Michael Liebling

Short Biography

Michael Liebling is a Senior Researcher at Idiap Research Institute, where he leads the Computational Bioimaging Group. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara.


He studied Physics at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) and received the MS in 2000, with a diploma thesis on computerized tomography reconstruction. He was granted the PhD degree (Dr.ès sc.) from the same institution in 2004 for a dissertation on Digital Holography and Image Processing that he completed under the advisory of Prof. Michael Unser at the Biomedical Imaging GroupEPFL. From 2004 to 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the lab of Prof. Scott E. Fraser at the Biological Imaging Center, Beckman InstituteCalifornia Institute of Technology. In November 2007 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB, where he served as Assistant Professor and, from July 2013 to March 2017, as Associate professor (with tenure). He joined the Idiap Research Institute (Martigny, Switzerland) as a Senior Researcher in 2015, where he leads the Computational Bioimaging Group.

His research interests are biological image acquisition, reconstruction, processing, and analysis. More specifically, he focuses on developing novel microscopy instrumentation combined with computational tools to quantify dynamic biological systems. Tools developed in his lab have enabled dynamic, multi-modal, and in vivo cellular imaging during embryonic heart morphogenesis.

Michael Liebling is the recipient of the 2004 Research Award of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering. He was granted prospective (2004–2005) and advanced (2006–2008) researcher fellowships from the Swiss National Science Foundation. He received a Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship (2011). In 2015, he was co-recipient of a Northrup-Grumman Teaching award.

Michael Liebling served on the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Bio-Imaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee (BISP-TC, vice-chair 2013, chair 2014-2015, past-chair 2016), as Senior Associate Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters (Associate Editor 7/2015-7/2017, Senior Associate Editor 2017-present) and was Technical Program co-Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging in 2011 and 2013 (ISBI'11ISBI'13), conference for which he also served on the steering committee (2013-2015). He also served on the steering committee of the  IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community (LSTC)  (vice chair 2016-2017).

Google Scholar Citations  

Education

MS, Physics, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 2000 
PhD, Micro-Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 2004 
Postdoctoral Training, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology 2004-2007

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 2000-2004
Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, 2004-2007
Lecturer, California Institute of Technology, 2007
Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007-2013 
Associate Professor (with tenure), University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013-2017 (on leave 2015-2016)
Adjunct Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017-
Senior Researcher, Idiap Research Institute, 2015-

Professional Activities (selected)

vice-chair 2013, chair 2014-2015, past-chair 2016, IEEE Signal Processing Society's Bio-Imaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee (BISP-TC) 
Associate Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters (7/2015-7/2017) 
Technical Program co-Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging in 2011 and 2013 (ISBI'11ISBI'13) member, ISBI steering committee (2013-2015)
society representative (2015-2017), vice-chair (2016-2017) IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community (LSTC) Steering Committee

Awards (selected)

2004 Research Award of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering
Prospective (2004–2005) and advanced (2006–2008) researcher fellowships from the Swiss National Science Foundation
Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship (2011)
UCSB College of Engineering Northrup-Grumman Teaching award (2015)

Publications

Michael Liebling's list of publications at Idiap 
Michael Liebling's Google Scholar Page

Contact

michael DOT liebling AT idiap.ch

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