Th. Blu was born in Orléans, France in 1964. He graduated (MSc) from
École polytechnique (Paris, France) in 1986, the most renowned French "Grande École" with alumni like: H. Poincaré, S.D. Poisson, A.L. Cauchy, A. Fresnel, H. Becquerel,
C. Hermite, C. Jordan, B. Mandelbrot etc...
Then, in 1988, he graduated (MEng) from École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris, France) from which he also obtained a PhD in electrical engineering (1996).
From 1988 to 1998, he worked at France Telecom R&D (now "Orange") as a research engineer first in Hertzian wave propagation, then in signal processing and videotelephony. He has been on leave from the French administration (1998 to 2014), with the rank of "Ingénieur en Chef des Mines".
In 1998, Th. Blu joined the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory, then recently created by Prof. Michael Unser at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), where he became responsible for the mathematical aspects of image processing in connection with biomedical/biological data.
Th. Blu left EPFL at the end of 2007 to join the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is currently a tenured professor.
Th. Blu's publications in IEEE Transactions received several awards from the IEEE Signal Processing Society: two Best Paper Awards (2003 and 2006) for papers on wavelets, and on Finite Rate of Innovation theory; a Young Author Best Paper Award (2009) on SURE-LET interscale image denoising, which was also listed in the Reader's Choice column of the Signal Processing Magazine (September 2007 and January 2008 issues).
Patented aspects of his research related to the interpolation of "Finite Rate of Innovation" signals have been transferred in 2007 to Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, CA) for applications to Ultra Wide Band communications.
Th. Blu is an IEEE Fellow (2012, "for fundamental contributions to approximation theory in signal and image processing"). He is currently one of the editors-in-chief of Sampling Theory in Signal and Image Processing, and an associate editor of EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing. He has also been associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (2002—2006), of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2006—2010), and of Elsevier's Signal Processing (2008—2011). He was a member of the technical committee Signal Processing, Theory and Methods of the IEEE Signal Processing Society between 2008 and 2013.
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