Plenary Speakers

Wolfgang Heidrich

Wolfgang Heidrich joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in 2014 as the Director of the Visual Computing Center and a Professor of Computer Science. He is also a Professor (on leave) at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Heidrich received his Ph.D. in from the University of Erlangen in 1999 and then worked as a Research Associate in the Computer Graphics Group of the Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science in Saarbrucken, Germany, before joining UBC in 2000. Dr. Heidrich’s research interests lie at the intersection of computer graphics, computer vision, imaging, and optics. His more recent interest is in computational imaging and display, focusing on hardware-software co-design of the next generation of imaging systems, with applications such as High-Dynamic Range imaging, compact computational cameras, hyperspectral cameras, to name just a few. Dr. Heidrich’s work on High Dynamic Range Displays served as the basis for the technology behind Brightside Technologies, which was acquired by Dolby in 2007. Dr. Heidrich has served on numerous program committees for top-tier conferences such as Siggraph, Siggraph Asia, Eurographics, EGSR, and recently he chaired the papers program for both Siggraph Asia 2016 and the International Conference of Computational Photography (ICCP) 2016. Dr. Heidrich is the recipient of a 2014 Humboldt Research Award.

Abdesselam Bouzerdoum

Abdesselam Bouzerdoum (M’89–SM’03 IEEE) graduated with MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. In 1991, he joined Adelaide University, South Australian, and from 1998 to 2004 he was an Associate Professor with Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. In September 2004, he was appointed Professor of Computer Engineering and Head of School of Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Wollongong. From 2007 to 2013, he served as Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Informatics. Since March 2017, he has also been a Professor with Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar. Dr. Bouzerdoum held several Visiting Professor Appointments at Institut Galilée, Université Paris-13, LAAS/CNRS, Toulouse, France, Villanova University, USA, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. From 2009 to 2011, he was a member of the ARC College of Experts and Deputy Chair of the EMI panel (2010–2011).Dr. Bouzerdoum is the recipient of the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security (2011), the Chester Sall Award of IEEE Trans. Consumer Electronics (2005), and a Distinguished Researcher Award (Chercheur de Haut Niveau) from the French Ministry (2001). He served as Associate Editor for 5 international journals, including IEEE Trans. Image Processing, IEEE Trans. Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (1999–2006). He has published over 350 technical articles and graduated over 30 Ph.D. and Research Masters students. His research interest includes radar imaging and signal processing, image processing, vision, machine learning, and pattern recognition.

Stéphane Cotin

Stéphane Cotin is the Research Director at Inria and the leader of the MIMESIS team. His main research interests are in the physics-based simulation, real-time simulation of soft-tissue deformations, finite element modeling, augmented reality and medical applications of this research. In an effort to disseminate their work and to accelerate research in these fields, he initiated the SOFA project ( which is now a reference Open Source solution for developing advanced simulations. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific articles and involved with several conferences, either as organizer or member of the board: International Symposium on Biomedical Simulation (ISBMS), International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions (IPCAI).
Since 2012 he is also a co-founder and president of the scientific board of InSimo ( Before joining Inria, he was Research Lead for the Medical Simulation Group at CIMIT and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Pascal Mammacian

Pascal Mamassian was born in Lyon (France) and studied in Telecommunication Engineering (Sup' Télécom, Paris, France). He then obtained a Master's degree in Cognitive Sciences (Univ. Paris 6 & EHESS, Paris, France) and a Ph.D. degree in Experimental and Biological Psychology (Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA). He has worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Tübingen, Germany) and New York University (New York, USA). He was at the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, UK) as a lecturer and then senior lecturer before taking a researcher position at the CNRS (France).