Marie-Paule Cani

Picture Marie-Paule Cani

Professor at Grenoble-INP / Ensimag

On leave at Ecole Polytechnique from May 2017 

Head of the STREAM team, LIX, Ecole Polytechnique

External collaborator of IMAGINE, LJK/Inria 

Contact: Office 2010, LIX, 1 rue Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves, Bat. Alan Turing, Campus de l’École Polytechnique, 91120 Palaiseau, Tel: 01 69 35 69 81

Email: Marie-Paule.Cani  @  or  Marie-Paule.Cani @


Research in Computer Graphics

Goal: Advancing towards more intuitive methods for creating 3D shapes in motion and their organization into complex virtual worlds. Methodology: Control to the user, Knowledge to the models!

Keywords: High level representations, Implicit surfaces, Developable surfaces, Procedural models, Physically-based  animation, Intuitive modeling techniques, Sculpting, Deformation, Sketch-based modelling, 

Main recent projects:

  • 2012-2017: ERC Advanced Grant EXPRESSIVE: EXPloring RESponsive Shapes for Interactive Virtual Environnements.
  • From May 2017: creation of the STREAM Team, LIX, Ecole Polytechnique: STructure Representation and Extraction for computer Animation and geometric Modeling.

Publications (link)

Short CV

Marie-Paule Cani is a Professor of Computer Science at Ecole Polytechnique (from May 2017), on leave from Grenoble-INP & Inria. Her research interests cover both Shape Modelling and Computer Animation. She contributed over the years to a number of high level models for shapes and motion such as implicit surfaces, multi-resolution physically-based animation and hybrid representations for real-time natural scenes. Following a long lasting interest for virtual sculpture, she has been recently searching for more efficient ways to create 3D content such as combining sketch-based interfaces with procedural models expressing a priori knowledge. She received the Eurographics outstanding technical contributions award in 2011 and a Silver medal from CNRS in 2012 for this work. She was awarded an ERC advanced grant in 2011 and elected at the Academia Europaea in 2013.

Marie-Paule Cani is the Technical Paper Chair of SIGGRAPH 2017. Before that, she served in the program committees of all major conferences in Computer Graphics and was program chair a number of times. She served in the steering committees of SCA, SBIM and SMI, and in the editorial board of Graphical Models, IEEE TVCG, Computer Graphics Forum, and is now associate editor of ACM Transactions of Graphics (TOG). She was an EC member of ACM SIGGRAPH from 2007 to 2011, and she represented Computer Graphics in the ACM Publication Board from 2011 to 2014. In France, she belongs to the executive board of the GDR IG-RV (Informatique Géométrique et Graphique, Réalité Virtuelle et Visualisation) and to the CA of the French chapter of Eurographics. After serving as Vice President of Eurographics from 2013, she became President of Eurographics in 2017.


  • 1987 M.Sc. Computer Science, Ecole Normale Supérieure & University Paris XI, France.
  • 1990 Ph.D. Computer Graphics, University Paris XI, France (advisor: Claude Puech).
  • 1995 Habilitation Computer Science, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble.

Appointments held

  • Since May 2017: Professor, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris-Saclay, France
  • 2014-2015 : Informatics and Computational Sciences chair at Collège de France
  • Since 1997 : Professor Grenoble INP
  • 1993-1997 : Assistant Professor, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble
  • 1990-1993 : Lecturer, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.


  • 2013 : Member of Academia Europaea
  • 2012 : Silver medal from CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
  • 2011 : EUROGRAPHICS award for Outstanding Technical Contributions
  • 2007 : Irène Juliot Curie national award, mentorship category
  • 1999 : Junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France.

Local scientific leadership

  • Creation and scientific lead of Stream, team of the LIX laboratory (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique), from 2017
  • Creation and scientific lead of Imagine, joint team INRIA / LJK lab, from 2011 to march 2016.
  • Creation and scientific lead of Evasion, joint team INRIA / GRAVIR lab, 2003-2010.
  • Co-director of GRAVIR (~200 researchers), CNRS, INRIA, UJF and INPG, 2003-2007.

Service to the community

  • President of Eurographics from January 2017, after serving as vice-chair from 2013 to 2016.
  • Technical paper chair of ACM SIGGRAPH 2017, the main Computer Graphics conference.
  • Member of the ACM Publication Board  2011-2014.
  • Director at large, Executive Committee of ACM SIGGRAPH, 2008-2011.
  • Steering committees of SBIM since 2007, SMI since 2006, and SCA 2002_2009.
  • Editorial board of ACM Transactions on Graphics since 2013. (Past editorial boards: Computer Graphics Forum 2009-2012, IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics 2005-2008, Graphical Model 2000-2005).
  • Chairing international conferences: Technical Paper chair of SIGGRAPH 2017. EXPRESSIVE’2012 (joint symposia SBIM, NPAR, CAe), EG STAR 2012, SIGGRAPH-Asia 2010 (technical sketches & posters), Sketch-Based Interfaces & Modeling SBIM’2008 (papers), ACM-EG Symposium on Computer Animation SCA’2006 (papers), IEEE Shape Modeling International SMI’2005, EUROGRAPHICS 2004 (papers), EG Computer Animation & Simulation 2001, Implicit Surfaces 95.