Welcome to the Robust Data Science Group

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Muma

Head of the Robust Data Science Group at the
Institute of Telecommunications, TU Darmstadt.

Interests:

  • Data science
  • Robust signal processing
  • High-dimensional statistical learning
  • Biomedical applications

Michael Muma is Head of the Robust Data Science Group at Technische Universität Darmstadt. His research is on new robust data science theory and methods with applications in signal processing and machine learning for biomedicine and engineering. 

He is the Principal Investigator of the ERC Starting Grant ScReeningData and Independent Junior Research Group Leader (Athene Young Investigator) at the Signal Processing Group of Technische Universität Darmstadt, where he received his PhD in 2014. He is a researcher at the LOEWE center emergenCITY. He is a lecturer for Robust and Biomedical Signal Processing and the supervisor or co-supervisor of 9 PhD students (5 completed).

He received the 2021 Early Career Award of the European Association For Signal Processing (EURASIP) for his contributions to robust signal processing and statistical learning. Since 2022, he is Chair of the Technical Area Committee on Theoretical and Methodological Trends in Signal Processing of EURASIP. Since 2019, he serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. In 2017, together with his co-authors, he received the 2017 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award for the article Robust Estimation in Signal Processing: A tutorial-style treatment of fundamental concepts. He was the supervisor of the 2020 IEEE Radar Conference Student Best Paper Award winner and the student team who achieved first place in the international IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2015.

He was the Lead Guest Editor of the 2019 Elsevier Signal Processing Special Issue on Statistical Signal Processing Solutions and Advances for Data Science: Complex, Dynamic and Large-scale Settings. He is active in organizing scientific events, such as, the 2021 Statistical Learning for Signal and Image Processing (SLSIP) Workshop and the Joint IEEE SPS and EURASIP Summer School on Robust Signal Processing. He is also co-author of the book Robust Statistics for Signal Processing that was published in 2018 with Cambridge University Press. At the 45th IEEE ICASSP 2020, he was tutorial speaker on Robust Data Science: Modern Tools for Detection, Clustering and Cluster Enumeration.

Michael Muma leads the Robust Data Science Group. His research is on new robust data science theory and methods with applications in signal processing and machine learning for biomedicine and engineering.

He is the Principal Investigator of the ERC Starting Grant ScReeningData and Independent Junior Research Group Leader (Athene Young Investigator) at the Signal Processing Group of Technische Universität Darmstadt, where he received his PhD in 2014. He is a researcher at the LOEWE center emergenCITY. He is a lecturer for Robust and Biomedical Signal Processing and the supervisor or co-supervisor of 9 PhD students (5 completed).

He received the 2021 Early Career Award of the European Association For Signal Processing (EURASIP) for his contributions to robust signal processing and statistical learning. Since 2022, he is Chair of the Technical Area Committee on Theoretical and Methodological Trends in Signal Processing of EURASIP. Since 2019, he serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. In 2017, together with his co-authors, he received the 2017 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award for the article Robust Estimation in Signal Processing: A tutorial-style treatment of fundamental concepts. He was the supervisor of the 2020 IEEE Radar Conference Student Best Paper Award winner and the student team who achieved first place in the international IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2015.

He was the Lead Guest Editor of the 2019 Elsevier Signal Processing Special Issue on Statistical Signal Processing Solutions and Advances for Data Science: Complex, Dynamic and Large-scale Settings. He is active in organizing scientific events, such as, the 2021 Statistical Learning for Signal and Image Processing (SLSIP) Workshop and the Joint IEEE SPS and EURASIP Summer School on Robust Signal Processing. He is also co-author of the book Robust Statistics for Signal Processing that was published in 2018 with Cambridge University Press. At the 45th IEEE ICASSP 2020, he was tutorial speaker on Robust Data Science: Modern Tools for Detection, Clustering and Cluster Enumeration.

Research Topics

Terminating-Random Experiments Methods

Terminating-Random Experiments (T-Rex) methods provide a new scalable learning framework to ensure reproducibility in high-dimensional data. Reproducible discoveries are achieved by controlling the false-discovery-rate (FDR), while simultaneously maximizing the true-positive-rate (TPR, “Power”). The underlying computer-assisted statistical learning can be compared to a placebo-controlled study in drug development: (i) randomized controlled experiments are systematically computed on the computer and mathematically modeled (ii) discoveries are only declared as reproducible if they are sufficiently successful against computer-generated placebo markers („dummies“). A speed advantage of multiple orders of magnitude over existing methods comes from the fact that learning is stopped early (termination) when dummies are selected.

Robust Learning & Signal Processing

Reliable and robust information extraction and processing in complex data sets is essential in today’s data science. In practice, one often encounters corrupted measurements, impulsive noise, artifacts and outliers. Robust methods systematically deal with such uncertainties and corruptions within the mathematical framework of robust statistics. Therefore, in contrast to classical procedures they are not significantly affected. Developing robust methods has been the core-focus of Michael Muma’s research. He regularly publishes his results in top journals and conferences. He is the EURASIP Early Career Awardee 2021 for his contributions to robust signal processing and statistical learning, and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Awardee for the article “Robust estimation in signal processing: A tutorial-style treatment of fundamental concepts.” He is also co-author of the textbook “Robust statistics for signal processing” published 2018 with Cambridge University Press.

Biomedical Engineering

Michael Muma has more than 10 years of experience in biomedical engineering, leading projects in interdisciplinary teams with medical practitioners, industry and academia. Applications include but are not limited to cardiovascular signals from various sensors, such as ECG and PPG, eye research, intracranial pressure, psychology, radar-based gait analysis, hearing aids, and health-monitoring using wearables.