Prof. Michaël Unser

Full Professor

Michael Unser received the M.S. (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1981 and 1984, respectively, from the EPFL. He spent 13 years working as a scientist with the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD, before being appointed professor at the EPFL in 1997. His main research topics are biomedical image processing, splines and wavelets. He has published 200 journal papers, and is one of ISI's Highly Cited authors in Engineering. Dr. Unser is a fellow of the IEEE, and the recipients of three IEEE- SPS Best Paper Awards.


Research Area

The Biomedical Imaging Group (BIG) pursues research on the development of new algorithms and mathematical tools for the advanced processing of medical and biological images. Topics of interest are image reconstruction, multi-modal imaging, image analysis and visualization. Research efforts are taking place at two complementary levels: (i) fundamental and mathematical aspects of imaging; and (ii) application-oriented projects in collaboration with researchers in medicine and biology.


The strength of this group lies in the strong interaction between theory and practice, and the use of sophisticated mathematics for solving concrete problems in biomedical imaging. A priority is to develop algorithms that respond to specific needs of the biomedical community. In many cases, these are incorporated into user-friendly software that is made available to researchers over the web.


Michaël UNSER
BM 4136 (Bâtiment BM)
Station 17
CH-1015 Lausanne