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He is currently a professor of Mathematics  and of Biomedical Engineering  at Washington University in St. Louis. He has six U.S. patents and more than 100 publications. One of these, "Entropy-based Algorithms for Best Basis Selection," led to the Wavelet Scalar Quantization (WSQ) image compression algorithm, used by the FBI to encode fingerprint images.
Professor Wickerhauser has been a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and has received the 2002 Wavelet Pioneer Award from SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering).
- Adapted Wavelet Analysis from Theory to Software (A K Peters, 1994) ISBN 1-56881-041-5
- Mathematics for Multimedia (Elsevier 2003, ISBN 0-12-748451-5) (Birkhaeuser 2009, ISBN 978-0-8176-4879-4)
- M. Victor Wickerhauser
- "Entropy-based Algorithms for Best Basis Selection"
- U.S. Patent No. 5,384,725
- U.S. Patent No. 5,526,299
- U.S. Patent No. 6,792,073
- U.S. Patent No. 7,054,454
- U.S. Patent No. 7,333,619
- U.S. Patent No. 8,500,644
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