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Laure Tougne Rodet
Laure Tougne Rodet

Curriculum vitae

1994 – Master in Theoretical Computer Science, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon), supervisor: Jacques Mazoyer.
1997 - PhD in Computer Science, “Discrete circles on cellular automata”, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, supervisors: Jacques Mazoyer and Marianne Delorme.
1997 – 1998 Temporary Teaching and Research Associate Professor, Université Lyon 2.
1998 – 2006 Associate Professor, Université Lyon 2.
2004 - Habilitation à diriger des recherches [Highest French diploma in academia, necessary to become full professor] in Computer Science, “Robust description of shapes in Discrete Geometry”, Université Lyon 2.
2006 – Full Professor, Université Lyon 2


Keywords: Computer vision, images and videos analysis, deep learning, modelisation, segmentation, features extraction, discrete geometry, applications to botanic, geography, environment, videosurveillance.

I obtained my Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science in 1997 at LIP lab of the ENS of Lyon. My initial research field was algorithmics on cellular automata. From 1994 to 1997, I studied the following problem: How to generate discrete circles in real time by cellular automata?
I was recruited at the University Lumière - Lyon 2 as a temporary Lecturer and then, in 1998, as a Lecturer. I was first member of ERIC laboratory, then of LIRIS laboratory from 2002. My research was then oriented towards discrete geometry. The goal was the robust description of shapes by using, or redefining, the appropriate tools in the field of discrete geometry. I studied the notions of discrete tangent, discrete curvature, polygonization, segmentation into discrete arcs, etc. In this context, I obtained a "Habilitation à diriger des recherches" (in 2004) and then a full professor position in 2006.
Afterwards, my activities were gradually oriented towards the automatic analysis of images and videos. I have led several projects within this context, including the ANR project ReVeS (Reconnaissance de Végétaux sur Smartphone) in which we have developed a semi-automatic segmentation algorithm applied to tree leaves in natural environment. This work was used into the Folia App (published freely on the Apple Store), which allowed to recognize trees and shrubs from images of their leaves.
Finally, I have been working in the field of deep learning applied to images for about 4 years. Thus, we have developed new networks for example to colorize old aerial images or to detect diseases on plants from multi-spectral imager.

Ph.D thesis supervisions

On going

R. Guesdon, Recognition of human behavior by hybrid deep learning: application to the case of passengers in an autonomous vehicle, 2nd year.
D. Lohani, Unsupervised deep learning of spatio-temporal representations for video, 2nd year.
J. Cohen, Object and action recognition to interact with an augmented reality system, 3rd year.


C. Douarre, Spectro-imagerie et apprentissage comprimé : application à la détection de maladies de plantes. Thèse de l'Université Lumière - Lyon 2 defended 05-25-2021.
R. Ratajczak, Analyse automatique d’images aériennes historiques : application à une étude épidémiologique. Thèse de l'Université Lumière - Lyon 2 defended 10-19-2020. Research Engineer, Awabot, Lyon.
S. Bertrand, Analyse d'images pour l'identification multi-organe d'espèces végétale. Thèse de l'Université Lumière - Lyon 2 defended 12-10-2018. Research Engineer, Foxstream, Vaulx-en-Velin.
X. Pan, Analyse de forme et de textures : application à l’identification et à l’aide à la gradation automatiques de pièces de monnaies. Thèse de l'Université Lumière - Lyon 2 defended 06-05-2018. Project Manager R&D AUSY, Toulouse.
A. Leborgne, Appariement de formes basé sur une squelettisation hiérarchique. Thèse de l'INSA de Lyon defended 07-11-2016. Associate professor, I.U.T. Strasbourg.
M. Rogez, Modèle basé connaissances pour la reconnaissance et le suivi d’objets : application à la vidéosurveillance. Thèse de l'Université Lumière - Lyon 2 defended 06-09-2015. Research Engineer, Fives Intralogistics SA, Brignais.
G. Cerutti, Segmentation et interprétation d'images naturelles pour l'identification de feuilles d'arbres sur smartphone. Thèse de l'Université Lumière - Lyon 2 defended 11-21-2013. Research Engineer, INRAE
I. Ali, Détection d’objets dans un fond dynamique. Thèse de l'Université Lumière - Lyon 2 defended 03-25-2012. Research Engineer, Optics Labs, Islamabad Pakistan
C. Lallier, Analyse de séquences vidéos : détection d'intrusion dans un environnement extérieur. 2009-2011
T. Roussillon, Algorithmes d'extraction de modèles géométriques discrets pour la représentation robuste des formes. Thèse de l'Université Lumière - Lyon 2 defended 11-19-2009. Associate professor, INSA de Lyon.
A. Vacavant, Géométrie discrète sur grilles irrégulières isothétiques. Thèse de l'Université Lumière - Lyon 2 defended 12-04-2008. Full professor, IUT du Puy en Velay.
Boukhriss Issameddine , Modèles déformables discrets : Application à la construction d'atlas statistiques médicaux sur la grille de calculs. 2004-2007.
D. Coeurjolly, Algorithmique pour l'analyse et la modélisation en géométrie discrète. Thèse de l'Université Lumière - Lyon 2 defended 12-18-2002. Director of research, CNRS.


Environmental monitoring

Automatic ground occupancy reconstruction
Trafic monitoring with drone
Background modeling
Moving background modelisation
Skyline extraction and matching with DEM

Plant image analysis

Leaf modelisation & segmentation
Multi-organ recognition
Smartphone dual camera segmentation
Embedded recognition
Plant desease segmentation & simulation

Object description

Skeleton extraction for graph matching
Circularity, convexity, roundness
Discrete average of two-dimensional shapes
Distance transformation
Digital arc segmentation

Human actions analysis

CAD-Based Learning for Egocentric Object Detection

AUTOmatic analysis of BEHAVEviors in autonomous vehicles

3D Tracker for Ground-Moving Objects

Publications, software and datasets


All my publications are referenced here.
Google scholar page.

Software and dataset

Bastien Boisjot, Olivier Pouchoy, Maxime Langlade, Carlos Crispim-Junior, Laure Tougne. InterFolia App video, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2021). 2021. HAL: hal-03380449. Interfolia App, available for free on the AppStore since 06/2021. Clic here to see a presentation of the video.
H. Ghaffarian, P. Lemaire, Zhang Zhi, L. Tougne, B. Macvicar & H. Piégay (2020). « Automated quantification of floating wood pieces in rivers from video monitoring: a new software tool and validation ». doi : 10.5194/esurf-2020-96. HAL: hal-03027956.
Folia App , available for free on the AppStore – More than 2200 downloads on the AppStore, approximately 7800 annotated images sent by users with 4500 validated by botanist. This application was associated to a website. First publication in 2012, updates in 2014 and 2017. The application was suspended in 2019.
Bark101 dataset, 2019.
HistAerial dataset, 2019.

Lectures given during my careere

Géométrie Discrète (Master 2 Informatique)
Cours de recherche - Image Mining (Master 2 ECD)
Introduction à l'infographie et à la CAO (Master 2 Droit du Design)
Traitement des Images et des Vidéos (Master 2 Intégration Multimédia)
Image et Multimédia (Master 1ère année)
Modélisation 3D - Amapi / 3dSMax (DUCCI 2)
Bases de données (Licence AES 3ème année, Maîtrise Econométrie)
Bases de données Web (Licence AES 3ème année)
Modélisation informatique (Licence AES 3ème année)
Programmation Web (Master 1 Informatique)
Introduction au traitement et à l'analyse d'images (Licence 3ème année)
Programmation Visual Basic ((Licence AES 3ème année, DEUST Assistant de Gestion)
Langage C (Licence Info/Math, licence de chimie)
Prolog (Licence de Chimie)
Informatique (Master 2 Droit Processuel)
TIC - Préparation au C2I (DUSJ1, DUSJ2, LPAJ)
Linux (Licence Professionnelle logiciels libres / Master 2 Organisation et Protection des Systèmes d'Information)
Langages et automates (MIAGE)


Institutional responsabilities (main ones)

Since 2014 - Elected head of LIRIS-Lyon 2 laboratory The « Laboratoire d’InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d’information » (LIRIS) is a joined research unit (UMR 5205) backed by the CNRS, INSA Lyon, University Claude Bernard Lyon, University Lumière-Lyon 2 and Ecole Centrale de Lyon. It has 330 members. I am responsible for the part of the members who are at the university Lumière-Lyon 2.
Since 2007 – Involvement in the management of various degrees within the university Lumière-Lyon 2 (Diplôme Universitaire de Secrétaire Juridique, Licence Professionnelle Assistant Juridique, Informatique Graphique et Image program of the Research master’s in computer science)
Since 2000 - Head of computer science teaching, Faculty of Law, Université Lumière-Lyon 2 (management of about ten temporary workers per year – Approximatively 1140H this year)
Since 2014 - Regularly involved in the authorities of the university Lumière-Lyon 2 (elected to the council of the UFR de droit, elected to the Research Commission)

Reviewing and evaluation activities

2010 – 2016 Member of ANR (National Research Agency) panels - Review and selection of the best projects funded by the National Research Agency in my research field.
2016 – 2021 Nominated to Section 7 of the CNRS National Committee - Recruitment, monitoring and evaluation of researchers in my field. More than one month of work per year.
2017 - Member of the HCERES evaluation committee of the iCube laboratory.
2019 - Member of the mid-term jury ANR CE33 - Mid-term evaluation of the projects selected in this committee.
Participation in 26 selection committees for professors, associate professors, engineers, etc.
5 expert reports for ANR / ANRT / AURA region
29 participations to PhD or HDR defenses
Reviews for lots of conferences (DGCI/IWCIA/ICIP/ORASIS/SITIS/IAMPS/IPTA/etc.) and many papers (TIP/PR/PRL/ IJSTDS/Sensors/etc.)

Last modifications : 2021-08-24