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François Lauze

Associate Professor
University of Copenhagen
Universitetsparken 5
2100 København Ø
Email: francois@diku.dk
Office: HCØ - Building E, Office 4.0.9
Phone: (+45) +45 21553933

Short CV

I studied Mathematics in France, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis where I got a PhD in Algebraic Geometry in 1994. I spent some years in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where I taught Mathematics at the University of Ouagadougou. I moved then to Denmark and engaged in yet another PhD, at the IT University of Copenhagen, degree awarded in 2004. I worked on Variational Methods for Motion Compensated Inpainting and motion recovery among other. I have since mainly worked with variational methods, and geometry for Image Analysis (mainly Riemannian, but also some metric geometry). More recently, I have spend some time with inverse problems in photometric stereo and tomographic imaging.

Research Interests

My main research area around the mathematical foundations of Image Analysis.

Currently I am particularly interested in imaging inverse problems, including

  • Variational Methods for Video Sequences Processing
  • Geometry for Shape spaces
  • Photometric Stereo
  • Tomography
  • Segmentation
  • Variational Methods in the Riemannian Geometry Setting
and applications of these methods.

Teaching Activities

Currently I teach a few courses:

  • Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations: Finite Difference Methods (NumDiff) - I am course Responsible, here you can get info about NumDiff 2017, though it still may change.
  • Vision and Image Processing (VIP) - course responsible Søren Ingvor Olsen.
  • Modelling and Analysis of Data (MAD) - course responsible Aasa Feragen.
  • Computational Methods in Simulation (CMIS) - course responsible Kenny Erleben .
Past courses include

  • Signal and Image Processing (SIP),
  • Introduction to Programming (Grundlæggende Programmering) (KOMIT IP),
  • Mathematics for Science (MatNat).

Selected Publications

Please click here for a full list.

Aasa Feragen, François Lauze, Søren Hauberg Geodesic Exponential Kernels: When Curvature and Linearity Conflict Proceedings of IEEE CVPR 2015, 3032-3042
Stefan Horst. Sommer, François. Lauze and Mads Nielsen. Optimization over Geodesics for Exact Principal Geodesic Analysis. Advances in Computational Mathematics, 40(2):283-313 , 2014. [WWW]
Søren Hauberg, François Lauze, and Kim Steenstrup Pedersen. Unscented Kalman Filters on Riemannian Manifolds. Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, 46(1):103-120, 2013.
Aasa Feragen, Søren Hauberg, Mads Nielsen and François Lauze. Means in spaces of tree-like shapes. ICCV 2011, 2011
Sune H. Keller, François Lauze and Mads Nielsen. Video super-resolution using simultaneous motion and intensity calculations IEEE Transactions on Image Processing 20(7), pp. 1870-1884, 2011
Lars Lau Rakêt, Lars Roholm, Mads Nielsen and François Lauze TV-L1 Optical Flow for Vector Valued Image. In Y. Boykov and F. Kahl and V. Lempitsky eds. Proceedings of EMMCVPR LNCS 6819, pp. 329-343, 2011
Alonso Ramirez-Manzanares, Mariano Rivera, Pierre Kornprobst and François Lauze. Variational multi-valued velocity field estimation for transparent sequences. Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision 40(3), pp. 285-304, 2011
Stefan Sommer, François Lauze and Mads Nielsen. The Differential of the Exponential Map, Jacobi Fields and Exact Principal Geodesic Analysis.Submitted. Paper availabe at arXiv.org 2012
François Lauze and Mads Nielsen. On Variational Algorithms For Motion Compensated Inpainting. DIKU Research Report 06/2011 ISSN 0107-8283Paper and extra material can be found here., 2008
Marco Loog and François Lauze. The Improbabity of Harris Interest Points. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence 36(2) pp 1141-1147, 2010
Aditya Tatu, François Lauze, Stefan Sommer and Mads Nielsen. On Restricting Planar Curve Evolution to Finite Dimensional Implicit Subspaces with Non-Euclidean Metric Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision 38(3) pp 226-240, 2011
François Lauze and Mads Nielsen. From Inpainting to Active Contours International Journal of Computer Vision 79(1) pp 31-43, 2008

Current PhD students

  • Leise Borg.
  • Jacob Daniel Kirstejn Hansen,

    Past PhD students

  • Yvain Quéau (ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, France), main supervisor Jean-Denis Durou.
  • Katrine Hommelhof Jensen with Sami Brandt.
  • Lars Lau Rakêt with Mads Nielsen, Søren Forchhammer and Bo Markussen. Graduated 2014.
  • Chen Chen, main supervisor Mads Nielsen. Graduated Oct. 2013.
  • Adhish Prasoon, main supervisor Mads Nielsen. Graduated May 2014.
  • Pauline Julian (French industrial PhD CIFFRE) at FittingBox, with Vincent Charvillat and Adrien Bartoli. . Graduated Oct. 2012.
  • Sune H. Keller, main supervisor Mads Nielsen. Graduated Dec. 2007
  • Aditya J. Tatu, main supervisor Mads Nielsen. Graduated Apr. 2010.
  • Stefan Sommer with Mads Nielsen. Graduated March 2012.

    Past PhD courses at DIKU

  • Image Canons



  • Last modified: January 2017.