Jean-Marie Favreau
Bâtiment F, bureau F204
Campus Universitaire des Cézeaux - LIMOS
1 rue de la Chebarde
TSA 60125
CS 60026
63178 Aubière Cedex - France

I am an Associate Professor (maître de conférences) at Université Clermont Auvergne, and part of the thème G4, Axe MAAD of LIMOS (UMR 6158).

I defended my PhD thesis on October 22nd, 2009 at LIMOS (Clermont-Ferrand, France) with Vincent Barra. The subject of my PhD was “Tools for tiling surfaces”. See also the illustrations page. I spent one year as post-doctoral research associate at the IMATI - CNR (Genova, Italy). I was recruted in September 2010 as maître de conférences at the Université d'Auvergne, and my first assignment was at the ISIT (UMR 6284 UdA – CNRS).


  • 2015–: associate professor at LIMOS, Université d'Auvergne
  • 2010–2015: associate professor at ISIT, Université d'Auvergne
  • 2007–2010: allocation couplée (research and teaching grant for PhD preparatino)
  • 2004–2005, 2006-2007: student at ENS Cachan (Bretagne)
  • 2005–2006: research engineer at Clermont-Ferrand Hospital

Research activities

  • Keywords: unfolding, cutting, tilling, topology, geometry, expert knowledge modelization.
  • Applicative contexts: medical imaging, computer graphics.

See the publication page for a global overview of my publications. I also developped softwares associated to the scientific publications. See the software page.

Teaching activities

University Institutes for Technology

At IUT de Clermont-Ferrand:

  • 2010–: ~200 hours/year, lecture in mathematics, statistics and modelization (1st and 2nd-year levels).


At Université d'Auvergne:

  • 2013–: 20 hours, lecture in project management (master TechMed, 4th-year level). In charge of the lecture.
  • 2014–: 39 hours, lecture in data basis applied to medical context (master TechMed, 4th-year level). In charge of the lecture.

At Université Blaise Pascal:

  • 2010–2013: 11 hours, lecture in discrete geometry (master MSIR, 5th-year level)
  • 2007–2009: 12 hours/year, lecture in image processing (2nd-year level)
  • 2006–2007: 12 hours, lecture in graph theory applied to bioinformatics (master bioinformatics, 5th-year level)

Engineer school


  • 2007–2009: 32 hours/year, lecture and exercise sessions in mathematics (N+i, 1st-year level)
  • 2007–2009: 16 hours/year, exercise sessions in Object-oriented programming (4th-year level)
  • 2008–2009: 14 hours, exercise sessions in advanced Object-oriented programming (5th-year level)
  • 2007–2008: 12 hours, exercise sessions in C programming (3rd-year level)

Other tasks

Previous positions, visits and internships

  • Summer 2010: invited at CSIRO (in the Biomedical Imaging Group), joining the Olivier Salvado's team. We worked on topological correction of volumic data (medical imaging).
  • 2009–2010: post-doctoral research associate at IMATI CNR (Genova, Italy), with Michela Spagnuolo.
  • Summer 2009: visitor at Department of Computer Science, Queen Mary, University of London, joining the Lourdes Agapito's team. We worked on distortion shape estimation from point clouds describing a manifold (computer vision).
  • 2005–2006: research engineer at the ERIM team (EA 3295), Clermont-Ferrand, France. Software development with the aim to build a planar map of the cortical surface, in the central suclus.
  • Summer 2004: internship under the direction of Jean Bézivin and Frédéric Jouault at LINA, during 2 months. Study of the ontology modelization, and design of a 3-layer description (model driven engineering).

Education and diploma

  • 2009: PhD in Computer Science, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France
    Thesis title: “Tools for tiling surfaces”
    Advisor: Vincent Barra
    Mention très honorable
  • 2005: Master 2 STS Recherche, Université de Rennes 1 (ENS Cachan antenne Bretagne), France
    Rank: 3rd (distinction: très bien)
    Theorical part: Computer science and telecommunication
    Master 2 internship: “Atlas probabiliste des frontières fonctionnelles des aires visuelles”
    Managed by Christian Barillot (VisAGeS team) and Michel Dojat (INSERM U594).
  • Summer 2004: admitted at the entrance exam of the ENS de Cachan;
  • 2004: Maîtrise d'Informatique at the Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Nantes, France (Options: artificial intelligence, constrainte programming, semi-formal modelization).
  • 2003:
    • Maîtrise de Mathématiques at the Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Nantes, France (Options: distributions and EDP, algebraic topology);
    • Licence d'Informatique at the Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Nantes, France;
  • 2002: Licence de Mathématiques Fondamentales at the Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Nantes, France (Options: scientific computation, probabilities);
  • 2001: DEUG MIAS Mathématiques at the Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Nantes, France;
  • 1999: Scientific A-levels (spanish option, speciality: mathematics).