Patrick Rives

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Address : INRIA Sophia Antipolis
2004 Route des Lucioles BP93
06912 Sophia Antipolis cedex - France
Office : K001 - Kahn building
Tel : +33 4 92 38 77 52
Fax : +33 4 92 38 50 28
Assistant : +33 4 92 38 77 48 (Nathalie Woodward)



I was born in 1952 and received the Ph.D. degree in Robotics and Automation from the University of Montpellier, France, in 1981. After spending one year (1981-1982) in a Postdoctoral position at INRS/Bell-Northern Research (Montreal, Canada), I joined INRIA as a Research Scientist firstly in Rennes from 1982 until 1988 and after in Sophia Antipolis. I received in 1991 the "Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches" in Computer Science from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. My current position is Senior Research Scientist ("Directeur de Recherche") and my main research interests are autonomous robotics and computer vision. I have currently more of 140 publications in the top journals and conferences of the domain. I was at the head of the ARobAS group from 2008 to 2011 and, now, I lead the Sophia Antipolis part of the project team Lagadic bilocalized in Rennes and Sophia-Antipolis.

I am involved in several national and international projects, some in direct connection with French industrial partners.

I have served in the programme committee of several major conferences in computer vision and robotics: IEEE ICRA (06-12) , IEEE IROS (97-99, 07-12), IJCAI (95), AFCET/RFIA (98, 04-12), ECCV (91), Omnivis (08-12), JNRR (99-13)

I have been Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation and of the IEEE Trans. on Robotics from 2004 until 2010.

I am member of the executive board and co-leader of the workgroup "Ground Robotics" for the national robotics network GDR-CNRS "Robotique".

Ph.D. Students


Complete list (with postscript or pdf files if available)



Visual Odometry

2D visual tracking

3D Localization and mapping

Appearance-based methods

Feature-based methods

Topological and semantic representations

Visual servoing

Autonomous navigation


Intelligent Vehicles

Aerial and underwater robotics

Active Perception


DESlam (Dense Egocentric SLAM)

This software is composed in two modules. The first one allows to provide a dense 3D map of an unknown environment using a direct visual slam method based on multi-cameras. The second allows real time visual navigation inside the map from a vehicle equipped with a monocular camera.

55000 lines of C++, this software was realised during the Maxime Meilland's PhD funded by the national ANR project CityVIP.

Referenced at APP (Association de Protection des Programmes) under the patent IDDN.FR.001.320001.000.S.P.2012.000.21000

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