IRM", CEA-Saclay, Université Paris-Sud, France, September 28th, 2015.
  9. A. Kumar KC, "Detection-based Multi-Object Tracking in Presence of Unreliable Appearance Features", ISPGroup, ICTEAM/ELEN, UCL, Belgium, August 2015.
  10. V. Cambareri, "Matrix Designs and Methods for Secure and Efficient Compressed Sensing", DEI - University of Bologna, SSIGPRO - Statistical Signal Processing Group at ARCES - University of Bologna, May 19th, 2015.
  11. W. Guicquero, "Exploring Information Retrieval using Image Sparse Representations: from Circuit Designs and Acquisition Processes to Specific Reconstruction Algorithms", Laboratoire de Traitement des Signaux (LTS), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland, April 13th, 2015.
  12. D.D. Ariananda, "Compressive Power Spectral Analysis", Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), Netherlands, March 19th, 2015
  13. M. Dupont, "Tomographie spectrale à comptage de photons : développement du prototype PIXSCAN et preuve de concept", Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille (CPPM), France, April 18th, 2014
  14. M. Taquet, "Multi-Fascicle Models of the Brain Microstructure for Population Studies", ISPGroup, ICTEAM/ELEN, UCL, Belgium, January 2014.
  15. P. Mainali, "Robust Registration in Integrated Hyperspectral Imaging", IMEC Belgium and Electrical Engineering Dep., KU Leuven, January 2014.
  16. E. D'Angelo, "Patch-based methods for variational image processing problems", Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland, February 27th, 2013.
  17. S. Shariati, "Image-based Physical Unclonable Functions for Anti-counterfeiting", CryptoGroup, ICTEAM/ELEN, UCL, February 2013.
  18. J. Plumat, "Image Classification and Reconstruction using Markov Random Field Modeling and Sparsity", 2012, UCL, December 13th, 2012.
  19. L. Bagnato, "Omnidirectional Light Field Analysis and Reconstruction", 2012, Laboratoire de Traitement des Signaux (LTS), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland.
  20. M. El Aallaoui, "Représentation quadratique à sélectivité adaptative des images numériques avec applications au débruitage et rehaussemenet de contraste", June 2008, Université Chouaib Doukkali, Marocco.
  21. S. Guissot, "Probing the dynamics in sequences of solar atmospheric images : algorithms and results", June 2009, SIDC-ROB, UCL, Belgium.
  22. E.-E. Ntirwihisha, "Corrélation de transformées en ondelettes et ondes sismiques", February 2010, UCL, Belgium.
  23. G. Janssens, "Registration models for tracking organs and tumors in highly deformable anatomies: applications to radiotherapy", October 2010, UCL, Belgium.

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19.  Teaching

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