Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CS: Postdoc or PhD at ESAT\KU Leuven

Steven Vandeput just sent me the following:

Dear Igor,
on your blog about compressed sensing, a PhD position in our research department is announced, namely on it possible to replace it by the one in attachment. The reason is that we also want to make it open for postdocs. Deadline is April 25.
Thanks in advance.

Sure Steven, it's not just possible, I am creating a whole new blog entry just for it:

PhD or postdoc research position: Compressive Sensing for Biomedical Signals

Sparsity decreases computations, memory usage, and data communications. It is required
by increasingly sophisticated information processing devices. The increase in biomedical
measurement techniques (EEG, fMRI, EMG, ECG, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
(MRS), NIRS, …) for diagnosis and follow-up of human diseases, strongly requires
compression in order to keep the dataflow tractable and save battery power in wireless
applications. To extract the relevant information, the biomedical data sets should be
represented sparsely in a context-dependent basis. In general however, this basis is not

The goal of this project is:
1. To identify appropriate bases or learn dictionaries to represent each of the different biomedical signals sparsely and compute the coefficients in this representation
2. To study how nearly-sparse signals can be accurately approximated by sparse signals as preprocessing for compressive signals
3. To optimize compressive sensing techniques for multichannel applications

Ideal candidates should have:
• Strong background in applied mathematics (relevant specialties are: sampling theory, linear algebra, information theory, signal processing, statistics)
• Good programming skills: Matlab
• Knowledge about biomedical applications is an advantage (but not necessary)

How to apply?
If you want to develop such compression tool to represent biomedical signals efficiently and reduce the data storage tremendously and if you like to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment, then please send a CV and a cover letter to Professor Sabine Van Huffel ( and Research Manager Steven Vandeput ( Also include the names of two former or current supervisors that can be contacted as references.

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