Toward robust analysis of unstructured point-cloud

My research interests focus on the analysis of unstructured data (usually point-clouds) generated by acquiring a physical object or scene, a very hot topic in several research communities (Computer&Graphics, Pattern Recognition, …) and in the industry. Above all the research aspects, I’m considering the following challenges: 1) there is currently no practical formalism allowing to characterize shapes at locals, medium and larges scales at once, 2) the notion of a shape scale within an object is still ill-defined, despite a wide range of attempts, 3) very few studies have been published on the transitions between the pertinent scales and shapes of a 3D model.

In addition to these theoretical challenges, I’m also very interested in the applications that could be enhanced by more efficient analysis of raw point clouds: cleaning, reconstruction, abstraction, completion, recognition, etc. I’m also keeping track of the last advances in the industry, and I’m working with companies to transfer my research.

I’m looking for students, PhD students and post-doc on 3D shape analysis and processing. Open calls (master internships, doctoral fellowships) here.

I’m also open to scientific, R&D and industrial partnerships.

Feel free to contact me !


Last update: February 21th, 2017.
  • February 21th 2017: New position in our team for a 7-months maturation program. We seek for an engineer with competences in Computer Graphics (Geometry Processing, Rendering) with a strong C++/OpenGL background.
  • December 2016: New open positions in our team (here). Valentin Rousselet got the best paper award at the national conference J*FIG in Grenoble, for his paper Implicit-based secondary motions for characters animation.
  • October 1st 2016: I’m officially joining the VORTEX team, AGGA group as full-time researcher.
  • June 6th 2016: Our paper Relative scale estimation and 3D registration of multi-modal geometry using Growing Least Squares has been selected to be presented at the Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP) 2016, which will be held in Berlin, June 20-24th.
  • March 21th 2016: Our paper Map Style Formalization: Rendering Techniques Extension for Cartography has been accepted at Expressive 2016, for the Symposium on Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering (NPAR).
  • November 18th 2015: Our paper Relative scale estimation and 3D registration of multi-modal geometry using Growing Least Squares has been accepted in an upcoming issue of the Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.
  • November 2015: I’m part of the Best Paper committee for the AFIG days 2015 (Association Francaise d’Informatique Graphique) / EGFR (link). I will also give a talk at the Journées de Géométrie Algorithmique 2015, entitled Fast Global Pointcloud Registration (link).
  • October 5th 2015: I will give a talk at Inria Sophia Antipolis, entitled Analysis of Point Clouds at Multiple Scales (check-out details here).
  • September 2015: new industrial transfer starting, for our paper Light Transport Editing with Ray Portals. 6-months engineer position available. We found someone: stay tuned !
  • July 3rd 2015: Our fresh and sweet Patate library has sufficiently grown to get its own website, follow this link to get access to the last release and a brand new gallery demonstrating Patates capabilities.
  • June 21th 2015: Our paper The Revealing Flashlight: Interactive spatial augmented reality for detail exploration of cultural heritage artefacts has been selected as a notable article in computing in 2014, by ACM ThinkLoud Computing Reviews (complete list here).
  • May 4th 2015: Our paper Rapter: Rebuilding Man-made Scenes with Regular Arrangements of Planes has been accepted at Siggraph 2015.
  • previous entries …

Affiliation: IRIT, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, INPT, UPS, UT1C, UT2J, France.


  • 2016-Now: CNRS Full-time researcher at IRIT.
  • 2014-2016: Post-doc at IRIT, Université Paul-Sabatier (Toulouse, France), with David Vanderhaeghe,
  • 2013-2014: Post-doc at University College London working with Niloy Mitra,
  • 2012-2013: Post-doc at Inria Bordeaux Sud-Ouest (France), working with Pascal Barla, Gaël Guennebaud and ArcheoVision,
  • 2009-2012: PhD thesis at Inria Bordeaux Sud-Ouest (France), supervised by Patrick Reuter and Christophe Schlick.

Research interests (see publication and research pages for details)

  • 3D shape analysis: focusing on acquired data, possibly with complex geometry and multiple pertinent scales
  • 3D shape registration: focusing on global (no input pose) rigid registration with partial overlap,
  • Semi-automatic systems: mixing efficient computations and interaction for real-time solutions.


Co-advisor: Anahid Ghazanfarpour (PhD student)

Collaboration: Céline Michaud (PhD Student at Oktal-SE)

Past: Moos Hueting & Aron Monszpart (PhD students – summer project), Georges Nader (Master student)

Industrial partners

Airbus IDLab