|Biography||Alain Dufaux’s field of expertise is in signal processing for audio and images, with a dual profile in both academic and industrial worlds. Alain completed his electrical engineering studies in 1994 at EPFL before moving to University of Neuchâtel, where his research mainly focused on speech / audio compression and pattern recognition. After obtaining a Ph.D dedicated to impulsive sound detection and recognition, he joined the hearing-aid industry in 2001 as a low-power algorithm design specialist, with roles in advanced signal processing applications, ultra low-power implementation for DSP processors, and field application engineering.|
Alain came back to EPFL in 2007, first heading a computer vision research group with focus on micro-engineering for the watch industry. Involved more and more in academic project setup and follow-up, team management, lectures and co-direction of PhD students, Alain had the opportunity to join the EPFL Vice-Presidency for Innovation and Valorization in 2011. As part of the MetaMedia Center, he took care of the audio/video digitization operations and associated research actions defined in the frame of the Montreux Jazz Digital Project. Developing skills in audiovisual archiving, he acts as the executive director of the EPFL Cultural Heritage & Innovation Center since 2014, where he coordinates projects in a wider range of research and innovation domains.