Marie-Paule Cani is a Professor of Computer Science at Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble-INP/Ensimag). She is the head of the IMAGINE research-group, a joint team of Inria and Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann (CNRS, univ. Grenoble-Alpes). A graduate from the École normale supérieure, she received a PhD from the University Paris XI in 1990, and the degree of Habilitation to Advise Research (HDR) from INPG in 1995. She was awarded junior membership of the Institut universitaire de France in 1999 and became a Eurographics Fellow in 2005. She received the Irène Joliot Curie mentoring award in 2007 for her actions towards Women in Science, and was elected member of Academia Europaea in 2013.
Her main research interest is the creation of digital content for animated virtual worlds, which lead her to develop techniques for both intuitive shape modeling and interactive 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 and hybrid representations for real-time natural scenes. Following a long lasting interest for virtual sculpture, she has been recently searching for more efficient ways to create 3D content such as combining sketch-based interfaces with procedural models expressing a priori knowledge. Her recent work explores the new concept of “responsive shapes”, i.e. user-centered graphical models, able to respond in the expected way under user’s modeling gestures. She received the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contributions award in 2011, an advanced grant from the European Research Council (ERC), and a silver medal from CNRS in 2012 for this work.
Marie-Paule Cani served in the program committees of the main conferences in Computer Graphics and was program chair a number of times. She served or is serving in the steering committees of SCA (Symposium on Computer Animation), SBIM (Sketch-based Interfaces and Modeling) and SMI (Shape Modeling International), and in the editorial board of Graphical Models, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), Computer Graphics Forum (CGF), and currently ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG). She was “director at large” in the executive committee of ACM SIGGRAPH from 2007 to 2011, and represented the Computer Graphics domain in the ACM Publication Board from 2011 to 2014. An active member of the French Computer Graphics association (AFIG) since the nineties, she contributed to create the French Chapter of Eurographics in 2003 and was the first president. She now belongs to the executive board of the national research structure GDR IG-RV (Informatique Géométrique et Graphique, Réalité Virtuelle et Visualisation) of CNRS and has been Vice President of the European society Eurographics since January 2013.