Dominic Ruefenacht
Swiss Nationality

Email: d (dot) ruefenacht (at) unsw (dot) edu (dot) au

Personal Webpage:

LinkedIn: Here


2013 – present: Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

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University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Investigating and developing a novel spatio-temporal transform for highly scalable video coding.

2009 – 2011: Master of Science in Communication Systems

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EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Specialisation in Signals, Systems, and Interfaces.
GPA 5.62/6.0.

2008 – 2009: Exchange Year

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University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.
GPA: 5.38/6.0.

2005 – 2009: Bachelor of Science in Communication Systems

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EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
GPA: 5.12/6.0.

Professional Experience

Sept. 2011 – Feb. 2013: Research Engineer

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EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Worked for the Image and Visual Representation Group (IVRG) that is lead by Professor Sabine Suesstrunk. Work included:

  • Implementation of an algorithm for automatic and accurate shadow detection using near-infrared information (see publications).

  • Development of an automatic dust and scratch detection algorithm on silver-halide film (see publications).

  • Development of a full camera RAW processing pipeline in Matlab for joint visible and near-infrared (NIR) development which takes into account camera sensor sensitivities measured using a camSPECS unit.

Feb. – Aug. 2011: Master Thesis in Industry: Stereoscopic High Dynamic Range Video

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Philips, Eindhoven, Netherlands
The Thesis aimed at increasing the Dynamic Range of 3D video by having two cameras with different exposure times. Implementation of the whole pipeline from recording to putting the content on a 3D display. This included synchronizing camera captures, disparity estimation and motion compensation of differently exposed images, aligning and merging them to HDR, and tone mapping the results for viewing purposes.

Teaching and Supervision

Lab Demonstrator/Teaching Assistant

  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing, UNSW
    March – June 2014/2015

  • Multimedia Signal Processing, UNSW
    July – October 2014/2015

  • Digital Photography, EPFL
    February – May 2010


  • Co-Supervision of a Master level semester project
    Anaelle Maillard and Pierre-Antoine Sondag: “Matching Images using EEG Signals”

  • Co-Supervision of a PhD candidate project.
    Ngo Tien Dat: “Using Gaze Tracking to control PDF Documents”

Leadership Skills

May – July 2012: Training to Transmission Officer of the Swiss Armed Forces

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The training to become transmission officer in the rank of Captain in the battalion staff included 2 weeks of technical instruction, as well as two times two weeks of training for staff work in the battalion staff. Together with other future battalion staff members, I successfully broke down big and complex problems and prepared and presented a big variety of concepts. These form the base for battalion orders that are then used to command a battalion (500 – 1000 men).

2004 – 2005: Training to become Officer of the Swiss Armed Forces

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Training from recruit to lieutenant as Fuehrungsstaffelsoldat. By successfully working with and leading many different types of people, I learned how to efficiently analyze and solve tasks with lack of sleep and under time pressure. This allowed me to acquire good leading skills under difficult situations.


2009 – 2011: Class representative in the Section Commission

In charge of the communication between the class and the various EPFL bodies, in particular to represent the Master students within the programme's section commission.

2006 – 2008: Coach for first year Bachelor students

Organized several events throughout the academic year for first year Communication Systems students aiming at facilitating their entrance into university and student life.

Key Skills

Communication Systems

Solid background in signal processing, in particular image and video processing. Good knowledge in cryptography, media security, TCP/IP networking, and machine learning.


Very good programming skills in C++ and OpenCV, as well as Java. A lot of experience in Matlab, in particular with the Image Processing Toolbox.



Mother tongue


Very good spoken and written. Studied and worked 7 years in the french-speaking part of Switzerland.


Very good spoken and written. Lived in different English-speaking countries. TOEFL iBT score: 115/120.


  • Photography: Passionate about all aspects of digital photography. Feel free to visit the photography section of my personal webpage with a selection of my photographs.

  • Scuba-Diving: Certified PADI Adventure Diver