Marie-Paule Cani

VISTA - Visual Worlds: Temporal Analysis, Animation and Authoring
Marie-Paule Cani

Professor at Ecole Polytechnique

  • Head of the Modeling, Simulation & Learning pole at LIX, CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique, IP Paris.
  • Member of the Académie des sciences


Research in Computer Graphics

Main research goal : developing “Creative AI”.

Keywords: Smart 3D graphics, Implicit surfaces, Developable surfaces, Procedural models, Physically-based animation, Expressive modeling and animation, Sculpting, Deformation, Sketch-based modelling.

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Short Bio

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.


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