Short bio

I am currently a Post-doctoral Research Associate working with Sarah Frisken within the Surgical Planning Lab (Boston, MA), a unit of Harvard Medical School and the Radiology Department of Brigham and Women's Hospital. I'm also a member of the GolbyLab.

Before joining the Surgical Planning Lab I was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Inria Strasbourg (France), within the Mimesis Group working with Stephane Cotin with whom I maintain an active collaboration.

I prepared my Ph.D. on augmented reality for hepatic surgery using soft-tissue simulation at Inria Lille and Nancy (France) under the supervision of Marie-odile Berger, Jeremie Dequidt and Stephane Cotin. I originally studied computer science and graduated from the University of Algiers (Algeria) and the University of Lille (France).


  • Our work was featured in the MICCAI Magazine!
  • I was awarded the Harvard Data Science Initiative Postdoctoral research grant!
  • Our paper "Deformation Aware Augmented Reality for Craniotomy using 3D/2D Non-rigid Registration of Cortical Vessels" has been provisionally accepted for MICCAI 2020. PDF here.


My research work focuses on image-guided simulation, augmented reality for deformable objects and 3D shape recovery of non-rigid surfaces with an application to surgery. Take a look at my publications for more details.

Besides my research activities, I used to teach bachelor-level courses in Computer Science at the University of Lille at Polytech'Lille. I was a member of the organization committee of the EuroGraphics workshop VRIPHYS and the conference ISBMS and co-chair during the Medical Robotics session at IROS. I've also been a reviewer for IJCV, CVPR, CVIU, IROS, ICRA, CGI and more.

I've had the chance to work on various projects thourgh many collaborations: on force feedback estimation with Micheal Yip (UCSD), on realistic surgical rehearsal with Dan Stoyanov (UCL), on deformable augmented reality with Dan Goldman (Google), and on image and video editing Matthias Niessner (Stanford/TUM). Do not hesitate to reach out if you have exciting ideas ;)

Some projects in videos

Awrads and Honours

  • Harvard Data Science Initiative postdoctoral research grant, 2020
  • IEEE Best Poster Award (runner-up) @ ISMAR 2017
  • TVCG Top Ranked AR/VR paper 2015 (presented at SIGGRAPH)
  • NVIDIA Computer Graphics Prize for Medical Software @ EuroGraphics 2015
  • TVCG Top Ranked AR/VR paper 2014 (presented at SIGGRAPH Asia)
  • IEEE Best Paper Award (runner-up) @ ISMAR 2013

Software and Code

A large part of my work is based on the open source Sofa framework, an efficient framework dedicated to research, prototyping and development of physics-based simulations.

Selected Publications

Here is a list of my selected publications. You can find the full list here.