| January 3, 2014 - Freddy Bruckstein (CS-Technion),
David Donoho (Statistics-Stanford) and I have just been informed that we have
been selected the winners of the 2014 SIAG/Imaging Science Prize. The
SIAM Activity Group on Imaging Science (SIAG/IS) will award the prize
at the SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (
IS14, May 12-14, 2014, Hong Kong).
The prize is awarded to the authors of the best paper, as determined by
the prize committee, on mathematical and computational aspects of imaging.
Specifically, the committee referred to
our paper, "From Sparse Solutions of Systems of Equations to Sparse Modeling of
Signals and Images," SIAM Review 2009, recognizing us for our
"fundamental contribution to the theory and practice of sparse representations and
compressed sensing, and their popularization within the imaging science community.".
On a personal note, I would like to add this: My co-authors, Freddy and Dave, are my
mentors and teachers, without whom I would not have been working in this field. There
are not enough words to express my graditude for their guidance and patience with me.
We wrote this paper as a summary of several years of our extensive work on sparse
representations, and we are delighted to see how big and influencial this field
has become. I am honnored and esspecially happy to share the recongition
on this work with my two mentors, who influenced so much my identity as a researcher.
| November 19, 2013 -
We are happy to announce the release of a new software package (see my
software subpage) that reproduces the results shown in our
paper on image procesing via patch-ordering (joint work with Idan Ram and
This package demonstrates a portion of Idan Ram's PhD research, with emphasis on
the idea that an image can be processed
by ordering all its overlapped patches to form the shortest path, and
then applying a simple 1D filtering on the outcome.
You are welcome to use this software and try your
own ideas with it. We will be glad to hear your comments.
| July 9, 2013 -
Today I gave a plenary talk in SPARS-2013 in Laussanne, presenting
my joint work with Idan Ram and Israel Cohen on wavelets for graph-structured data
and its deployment to image processing. Needless to say, we are
quite proud of these results, and esspecially so with regard to their
implications on patch permutation in images. I covered the same topic in
a rather broader context in a recent talk I gave in TCE-2013, a conference
held in the Technion on May 29th. The slides for
both presentations can be found in this webpage, under "talks".
| December 18, 2012 - POST-DOCS ARE NEEDED !!|
I am starting a 5-year-long ERC project on sparsity-inspired signal and image modeling.
This allows me to hire talented and highly motivated post-doctoral fellows.
The research will involve the exploration of both theoretical and application-oriented
topics. If you have:
then contact me. The working conditions and atmosphere at the Technion
CS department are excellent.
- an established research record with solid publications
- the ability to work fairly independently;
- a strong background in engineering or applied mathematics;
- a desire to collaborate or help in supervising Ph.D. students; and
- if sparsity-based modeing iterests you;
| October 28, 2012 - A new Matlab package is now available in my
software sub-page. This package
provides a complete reproduction of the simulation results shown in our
(joint work with Tomer Peleg and Ron Rubinsteun)
Analysis K-SVD paper. You are welcome to use this software and try your
own ideas with it. We will be glad to hear your comments.
| October 14, 2012 - I have been informed few days ago that I got the
highly prestigious ERC advanced grant. This program
targets exceptional established research leaders,
enabling them to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in
their respective research fields or other domains. The ERC Advanced Grant funding targets
researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their
own right. Naturally, the topic of my ERC project is "Next Generation
Sparsity-Based Signal Modeling", targetting various new and fascinating ideas for
improving data models and using these in applications. See more on this EU grant
| May 25, 2012 - Just returned from SIAM Imaging-Science 2012,
a great conference for discussing the interface between image processing and
applied mathematics. In my opinion, this is the best event available to our
community (those working on image processing from a mathematical stand-point)
today, far better than ICIP, ICASSP, CVPR, ECCV, and ICCV.
Not surprizingly, the main theme of the event was SPARSITY,
with numerous talks dedicated to its role in image processing. In retrospect, I think that
the name SIAM fits this conference very much, as the acronym
"Sparsity in Imaging
And More (SIAM)"
describes this event very accurately.
I gave two talks in this meeting,
the first on the analysis co-sparse model (a short version of the LVA/ICA talk, see below)
and the second on a wavelet transform for non-uniformly sampled data.
Both can be found HERE.
The second talk on the non-conventional wavelet transform covers work done with Idan Ram
and Israel Cohen, both from the EE department at the Technion. Among other things,
we show that the
designed wavelet transform can also be appled to "traditional signals"
such as images, by slicing the signal into overlapping patches and treating those
as a cloud of points. The surprize is the efficiency with which this new transform operates
on images, as we demonstrate in the talk and the preceding papers. In a nut-shell,
there are interesting connections between our method and what BM3D does, which explains
why we are getting such effective image denoising with the new scheme.
| March 15, 2012 - An extensive work has been dedicated in the past decade
to the study of sprasity and redundancy in signal and image processing. However, most of
this work took a specific point of view, one which we refer to as the "synthesis model".
As this name may suggest, it appears that there is an alternative, "Analysis Model", that
could be considered as well. In the past 2-3 years, several groups of researchers
started looking more closely at this alternative. In a joint EU project (called SMALL)
with Remi Gribonval from INRIA Rennes,
Mike Davies from the university of Edinbrough, Mark Plumbley from Queen-Mary,
London, and several others, we managed to define the analyis model as a generative one,
tie interesting connections to the synthesis counterpart approach, develop several
pursuit methods that denoise "analysis co-sparse signals" and study their performance,
and even started working on the dicitonary learning problem. I gave a keynote talk in the
LVA/ICA conference on the
Analysis Co-Sparse model, exposing our recent results on this interesting front. The slides can be
| November 21, 2011 -
Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the
mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure,
the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one
of the Association’s most prestigious honors, elevation to IEEE Fellow.
I have just been informed
that the IEEE Board of Directors, at its November 2011 meeting, elevated me
to IEEE Fellow,
effective 1 January 2012, with the following citation:
"for contributions to sparsity-and-redundancy in image processing".
covering this topic from initial theoretical ideas, and all the way to
applications in image processing.
Few weeks ago we have been notified that
"this article has been identified by Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators
as a featured Fast-Breaking Paper in the field of Mathematics, which means
it is one of the most-cited papers in this discipline published during the
past two years". Information about this article and the story behind
it are now featured in
Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch.
October 3, 2010 - In February 2009, Freddy Bruckstein,
David Donoho, and I published a paper in SIAM-Review
(SIAM Rev. 51: 34-81, March 2009) on sparse represnetations,
Originally written to serve as a text-book for a graduate engineering course, this book is
an easy entry-point for inetrested readers, and for others
already active in this area. See
Amazon for more
details. A Matlab package that reproduces the book's figures
and contains most of the discussed algorithms
is available HERE.
September 14, 2010 - My new book, titled
"Sparse and Redundant Representations:
From Theory to Applications in Signal and Image Processing",
(Springer) is now available.
This book provides a reader-friendly and comprehensive view of the field of
sparse approxmation, and its impact to image processing. The book offers a systematic and ordered
exposure to the theoretical foundations of this field, the numerical aspects of the
involved algorithms, and the signal and image processing applications that benefit from