Short Bio

My research interests lie in the modeling of images and data visualization. Among the applications my students and I tackle are: image content manipulation, stylization and production (transferring colors, stylize maps, synthesize textures etc.), help creative people to create more and new things with new tools, and design visualizations of any kind of data (geolocalized, textual, budget data, etc.). In other words, all kinds of algorithms to modify/analyze/render/simulate/create some raster/vector images.

I presently collaborate, or have collaborated recently, with the following companies or institutions: Synapse C, Chaire de recherche en fiscalité et finances publiques, Cinémathèque, BAnQ, Le Devoir, Bombardier, Radio-Canada, Inria, IGN.

If you like visual things and coding + seek to do an internship, M.Sc., Ph.D. please contact me !

I am presently a professor at Polytechnique Montréal in the Computer Science department. From 2009 to mid-2014, I was a tenured assistant professor (maître de conférences) at Paris Descartes University in the Mathematics and Computer Science department. From november 2008 until july 2009, I was a post-doc at INRIA in the MAVERICK team with Joëlle Thollot. I have obtained my Ph.D. at the TélécomParisTech school and Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal under the guidance of the late Francis Schmitt, Yann Gousseau and Farida Cheriet. Recently, I obtained a diploma of higher specialized studies in journalism from Université de Montréal. A very long time ago, I got my Bachelor of Engineering from the CentraleSupélec school in France. I received a FRQNT doctoral scholarship during my PhD, an INRIA postdoctoral fellowship in 2009, an ANR Young Researcher Fellowhsip (ANR-JCJC SPIRIT) in 2011-2015, and an individual NSERC Discovery grant in 2015-2021.


I have the pleasure of working with the following students:

  • Manal Maroua Boucenna @Polymtl
  • Gautier Dervaux @Polymtl in collaboration with Synapse C
  • Jorge Gutierrez @Polymtl, with Julien Rabin and Bruno Galerne
  • Masoud Karami @Polymtl
  • Konstantinos Lambrou-Latreille in collaboration with Cinémathèque
  • François Lévesque @Polymtl in collaboration with BAnQ
  • Marina Menghetti @Polymtl in collaboration with Synapse C
  • Marielle St-Germain @EBSI with Lyne Da Sylva
  • Javad Yaali @Polymtl

Former students (reverse chronological order):

  • Legend:
  • undergrad/internship
  • master
  • ph.d.
  • master+phd
  • postdoc or research assistant

Funded Projects

I am presently involved in the following funded projects:

  • 2019-2020: a project on Fiscal data visualization, funded by and in collaboration with Chaire en fiscalité et finances publiques
  • 2019-2019: a project on Movie data visualization, funded by and in collaboration with Cinémathèque
  • 2019-2025: the strategic cluster RÉPARTI funded by FRQNT
  • 2015-2021: a project on Models for 2D vector pattern design , a NSERC Discovery individual grant

Past projects:

  • 2019-2019: a project on Data journalism, funded by IVADO and in collaboration with Le Devoir
  • 2019-2019: a project on Song data visualization , funded by and in collaboration with BAnQ
  • 2018-2019: a project on Textual data visualization , a NSERC Engage grant in collaboration with Le Devoir
  • 2016-2019: a project on Wing design optimization, a NSERC/MITACS/CRIAQ grant in collaboration with Bombardier Aerospace
  • 2016-2017: a project on Automatic classification of fundus images, a Collaborative Research and Development grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in collaboration with DIAGNOS
  • 2016-2016: a project on Wing 3D deformations, a NSERC Engage grant in collaboration with Bombardier Aerospace
  • 2013-2016: MAPSTYLE, funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), with IGN, INRIA and IRIT
  • 2013-2016: a project on Real-time Analysis of Fundus Images, a Collaborative Research and Development grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in collaboration with DIAGNOS
  • 2011-2015: SPIRIT (principal investigator), funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR)

Data visualizations

On the data visualization side of my research topics, my students and I regularly collaborate with Quebec media to produce some interactive visualizations on various news subjects.

Scientific publications

  • Unit Visualizations for Visual Storytelling
  • Antoine Béland, Thomas Hurtut
  • Computation + Journalism Symposium, 2020
  • MusX: Online Exploring and Visualizing Graph-Based Musical Adaptations
  • François Lévesque, Marielle St-Germain, Dominique Piché, Jean-François Gauvin, Michel Gagnon, Thomas Hurtut
  • IEEE Int. Conf. on Data Engineering (ICDE), 2020
  • Muzlink: Three Level Connected Timelines for Artist-Centered Musical Adaptations Exploration
  • François Lévesque, Marielle St-Germain, Thomas Hurtut
  • IEEE VIS, Poster, 2019
  • Data Visualization + Scrollytelling for Election News Stories : Challenges and Perspectives
  • Jean-Philippe Corbeil, Florent Daudens, Thomas Hurtut
  • IEEE VIS, VISCOMM Workshop, 2019
  • Expressive Map Design: OGC SLD/SE++ Extension for Expressive Map Styles
  • Sidonie Christophe, Bertrand Dumenieu, Antoine Masse, Charlotte Hoarau, Jérémie Ory, Mathieu Brédif, François Lecordix, Nicolas Mellado, Jérémie Turbet, Hugo Loi, Thomas Hurtut, Romain Vergne, Thomas Hurtut, David Vanderhaeghe, Joëlle Thollot
  • Int. Cartographic Conference (ICC), 2017
  • Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy Characterization Based on the Spatial Organization of Vascular Junctions in Fundus Images
  • Argyrios Christodoulidis, Thomas Hurtut, Farida Cheriet
  • IEEE Intl. Symp. on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI), 2017
  • pdf
  • A Multi-Scale Tensor Voting Approach for Small Retinal Vessel Segmentation in High Resolution Fundus Images
  • Argyrios Christodoulidis, Thomas Hurtut, Houssem Ben Tahar, Farida Cheriet
  • Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, 2016
  • pdf
  • Automatic Texture Guided Color Transfer and Colorization
  • Benoit Arbelot, Romain Vergne, Thomas Hurtut, Joëlle Thollot
  • Expressive (NPAR), 2016
  • pdf
  • Map Style Formalization: Rendering Techniques Extension for Map Design
  • Sidonie Christophe, Bertrand Dumenieu, Jérémie Turbet, Charlotte Hoarau, Nicolas Mellado, Jérémie Ory, Hugo Loi, Antoine Masse, Benoit Arbelot, Romain Vergne, Mathieu Brédif, Thomas Hurtut, Joëlle Thollot, David Vanderhaeghe
  • Expressive (NPAR), 2016
  • pdf
  • Red Lesion Detection using Dynamic Shape Features for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
  • Lama Seoud, Thomas Hurtut, Jihed Chelbi, Farida Cheriet, Pierre Langlois
  • IEEE Trans. Medical Imaging, vol. 35 (4), 2016
  • pdf
  • Descripteurs de texture pour le transfert de couleur et la colorisation automatique
  • Benoit Arbelot, Romain Vergne, Thomas Hurtut, Joëlle Thollot
  • journées de l'Association Française en Informatique Graphique, 2015, (Best Paper Award)
  • Analyse par ordinateur du contenu d'images artistiques: un état de l'art
  • Thomas Hurtut
  • Book chapter in: À perte de vue. Les nouveaux paradigmes du visuel. Les presses du réél. 2015
  • www
  • Automatic Detection of Microaneurysms and Haemorrhages in Fundus Images using Dynamic Shape Features
  • Lama Séoud, Timothée Faucon, Thomas Hurtut, Jihed Chelbi, Farida Cheriet, Pierre Langlois
  • IEEE Intl. Symp. on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI), 2014
  • pdf
  • Synthesizing Structured Doodle Hybrids
  • Thomas Hurtut, Pierre-Edouard Landes
  • SIGGRAPH Asia 2012, poster track, (Highlighted Poster)
  • pdf - poster
  • Knowledge Based and Statistical Based Approaches in Biomedical Image Analysis
  • Florence Cloppet, Thomas Hurtut
  • SFBI, Springer LNCS Series on Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing, vol. 120, 2012
  • Cartography of Mountain Rocky Areas, a Statistical Modeling and Expressive Rendering of Element Arrangements
  • Thomas Hurtut, François Lecordix
  • 25th International Cartographic Conference (ICC), 2011
  • Analyse et recherche d'oeuvres d'art 2D selon le contenu pictural
  • Thomas Hurtut
  • Ph.D. Thesis, Telecom ParisTech, 2008
  • pdf - bibtex
  • Pictorial Analysis of Line-Drawings
  • Thomas Hurtut, Yann Gousseau, Farida Cheriet, Francis Schmitt
  • Eurographics Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics (CAe), pp. 123-130, 2008
  • pdf - bibtex
  • A Collaborative Website and Artworks Database Management System for Artist-Run Centres
  • Thomas Hurtut, Farida Cheriet, Maria Chronopoulos
  • International Conference on Hypermedia and Interactivity in Museums (ICHIM), Archimuse, 2007
  • pdf - bibtex - www
  • Automatic Closed Edge Detection using Level Lines Selection
  • Thomas Hurtut, Farida Cheriet
  • International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition (ICIAR), 2007
  • pdf - bibtex - slides
  • Spatial Color Image Retrieval Without Segmentation using Thumbnails and the Earth Mover's Distance
  • Thomas Hurtut, Haroldo Dalazoana, Yann Gousseau, Francis Schmitt
  • Color in Graphics, Imaging and Vision (CGIV), 2006
  • pdf - bibtex - www - slides
  • Segmentation automatique d'image couleur pour le suivi des cicatrices suite à une chirurgie de la scoliose
  • Thomas Hurtut
  • Master thesis, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, 2003
  • pdf
  • Enhancement and Segmentation of Scar Color Images after a Scoliosis Surgery
  • Thomas Hurtut, Farida Cheriet, Julie Joncas, Jean Dansereau
  • IEEE Digital Imaging Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA), p233-242, 2003
  • pdf
  • Analyse automatique d'images couleur résultantes d'une chirurgie de correction de la scoliose
  • Thomas Hurtut, Farida Cheriet, Julie Joncas, Jean Dansereau
  • Congrès Société de la Scoliose du Québec (SSQ), 2003
  • slides


At Polytechnique Montréal:

  • As a professor:
  • - Data Visualization, INF8808 graduate course (Winter 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • - Multimedia Applications, INF8801A graduate course (Fall 2016, 2018, 2019)
  • - Multimedia Systems and Applications, INF8801 graduate course (Winter 2014-2016)
  • - Procedural Programming with Matlab, INF1005A undergraduate course (Fall 2015-2016)
  • - Computer Graphics, INF2705, undergraduate course (Fall 2014)
  • As a student:
  • - Biomedical Image Processing, GBM3720 undergraduate course, course designer (Summer 2008)
  • - Multimedia Systems and Applications, INF6801 graduate course, practical work supervisor (Winter 2007)
  • - Procedural Programming with Matlab, INF1005A undergraduate course, lecturer (Fall 2006)
  • - Procedural Programming with Matlab, INF1005A undergraduate course, practical work supervisor (Fall 2005)

Outside Polytechnique Montréal:

  • - a crash course on data visualization, Carrefour des données IVADO (Fall 2019)
  • - a 4-days workshop on data visualization, IVADO (Fall 2018, Winter 2020)
  • - a crash course on data visualization, Cooperathon (Fall 2018)

At Paris Descartes University (2009-2013), I used to teach in the Statistics and Business Intelligence Dpt. of IUT STID:

  • - Business Intelligence, lecturer (Fall 2013)
  • - OOP with Java, lecturer (Fall 2009-2013) see the animated project page !
  • - XHTML/CSS, lecturer (Spring 2010, Spring 2011)
  • - Relational Databases, lecturer (Winter 2010, Winter 2011, Fall 2013)

Research and Administrative Duties


  • - Fund committees: IVADO PhD Grant (2019), FQRNT "Projet de recherche en équipe" (2012), NSERC Discovery Grant (2016)
  • - Academic position juries: Polytechnique/TransMedTech (2019), University of Caen (2012), Paris Descartes (2011)
  • - Poly's GI DESS/M.Sc. admission: 2018-present
  • - Poly's GIGL Research committee: 2018-present
  • - Poly's GIGL Graduate Studies committee: 2016-2018
  • - Poly's GIGL Outreach committee: 2014-2016
  • - Poly's best thesis manuscript committee: 2014

Student's jurys:

  • - PhD juries: Mohamed Mhiri (2018/11), Fantin Girard (2018/05), Samira Ebrahimi Kahou (2016/07), Jocelyn Benoit (2016), Catherine Sauvaget (2011)
  • - PhD Comprehensive exam juries: Gabriel Lepetit-Aimon (2019/09), Soufiane Lamghari (2019/05), Nizar El Zarif (2017/02), Pierre-Luc Saint-Charles (2015/02)
  • - MSc juries: Alexandre Pineault (2019/12), Maude Carrier (2018/12), Clément Playout (2018/08), Edoukou Philippe Armel N'techobo (2016/07), François-Xavier Derue (2016/04), Thanh Vân Phan (2015/07), Anis Benyoub (2015/11), David Ménard (2014/04)


  • - Journals: ACM SIGGRAPH (2013, 2015, 2016, 2019), ACM SIGGRAPH Asia (2013, 2016), TVCJ (2016), EG (2013), Pacific Graphics (2011-2012), ACM TOG (2011), Computer&Graphics (2012, 2018, 2019), IEEE PAMI (2010), IJPRAI (2008-2009), INS Information Sciences (2008)
  • - Conferences: ICPRAI (2020), EG (2020), ACM NPAR/Expressive (2010-2013, 2018, 2019), IEEE WOSSPA (2013), IEEE ISSPA (2012), IEEE NEWCAS (2012), IEEE ROSE (2011)