S³: Is the Gaussian distribution "Normal"? Signal processing with alpha-stable distributions

Séminaire le 18 Septembre 2015, 10h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Ecran E. Kuruoglu, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione, Italy

There are solid reasons for the popularity of Gaussian models. They are easy to deal with, lead to linear equations, and they have a strong theoretical justification given by the Central Limit theorem. However, many data, manmade or natural, exhibit characteristics too impulsive or skewed to be successfully accommodated by the Gaussian model. The wide spread power laws in the nature, in internet, in linguistics, biology are very well known. In this talk we will challengethe "Normality" of the Gaussian distribution and will discuss the alpha‐stable distribution family which satisfies the generalised Central Limit Theorem. Alpha‐Stable distributions have received wide interest in the signal processing community and became state of the art models for impulsive noise and internet traffic in the last 20 years since the influential paper of Nikias and Shao in 1993. We will provide the fundamental theory and discuss the rich class of statistics this family enables us to work with including fractional order statistics, log statistics and extreme value statistics. We will present some application areas where alpha‐stable distributions had important success such as internet traffic modelling, SAR imaging, computational biology, astronomy, etc. We will also present recent research results on generalisation of source separation algorithms by maximizing non-alpha stability and also multivariate analysis using alpha-stable Bayesian networks. We will identify open problems which we hope will lead to fruitful discussion on further research on this family of distributions.

Bio: Ercan E. Kuruoglu was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1969. He obtained his BSc and MSc degrees both in Electrical and Electronics  Engineering  at  Bilkent  University  in  1991  and  1993  and  the  MPhil  and  PhD  degrees  in  Information  Engineering  at  the Cambridge University, in the Signal Processing Laboratory, in 1995 and 1998 respectively. Upon graduation from Cambridge, he joined the Xerox Research Center in Cambridge as a permanent member of theCollaborative Multimedia Systems Group. In 2000, he was in INRIA‐Sophia Antipolis as an ERCIM fellow. In 2002, he joined ISTI‐CNR, Pisa as a permanent member. Since 2006, he  is  an Associate Professor  and  Senior Researcher. He was  a  visiting professor  in Georgia Institute of Technology graduate  program  in  Shanghai  in  2007  and  2011. He was a 111 Project (Bringing Foreign Experts to China Program) Fellow and was a frequent visitor to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China (2007‐2011). He was an Visiting Professor in Hong Kong, in August 2012 as a guest of the HK IEEE Chapter. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship (2012‐2014) which allowed him to work in as a visiting scientist at Max‐Planck Institute for Molecular Biology. He was an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing in 2002‐2006 and for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing in 2005‐2009. He is currently the Editor in Chief of Digital Signal Processing: a Review Journal and also is in the editorial board of EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. He was the Technical co‐Chair for EUSIPCO 2006, special sessions chair of EUSIPCO 2005 and tutorials  co‐chair of ICASSP 2014. He served  as  an  elected member of the IEEE  Technical Committee on  Signal Processing Theory and Methods (2004‐2010), was a member of IEEE Ethics committee in 2012 and is a Senior Member of IEEE. He was a plenary speaker at Data Analysis for Cosmology (DAC 2007) and ISSPA 2010 and tutorial speaker at ICSPCC 2012 and Bioinformatiha 2013 and 2014 . He is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed publications and holds 5 US, European and Japanese patents. His research interests  are  in  statistical  signal  processing  and  information  and  coding  theory  with  applications  in  image  processing, computational biology, telecommunications, astronomy and geophysics.


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