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 has the happy side effect of spawning collaborations across
disciplines such as information theory, theoretical computer science,
embedded systems, biology, and the hacker community at large.
Since September 2012, he is pursuing a PhD at the Audiovisual
Communications Laboratory of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
(EPFL) under the supervision of Martin Vetterli. He investigates how
structural 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 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.
He had returned to Tokyo when 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.
He continues to be active in environmental monitoring through the Biodesign
for the Real-World project.