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Michael Muma

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Muma

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


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Michael Muma is head of the Robust Data Science Group, Pricipal Investigator of the ERC Starting Grant “ScReeningData” the LOEWE center emergenCITYand theBMBF Cluster for Future curATime. He also holds the lecture Robust Data Science with Biomedical Applications.

His research is on new robust data science theory and methods with applications in signal processing and machine learning for biomedicine and engineering.

Michael Muma received the 2021 Early Career Award of the European Association For Signal Processing (EURASIP) for his contributions to robust signal processing and statistical learning. It “is to be awarded to an outstanding researcher and engineer working within the technical scope of EURASIP at an early or mid-stage of their career whose current work shows not only significant scientific achievements but also high potential to advance scientific knowledge through novel, timely and significant endeavors.”

Since 2022, he is Chair of the Technical Area Committee on Theoretical and Methodological Trends in Signal Processing of EURASIP.

Together with researchers from Finland and France, he organizes the Statistical Learning for Signal and Image Processing (SLSIP) Workshopthat, in 2022, will take place in Cadaques, Spain.

Michael Muma is co-author of the paper “An Unsupervised Approach for Graph-based Robust Clustering of Human Gait Signatures” by Aylin Tastan that received the IEEE Radar Conference Student Best Paper Award.

Michael Fauß, Abdelhak Zoubir, and Michael Muma gave a tutorial entitled Robust Data Science: Modern Tools for Detection, Clustering and Cluster Enumeration at the IEEE ICASSP 2020.

Michael is currently serving as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processingand the IEEE Open Journal of Signal Processing.

Michael Muma is 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.

In December 2018, Dr.-Ing. Muma was appointed lecturer for the lecture Robust Signal Processing With Biomedical Applications and the project seminar Robust and Biomedical Signal Processing.

In October 2018, the book Robust Statistics for Signal Processing by Abdelhak M. Zoubir, Visa Koivunen, Esa Ollila and Michael Muma was published with Cambridge University Press.

Abdelhak M. Zoubir, Visa Koivunen, Yacine Chakhchoukh and Michael Muma 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.

From October 2017 on Dr.-Ing. Muma is appointed as Athene Young Investigator of Technische Universität Darmstadt. Dr.-Ing. Muma's proposed research project is entitled “Robust Statistics for Advanced Signal Processing”. The Athene Young Investigator Fellowship also provides Dr.-Ing. Muma with the right to supervise PhD students. The Athene Young Investigator program encourages the independence of outstanding established researchers at Technische Universität Darmstadt who pursue an academic career as a professor.

In 2016 he co-organized the Joint IEEE SPS and EURASIP Summer School on Robust Signal Processing Rüdesheim (Rhine), Germany. Material and further information can be found here:

He was project leader of the workpackage “Robust Distributed Multi-Source Detection and Labelling” of the EU Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) project HANDiCAMS (Heteregenous Ad-Hoc Networks for Distributed, Cooperative, and Adaptive Multimedia Signal Processing). The objective of the research is to develp robust decentral signal processing algorithms for wireless sensor networks. Further information on the project can be found at:

Michael was the supervisor of the Technische Universität Darmstadt student team who achieved first place in the international IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2015. The IEEE Signal Processing Cup is a prestigious competition in which more than 50 teams from around the world compete in a challenging and interesting signal processing task. The competition topic was “Heart Rate Monitoring During Physical Exercise Using Wrist-Type Photoplethysmographic (PPG) Signals”.

Michael was a Research Associate in the Signal Processing Group from 2009 to 2014. The focus of his doctoral work was on robust statistical methods for signal processing with applications in biomedical and array signal processing. In 2014, he successfully defended his PhD with summa cum laude on “Robust Estimation and Model Order Selection for Signal Processing” (Download PhD thesis here).

His diploma project was to develop a time-frequency dependent coherence analysis to examine the role of the cardiopulmonary system (pulse and respiration) in the dynamics of eye's aberrations. This research was done at the School of Optometry in Brisbane, Australia.

Michaels student thesis was about parameter estimation for the detection of eyelids in videokeratoscopic images.


  • Robust and Biomedical Data Science (WS 2022/2023)
  • Robust Signal Processing With Biomedical Applications (SS 2019, SS 2020, SS 2021)
  • Robust and Biomedical Signal Processing (WS 2019/2020, 2020/2021, WS 2021/2022, SS 2022)

Teaching Assistant

Current PhD Projects

  • Taulant Koka Scalable Learning in High-Dimensional Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Jasin Machkour Robust and Adaptive Statistical Learning for High-Dimensional Data
  • Aylin Tastan Robust Statistical Signal Processing for Human Gait Recognition Using Radar (Co-Supervision)
  • Christian Schroth Robust Sequential Analysis in Networks (Co-Supervision)
  • Mahmoud El-Hindi Fast and Robust Speaker Learning in Hearing Aids (Co-Supervision)

Completed PhD Projects

  • Sergey Sukhanov Ensemble Methods in Classification and Clustering (Co-Supervision), 2021.
  • Freweyni Teklehaymanot Robust and Distributed Cluster Enumeration and Labelling, 2019.
  • Tim Schäck Photoplethysmography-Based Biomedical Signal Processing (Co-Supervision), 2018.
  • Marlene Dejá Response Synchrony and Response Patterning of Psychophysiological Parameters in Emotion (Co-Supervision), 2018.
  • Lala Khadidja Hamaidi Robust Distributed Multi-Source Detection and Labelling in Wireless Acoustic Sensor Networks (Co-Supervision), 2018.

Completed Masters and Bachelors Projects

  • Weillem Alexander Klatt Advancements of Signal Processing for Robust Active Noise Control in Hearing Aids and Headphones (Co-supervision mit Henning Puder) 03/2023
  • Sebastian Wirth Radar-based Blood Pressure Estimation 12/2022
  • Christian Eckrich Radar-Based Vital Parameter Sensing 11/2022
  • Bonnie Brader Visibility-Graph Based ECG Analysis 11/2022
  • Jonas Emrich Robust Visibility Graph Methods for Biomedical Signal Processing 09/2022
  • Yuhze Ma Signal Processing Algorithms for Radar-Based Vital-Signs Monitoring 09/2022
  • Simon Tien Development of High-Dimensional Learning Methods for Genome-Wide Association Studies 06/2022, Friedrich-Dessauer Preis 2022
  • Taulant Koka Unlabeled Sensing of Multi-Input FRI Signals (external thesis at EPFL) 04/2022, SEW-EURODRIVE STIFTUNGS Preis 2022
  • Jize Liu Compressive Sensing for Radar Imaging 02/2022
  • Lisa Dawel Development and Analysis of Sparse High-Dimensional Ensemble Learning Methods 12/2021
  • Samet Rasih Köseli Non-linear Crosstalk Modeling, Identification and Suppression in Hearing Devices between the Receiver and the Voice Pick-Up Unit (external thesis at Sivantos (WSAudiology Group)) 07/2021
  • Ones Chamli Algorithms for Radar-Based Vital Parameter Estimation 04/2021
  • Simon Schwanz Robust Photoplethysmography-Based Electrocardiogram and Blood Pressure Synthesis 09/2020
  • Felicia Ruppel Robust Statistical Learning for High-Dimensional Data With Outliers 07/2020
  • Simon Tien Robust Regularized Precision Matrix Estimation 04/2020
  • Christian Schroth Robust Bayesian Cluster Analysis 03/2020
  • Sarosh Manzoor Detection of Road Defects for Autonomous Driving 03/2020
  • Mahmoud El-Hindi Online Speaker Identification With Limited Training Data 10/2019
  • Jin He Machine Learning Methods for PPG Based Cardiovascular Parameter Estimation 08/2019
  • Peter Paulat Early Detection of Adverse Health Events in Humans with Type I Diabetes (Co-Supervision) 08/2019
  • Jasin Machkour Robust and Adaptive Statistical Learning for High-Dimensional Data 05/2019
  • Martin Gölz Spatial Inference in Large-Scale Sensor Networks using Multiple Hypothesis Testing and Bayesian Clustering 03/2019
  • Lisa Dawel PPG Based Cardiovascular Parameter Estimation: A Nonlinear Sparse Regression Approach 01/2019
  • Ilaria Failla Robust Clustering and Cluster Enumeration Methods for Multi-View Imaging 01/2019
  • Shuo Liu Emotion Classification from Physiological Signals 01/2017
  • Bastian Alt Robust and Adaptive Methods for Linear and Sparse Inverse Problems 12/2016
  • Burak Celik Heart Rate Tracking Algorithms for Wriste-Type Photopletysmographic Signals 10/2016
  • Björn Achenbach Non-negative Blind Source Separation for Voice Activity Detection 10/2016
  • Jack Dagdagan Localization of Speech Sources and Receiver Nodes in Uncalibrated Acoustic Sensor Networks 06/2016
  • Christian Sledtz Advanced Methods for Heart Rate Extraction from Photoplethysmographic Signals 06/2016
  • Burak Celik Implementation of an Algorithm for Heart Rate Monitoring using Wriste-Type Photopletysmographic Signals 06/2016
  • Jun Liu Diffusion-Based Cluster Enumeration in a Distributed Sensor Network 05/2016
  • Jasin Machkour Robust and Adaptive Regression for Linear and Sparse Models 04/2016
  • Fabian Scheidt Fast Methods for Cooperative Localization in Wireless Sensor Networks 03/2016
  • Burak Celik Modelling and Analysis of Photoplethysmographic (PPG) Signals 08/2015
  • Jasin Machkour Bootstrap and Robust Regression 08/2015
  • Hauke Radtki Demonstrator for Simulating Intracranial Pressure (ICP) Signals 07/2015
  • Fabian Scheidt Cooperative Localization Using Sum-Product Algorithms Over Wireless Sensor Networks 01/2015
  • Patricia Binder Distributed Robust and Adaptive Signal Classification in Wireless Sensor Networks 01/2015
  • Daniel Kalus Distributed Robust and Adaptive Signal Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks 01/2015
  • Keerati Suibkitwanchai Programming Work for a Biomedical Signal Processing Lab Experiment (SITT intern, Bangkok) 06/2014
  • Stefan Vlaski Robust Bootstrap Methods for Signal Processing 07/2013
  • Stefan Vlaski Implementation and Comparison of Robust Bootstrap Methods for Confidence Intervals 07/2013
  • Jack Dagdagan Stationarity Testing in Presence of Outliers 06/2013
  • Johannes Weise Feature Extraction for Emotion Quantification for Psychophysiological Signals 06/2013
  • Stefan Richter Emotion Classification Based on Psychophysiological Features 06/2013
  • Tim Schäck Parameter Estimation for Psychophysiological Signals in Presence of Artifacts 03/2013
  • Jack Dagdagan Musical Instrument Identification Approaches 01/2013
  • Stefan Richter Signal Modeling for Heart Rate Variability and a Comparison of known Features 12/2012
  • Johannes Weise A Comparison of Spectral Coherence Estimators for Biomedical Signals 12/2012
  • Bin Han Non-stationary Medical Signal Forecasting: Signal Decomposition and Robust Statistics 04/2012
  • Tim Schäck Robust Model Based Detection of Eyelids in Videokeratoscopic Images 01/2012
  • Falco Strasser Motion Artifact Removal in ECG Signals 12/2011
  • Thanh Minh Vu Robust Estimation for Dependent Data 11/2011
  • Andrea Schnall Robust Model Order Selection for Corneal Topography 10/2011
  • Nevine Demitri Binaural Feedback Cancellation 04/2011
  • Falco Strasser Robust Filtering of Autoregressive Processes 10/2010
  • Ivan Derwin Detection of Deterministic Signals in Impulsive Noise 09/2010
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