Robin Scheibler is an engineer focusing on data and signals. His research
interests have taken him from proving theorems to literally jumping in a
cold mountain lake to sample its water, checking for the presence of
arsenic. When he works on a problem, he wants to take it from the idea all
the way to the implementation into a physical prototype. This aspect of his
personality had the happy side effect of spawning very interesting
collaborations across disciplines such as information theory, theoretical
computer science, embedded systems, biology, and, outside Academia, the
hacker community at large.
He is currently pursuing a PhD at the Audiovisual Communications Laboratory
of EPFL under the supervision of Martin Vetterli. He investigates how
strucutral aspects of sound propagation, the echoes in a room for example,
can provide more robust and efficient algorithms for problems such as
beamforming, direction of arrival, or source separation. In a different
line of work, Robin applies techniques from information theory and
theoretical computer science to provide low-complexity algorithms for
signal processing problems.
He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Communications Systems from Ecole
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2009. Never longer than
two years at a time in Lausanne, Robin visited Stockholm as an exchange
student, spent a year at NEC Corporation in Tokyo, and wrote his master
thesis at IBM Research --- Zürich.
After graduation and spending some more time at IBM, he left Switzerland
to return to NEC in Tokyo where he worked on speech denoising technology.
Three months after he arrived, the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
of March 2011 struck and crippled the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear power plant.
In the wake of the disaster, Robin joined Safecast to develop its first
mobile radiation sensor system. The system was ultimately used to provide
the most extensive radiation measurement database available today.
Since September 2012, Robin is back in Lausanne and joined the
Audiovisual Communications Laboratory, as well as the Biodesign for the