François Sillion leads Uber’s advanced technology center in Paris. The center’s mission is to support Uber Elevate in its ambition to offer affordable urban air transport using electric vertical-take-off-and-landing vehicles. To this end, the center’s activity focuses on advancing artificial intelligence and its application to airspace management, autonomy, energy management, real-time communication and software validation.
François was a researcher with CNRS, Cornell University and Inria: most recently at Inria he served as coordinator of the research plan on artificial intelligence set up by the french government. In 2018 he served as interim CEO of Inria, after being Deputy CEO for Science. Previously he had been the director of the Inria Grenoble Rhône-Alpes research center, one of Inria’s eight centers, with activites in Grenoble and Lyon.
As a researcher, he has held positions at Cornell University (USA), CNRS (France) and Inria. His research interests include three-dimensional computer graphics, with an emphasis on lighting simulation and high-quality rendering, real-time visualisation of complex models, and expressive rendering. He has published over 100 research papers on these topics and two books.
He founded and led the ARTIS research project-team (common to INRIA, CNRS, Université Joseph Fourier and Grenoble INP) from 2003 to 2007. He has advised 17 PhDs, and has served as associate editor of “Computer Graphics Forum” and “ACM Transactions on Graphics, as well as many top-level conference program committees in Computer Graphics.]