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Mathias Fink

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Mathias Fink is a professor of physics at the Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI ParisTech), Paris, France. In 1990, he founded the Laboratory Ondes et Acoustique at ESPCI that became, in 2009, the Langevin Institute. In 2002 he was elected at the French Academy of Engineering, in 2003 at the French Academy of Science, and in 2008 at the College de France on the Chair of Technological Innovation. He has received several scientific awards, such as the CNRS medal of innovation, the Rayleigh Award of the IEEE Ultrasonics Society (2012), the ERC SYNERGY Grant (European Research Council) for the HELMHOLTZ project (2013), and the Edwin H. Land Medal of OSA in 2014

He has also held positions at the University of Strasbourg and the University of Irvine in the Department of Radiology.

Fink’s area of research is concerned with the propagation of waves in complex media and the development of numerous instruments based on this basic research. His current research interests include time-reversal in physics, wave control in complex media, super-resolution, metamaterials, multiwave imaging, and telecommunications. He has developed different techniques in medical imaging (ultrafast ultrasonic imaging, transient elastography, supersonic shear imaging). He holds more than 70 patents, and he has published more than 400 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. Six start-up companies with more than 300 employees have been created from his research (Echosens, Sensitive Object, Supersonic Imagine, Time Reversal Communications, CardiaWave and GreenerWave).

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Document Created: 11 Feb 2020
Last Updated: 11 Feb 2020