Dimitri Van De Ville


Dimitri Van De Ville

Professor of Bioengineering

Affiliations at EPFL
Institute of Bioengineering
Center for Neuroprosthetics
Center for Biomedical Imaging

Affiliations at University of Geneva
Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics

Campus Biotech
Chemin des Mines 9
Case postale 60
CH-1211 Geneva 20

E-mail at UniGE
E-mail at EPFL

Current Position


Research Statement

I want to advance our understanding of the human body, in particular of brain function in health and disorder using non-invasive imaging techniques. To that aim, I pursue the development of methodological tools in signal and image processing at various stages of the acquisition, processing, and analysis pipeline.

Dimitri Van De Ville received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Ghent University, Belgium in 1998 and 2002, respectively. From 2002 to 2005, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Biomedical Imaging Group of Prof. Michael Unser at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. In 2005, he became responsible for the Signal Processing Unit at the University of Geneva (UniGE) and Geneva University Hospital (HUG) as part of the Centre d’Imagerie BioMédicale (CIBM), a large imaging initiative of the Lemanic academic institutions. In 2009, he was awarded an SNSF professorship and he started a joint tenure-track professorship at the UniGE (Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine) and the EPFL (Institute of Bioengineering, School of Engineering). Since 2015 he’s Associate Professor of Bioengineering at both institutions and his lab is located at the newly established Campus Biotech in Geneva.

He has published more than 100 journal papers on signal and image processing, including on wavelet theory and network science, and their application to the biomedical field, in particular functional brain imaging. Recent work on dynamic functional connectivity included evidence that resting-state functional networks can be disentangled in terms of their temporal overlap, which showed a more complete picture of dynamic organization of brain function and opens avenues for more sensitive biomarkers; e.g., in early diagnosis of patients with mild cognitive impairment. He is also interested in using real-time fMRI for neurofeedback applications.



  • Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Brain Decoding for Elsevier Pattern Recognition.
  • Editor and Webmaster of The Wavelet Digest , a non-commercial electronic newsletter for the wavelet community with more than 23000 subscribers.
  • Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (2006-2009).
  • Associate Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2004-2006).
  • Guest Editor of the the IEICE Transactions on Fundamentals, Special Section for Signal Processing (January 2009).

Conference Organization

  • General co-chair of the International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in NeuroImaging (May 2011), Seoul, South Korea (with Seong-Whan Lee, Korea University; and Christos Davatzikos, UPenn).
  • General co-chair of the BIRS Workshop on Sampling and Reconstruction: Applications and Advances (November 2010), Banff, Canada (with Alireza Entezari, UFL; and Torsten Moeller, SFU).
  • General co-chair of the workshop "Brain decoding: pattern recognition challenges in fMRI neuroimaging" in conjunction with the 20th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR'10), Istanbul, Turkey (August 2010)
  • General co-chair of the biennial Wavelets Series Conference (Wavelets XII, August 2007; Wavelets XIII, August 2009; Wavelets XIV, August 2011), San Diego CA (with Vivek Goyal, MIT; and Manos Papadakis, UHouston).
  • General co-chair of the Wavelets and Applications semester with Michael Unser and Martin Vetterli, which was supported by the Bernoulli Center of the EPFL; international conference (WaVE2006) held at the EPFL from 10 to 14 July, 2006.

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Dimitri was born in Dendermonde, Belgium on May 24, 1975. He married Heide Durant in April 2000. Together, they have a son (Matteo, born May 6, 2004) and a daughter (Maxima, born March 25, 2008).

Family portret by Matteo (4y).

Lexicon Vlaams-Hollands (two variations of Dutch) by Matteo (6y).