Marie–Paule Cani Winner of the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contributions Award 2011Marie-Paule Cani received the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contributions Award 2011. This internationally recognized distinction, given each year to an individual in computer graphics to highlight some outstanding technical achievement, rewards her work in implicit modelling, animation and interactive shape design. Marie-Paule Cani, a university professor in Grenoble, leads the EVASION research team, a joint INRIA Grenoble and Jean Kuntzmann laboratory team, which is affiliated with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the universities of Grenoble. The Eurographics award is given for major contributions to the field of computer graphics that are both technologically advanced and creative. This is the case in Marie-Paule Cani's work on implicit surfaces and multiresolution deformable models. For example, she has developed several solutions for animation of nature scenes, and more recently, for animating characters' hair and clothing. Her work in creating interactive forms is also highly innovative. Based on theoretical concepts, her research has been applied in several domains: animated games and films, training simulators for surgical operations, industrial virtual prototyping, etc.

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