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Rachid Deriche

Rachid Deriche

Rachid Deriche

ATHENA Project-Team Leader Office Byron Bldg - Y405 Tel: +33 4 92 38 78 32 mail: web:

I am Research Director (Class Exceptional) at Inria in the Sophia Antipolis – Méditerannée Research Center where I lead the Project-Team ATHENA focused on the Computational Imaging of the Central Nervous System. I graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris, in 1979, received the Ph.D degree in Mathematics from the University of Paris IX, Dauphine in 1982 and the HDR “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” from Nice Sophia Antipolis University in 1991.

I am teaching graduate courses on Biomedical Imaging, Computer Vision and Image processing in the following Master of Sciences 2 : Master of Science in Computational Biology, in the following engineering school Telecom Sud Paris and I am a scientifical consultant for Olea Medical. I am vice-Director of the STIC Doctoral School and member of the Scientific Council of Nice Sophia Antipolis University.

From Sept 2007 to June 2010, I was member of the INRIA Sophia Antipolis – Méditerranée Management board, vice-chair of the Inria Sophia project-team committee and member of the INRIA Evaluation Committee. I am member of the editorial board of Computational Imaging and Vision book series and Journal of Neural Engineering. I was until recently Associate Editor of SIAM Journal on on Imaging Sciences (SIIMS), and I have been Associate Editor for many years for journals such as IJCV and area-chair for many conferences such as ECCV, ICCV, CVPR, MICCAI, RFIA, ISBI etc

Research Interest: My expertise and research interests are in Computational Imaging of the Central Nervous System (CNS – Brain and Spinal Cord), 3D Computer Vision and Mathematical Image Processing. More recently, i shifted my research interest from the domain of 3D Computer Vision to the domain of Computational CNS Imaging with a particular emphasis on the understanding and the processing of the CNS anatomical connectivity through Diffusion MRI and its combination with other modalities such as fMRI, MEG or EEG. More generally, i am very interested by the development and application of mathematical and computational imaging methods to help understand how the brain works and acquire a better understanding of its mechanisms. For more details you can have a look at this video.

Awards : 

2016: ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (ERC AdG agreement No 694665 “Computational Brain Connectivity Mapping” from Sept. 2016 to August 2021)

2014: Doctorate Honoris Causa awarded by Sherbrooke University to distinguish my carrer as image processing, computer vision and computational brain imaging expert and recognize my e fforts and approach to engaging and educating generations of young scientists  (Collation des Grades – Université de Sherbrooke 20/09/2014).

2013: French Academy of Sciences Grand Prize of the EADS Corporate Foundation in Computer Science. This award recognizes the achievement of a scientist in a French laboratory who has made exceptional contributions to the vitality and influence of computer-science research while building outstanding cooperation with industry. It has been officially awarded at the Institut de France on Tuesday 15 October 2013. For more details see the following links :  Eads (DailyMotion)  —  Link-1 — Link-2 —Interview  —Interview (ERC).

Publications :

Articles in refereed journals

Articles in book chapters

Articles in International

Conferences Articles in French Conferences

Citations  :

Orcid Link Google Scholar Link (Citations…) J.  Palsberg (The h Index for Computer Science…)

PhD students

  • Rutger H.J. Fick : « Microstructure Recovery via dMRI » Nice Sophia Antipolis University
  • Marco Pizzolato :  « Diffusion & Perfusion MRI : From bench to bedside » Nice Sophia Antipolis University
  • Guillermo Gallardo-Diez: « Inferring and Comparing Structural Parcellations of the Human Brain using Diffusion MRI  » Nice Sophia Antipolis University with Demian Wassermann
  • Isa Constantini : « Brain Connectomics » Nice Sophia Antipolis University
  • Abib Alimi : « dMRI & PLI » Nice Sophia Antipolis University
  • Thinhinane Megherbi: in Co-Direction with L. Boumghar (USTHB, Algiers)

Former PhD students

  • Gabriel Girard  : Tractographie de la matière blanche orientée par a priori anatomique et microstructurels – Joint PhD – Cotutelle – Université Sherbooke – Université Nice Sophia Antipolis – Defended April 20th, 2016 – Reviewers:  J.P. Thiran (EPFL), A. Leemans (UMC Utrecht) Examiners: B. Sherrer (Harvard Medical Schoo), T. Papadopoulo (Inria) and P.M. Jodouin (Sherbrooke Univ.)  Thesis co-advised with M.  Descoteaux ( Sherbrooke Univ.) and  K.Whittingstall  Post-Doc@EPFL.
  • Anne Charlotte Philippe   : Régularisation du problème inverse MEG par IRM de Diffusion – Université Nice Sophia Antipolis – Defended Dec. 18, 2013 – Reviewers:  J.M. Lina (ETS Université du Quebec), B. Thirion (Inria/CEA-Neurospin, Saclay) – Examiners :  H.Benali (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière), M. Guy ( CNRS/CRMBM, Marseille), et J.P.Ranjeva (Fac de Médecine, Marseille). Thesis co-advised with Maureen Clerc. Research Engineer@Brain & Spine Institut – Paris Anne-Charlotte Philippe Homepage
  • Sylvain Merlet   : Compressed Sensing in Diffusion MRI  –  Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis – defended Sept. 11th, 2013 – Reviewers:  R.  Verma (University of Pennsylvania), C. Barillot (CNRS, Rennes),- Examiners : L.B. Ferraud (I3S, Sophia Antipolis), N.Paragios (Ecole Centrale, Paris) et M. Descoteaux (University of Sherbrooke). Research Engineer@Fortil – Sophia Antipolis   Sylvain Merlet Homepage
  • Emmanuel Caruyer : Q-space diffusion MRI: Acquisition and Signal ProcessingI –  Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis – defended July 18th, 2012 – Reviewers: J.P.Thiran (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne), D.Alexander(University College. London), H.Benali (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière), N.Paragios (Ecole Centrale, Paris) et J.P. Ranjeva (Fac de Médecine, Marseille).   Researcher@CNRS, RennesEmmanuel Caruyer homepage
  • Jian Cheng– Estimation and Processing of Ensemble Average Propagator and Its Features in Diffusion MRI – Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis/CASIA/LIAMA (Beijing) – defended May 30, 2012 – Reviewers: M. Descoteaux (SCIL,Sherbrooke University), Hongtu Zhu (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) \& Gaolang Gong (Beijing Normal University).  Post-Doctoral Fellow@NIH , Bethesda  Jian Cheng Homepage
  • Aurobrata Ghosh– High Order Models in Diffusion MRI and Applications, defended April 11, 2011 – Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis – Reviewers: P. Basser (STBB, NICHD, Bethesda) and B. Vemuri ( Univ. of Florida, Gainsesville). Research Associate@UCL, London –  Aurobrata Ghosh Homepage
  • Arnaud Messe in Co-Direction with H. Benali (Inserm U678) – Caractérisation de la relation structure-fonction dans le cerveau humain à partir de données d~IRM fonctionnelle et de diffusion Méthodes et applications cognitive et clinique, defended on December 21, 2010. Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis. Post-Doctoral Fellow Institut für Computational Neuroscience, Hambourg –  Arnaud Messé Homepage
  • Demian Wassermann – Automated In Vivo Dissection of White Matter Structures from Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging, defended on April, 2, 2010. – Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis – Reviewers : C.F. Westin (BWH, Harvard Medical School) \& C. Poupon (Neurospin). Researcher@Inria, Sophia-Antipolis  Demian Wassermann Homepage
  • Maxime Descoteaux – High Angular Resolution Diffusion MRI : From Local Estimation to Segmentation and Tractography, defended on February, 5, 2008 – Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis – Reviewers : P.J. Basser (NICHD, NIH, Bethesda), C.F. Westin (BWH, Harvard Medical School) \& C. Poupon (Neurospin) – Award of the best PhD thesis by ASTI 2009 (Association Française des Sciences and Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication. Professor@Sherbrooke University,  Maxime Descoteaux Homepage
  • Christophe Lenglet– Geometric and Variational Methodsfor Diffusion Tensor MRI Processing, defended on December, 12, 2006 – Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis – Reviewers : P.J. Basser (NICHD, Bethesda), C.F. Westin (BWH, Harvard Medical School) \& G. Sapiro (CMRR, Univ. Minnesota) – Award of the best PhD thesis by AFRIF 2007 (Association Française pour la Reconnaissance et l’Interprétation des Formes. Assistant Professor@CMRR, University of MinnnesotaChristophe Lenglet Homepage
  • Lucero Lopez Perez – Régularisation d’images sur des surfaces non planes, defended on December, 15, 2006 – Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis – Reviewers : N. Sochen (Tel-Aviv University ) \& L. Alvarez (Las-Palmas Univ.) Lucero Diana Lopez Perez Homepage
  • Mickael Rousson – Cue Integration and Front Evolution in Image Segmentation, defended on December, 6, 2004 – Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis. Reviewers : G. Sapiro (CMRR, Univ. Minnesota), L. Alvarez (Las Palmas Univ.) \& K. Siddiqi.(McGill Univ) – Research Manager, ContextVision AB, LInkoping, Mikael Rousson Homepage
  • David Tschumperlé – PDE’s Based Regularization of Multi-Valued Images and Applications, defended on December, 13, 2002 – Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis. Reviewers : N. Sochen (Tel-Aviv Univ.) \& L. Alvarez (Las-Palmas Univ.). Award of the second best prize by Telecom-Valley in 2003. Researcher@CNRS, Caen –  David Tschumperlé Homepage
  • Nikos Paragios – Geodesic Active Regions and Level Set Methods : Contributions and Applications in Artificial Vision, defended on January 20, 2000 – Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis ~ Reviewers : M. Brady (Oxford Univ.), G. Sapiro (CMRR, Univ. of Minnesota) \& L. Alvarez (Las-Palmas Univ.) – Award second best PhD thesis Cor-Bayeen Ercim 2000. Professor Ecole Centrale, ParisNikos Paragios Homepage
  • Pierre Kornprobst– Contributions à la restauration d’images et à l’analyse de séquences : Approches Variationnelles et Solutions de Viscosité, defended on November 5, 1998 – Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis – Reviewers : P. Bouthemy, G. Buttazo \& J.M. Morel. Researcher@Inria Sophia-Antipolis, Pierre Kornprobst Homepage
  • Franck Taillandier – Reconstruction de bâti en milieu urbain : une approche multi-vues, Thèse Ecole Polytechnique defended on Sept. 2004. Reviewers : H. Maitre and J.P. Cocquerez. Researcher@IGN, Paris, Franck Taillandier Homepage
  • Bénédicte Bascle – Contributions et applications des modèles déformables en vision par ordinateur, defended on July 13, 1994.- Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis – Reviewers G. Médioni (Univ. Southern California, USA) \& O. Kubler (EPFL). Expert Engineer@Thales Optronique, Paris Bénédicte Bascle Homepage
  • Laurence Lucido : Navigation Sous-Marine Référencée Terrain par Mise en Correspondance de cartes Bathymétriques, defended January 1998 – Universit{\’e} de Nice Sophia-Antipolis. Data center Roadmap Manager at Gemalto, Nice. Laurence Lucido Homepage
  • Thierry Blaszka : Approches par Modèle en Vision Précoce, defended on February 25, 1997 – Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis. Reviewers : R. Horaud (CNRS) \& O. Monga (INRIA). Research Manager@Amadeus, Sophia –  Thierry Blaszka Homepage
  • Yuxin Chen : Détection Optimale de Contours -Évaluation et Implémentation sur un Réseau Parallèle de Transputers, defended on July 1990 – Ecole Centrale de Paris – Laboratoire d’accueil: ENSEA. China