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Stéphane COTIN

Stéphane COTIN

Research Director

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I am Research Director at Inria and leader of the MIMESIS team. My main research interests are in 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 our work and to accelerate research in these fields, I initiated the SOFA project ( which is now a reference Open Source solution for developing advanced simulations. I am 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 I am also a co-founder and president of the scientific board of InSimo ( Before joining Inria, I was Research Lead for the Medical Simulation Group at CIMIT and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.


  • Numerical Simulation
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Augmented Reality
  • Topology and Geometry