RESEARCH: My major research interest is on motion synthesis for virtual humans and robot, in particular while performing immersive 3D full-body interactions within potentially complex virtual envrionments. This includes also human movement modeling with some recent activities in collaboration with EPFL Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (LNCO). Applications can be found in Virtual Prototyping, Games, Ergonomics, 3D Human-Machine Interfaces, etc... Since February 2011 I lead the Immersive Interaction research group (IIG).
TEACHING: I greatly appreciate to teach the basis of Computer Science (ICC), Programming and Software Engineering to first year's students from the Microtechnique and Electricity sections. These two courses will be merged into a single larger course of "Computational Thinking" starting in September 2018. I also teach the Virtual Reality Ms Course in spring with the aim to build a bridge with experimental sciences.
EPFL SERVICE: member of two doctoral school committees : EDIC (2015-2017) and EDRS (2012-on-going). Advising PhD students and teaching first led me to be part of the EPFL Teaching Staff Assembly / "CCE :Conference des Enseignants" from 2007 to discuss related issues. In October 1st 2010, I was elected President of the EPFL Teaching Staff Assembly (until spring 2013). We were providing recommendations about all new legal text related to the teaching, and actively involved in the on-going discussions about the Bachelor reform, MOOCs, Polymath, and the teaching infrastructure.
Since September 2008 I participate to the IC Faculty council and since September 2014 I'm one of the four teaching staff members at the school Assembly "AE: Assemblée d'Ecole". I was Vice-president from September 2017 to december 2017, and I'm President ad interim since January 2018 until August 2018. Within these 4 years at the AE I have led various working groups associated to consultations, for example the revision of the admission rules to the first year, and the evaluation of teaching.
I come from Brittany, France, where I have completed my PhD degree in Computer Science in 1986 from the University of Rennes, France, at the INRIA-IRISA research institute. I also received the Habilitation degree from the University of Grenoble, France, in march 1995.
I was hired in 1989 as First Assistant in the VRLAB, I became scientific collaborator, and senior researcher. I'm presently Senior Scientist (MER) and leader of the Immersive Interaction research Group (IIG).
I'm co-author of around 150 research papers among which 43 appeared in international peer-reviewed journals. I have contributed to multiple SNF projects and EU projects. Please check iig.epfl.ch for more details.
Presented PhD thesis:
Henrique Galvan Debarba (2016)
Eray Molla (2015)
Daniel Raunhardt (2010)
Schubert de Carvalho (2009)
Benoît Le Callennec (2006)
Paolo Baerlocher (2001)
Presented PhD thesis:
On-going PhD thesis:
Manuel Peinado Gallego (Uni. Alcala, Spain)
Presented PhD thesis:
Inmaculada Rodriguez Santiago (Uni. Alcala, Spain)
Ramon Mas Sanso (Uni. Balearic Islands, Spain)
Experimental study of Embodiment in VR,
Human Movement Modelling,
Human Posture Optimization,
Real-Time 3D Interaction,
Locomotion and steering control,
Expression of complex emotions
Check also my account on Research Gate
Enseignement & Phd
- Computer Science,
- Communication Systems
- Doctoral program in computer and communication sciences
- Doctoral program in robotics, control, and intelligent systems
- Doctoral Program Digital Humanities
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