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George Drettakis

Inria Sophia-Antipolis
2004 route des lucioles, BP 93
FR-06902 Sophia Antipolis, France
Phone: (+33) 4 92 38 50 32

NEWS: checkout our new results from my ERC Advanced Grant FUNGRAPH.

I am currently a senior researcher at INRIA and the group leader of the GRAPHDECO research group at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis. My research interests are in rendering for computer graphics and sound. My recent work is on image-based rendering and textures, perceptual rendering, and in particular audio-visual cross-modal rendering, interactive illumination, shadows, relighting and interactive rendering in general. My responsibilities include managing the group, supervising graduate students and coordinating/managing research projects.

I chair the ACM SIGGRAPH Papers Advisory Group and the Eurographics Steering Committee for the Working Group on Rendering, and co-chair the GT Rendu of the GDR IGRV.
I am also in charge of the Jacques Morgenstern colloquium. I was papers chair of SIGGRAPH Asia 2010, was associate editor (AE) for ACM Transactions on Graphics AE, co-editor in chief of IEEE Tran. on Computer Graphics and Visualization, chairman of the Eurographics Awards committee (2008-2013) and member of the Scientific and Technological Orientation Council (COST) of INRIA in charge of the International Relations working group. I was the recipient of the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contributions award in 2007 (EG link), and also was nominated as a Eurographics Fellow.


My complete list of publications can be found here (sorted by type) and here (sorted by date). Recent publications from our FUNGRAPH research include: 3D Gaussian Splatting for Real-Time Radiance Field Rendering (ACM Trans. on Graphics, SIGGRAPH 2023), Active Exploration for Neural Global Illumination (ACM Trans. on Graphics, presented at SIGGRAPH 2022) and Neural Catacaustics for Neural View Synthesis of Reflections (ACM. Trans. on Graphics, SIGGRAPH Asia 2022).

Current students & postdocs

I currently supervise two Ph.D. students: G. Kopanas who works on Neural Rendering and N. Violante who work on generative models for rendering. I will be co-supervising A. Petitjean and Y. Poirier-Ginter, and supervising P. Panantonakis starting fall 2023. I am hosting A. Gauthier who is doing his postdoctoral fellowship in our group.

Past Ph.D. Students (Co-) Supervised

Frédo Durand
Céline Loscos
Xavier Granier
Eric Paquette
Alex Reche-Martinez
Marie-Claude Frasson
Florent Duguet
Nicolas Bonneel
Cecile Picard (partial co-supervision)
Marcio Cabral

Pierre-Yves Laffont
Gaurav Chaurasia
Emmanuelle Chapoulie
Sylvain Duchêne
Rodrigo Ortiz-Cayon
Theo Thonat
Valentin Deschaintre
Simon Rodriguez
Julien Philip
Stavros Diolatzis
Siddhant Prakash
Professor at MIT, Cambridge, USA
Professor, University of Reims, France
Professor, head of MANAO, Bordeaux, FR
Professor at ETS, Montréal, Quebec
CNRS Researcher, LIRIS, Lyon, France

Engineer Imaginarium, U. Lille
Research Associate, USP, Brasil
CEO Lemnis technologies
Researcher at Oculus

R&D Engineer at ANSYS/Optis

CTO at Check & Visit
Researcher at Fyusion
Research Scientist at Adobe Paris
Research Scientist at Adobe London
R & D engineer at Spider Games
Research Scientist at Adobe London
Research Scientist at Intel Research
Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL

Past Postdocs Hosted

Bruce Walter
Marc Stamminger
Carsten Dachsbacher
Ares Lagae
Carles Bosch
Peter Vangorp
Jorge Lopez-Moreno
Christian Richardt
Stefan Popov
Kenneth Vanhoey
Abdelaziz Djelouah
George-Alex Koulieris
Thomas Leimkuehler
Gilles Rainer
Bernhard Kerbl
Cornell University (1999 Grenoble)
Professor U Erlangen (2000-2001, Marie-Curie)
Professor U Kaiserlautern (2006-2007, Marie-Curie)
KUL (2009-2010, FWO)
U Girona (2010-2011, ERCIM)
Lecturer Edge Hill University (2010-2012)
U Madrid (2012-2013) (w/ A. Bousseau)
Lecturer University of Bath (2012-2014) (w/ A. Bousseau)
Google Research
Unity Research
Disney Research Zurich
Asst. Prof. Durham University
Group Leader at MPI Saarbruecken
Postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College London
Postdoctoral fellow at TU Wien

Other Close (non-GRAPHDECO) Collaborators (past and present)

François Sillion, Pierre Poulin, Isabelle Viaud-Delmon, Ignacio Martin, Maria Roussou,
David Bourguignon, Roland Fleming, Olga Sorkine, Julie Dorsey, Holly Rushmeier


I taught advanced graphics and learning at Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon (2021-2022),d computer graphics at the Ecole Centrale de Paris (2006-2017), and since 2012 I teach graphics (with A. Bousseau) in the Sophia-Antipolis International M1 program and in the MODSU Data Science Masters. I also taught in the Cannes MAPI ("Management for computer games" Masters).  I taught computer graphics (with N. Tsingos & S. Lefebvre) in the Masters programme IGMMV, and in  the ENA/Nice Sophia-Antipolis M1 program and I was the organiser and a lecturer of the Image Sythesis course (2001-2007) at the Institut Supérieure en Informatique et Automatique (ISIA) of the Ecole de Mines de Paris at Sophia-Antipolis.

Current Funded Projects

Past Funded Projects

Other Activities

I was technical papers chair for SIGGRAPH Asia 2010. I co-chaired the papers program for the Eurographics Conference 2008, in Crete, with Roberto Scopigno. I also co-chaired the papers program of the Eurographics Conference 2002 with Hans-Peter Seidel, and the Eurographics Workshop on Rendering 1998 with Nelson Max. I have served on the Eurographics Workshop on Rendering programme committee (now the Symposium) since 1995, and I have served on several times on other program committees, including Eurographics, SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia PC's.

Short Bio (for general use)

George Drettakis graduated from the Dept. of Computer Science in Crete, Greece, and obtained an M.Sc.and a Ph.D., (1994) at the Dept. of C.S. (Dynamic Graphics Project) at the University of Toronto, Canada, under the supervision of Eugene Fiume. He was an ERCIM postdoctoral fellow in Grenoble, Barelona and Bonn (94-95). He obtained a permament Inria researcher position in the iMAGIS group in Grenoble in 1995, and the degree of "Habilitation" at the University of Grenoble (1999). In 2000 he founded the REVES research group at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, which he headed from 2002 until Dec. 2015. Since July 2016 he heads the follow-up group GRAPHDECO. He became a INRIA Senior Researcher 2003; and DR1 (full professor equivalent) in 2008. He received the Eurographics (EG) Outstanding Technical Contributions award in 2007 and is an EG fellow. He was an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Graphics, technical papers chair of SIGGRAPH Asia 2010, associate editor and co-editor in chief of IEEE Trans. on Computer Graphics and Visualization (2011-2015). He leads the EG working group on Rendering. He has worked on many different topics in computer graphics, with an emphasis on rendering. He initially concentrated on lighting and shadow computation and subsequently worked on 3D audio, perceptually-driven algorithms, virtual reality and 3D interaction. In recent years he has worked on image-based rendering and relighting, textures, weathering and perception for graphics.
Last Update:  June 2023