Nicholas Ayache is a senior research scientist at Inria France, and the director of the Inria Asclepios team dedicated to Medical Image Analysis and Simulation. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences (since Nov. 2014) and Chief Scientific Officer of the Strasbourg University Hospital Institute (IHU). He was a Professor at the College de France on the annual chair of Informatics and Computational Sciences (2013-2014).
Born on 1st Nov. 1958 in Paris, Nicholas Ayache received a Civil Engineer degree from the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Étienne (1980), a Master of Science (1981) from UCLA, a PhD (1983) and a Thèse d’Etat (1988) from Paris-Sud University (Orsay).
Nicholas Ayache has been a research scientist at Inria since 1982, first in Rocquencourt, then in Sophia Antipolis since 1992. In 2007, he was an invited scientist at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at Harvard University. He was an adjunct Professor at Ecole Centrale (Paris) and in other French institutions and universities.
His current research is focused on the automated analysis and simulation of medical images and on the construction of a personalized digital model of the patient, in order to assist medicine and surgery. Considered as a pioneer of this research domain, Nicholas Ayache is a co-founding Editor in Chief of the Medical Image Analysis journal (Elsevier). His previous research (1981-88) were in Computer Vision and are published in the book Artificial Vision for Mobile Robots (MIT-Press, 1991).
Nicholas Ayache published over 400 scientific articles which have received over 27 000 citations (Google scholar, Jan. 2015). He edited about 10 books including Computational Models of the Human Body (Elsevier) and Biomedical Image Analysis (Springer) with N. Paragios et J. Duncan. He owns 12 international patents. He has supervised about 60 PhD students, who are now working in a wide range of fields focused on medical image computing.
Nicholas Ayache has been a laureate of the European Research Council (ERC) for 5 years (2012-2017). He received the Grand Prize Inria-Académie des Sciences in 2014, the Microsoft Prize for Science en Europe in 2008 (jointly from Royal Society and Academy of Sciences), the Information Science Prize from EADS foundation in 2006 and several other distinctions for his scientific contributions, including the «Enduring Impact Award » from the MICCAI society in 2013 at Nagoya (Japon).
Strongly involved in the transfer and commercialization of his work, Nicholas Ayache has given more than a hundred invited plenary lectures around the world, and has regularly been a scientific consultant for industry. He has been the co-founder of 5 start-up high-tech companies. His team collaborates with companies in the domain of medical image computing and also with 3 French University Hospital Institutes (IHU): in Strasbourg (Image-guided mini-invasive surgery), in Bordeaux (Cardiac rhythm disorders), and in Paris at Pitié Salpêtrière (Neuroscience).