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Since September 2012, I have been working as associate professor (Maître de Conférences) in the Imagine team at the research laboratory LIRIS at INSA of Lyon, France.

My research is mainly focused on machine learning and computer vision, especially object detection and tracking, similarity metric learning and neural networks.


Here is a short summary of my educational background:

03/2008 PhD degree in computer science from the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg.
10/2004-10/2007 PhD at Orange Labs (formerly France Telecom R&D) in Rennes (France) supervised by Dr. Christophe Garcia (Orange Labs) and Prof. Dr. Hans Burkhardt (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg).
10/2004 Master's Degree in Applied Computer Science at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg.
09/2003-09/2004 Second Year MSc at the ENSICAEN (École Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de CAEN) in France
10/2002-08/2003 First Year MSc at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany)
10/2002 Diploma in Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences Constance (Fachhochschule Konstanz)

Professional Experience

03/2008-02/2012 Idiap Research Institute (Martigny/Switzerland)
Postdoc in computer vision (multiple face tracking)
10/2004-10/2007 France Telecom / Orange Labs (Rennes/France)
Work on my PhD thesis on Face Image Processing with CNNs
09/2001-03/2002 Industrial placement at SIEMENS AG (München/Germany)
Software Development in C/C++/Java
09/1999-02/2000 Industrial placement at Schaefer Datentechnik (Konstanz/Germany)
Software Development in C++

Technical Skills

Theoretical Image processing and pattern recognition techniques; Machine Learning; Artificial Neural Networks
Programming C/C++, Java, Perl, Bash, Octave/Matlab
Operating Systems Linux, Unix, Windows

Language Skills

German Native Language
English Fluent
French Fluent
Italian Basic


05/2007 My PhD Thesis has been awarded by France Telecom as "Remarkable PhD thesis".
11/2005 Best student paper at CORESA '05. Title: "A Hierarchical Approach for Precise Facial Feature Detection"


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Last updated: 2015-05-22