My goal is to advance towards intelligent systems that help users express the shapes in motion they have in mind, and their organization intro complex virtual worlds. These users may be computer artists, but also the general public, engineers or scientists from other disciplines who have mental images of their objects of study, but cannot seamlessly communicate them. Our general methodology is to provide them expressive, gesture-based control (such as sketching, deformation, copy-pasting) while augmenting the graphical models they manipulate with knowledge, was it laws from priors or statistics and correlations learnt from examples.
Keywords: Smart 3D graphics, Implicit surfaces, Developable surfaces, Procedural models, Physically-based animation, Expressive modeling and animation, Sculpting, Deformation, Sketch-based modelling.
Main recent projects:
2012-2017: ERC Advanced Grant EXPRESSIVE: EXPloring RESponsive Shapes for the creation of Interactive Virtual Environnements.
2016-2019: creation and scientific lead of the STREAM Team, LIX, Ecole Polytechnique: STructure Representation and Extraction for computer Animation and geometric Modeling.
2018-2021: Principal investigator in the chair between Google and Ecole Polytechnique, on Artificial Intelligence & Visual Computing.
Marie-Paule Cani is a Professor of Computer Science at Ecole Polytechnique. 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 methods and hybrid representations for real-time natural scenes. Following a long lasting interest for virtual sculpture, she has been recently searching for more expressive ways to create 3D contents such as combining sketch-based interfaces with procedural models based on a priori knowledge or learning. She received the Eurographics outstanding technical contributions award in 2011, a Silver medal from CNRS in 2012, and was elected at the Academia Europaea in 2013. She was awarded the ERC advanced grant EXPRESSIVE (2012-2017) and joined the ACM Siggraph Academy in 2019. She was elected at the French Academy of Sciences in 2020.
Marie-Paule Cani was the Technical Paper Chair of ACM SIGGRAPH 2017, and program co-chair of Motion, Interaction and Games (MIG) in 2019. 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 ACM Transactions of Graphics (TOG), Computer Graphics Forum, IEEE TVCG and Graphical Models. She is now associate editor of Computers and Graphics. She was Director at Large in the EC of ACM SIGGRAPH from 2007 to 2011, and member of the ACM Publication Board from 2011 to 2014. In France, she served in the executive board of the GDR IG-RV (Informatique Géométrique et Graphique, Réalité Virtuelle et Visualisation) of CNRS and in the CA of the French chapter of Eurographics for many years. After being vice president from 2013, she was President of the Eurographics association in 2017 and 2018.
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.
Since May 2017: Professor, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris-Saclay, France