Christophe CHAILLOU

Professor Computer Science
Born: 1961 September 1
Married, three children





1983 : B. S. (Department of Mathematics), University of Nantes

1986 : M. S. (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Ecole Centrale de Nantes

1991 : Ph. D. in Computer Science (Graphic Hardware), University of Lille



Work Experience

1983-1989 : High School Teacher (mathematics),

1989-1991 : Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Lille

1991-1996 : Associate Professor, Télécom Lille

1996-2001 : Professor in Computer Science, Polytech-Lille

2001-2003 : Senior Researcher, INRIA

2003 -2006 : Professor in Computer Science, Polytech-lille

2006-2007 : Sabbatical leave, LIAMA Beijing, (with INRIA support)

2007-         : Professor in Computer Science, Polytech-Lille


Research Activities

Head of the Alcove research group, a joint project-team at Inria Futurs in collaboration with LIFL (Laboratoire d’Informatique Fondamentale de Lille, CNRS and University of Lille 1) and IRCICA (Institut de recherche sur les composants logiciels et matériels pour l’information et la communication avancée). Our research themes relate to real-time Computer Graphics and 3D Computer-Human Interaction.

We are particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Haptics and tactile devices
  • Interaction in complex virtual environments
  • Multi-resolution and multi-representation of physics-based models
  • Autonomous physics-based simulation
  • Framework for remote co-operative activities
  • Estimation of deformable objects properties from image sequences

Our domains of application are:

  • Medical simulation
  • Remote 3D Collaborative Work

I am regularly a member of several conference programme committees for instant Virtual Reality International Conference, International Symposium on Medical Simulation. Virtual Reality Interactions and Physical Simulations

I also took part in the creation of two start-up companies in the area of medical simulation and input devices.


Since 1993, I advised 20 Ph. D students (Eric Nyiri, Vincent Lefévère, Alain Preux, Max Froumentin, Hervé Laporte, Philippe Meseure [HDR 2002], Eric Varlet, Gregory Saugis, Cédric Dumas, Luc Wibaux, Frédéric Triquet, Jean-Philippe Vandeborre, Laurent Hilde, Stéphane Louis Dit Picard, Géry Casiez, Julien Lenoir, Jérémie Dequidt, Damien Marchal, François Martinot, Adrien Theetten).

I am professor at Polytech-Lille, a pluridisciplinary engineering school. I teach classes in the following areas:

  • Algorithmic methods and programming
  • Computer architecture, Risc, virtual memory
  • Computer Graphics, modelling, visualization and animation
  • Data Compression, JPEG, MPEG, wavelets
  • Computer Human Interaction and Virtual Reality

Since September 2003 until 2006, I was in charge of the Computer Science option in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Polytech-lille

Slides (in french) :







  • C. Chaillou, Architectures des systèmes pour la synthèse d’images , Paris, Edition Dunod, coll. informatique, May 1992, 192 p.

Mains Publications (with Google scholar)

  • Ph. Meseure et C. Chaillou, Deformable Body simulation with Adaptive Subdivision and Cuttings , Proceedings of the WSCG’97, Plzen, Czech Republic, 10-14 feb. 1997, pp 361-370.
  • C. Dumas, S. Degrande, C. Chaillou,G. Saugis, P. Plénacoste, M.L. Viaud, SPIN, A 3-D Interface for cooperative work. Virtual Reality Journal , Springer-Verlag london Ltd, UK, 15-25 apr. 1999.
  • P. Meseure, J. Davanne, L. Hilde, J. Lenoir, L. France, F. Triquet, and C. Chaillou, “A physically-based virtual environment dedicated to surgical simulation” in Surgery Simulation and Soft Tissue Modeling (IS4TM’03) - LNCS, pp 38–47, june 2003.
  • F. Triquet, Ph. Meseure, and Ch. Chaillou, Fast polygonisation of implicit surfaces Proceedings of the WSCG’01, Plzen, Czech Republlic, 2001.
  • P. Meseure et C. Chaillou, A Deformable Body Model for Surgical Simulation Journal of Visualization and Computer Animation , 11, 4, september 2000, pp 197-208.
  • J. Lenoir, Ph. Meseure, and Ch. Chaillou, “Surgical thread simulation” in Proceeding on Modelling and Simulation for Computer-aided Medecine and Surgery (MS4CMS), INRIA, Rocquencourt, France, 2002.
  • J. Davanne, Ph. Meseure, and Ch. Chaillou, “Stable haptic interaction in a dynamic virtual environment” in International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - IROS’2002 , Lausanne, Switzerland, october 2002.
  • C. Dumas, S. Degrande, G. Saugis, C. Chaillou, M.-L. Viaud, A 3-D Interface for Cooperative Work, Proceedings of CVE’98 (Collaborative Virtual Environments 1998) , University of Manchester, UK, 17-19 june 1998.
  • L. France, J. Lenoir, A. Angelidis, P. Meseure, M.-P. Cani, F. Faure, C. Chaillou, “A Layered Model of a Virtual Human Intestine for Surgery Simulation” in Medical Images Analysis Apr 2005, vol. 9, no 2, p. 123-132.
  • D. Lamy et C. Chaillou, Design, Implementation and Evaluation of an Haptic Interface for Surgical Gesture Training, Proceeding of Virtual Reality and Prototyping , Laval, France, 3-4 june 1999, pp 107-116.
  • L. Hilde, P. Meseure, and Ch. Chaillou, A fast implicit integration method for solving dynamic equations of movement in VRST’2001 Conference , Banff, Canada, November 2001.
  • A.C. Jambon, D. Querleu, P. Dubois, C. Chaillou, P. Meseure, S. Karpf, C. Géron SPIC, Pedagogical Simulator for Gynecologic Laparoscopy Proceedings of the 8th Medecine Meets Virtual Reality Conference , Newport Beach, USA, 27-30 january 2000, pp 139-145.
  • L. Raghupathi, L. Grisoni, F. Faure, D. Marchal, M.-P. Cani, and C. Chaillou, “An intestine surgery simulator : Real-time collision processing and visualization” in IEEE Trans. on Visualization And Comp. Graphics , 2004.
  • G. Casiez, P. Plénacoste, C. Chaillou, and B. Semail, “The DigiHaptic, a New Three Degrees of Freedom Multi-finger Haptic Device” in Proceedings of Virtual Reality International Conference , pp 35–39, May 2003.
  • L. France, J. Lenoir, P. Meseure, and Ch. Chaillou, Simulation of a minimally invasive surgery of intestines in Virtual Reality International Conference - VRIC’02 , Laval, France, june 2002.
  • G. Casiez, P. Plénacoste, C. Chaillou, and B. Semail, Elastic Force Feedback with a New Multi-finger haptic device : The DigiHaptic in Proceedings of Eurohaptics , pp 121–134, July 2003.
  • P. Meseure, S. Karpf, C. Chaillou, P. Dubois, J.F. Rouland, Low-Cost Medical Simulation: a Retinal Laser Photocoagulation Simulator in Graphics Interface 1995 , Quebec City, Canada, 17-19 may 1995, 155-162.
  • L. France, A. Angelidis, Ph. Meseure, M.-P. Cani, J. Lenoir, F. Faure, and Ch. Chaillou, Implicit representation of the human intestines for surgery simulations in Conference on Modelling and Simulation for Computer-aided Medecine and Surgery (MS4CMS) , INRIA, Rocquencourt, France, 2002.
  • J Lenoir, P. Meseure, L. Grisoni, and Ch. Chaillou, A suture model for surgical simulation in International Symposium on Medical Simulation , Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, june 2004
  • S. Louis Dit Picard, S. Degrande, C. Gransart, G Saugis, and C. Chaillou, VRML Data Sharing in The Spin-3D CVE in Web3D 2002 , Tempe, Arizona, USA, February 2002.
  • H. Laporte, M. Froumentin, C. Chaillou, Quadric Surfaces for Real Time Visualization. Proceedings First Eurographics Workshop on Implicit Surfaces , Grenoble, France, April 1995, pp 129-142.
  • M. Froumentin, C. Chaillou, “Quadric Surface: a Survey with New Results, in Proceedings of the 7th IMA Conference on the Mathematics of Surfaces (IMA-96)” in Mathematics of Surfaces , Vol. VII, pp. 363-382, September 1997.



Other Activities


1998-2001 : President of the CSE (hiring committee) for the Computer Science department. This committee hired about fifteen faculty over this period.

Since 2003 : active member of the CE in charge of hiring new researchers for INRIA.

2001-2006 : Financial supervisor for the Computer Science research department LIFL.

Since  2007 : In charge of IT Valorisation, USTL