Christian WOLF is associate professor (Maître de Conférences, HDR) at INSA de Lyon and LIRIS, a CNRS laboratory, since sept. 2005. He is interested in machine learning and computer vision, especially the visual analysis of complex scenes in motion. His work puts an emphasis on modelling complex interactions of a large amount of variables: deep learning, structured models, and graphical models, and more recently the connections between machine learning and control.

He is the head of the AI chair / chair in Artificial Intelligence at INSA-Lyon, and national project coordinator of ANR/NSERC project "Deepvision" “Learning highly complex visual problems with deep structured models” (9/2016-3/2020) and the national coordinator of project ANR Delicio "Data and Prior, Machine Learning and Control" (2019-2023); he has coordinated the INSA-Lyon partner of ANR Canada (2007-2010) and PIA Interabot (2012-2016). He is member of the scientific committee of GDR IA and member of the directing committee of GDR ISIS and co-leader of the topic "Machine Learning". He has supervised 12 defended PhD theses, is an associate editor of IEEE-T on PAMI and area chair of CVPR 2020, NeurIPS 2020, ICLR 2021, ICCV 2021, ICML 2021.

He received his MSc in computer science from TU Vienna, Austria, in 2000, and a PhD in computer science from INSA de Lyon, France, in 2003. In 2012 he obtained the habilitation diploma, also from INSA de Lyon. Between September 2017 and August 2019 he was on leave at INRIA, at the chroma work group at the CITI laboratory.

Twitter: @chriswolfvision
Blog/Medium: @chriswolfvision

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The group in feb 2020 in the hills around Lyon: Corentin Kervadec, Steeven Janny, Edward Beeching, Fabien Baradel, Théo Jaunet, Quentin Possamaï, Quentin Debard (not present).

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  • Dr. Rizwan Khan (12/2013-11/2014); Semantic labelling of HD videos taken from occulometric eye-glasses (co-supervised with Julien Mille)

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Teaching: exchange France - Austria


Starling is a graphical tool to build simple computer-vision applications developed and maintained by the LIRIS research laboratory and its 3 computer vision teams (Website, Github, Youtube video)



Email: christian.wolf (at)
Tel: +33 4 72 43 63 08

Christian Wolf
INSA de Lyon
Laboratoire LIRIS
Batiment Blaise Pascal
20 av. Albert Einstein
69621 Villeurbanne

When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail