Symposium Olivier Faugeras
June 8th, 2010
INRIA Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée

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Nicholas Ayache
INRIA Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée

Nicholas Ayache is a Research Director at INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France, where he leads the Asclepios research team dedicated to medical image analysis and simulation.
He received his Ph.D in 1983, and his "Thèse d'Etat" in 1988 from Univ. of Paris XI (Computer Science), introducing new vision capabilities for autonomous robots. This early research was performed at INRIA Rocquencourt under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Faugeras.
Since 1988, N. Ayache's research activities have been dedicated to Medical Image Analysis and Simulation applied to medicine and biology to better assist prevention, diagnosis and therapy of diseases. His research interests include image analysis with advanced geometrical, statistical, physical and functional models and the design of innovative software and systems for surgery simulation and image-guided therapy. He is the author of a large number of peer-reviewed scientific articles in these domains, the author or editor of 7 books, and  the co-founder of 4 start-up companies in computer vision, computer graphics, medical and biological imaging.
N. Ayache is co-Editor in Chief (and co-founder) of the Medical Image Analysis journal (Elsevier), and an associate editor of several prestigious scientific journals including IEEE /Trans. Med. Imaging./ He has been involved in the organization of several major and pioneering conferences in the field including MICCAI  (Medical Image computing and Comp. Assist. Intervention).  N. Ayache received prestigious awards, including the EADS Grand Prize awarded by the French Academy of Sciences in 2006 and the Microsoft Award for Science in Europe, awarded jointly by the UK Royal Society and the French Academy of Sciences in 2008.


Mike Brady

Mike Brady
University of Oxford (UK)

Mike Brady is BP Professor of Information Engineering in the Department of Engineering Science as well as a Fellow of Keble College in the University of Oxford. He joined Oxford University as the foundation Professor of Information Engineering in August 1985 from MIT, where he had been Senior Research Scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. During his time in Oxford, he and his colleagues have established the Robotics Research Laboratory and, subsequently, as his research interests shifted to Medical Image Analysis, he and Alison Noble have established the Wolfson Medical Vision Laboratory (WMVL) During his time in Oxford, Mike has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. He was knighted for services to Engineering in the New Year's Honours list 2003. His Oxford chair was endowed by BP (£1.2M). Mike was awarded the IEE Faraday Medal for the year 2000, and a Third Millennium medal of the IEEE. Mike was awarded the Royal Institution Henry Dale Prize in 2005. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Essex, Manchester, Liverpool, Southampton, Oxford Brookes, and the Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse. Mike is a Visiting Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Imperial, London. He was Professeur Invité at INRIA, Sophia Antipolis during 1994-5 and 1996-7, attached to the Epidaure Research Group headed by Professor Nicholas Ayache.


Paul Bresloff
University of Oxford (UK)


Yves Fregnac
Unité de Neuroscience, Information et Complexité, CNRS-UNIC

(France)Dr. Yves Frégnac is a Research Director at the CNRS (DRCE) and Head of the Research Unit of Neurosciences, Information and Complexity (UPR CNRS 3293 (UNIC)) at Gif sur Yvette, (France). He is also the Director of the Institute of Neurobiology Alfred Fessard (FRC Y2118), which regroups all the Neuroscience Research Units on the CNRS Campus of Gif-sur-Yvette. Within UNIC, he is the leader of the research group ”Cognitive Neurosciences and Cortical Vision”. He is also an associate member of the Research Center in Epistemology at the Ecole Polytechnique (CREA-X). His teaching activities are in the field of cellular and systems Neuroscience, with a particular interest in the interface between Physics, Neuroinformatics and Biology. He is Full Professor in Cognitive Sciences at the Department of Humanity and Social Sciences at the Ecole Polytechnique. He teaches Master’s and Doctoral level courses annually at the University Paris VI, the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Cognitive Science Department-DEC), the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (ESE) and participates regularly in European Postgraduate courses in computational neuroscience (PENS European Course in Computational Neuroscience (Arcachon, France), Natal (Brazil) and in complex systems (FIAS, Frankfurt, Germany). After completing a Engineering degree in Electronics, System Theory and Computer Science at the Grande Ecole ”Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité”, Paris (France), he obtained a doctorate d’Etat in Human Biology and Modelling at the University of Paris V School of Medicine (France) in 1978 and a second doctorate d’Etat-ès-Sciences in Neuroscience at the University of Paris VI (France) in 1982. The current research interests of Yves Frégnac include functional intracellular and synaptic imaging of visual cortical receptive fields, optical imaging of cortical network dynamics, supervised models of Hebbian plasticity during development and adulthood, and the psychophysical correlates of perceptual binding processes in primary cortical areas. The research work of Yves Frégnac has led to more than 100 publications in refereed journals and 15 book chapters and reviews. In 1999 he was awarded the Grand Prix Jaffé by the French Academy of Sciences. In 2008, he was awarded the Prix Louis D. by the Institute of France (the second largest Prize given by the Académie des Sciences) for his interdisciplinary work in the fields of Complexity, Biology and Computational Neuroscience. In addition to recurrent funding from the CNRS, his work has been financed by national grants from the CNRS, the National Research Agency (ANR) and international European grants (HFSP and CE (FET and Bio-I3)) at the interface between Physics and Biology. Over the past 8 years he has been the French CNRS coordinator for two EC grants (IST FET initiatives Life-like perception: ”SenseMaker” and ”Facets”).


François Germain
Noesis (France)

INRIA (1972‐1983)
Chercheur à l’INRIA dans le projet Traitement du signal de 1972 à 1979 sous la direction de Pierre
Faurre, puis responsable scientifique du projet temps et robotique de 1979 à 1983.
Co auteur de « Opérateurs rationnels positifs : application à l’hyperstabilité et aux processus
aléatoires » P. Faurre, M. Clerget, F. Germain. Dunod édition.
DIGITAL DESIGN (1983‐1990)
1983 – 1987 : Directeur du département Vision industrielle : Création et animation de cette activité
au sein d’une start up : 5 personnes en 1983, 70 en 1987, puis 160 en 1990.
Activité essentiellement basée sur l’utilisation de caméras linéaires et l’algorithmie associée en partie
portée sur du matériel spécialisé
1988 – 1990 : Directeur des Recherches et Développements. Axes principaux : Imagerie médicale et
Vision industrielle .Principaux développements : médecine nucléaire, reconstruction tomographique,
approche multimodalité et recalage d’images.
NOESIS (1990‐2010)
1990 – 1987 : Directeur des Applications : Mise en place d’une activité de réponse à des
problématiques clients nécessitant des développements amont par rapport à Visilog. En particulier :
Automatisation de tests en toxicologie génétique pour l’industrie pharmaceutique. Trajectographie
pour le dépouillement de film de tirs de missiles. Analyse de Gels d’électrophorèse.
1988‐2010 : Directeur Général : Deux axes de développement : Evolution et enrichissement constant
du produit Visilog. Réalisation d’applications innovantes.

Eric Grimson
  Eric Grimson
Massachusets Institute of Technology (USA)

Eric Grimson is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as the Bernard Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering.
Prof.  Grimson is currently the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.  From August, 2004 through September, 2005, he served as Associate Department Head for Computer Science, and from 2001 to 2004 was Education Officer for the Department. In addition to holding the Bernard Gordon Chair of Medical Engineering at MIT, he also holds a joint appointment as a Lecturer on Radiology at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women's Hospital.  Prof. Grimson is also currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association, representing more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies.
Prof. Grimson currently heads the Computer Vision Group of MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which has pioneered state of the art systems for activity and behavior recognition, object and person recognition, image database indexing, image guided surgery, site modeling and many other areas of computer vision. For the past decade, his group has been applying vision techniques in medicine for image guided surgery, disease analysis and computational anatomy.
He received a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Regina in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT in 1980.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of AAAI, and a recipient of the Bose Award for Undergraduate Teaching.


Jan Koenderink
Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)

Jan Koenderink graduated in Physics and Mathematics in 1967 at Utrecht University. He has been associate professor in Experimental Psychology at the Universiteit Groningen. In 1974 he became lector, 1978 full professor Universiteit Utrecht where held a chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. In 2008 he was forced to retire (at 65). At Utrecht he cofounded the Helmholtz Instituut in which multidisciplinary work in biology, medicine, physics and computer science is coordinated. Jan Koenderink spent periods at Oxford, École Normale Supérieure (Paris) and is currently visiting professor at M.I.T.
Jan Koenderink presently is at Delft University of Technology. His main (scientific) interests are the psychology and philosophy of perception, computer vision and ecological physics, in all cases both theoretically (conceptually and mathematically) and empirically.
Jan Koenderink has received an honorific degree (D.Sc.) in Medicine from the University of Leuven and is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the editorial boards of a fair number of scientific journals, scientific boards of international conferences and scientific institutes.

Navab Nassir  

Nassir Navab
Technische Universität München (Germany)

Nassir Navab is a full professor and director of the institute for Computer Aided Medical Procedures (CAMP) at Technical University of Munich (TUM) with a secondary faculty appointment at its Medical School. In 2001, while acting as distinguished member of technical staff at Siemens Corporate Research (SCR) in Princeton, he received the prestigious Siemens Inventor of the Year Award for the body of his work in interventional imaging. He had received his PhD from INRIA and University of Paris XI, under supervision of Prof. Olivier Faugeras, and enjoyed two years postdoctoral fellowship at MIT Media Laboratory before joining SCR in 1994. In November 2006, he was elected as a member of board of directors of MICCAI society. He has been serving on the Steering Committee of the IEEE Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality since 2001. He is the author of hundreds of peer reviewed scientific papers and over 40 US and international patents. He is currently serving as Program Chair for MICCAI 2010 and as Area Chair for ECCV and ACCV 2010. He is on the editorial board of many international journals including IEEE TMI, MedIA and Medical Physics. Nassir is also the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer for SurgicEye. He is proud of his PhD students, who have received many prestigious awards including MICCAI young investigator awards in 2007 and in 2009, best paper awards at IEEE ISMAR 2005, IBM best paper award at VOEC-ICCV 2009, and IPMI Erbsmann award in 2007.


Jean Ponce
Ecole Normale Supérieure (France)

Jean Ponce is a Professor at Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) in Paris, France, where he leads a joint ENS/INRIA/CNRS research team, WILLOW, that focuses on computer vision and machine learning. Prior to this, he served for over 15 years on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of over 150 technical publications, including the textbook ``Computer Vision: A Modern Approach'', in collaboration with David Forsyth. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Foundations and Trends in Computer Graphics and Vision, the International Journal of Computer Vision, and the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences. He was also editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Computer Vision (2003-2008), an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation (1996--2001), and an Area Editor of Computer Vision and Image Understanding (1994--2000). Dr. Ponce was Program Chair of the 1997 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition and served as General Chair of the year 2000 edition of this conference. In 2003, he was named an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to Computer Vision, and he received a US patent for the development of a robotic parts feeder. In 2008, he served as General Chair for the European Conference on Computer Vision.

Luc Robert  
Luc Robert
Autodesk (France)

Luc Robert received his PhD from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) in 1993. The research, conducted at INRIA Sophia Antipolis under supervision of Prof. Olivier Faugeras, focused on multi-camera geometry, stereo reconstruction and camera calibration. After a one year post-doctorate at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie-Mellon University working on stereo vision for autonomous robot navigation, he joined INRIA as a Research Scientist and developed algorithms and systems for image-based modeling, image-based rendering and camera tracking. In March 1998 he co-founded the REALVIZ spin-off, and has been in charge of the technological development of the technology and product portfolio since then. Since the acquisition of REALVIZ by Autodesk in 2008, Luc has been running the Computer Vision and Imaging group at Autodesk.

Touboul   Jonathan Touboul
Rockefeller University (USA)

Jonathan Touboul is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mathematical Physics of the Rockefeller University (NY), working on nonlinear dynamical systems, stochastic processes and mean-field methods applied to brain's activity modeling. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in 2004, obtained a Master at Telecom Paris in 2005 and a master of mathematics in from Paris 6 University in 2006. He obtained his PhD in mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique in 2008 for his dissertation prepared under the direction of Olivier Faugeras and dealing with nonlinear and stochastic models in neuroscience. He then worked as an NSF postdoc in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Pittsburgh, before joining the Rockefeller University. 


Zhengyou Zhang
Microsoft Research (USA)

Zhengyou Zhang received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Zhejiang, Hangzhou, China, in 1985, the M.S. degree in computer science from the University of Nancy, Nancy, France, in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science and the Doctor of Science (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) diploma from the University of Paris XI, Paris, France, in 1990 and 1994, respectively.
He is a Principal Researcher with Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA, and manages the multimodal collaboration research team. Before joining Microsoft Research in March 1998, he was with INRIA (French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control), France, for 11 years and was a Senior Research Scientist from 1991. In 1996-1997, he spent a one-year sabbatical as an Invited Researcher with the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Kyoto, Japan. He has published over 200 papers in refereed international journals and conferences, and has coauthored the following books: 3-D Dynamic Scene Analysis: A Stereo Based Approach (Springer-Verlag, 1992); Epipolar Geometry in Stereo, Motion and Object Recognition (Kluwer, 1996); Computer Vision (Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1998, 2003, in Chinese); and Face Geometry and Appearance Modeling (Cambridge University Press, 2010, to appear). He has given a number of keynotes in international conferences.
Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Computer Vision, and an Associate Editor of Machine Vision and Applications. He served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence from 2000 to 2004, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia from 2004 to 2009, among others. He has been on the program committees for numerous international conferences in the areas of autonomous mental development, computer vision, signal processing, multimedia, and human-computer interaction. He is currently a Program Co-Chair of the International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), July 2010, a Program Co-Chair of the ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM), October 2010, and a Program Co-Chair of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI), November 2010.