Alain Dufaux’s field of expertise is in signal processing for audio and images, with a dual profile in both the academic and industrial worlds. Alain completed his electrical engineering studies in 1994 at EPFL before moving to the 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 a 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 Ph.D. students, Alain had the opportunity to join the MetaMedia Center in 2011, which was just created by the EPFL Vice-Presidency for Innovation and Valorization. As a part of this competence 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.”