S³: The method of brackets

Séminaire le 3 Juillet 2015, 10h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Victor H. Moll, Department of Mathematics, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA

A new heuristic method for the evaluation of denite integrals is presented. This method of brackets has its origin in methods developed for the evaluation of Feynman diagrams. We describe the operational rules and illustrate the method with several examples. The method of brackets reduces the evaluation of a large class of denite integrals to the solution of a linear system of equations.

Bio: Victor H. Moll studied under Henry McKean at the Courant Institute, graduated in 1984 with a thesis on the Stabilization of the standing wave in a caricature for nerve conduction. This so-called caricature had been proposed by McKean as a simpler model from the classical Nagumo and Hodgkin-Huxley models. After graduation, he spent two years as a Lawton instructor at Temple University. In 1986 he moved to Tulane University, New Orleans, where he is now a Professor of Mathematics.
He is interested in all aspects of the mathematics coming from the evaluation of integrals. The subject is full of interesting problems that he shares with colleagues, graduate and undergraduate students. Among the variety of results that have come out of this work, one should mention the theory of Landen transformations that are the rational version of the well-known transformations of Landen and Gauss for
elliptic integrals. His long term project is to provide proofs, automatic and human of all entries
in the classical table of Integrals by I. S. Gradshteyn and I. M. Ryzhik. Most of his work comes from exploring, via symbolic languages, unexpected relations among classical objects. Some of his work has been written in the book Numbers and Functions published in the Student Mathematical Library series from AMS. He is actively involved with bringing undergraduates into Mathematics. He has guided undergraduate research at Tulane University and also was the research leader at the REU programs SIMU (at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao 2000 and 2002) and at MSRI-UP, Berkeley (2008 and 2014). A large number of his students have continued to graduate school in Mathematics.

S³: Un modèle stochastique de la transcription d’un gène

Séminaire le 26 Juin 2015, 11h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Marc Roussel, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Nous étudions depuis quelques années des modèles stochastiques de la transcription, c’est-à-dire de la synthèse de l’ARN à partir de la séquence de l’ADN par une machine moléculaire, l’ARN polymérase. Pour le cas d’une seule polymérase, il est possible de solutionner exactement nos modèles. Lorsque les interactions entre les polymérases sont importantes, il faut par contre utiliser (pour le moment) des méthodes numériques. En forme d’introduction au sujet, je présenterai un de nos modèles les plus simples, et je démontrerai comment on peut obtenir tous les moments voulus de la distribution du temps de transcription, c’est-à-dire comment on peut solutionner ce modèle. Cette distribution pourra être utilisée dans des modèles d’expression génétique, où elle apparaitra comme distribution de retards de la production de l’ARN.

Bio: Marc R. Roussel is Professor at Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Lethbridge. More details can be found at his homepage http://people.uleth.ca/~roussel/

S³: High dimensional minimum risk portfolio optimization

Séminaire le 26 Juin 2015, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Liusha Yang, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The performance of the global minimum risk portfolio (GMVP) relies on the accuracy of the estimated covariance matrix of the portfolio asset returns. For large portfolios, the number of available market returns is often of similar order to the number of assets, making the sample covariance matrix performs poorly. In this talk, we discuss two newly-developed GMVP optimization strategies under high dimensional analysis. The first approach is based on the shrinkage Tyler’s robust M-estimation with a risk-minimizing shrinkage parameter. It not only deals with the problem of sample insufficiency, but also the impulsiveness of financial data. The second approach is built upon a spiked covariance model, by assuming the population covariance matrix follows the spiked covariance model, in which several eigenvalues are significantly larger than all the others, which all equal one. The performances of our strategies will be demonstrated through synthetic and real data simulations.

Bio: Liusha Yang received the B.S. in Communication Engineering from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2012. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her research interests include random matrix theory and signal processing, with applications in financial engineering.

Wireless devices and services for distributed sensing, monitoring, and decision support

Séminaire le 25 Juin 2015, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
F. Viani: "Research Associate" et membre du Centre de Recherche ELEDIA de l'université TRENTO

Low-power and compact wireless devices, like smart sensors, embedded systems, smartphones, tablets are more and more becoming everyday life tools, bringing advantages not limited to the mobile communications but also referred to improved context awareness. The potentialities of such wireless technologies are enriched by the integration of dedicated real-time processing techniques which enable not only the distributed sensing of heterogeneous parameters, but also the improved management, understanding, and forecasting of complex processes. The output of such analysis is also exploited to support operators in decision making. Representative application examples are in the field of smart cities and communities, where distributed wireless sensors and mobile devices are largely applied both in indoor (e.g., in smart buildings, smart museums, etc.) and outdoor (smart lighting, road security, fleet management, etc.) scenarios.

Short CV: Federico Viani received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Telecommunication Engineering and  the PhD degree in Information and Communication Technology from the University of Trento, Italy, in 2004, 2007, and 2010, respectively. Since 2011, Dr. Viani is a Research Associate (Post-Doc) at the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento, Italy, and a member of the ELEDIA Research Center.
Since 2007, Dr. Viani has been the co-advisor of 18 M.S/B.S Thesis. Since 2010 he has been the official teacher of the Bachelor degree course "Design Techniques for Wireless Communications", and since 2007 he has been a teaching assistant of Bachelor degree and Master degree courses in Telecommunication Engineering offered by the University of Trento, including "Electromagnetic Propagation", "Project Course on Wireless Technologies", "Antennas for Wireless Communications", "Biomedical Diagnostic Techniques", "Mobile Communications".
Dr. Viani is author/co-author of over 77 peer reviewed papers on international journals and conferences, including 28 contributions on peer-reviewed international journals, 49 in international conferences. Moreover, Dr. Viani has been cited 574 times and his H-Index is equal to 14 in the Scopus Database. He has been invited to submit papers to International Journals and to present contributions to Scientific Sessions in International Conferences. He has organized and/or chaired 3 Special Sessions in International Conferences. Since 2007, he has attended 7 national and international conferences, presenting as a speaker 15 contributions.
Since 2007, Dr. Viani has been a Participant in 17 Research Projects, funded by EU, Industries, and National Agencies.
The research activities of Dr. Viani are oriented to the development of methodological strategies and applications in the framework of Electromagnetic Fields (S.S.D. ING‐INF/02, S.C. 09/F1), with main emphasis on applied electromagnetics. He has been involved in activities concerning the design of multiband, wideband, and ultra-wideband antennas, the study and development of optimization techniques as well as learning-by-example methodologies for the solution of complex electromagnetic problems including inverse problems and active/passive wireless localization. He is also involved in the design and development of distributed and pervasive monitoring by means of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) and robot swarms, and in the application of decision support systems (DSS) to fleet management and emergency-related applications.
Dr. Viani is a Reviewer for international Journals, including IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, Progress in Electromagnetic Research/Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technologies.
Dr. Viani is a Senior Member of the IEEE, member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, and of the European Microwave Association (EuMA).

S³: Stability of continuous-time quantum filters

Séminaire le 19 Juin 2015, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Nina H. Amini, CNRS, Laboratory of Signals and Systems, France

In this talk, we study quantum filtering and its stability problem. Indeed, we show that the fidelity between the state of a continuously observed quantum system and the state of its associated quantum filter, is always a sub-martingale. The observed system could be governed by a continuous-time Stochastic Master Equation (SME), driven simultaneously by Wiener and Poisson processes which takes into account incompleteness and errors in measurements. This stability result is the continuous-time counterpart of a similar stability result already established for discrete-time quantum systems. This result implies the stability of such filtering process but does not necessarily ensure the asymptotic convergence of such quantum filters.

Bio: Nina H. Amini is a CNRS researcher at Laboratory L2S at CentraleSupelec since October 2014. She did her first postdoc from June 2012 for six months at ANU, College of Engineering and Computer Science and her second postdoc at Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University since December 2012. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics and Control Engineering from Mines-ParisTech (Ecole des Mines de Paris), in September 2012. Prior to her Ph.D., she earned a Master in Financial Mathematics and Statistics at ENSAE and the Engineering Diploma of l’Ecole Polytechnique, in 2009. Her research interests include stochastic control, quantum control, (quantum) filtering theory, (quantum) probability, and (quantum) information theory.

S³: Modeling and mismodeling in radar applications: parameter estimation and bounds

Séminaire le 9 Juin 2015, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Maria S. Greco, Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa

The problem of estimating a deterministic parameter vector of acquired data is ubiquitous in signal processing applications. A fundamental assumption underlying most estimation problems is that the true data model and the model assumed to derive an estimation algorithm are the same, that is, the model is correctly specified.
This lecture will focus on the general case in which, for some non-perfect knowledge of the true data model or for operative constraints on the estimation algorithm there is a mismatch between assumed and true data model.
After a short first part dedicated to explain the radar framework of the estimation problem, the lecture will be dedicated to the evaluation of lower bounds on the Mean Square Error of the estimate of a deterministic parameter vector under misspecified model with particular attention to Mismatched Maximum Likelihood estimator and Huber bounds.

Bio: Maria S. Greco graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1993 and received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 1998, from University of Pisa, Italy. From December 1997 to May 1998 she joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, USA as a visiting research scholar where she carried on research activity in the field of radar detection in non-Gaussian background.
    In 1993 she joined the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa, where she is Associate Professor since December 2011. She’s IEEE fellow since January 2011 and she was co-recipient of the 2001 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society’s Barry Carlton Award for Best Paper and recipient of the 2008 Fred Nathanson Young Engineer of the Year award for contributions to signal processing, estimation, and detection theory. She has been co-general-chair of the 2007 International Waveform Diversity and Design Conference (WDD07), Pisa, Italy, in the Technical Committee of the 2006 EURASIP Signal and Image Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), Florence, Italy, in the Technical Committee of the 2008 IEEE Radar Conference, Rome, Italy, in the Organizing Committee of CAMSAP09, Technical co-chair of CIP2010 (Elba Island, Italy), General co-Chair of CAMSAP2011 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Publication Chair of ICASSP2014, Florence, Italy, Technical Co-Chair of the CoSeRa2015, Pisa, Italy and Special Session Chair of CAMSAP2015, Cancun, Mexico. She is lead guest editor of the special issue on "Advanced Signal Processing for Radar Applications" to appear on the IEEE Journal on Special Topics of Signal Processing, December 2015, she was guest co-editor of the special issue of the Journal of the IEEE Signal Processing Society on Special Topics in Signal Processing on "Adaptive Waveform Design for Agile Sensing and Communication," published in June 2007 and lead guest editor of the special issue of International Journal of Navigation and Observation on” Modelling and Processing of Radar Signals for Earth Observation published in August 2008. She’s Associate Editor of IET Proceedings – Sonar, Radar and Navigation, Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, member of the Editorial Board of the Springer Journal of Advances in Signal Processing (JASP), Senior Editorial board member of IEEE Journal on Selected Topics of Signal Processing (J-STSP), member of the IEEE Signal Array Processing (SAM) Technical Committees. She's also member of the IEEE AES and IEEE SP Board of Governors and Chair of the IEEE AESS Radar Panel. She's as well SP Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2014-2015, AESS Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2015-2016 and member of the IEEE Fellow Committee.
     Maria is a coauthor of the tutorials entitled “Radar Clutter Modeling”, presented at the International Radar Conference (May 2005, Arlington, USA), “Sea and Ground Radar Clutter Modeling” presented at 2008 IEEE Radar Conference (May 2008, Rome, Italy) and at 2012 IEEE Radar Conference (May 2012, Atlanta, USA), coauthor of the tutorial "RF and digital components for highly-integrated low-power radar" presented at the same conference, of the tutorial "Recent Advances in Adaptive Radar Detection" presented at the 2014 International Radar Conference (October 2014, Lille, France) and co-author of the tutorial "High Resolution Sea and Land Clutter Modeling and analysis", presented at the 2015 IEEE International Radar Conference (May 2015, Washington DC, USA).
    Her general interests are in the areas of statistical signal processing, estimation and detection theory. In particular, her research interests include clutter models, spectral analysis, coherent and incoherent detection in non-Gaussian clutter, CFAR techniques, radar waveform diversity and bistatic/mustistatic active and passive radars. She co-authored many book chapters and more than 150 journal and conference papers.

S³: The appliction of medium grazing angle sea-clutter models -- The NRL multi-aperture SAR: system description and recent results

Séminaire le 26 Mai 2015, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Dr. Luke Rosenberg - DSTO, Australia

Details are given in the attached file. Access information are available on the website http://www.lss.supelec.fr/scube/

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Approches bayésiennes en tomographie micro-ondes. Application à l'imagerie du cancer du sein

Soutenance de thèse de doctorat le 10 Avril 2015, 10h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Amphi F3-05

Ce travail concerne l'imagerie micro-onde en vue d'application à l'imagerie biomédicale.  Cette technique d'imagerie a pour objectif de retrouver la distribution des propriétés diélectriques internes (permittivité diélectrique et conductivité) d'un objet inconnu illuminé par une onde interrogatrice connue à partir des mesures du champ électrique dit diffracté résultant de leur interaction.

Un tel problème constitue un problème dit inverse par opposition au problème direct associé qui consiste à calculer le champ diffracté, l'onde interrogatrice et l'objet étant alors connus.

La résolution du problème inverse nécessite la construction préalable du modèle direct associé. Celui-ci est ici basé sur une représentation intégrale de domaine des champs électriques donnant naissance à deux équations intégrales couplées dont les contreparties discrètes sont obtenues à l'aide de la méthode des moments.

En ce qui concerne le problème inverse, hormis le fait que les équations physiques qui interviennent dans sa modélisation directe le rendent non-linéaire, il est également mathématiquement mal posé au sens de Hadamard, ce qui signifie que les conditions d'existence, d'unicité et de stabilité de la solution ne sont pas simultanément garanties. La résolution d'un tel problème nécessite sa régularisation préalable qui consiste généralement en l'introduction d'information a priori sur la solution recherchée. Cette résolution est effectuée, ici, dans un cadre probabiliste bayésien où l'on introduit une connaissance a priori adaptée à l'objet sous test et qui consiste à considérer ce dernier comme étant composé d'un nombre fini de matériaux homogènes distribués dans des régions compactes. Cet information est introduite par le biais d'un modèle de « Gauss-Markov-Potts ». Le calcul bayésien nous donne la loi a posteriori de toutes les inconnues à partir de laquelle on peut définir les estimateurs ponctuels. On s'attache ensuite à déterminer les estimateurs a posteriori via des méthodes d'approximation variationnelles et à reconstruire ainsi l'image de l'objet recherché.

Les principales contributions de ce travail sont d'ordre méthodologique et algorithmique. Elles sont illustrées par une application de l'imagerie micro-onde à l'imagerie du cancer du sein. Cette dernière constitue en soi un point très important et original de la thèse. En effet, l'imagerie du cancer du sein par la technique micro-onde est une alternative très intéressante à la mammographie par rayons X, mais n'en est encore qu'à un stade exploratoire.

Membres du jury:

Directeur de thèse   Mr Duchêne Bernard  Chargé de recherche, CNRS
Co-directeur de thèse   Mr Mohammad-Djafari Ali   Directeur de recherche, CNRS
Encadrant   Mr Ayasso Hacheme  Maître de conférences à l'Université de Grenoble
Rapporteurs  Mme Litman Amélie  Maître de conférences à l'Université d'Aix-Marseille
                    Mr Massa Andréa  Professeur à l'Université de Trento, Italie
Examinateurs  Mme Blanc-Feraud Laure  Directrice de recherche, CNRS
                      Mr Pichot du Mezeray Christian  Directeur de recherche, CNRS

S³ Working memory in random neural networks

Séminaire le 3 Avril 2015, 10h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Gilles Wainrib, ENS, Computer Science Department

Numerous experimental studies investigate how neural representations of a signal depend on its past context. Although synaptic plasticity and adaptation may play a crucial role to shape this dependence, we study here the hypothesis that this dependence upon past context may be also explained by dynamical network effects, in particular due to the recurrent nature of neural networks connectivity.

Short Bio: Gilles Wainrib is assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Ecole Normale Supérieure and his research interests range from theoretical biology to applied mathematics and artificial intelligence.

Talk 1: Level set methods for seismic full waveform inversion. Talk 2: Some inverse problems for cargo container screening.

Séminaire le 30 Mars 2015, 13h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Oliver Dorn, Foreign Guest DIGITEO

Bio: Oliver Dorn is currently Lecturer at the School of Mathematics at The University of Manchester. He has obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics from The University in Muenster, Germany, in 1997, followed by various postdoctoral research stays in the US and Canada. From 2002 until 2007 he was awarded a Ramon y Cajal fellowship at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he became full professor (Profesor Titular) in 2008. He has visited Supélec and Université Paris Sud frequently for longer periods, and has published more than 50 papers in internationally competitive journals and conference proceedings. He is a professional member of SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers) and is on the advisory board of the Journal 'Inverse Problems'. Right now he is at L2S as Foreign Guest DIGITEO.

S³ - Inverse problems in signal and image processing and S³ - Bayesian inference framework: from basic to advanced Bayesian computation

Séminaire le 27 Mars 2015, 10h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Ali Mohammad Djafari, CNRS, L2S

In signal and image processing community, we can distinguish two categories:
- Those who start from the observed signals and images and do classical processing: filtering for denoising, change detection, contour detection, segmentation, compression, …
- The second category called “model based”, before doing any processing try first to understand from where those signals and images come from and why they are here . So, first defining what quantity has been at the origin of those observations, then modeling their link by “forward modeling” and finally doing inversion. This approach is often called “Inverse problem approach”. Then, noting the “ill-posedness” of the inverse problems, many “Regularization methods” have been proposed and applied successfully. However, deterministic regularization has a few limitations and recently the Bayesian inference approach has become the main approach for proposing unsupervised methods and effective solutions in many real applications. Interestingly, even many classical methods have found better understanding when re-stated as inverse problem. The Bayesian approach with simple prior models such as Gaussian, Generalized Gaussian, Sparsity
enforcing priors or more sophisticated Hierarchical models such as Mixture models, Gaussian Scale Mixture or Gauss-Markov-Potts models have been proposed in different applications of imaging systems with great success. However, Bayesian computation still is too costly and need more practical algorithms than MCMC. Variational Bayesian Approximation (VBA) methods have recently became a standard for computing the posterior means in unsupervized methods.
Interestingly, we show that VBA includes Joint Maximum A Posteriori (JMAP) and Expectation-Maximization (EM) as special cases. VBA is much faster than MCMC methods, but, it gives only access to the posterior means.
This talk gives an overview of these methods with examples in Deconvolution (simple or blind, signal or image) and  in Computed Tomography (CT).

Bio: http://djafari.free.fr/index.htm

Séminaire S³

PDE-­‐based inversion method with no forward solver for inverse medium scattering problems

Séminaire le 20 Mars 2015, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Dr. Yu Zhong

Bio: Dr. Yu Zhong received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the National University of Singapore, Singapore, in 2010.
He is currently a Scientist in Institution of High Performance Computing (IHPC), A*STAR, Singapore.
His research interests mainly are inverse-­‐scattering problems and electromagnetic modeling on composite materials. He is a regular visitor at the Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes (L2S) in Gif-­sur-­‐Yvette, France as an invited senior scientific expert since 2012.
Talk 1: PDE-­‐based inversion method with no forward solver for inverse medium scattering problems
A new partial differential equation (PDE) based inversion method for inverse medium scattering problems is proposed in this talk, which does not need to solve any forward problem. The proposed method is the subspace-­‐based optimization method (SOM) in the differential-­‐equation frame. The finite difference scheme is used to discretized the Helmholtz equation, and the twofold subspace-­‐based regularization scheme, as in the integral equation based SOM, is applied in this PDE-­‐based inversion method to stabilize the solver. By using such a PDE-­‐based inversion method, the Green’s funciton for the domain of interests is no longer needed. Representative numerical tests are presented to verify the efficacy of the proposed method.

Talk 2: New integral equation and new partial differential equation for inverse medium scattering problems with strong scatterers 

In this talk, we propose two new equations, an integral equation (IE) and a partial differential equation (PDE), for solving inverse medium scattering problems (IMSP) with strong scatterers. First, we present a new integral equation, which could effectively reduce the globle wave contribution in estimating the contrast (the difference between permittivities of the scatterers and the known background) compared to the original Lippmann-­‐Schwinger equation. Using such a new IE in the IE-­‐based inversion method one is able to solve the highly nonlinear IMSP with strong scatterers.
Subsequently, the connection between the PDE-­‐based inversion method (in Talk 1), using the Helmholtz equation, and the conventional IE based inversion method, using the Lippmann-­‐Schwinger equation, is discussed. With such a connection and the new IE, we propose a new PDE,
using which the PDE-­‐based inversion method can also solve the highly nonlinear IMSP. At last, we discuss the pros and cons of both PDE-­‐ and IE-­‐based inversion methods.

S³ - Analysis of remote sensing multi-sensor heterogeneous images

Séminaire le 20 Mars 2015, 10h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Jorge Prendes, IRIT Toulouse and SONDRA CentraleSupelec

Remote sensing images are images of the Earth acquired from planes or satellites. In recent years the technology enabling this kind of images has been evolving really fast. Many different sensors have been developed to measure different properties of the earth surface, including optical images, SAR images and hyperspectral images. One of the interest of this images is the detection of changes on datasets of multitemporal images. Change detection has been thoroughly studied on the case where the dataset consist of images acquired by the same sensor. However, having to deal with datasets containing images acquired from different sensors (heterogeneous images) is becoming very common nowadays.
In order to deal with heterogeneous images, we proposed a statistical model which describe the joint distribution of the pixel intensity of the images, more precisely a mixture model. On unchanged areas, we expect the parameter vector of the model to belong to a manifold related to the physical properties of the objects present on the image, while on areas presenting changes this constraint is relaxed. The distance of the model parameter to the manifold can be thus be used as a similarity measure, and the manifold can be learned using ground truth images where no changes are present. The model parameters are estimated through a collapsed Gibbs sampler using a Bayesian non parametric approach combined with a Markov random field.
In this talk I will present the proposed statistical model, its parameter estimation, and the manifold learning approach. The results obtained with this method will be compared with those of other classical similarity measures.

Bio: Jorge Prendes was born in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1987. He received the 5 years Eng. degree in Electronics Engineering with honours from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina in July 2010. He worked on Signal Processing at ITBA within the Applied Digital Electronics Group (GEDA) from July 2010 to September 2012. Currently he is a Ph.D. student in Signal Processing in SONDRA laboratory at Supélec, within the cooperative laboratory TéSA and the Signal and Communication Group of the Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT). His main research interest include image processing, applied mathematics and pattern recognition.


Séminaire S³

S³: Rare event simulation: a Point Process interpretation with application in probability and quantile estimati

Séminaire le 13 Mars 2015, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Clément Walter, CEA and University Paris Diderot

Clément Walter, 25, graduated from Mines ParisTech in 2013. Beforehand he attended preparatory classes in Lycée Sainte-Geneviève (branch Maths and Physics). For his master degree he specialised in Geostatistics and started working with CEA as an intern on emulation of complex computer codes (especially kriging) for rare event simulation and estimation. He has then pursued his work in a PhD under the direction of Pr. Josselin Garnier, focusing on multilevel splitting methods.

S³ Bayesian Tomography

Séminaire le 6 Mars 2015, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
John Skilling, Maximum Entropy Data Consultants Ltd, UK

Bio: John Skilling was awarded his PhD in radio astronomy in 1969.  Through the 1970s and 1980s he was a lecturer in applied mathematics at Cambridge University, specialising in data analysis.  He left to concentrate on consultancy work, originally using maximum entropy methods but moving to Bayesian methodology when algorithms became sufficiently powerful.  John has been a prominent contributor to the “MaxEnt” conferences since their beginning in 1981.  He is the discoverer of the nested sampling algorithm which performs integration over spaces of arbitrary dimension, which is the basic operation dictated by the sum rule of Bayesian calculus.

Séminaire S³

S³ L0 optimization for DOA and sparse channel estimation

Séminaire le 6 Mars 2015, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Adilson Chinatto, Univeristy of Campinas, BR and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, FR

Bio: Adilson Chinatto received a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and Masters in 2011, both from the University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. He worked as hardware, software and firmware development engineer for optical transmission equipment in the companies AsGa and CPqD in Brazil. He is a co-founder of Espectro Ltd., a Brazilian design house for hardware and software, focused in signal processing. Nowadays he is coordinator of a High Performance GPS Receiver Project at Espectro Ltd. funded by the Brazilian National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq). He has experience in electrical engineering with emphasis on telecommunication systems, digital signal processing and smart antennas, working mainly with development and implementation of programmable logic devices (FPGA). He is currently finishing his Ph.D. at Unicamp, working with sparse and compressive sensing signal processing.

Séminaire S³

Développement de nouvelles méthodes itératives de reconstruction tomographique pour réduction des artefacts métalliques et réduction de la dose en imagerie dentaire

Long Chen
Soutenance de thèse de doctorat le 5 Février 2015, 14h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S

Cette thèse est constituée de deux principaux axes de recherche portant sur l'imagerie dentaire par la tomographie à rayons X : le développement de nouvelles méthodes itératives de reconstruction tomographique afin de réduire les artefacts métalliques et la réduction de la dose délivrée au patient. Afin de réduire les artefacts métalliques, nous prendrons en compte le durcissement du spectre des faisceaux de rayons X et le rayonnement diffusé. La réduction de la dose est abordée dans cette thèse en diminuant le nombre des projections traitées.

La tomographie par rayons X a pour objectif de reconstruire la cartographie des coefficients d'atténuations d'un objet inconnu de façon non destructive. Les bases mathématiques de la tomographie repose sur la transformée de Radon et son inversion. Néanmoins des artefacts métalliques apparaissent dans les images reconstruites en inversant la transformée de Radon (la méthode de rétro-projection filtrée), un certain nombre d'hypothèse faites dans cette approche ne sont pas vérifiées. En effet, la présence de métaux exacerbe les phénomènes de durcissement de spectre et l'absence de prise en compte du rayonnement diffusé. Nous nous intéressons dans cette thèse aux méthodes itératives issues d'une méthodologie Bayésienne. Afin d'obtenir des résultats de traitement compatible avec une application clinique de nos nouvelles approches, nous avons choisi un modèle direct relativement simple et classique (linéaire) associé à des approches de corrections de données. De plus, nous avons pris en compte l'incertitude liée à la correction des données en utilisant la minimisation d'un critère de moindres carrés pondérés. Nous proposons donc une nouvelle méthode de correction du durcissement du métal sans connaissances du spectre de la source et des coefficients d'atténuation des matériaux. Nous proposons également une nouvelle méthode de correction du diffusé associée sur les mesures sous certaines conditions notamment de faible dose.

En imagerie médicale par tomographie à rayons X, la surexposition ou exposition non nécessaire irradiante augmente le risque de cancer radio-induit lors d'un examen du patient. Il y a donc une demande continue de réduction de la dose de rayons X transmise au patient. Notre deuxième axe de recherche porte donc sur la réduction de la dose en diminuant le nombre de projections. Nous avons donc introduit un nouveau mode d'acquisition possédant un échantillonnage angulaire adaptatif. On utilise pour définir cette acquisition notre connaissance a priori de l'objet. Ce mode d'acquisition associé à un algorithme de reconstruction dédié, nous permet de réduire le nombre de projections tout en obtenant une qualité de reconstruction comparable au mode d'acquisition classique. Enfin, dans certains modes d’acquisition des scanners dentaires, nous avons un détecteur qui n'arrive pas à couvrir l'ensemble de l'objet. Pour s'affranchir aux problèmes liés à la tomographie locale qui se pose alors, nous utilisons des acquisitions multiples suivant des trajectoires circulaires. Nous avons adaptés les résultats développés par l’approche « super short scan » [Noo et al 2003] à cette trajectoire très particulière et au fait que le détecteur mesure uniquement des projections tronquées.

Nous avons évalué nos méthodes de réduction des artefacts métalliques et de réduction de la dose en diminuant le nombre des projections sur les données réelles. Grace à nos méthodes de réduction des artefacts métalliques, l'amélioration de qualité des images est indéniable et il n'y a pas d'introduction de nouveaux artefacts en comparant avec la méthode de l'état de l'art NMAR [Meyer et al 2010]. Par ailleurs, nous avons réussi à réduire le nombre des projections avec notre nouveau mode d'acquisition basé sur un « super short scan » appliqué à  des trajectoires multiples. La qualité obtenue est comparable aux reconstructions obtenues avec les modes d'acquisition classique ou short-scan mais avec une réduction de 20% de la dose radioactive.


Membres du jury

Directeur de thèse Mr RODET Thomas Professeur, ENS Cachan, SATIE
Co-encadrant Mr. GAC Nicolas Maître de conférences, Université Paris-Sud, L2S
Rapporteurs Mr. DESBAT Laurent Professeur des universités, Université Joseph Fourier
  Mr. BLEUET Pierre Ingénieur de recherche CEA, HDR
Examinateurs Mme NGUYEN-VERGER Maï Professeur des universités, Université de Cergy-Pontoise
  Mme MARCOS Sylvie Directeur de recherche, CNRS
Invitée Mme MAURY Colombe Ingénieur de recherche, Trophy, Carestream Dental


S³ Correlation mining in high dimension with limited samples

Séminaire le 30 Janvier 2015, 10h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Alfred Hero

Alfred Hero:
Title: Correlation mining in high dimension with limited samples 

Abstract: Correlation mining arises in many areas of engineering, social sciences, and natural sciences. Correlation mining discovers columns of a random matrix that are highly correlated with other columns of the matrix and can be used to construct a dependency network over columns. However, when the number n of samples is finite and the number p of columns increases such exploration becomes futile due to a phase transition phenomenon: spurious discoveries will eventually dominate. In this presentation I will present theory for predicting these phase transitions and present Poisson limit theorems that can be used to determine finite sample behavior of correlation structure. The theory has application to areas including gene expression analysis, network security, remote sensing, and portfolio selection. 

BioAlfred O. Hero III received the B.S. (summa cum laude) from Boston University (1980) and the Ph.D from Princeton University (1984), both in Electrical Engineering. Since 1984 he has been with the University of MichiganAnn Arbor, where he is the R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering. His primary appointment is in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and he also has appointments, by courtesy, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Statistics. From 2008-2013 he was held the Digiteo Chaire d'Excellence at the Ecole Superieure d'Electricite, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and several of his research articles have recieved best paper awards. Alfred Hero was awarded the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (2011). He received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (1998), the IEEE Third Millenium Medal (2000), and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2014). Alfred Hero was President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2006-2008) and was on the Board of Directors of the IEEE (2009-2011) where he served as Director of Division IX (Signals and Applications). Alfred Hero's recent research interests are in statistical signal processing, machine learning and the analysis of high dimensional spatio-temporal data. Of particular interest are applications to networks, including social networks, multi-modal sensing and tracking, database indexing and retrieval, imaging, and genomic signal processing.

György Terdik:
Title: A new covariance function for spatio-temporal data analysis with application to atmospheric pollution and sensor networking

Abstract: See the attached file.

: György Terdik, received the Ph.D. degree from the
Kossuth Lajos University, Hungary. He is a Professor  of the Department of Information Technology at the University ofDebrecen, Hungary. His research areas include nonlinear, non-Gaussian time series analysis, Lévyprocesses, and high-speed network modeling, spatio-temporal time series, Dr. Terdik is a member of the editorial board of the

quarterly Publicationes Mathematicae Debrecen.
Márton Ispány:
Title Poisson INAR processes with serial and seasonal correlation 

Abstract: Recently, there has been considerable interest in integer-valued time series models.  Motivation to include discrete data models comes from the need to account for the discrete nature of certain data sets, often counts of events, objects or individuals. Among the most successful integer-valued time series models proposed in the literature we mention the INteger-valued AutoRegressive model of order p (INAR(p)). However, seasonal count processes have not been investigated yet, except one of our new papers. In the talk, we study INAR processes which possess serial and seasonal structure as well. The main properties of the models will be derived such as the stationarity and the autocorrelation function. The conditional least squares and conditional maximum likelihood estimators of the model parameters will be studied and their asymptotical properties will be established. In addition, we would like to discuss the case in which the marginal distributions are Poisson in detail. Monte 
Carlo experiments will be conducted to evaluate and compare the performance of various estimators for finite sample sizes. Real data set on the area of insurance will be applied to evaluate the model performance. 

Bio: Márton Ispány (https://it.inf.unideb.hu/honlap/ispanymarton/english) received the M.Sc.(1989) and PhD (summa cum laude) in Statistics (1997) from University of Debrecen. Since 2007 he has been with the  Department of Information Technology, Faculty of Informatics, University of Debrecen. Since 2012 he has been the head of the department. Márton Ispány 's recent research interests are in branching processes (functional limit theorems, asymptotics for conditional least squares estimation, integer valued autoregression), statistical modelling(generalized SVD, contaminated statistical models, EM algorithm), data mining (decision trees, stochastic algorithms, MCMC, web mining), and applied statistics: econometrics and insurance, cross-country modelling, statistical genetics.


Interval Analysis - Fundamentals and Electromagnetic Engineering Applications

Séminaire le 29 Janvier 2015, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Paolo Rocca

Paolo Rocca received the MS degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Trento in 2005 (summa cum laude) and the PhD Degree in Information and Communication Technologies from the same University in 2008. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (University of Trento) and a member of the ELEDIA Research Center. Dr. Rocca is the author/co-author of over 230 peer reviewed papers on international journals and conferences. He has been a visiting Ph.D. student at the Pennsylvania State University (U.S.A.), at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria (Italy), and a visiting researcher at the Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes (L2S@ Supélec, France) in 2012 and 2013. Moreover, he has been an Invited Associate Professor at the University of Paris Sud (France) in 2015. Dr. Rocca has been awarded from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and the Italy Section with the best PhD thesis award IEEE-GRS Central Italy Chapter. His main interests are in the framework of antenna array synthesis and design, electromagnetic inverse scattering, and optimization techniques for electromagnetics. He serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.

Small Primitive Roots and Malleability of RSA Moduli

Séminaire le 13 Janvier 2015, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Prof. Jorge Jimenez Urroz from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Catalunya,

Prof. Jorge Jimenez Urroz from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain will give a seminar at L2S, on Tuesday 13th January 2015, room F.3.09, Supélec, campus of Gif-sur-Yvette.

Title: Small Primitive Roots and Malleability of RSA Moduli

Abstract: We prove that factorization is a malleable problem, in the sense that given an RSA modulus n, partial information on another integer n' independent helps to factorize n.

List of publications : http://www-ma4.upc.edu/~jjimenez/papers.htm