Stéphane Cotin

Research Director
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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.

Expertise and Domains of Interest

Numerical Simulation

Finite Element Modeling

Augmented Reality

Topology and Geometry

Find my Publications here