Marie-Paule Cani is a Professor of Computer Science at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), France. A graduate from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, she received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Paris Sud in 1990 and the ``habilitation'' degree from INPG in 1995. She has been junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France from 1999 to 2004. She is the head of the INRIA research group EVASION which she created in 2003, and vice-director of the research lab GRAVIR (Computer GRAphics, Computer VIsion and Robotics), the joint lab of CNRS, INPG, INRIA and UJF to which EVASION belongs.
Her main research interests cover physically-based simulation, implicit surfaces applied to interactive modelling and animation and the design of layered models incorporating alternative representations and LODs. Recent applications include pattern-based texturing, the animation of natural phenomena such as lava-flows, ocean, vegetation and human hair, real-time virtual surgery and interactive sculpting techniques.
Marie-Paule Cani co-chaired the first Eurographics workshop on Implicit Surfaces (1995), now merged into the Shape Modelling International conference. In 2001, she co-chaired the Eurographics Workshop on Computer Animation and Simulation. It merged in 2002 into the new ACM-EG Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA), in which steering committee she served since then. She has been a Topic Chair and a member of the Best Paper Awards Committee at Eurographics'2003. She was Paper co-Chair of Eurographics'2004 and is Conference co-Chair of Shape Modeling International (SMI)'2005. She served in SIGGRAPH Program Committee in 2002 and 2005, and in the committees of Eurographics'1996, Computer Animation'1999 and 2003, NPAR'2002, SMI'1999 and 2001, SCA'2002, 2003, 2004 and Pacific Graphics'2002. She belongs to the editorial board of Graphical Models (an Accademic Press journal) since 2001. She is the president of the French Chapter of Eurographics, which she created in 2003.