Bruno Lévy's homepage

Inria Research Director (DR1)
Head of the Inria Nancy Grand-Est research center

Inria Nancy Grand-Est, Rue du Jardin Botanique,
54600, Villers-lès-Nancy
(33) (0)3 83 59 30 00

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Short Bio

I was born the 14th of May 1972. I defended my Ph.D. in 1999 on computational topology, combinatorics and embedding, directed by Jean-Laurent Mallet. I was awarded the SPECIF prize (now known as Gilles Kahn / Acad. Sci. prize) of the best French Ph.D. thesis in CS, then I did a post-doc in Stanford in 2000. I was hired by Inria in 2000 as a junior researcher. In 2004, I created the ALICE team (it became an Inria project in 2006). I obtained an ERC Starting Grant (GOODSHAPE) in 2008, and an ERC Proof of Concept Grant (VORPALINE) in 2013. I was promoted research director in 2008 and 1st class research director in 2012. I was awarded the Inria Young Researcher Award in 2011. In 2019, two new Inria teams stemmed from my previous team ALICE: MFX on compter aided fabrication, and PIXEL on geometry processing.
I am now the director of the Inria Nancy Grand-Est research center (since Nov. 2018).

[Archives ALICE 2006-2018]


My initial topic is Geometry Processing. From 1998 to 2006, I focused on the problem of mesh parameterization, and produced several algorithms that became a de-facto standard (LSCM, ABF++, PGP). Then I contributed to two start-up creations, for transferring my results in 3d gridding for oil exploration (Paradigm/Earth Decision Sciences) and visualization (Scalable Graphics)

From 2006 to 2019, I focused on some numerical problems in Scientific Computing. I contributed to lay spectral geometry processing fundamentals and made it practical with the first algorithm that computes a Fourier-like basis for surface meshes (manifold harmonics). I also established the regularity of Lloyd's energy and proposed a Newton solver for quantization, generalized it to propose the first automatic algorithm for hex-dominant meshing (Lp-CVT) and finally the first solver for 3D semi-discrete optimal transport. Most of my research results are available in my GEOGRAM and GRAPHITE Open-Source softwares. The main results of my two ERC projects on meshing and sampling are transferred to GEO2, a start-up that we are currently creating.

Now (2020,...) I am mainly working on computational methods for cosmology, and novel hardware architectures (with the motivation of accelerating computational cosmology, for which I'm using GPUs now).

Selected Publications

Physics and Optimal transport

Sampling and meshing

Hexahedral meshing



Mesh Parameterization (1998-2006)

Complete list of older publications: (1999-2015).       My publications on [google scholar] [DBLP]



Selected Recorded Talks and Slides

Images and Animations

Editorial activities and conferences

  • The Visual Computer, Associate Editor
  • GMOD, Associate Editor
  • 2014-18 ACM Transactions on Graphics, Associate Editor
  • program co-chair of Computer Graphics Intl 2018
  • conference co-chair of WSOM 2017
  • conference co-chair of GMP 2016
  • 2010-15: IEEE TVCG - Associate Editor
  • program co-chair of Eurographics 2014
  • conference co-chair of CAD Graph. 2013
  • program co-chair of Pacific Graph. 2013
  • program co-chair of ACM/EG SGP 2010
  • program co-chair of ACM SPM 2008
  • program co-chair of ACM SPM 2007

Program Commitees 2010-2017

  • 2017: EG
  • 2016: SGP, PG, SMI
  • 2015: SIGGRAPH, SGP, GDSPM, CAD Graph.
  • 2014: SGP
  • 2010: SMI, SPM, GMP, NORDIA

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