Let’s go!


My name is Sylvain Lobry, and I just started a PhD in Image processing two days ago.  I wanted to write a blog about this once in a lifetime experience. I hope you’ll find it interesting!

First, I’d like to expose some of my background. I obtained an engineering degree in 2013 at EPITA specialized in science computing and images. With this degree, I obtained what I believe (or hope!) is a strong background in programmation, and I discovered some aspects about research in image processing while working at the R&D lab of my school, the LRDE, and by doing an internship in the R&D lab of Morpho. To validate this degree, I had to do an internship; I worked at a company doing financial software called Murex. While I really enjoyed the experience, I found it not fun enough compared to what I used to do at a R&D lab. So at the end of this internship, I had taken my decision: I wanted to do a PhD.

As I felt I still had a lot to learn before doing a PhD in image processing, I did a master degree in computer science specialized in image processing at the UPMC which is named M2 IMA. That’s where I met one of my supervisor named Florence Tupin who works at Télécom ParisTech, a french engineering school. Then I did an internship supervised by her and Loïc Denis on an extension of the TV+L0 decomposition to multi-temporal series of SAR images. If you’re not familiar with signal processing, that might sounds frightening! There will be a blog post where I’ll try to explain the subject and what I did during this internship.

Anyway, Florence offered me to do a PhD on SAR images processing, with funding from the “Institut Mines-Télécom” and the CNES. The goal of this PhD is to find water surfaces in SAR images acquired by SWOT, a satellite that will be launched by the CNES and NASA in 2020. I will mostly work at Télécom ParisTech.

So in this blog, I’ll talk about this particular subject, but also about being a PhD student and everything I could fancy. On a personal point of view, I hope it will help me to keep a good pace during the next three years. Also, I hope you’ll find it interesting, that it will answer some questions you might have about doing a PhD and I’ll get some feedback from you.