Marie-Paule Cani

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Professor at the University of Grenoble  INPEnsimag

Head of the IMAGINE research group 
Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann & Inria

Office H208, Inria, 655 avenue de l’Europe, 38330 Montbonnot
Tel: (+33)476615432      Email: Marie-Paule.Cani  @
Administrative assistant: Fatima Kassimi, (+33)476615548

Research in Computer Graphics

Goal: Advancing towards more intuitive methods for creating 3D shapes in motion. 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 project (2012-2017):  ERC Advanced Grant EXPRESSIVE.

Publications (link)

Short CV

Marie-Paule Cani is a Professor of Computer Science at Grenoble University (Grenoble Institute of Technology & 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.

Marie-Paule Cani 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 and CGF. 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 (Informatique Graphique) and to the CA of the French chapter of Eurographics. She has been Vice President of Eurographics since January 2013.


  • 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

  • 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 Imagine, joint team INRIA / LJK lab, from 2011.
  • 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

  • Vice president of Eurographics since 2013
  • 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: 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.