François X. Sillion

Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Centre Inria Grenoble-Rhône-Alpes, Researcher

Other Affiliation(s):

  • Ecole Normale Superieure, Senior Researcher
  • French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automatic Control


  • SIGGRAPH 2008

    François Sillion is a senior researcher with INRIA (Institut National de  Recherche en Informatique et Automatique), and director of INRIA’s Grenoble- Rhône-Alpes research center. He obtained a masters degree in Solid State Physics  and a PhD in Computer Science as a student of the “Ecole Normale Supérieure” in Paris. He has held positions at Cornell University, CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique, and headed the ARTIS research project at INRIA.

    Sillion published many papers in the fields of lighting simulation, real-time rendering, visibility and shadow techniques, focusing on the complementary issues of image realism and interactive control of visualization. He wrote a comprehensive book on the radiosity method, with Claude Puech (Radiosity & Global Illumination, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1994).

    François Sillion currently chairs the Eurographics working group on rendering, and is a member of the editorial board of the Computer Graphics Forum and ACM Transactions on Graphics journals. He co-chaired the technical program of the Eurographics’96 conference, the 1992 Eurographics workshop on rendering, and organized the 1993 Eurographics workshop on rendering. He delivered tutorials in several SIGGRAPH and Eurographics conferences, and invited presentations in several international conferences. In 2005 he was elected a fellow of the Eurographics Association.   

    SIGGRAPH 1999

    François X. Sillion is a senior researcher at the Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), working in the iMAGIS project in Grenoble, France. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees (1986) in Physics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Paris-Xi/Orsay (1989). Dr. Sillion worked for two years as a post-doc at Cornell’s Program of Computer Graphics, before joining France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), working first in Paris, then in Grenoble (1993). His research interests include the simulation of illumination for realistic image synthesis (he worked on several extensions to the radiosity method, including non-diffuse reflection and hierarchical techniques using clusters); progressive rendering  techniques allowing a continuous trade-off between quality and speed for interactive applications; image-based techniques for the acceleration of rendering; and the application of computer graphics techniques to the simulation of non-visible radiation (botanical studies and radio waves). Dr. Sillion published, with Claude Puech, a comprehensive book on radiosity and global illumination, and co-authored several papers on all the above subjects. In addition to participating in many conference program committees, he is an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Graphics, serves on the editorial board of Computer Graphics Forum, and chairs the EUROGRAPHICS working group on rendering, organizing a yearly workshop on rendering.  

    SIGGRAPH 1992

    François Sillion is a researcher at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris, France. He received an undergraduate education in math and physics, a graduate degree in Solid State Physics in 1986, and a Ph.D. in computer science in 1989 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. From 1989-1991 he was a post-doctoral associate in the Program of Computer Graphics at Cornell University. He has co-authored several research papers on image synthesis, including  several published in the SIGGRAPH proceedings. His research interests include light reflection modeling, global illumination algorithms, interactive simulation, and evaluation of image quality.

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