Exploratory action


Visual Appearance Modeling for Behavioral Ecology
Visual Appearance Modeling for Behavioral Ecology

The ECOPTICS project ambition to bring new tools that help unravel some of the mysteries found in the visual communication of animals having remarkable optical properties (iridescence, transparency, etc). It takes a Computer Graphics approach to develop new image synthesis techiques with the goal of filling the gap between existing Optical and Ecological methodologies. The main challenge consists in connecting light transport in microscopic structures found at the surface of animals, to visual signal that may be perceptibles by another animal in its own habitat. Achieving this objective would not only shed some new light on the visual interactions among animals, but it might also suggest new bioinspired fabrication techniques.

Inria teams involved
In partnership with


Pascal Barla

Scientific leader

Romain Pacanowski

Scientific co-leader