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Emilie Chouzenoux works to enhance medical imaging

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Changed on 14/04/2021
Since her thesis, prepared between 2007 and 2010, Emilie Chouzenoux has devoted all her research work to optimisation algorithms for the reconstruction of medical images. As a researcher in the Opis team, based at the Inria Saclay - Île-de-France centre, she recounts her career path and reveals her ambitions.
Emilie Chouzenoux
© Inria / Photo M. Quet

How did you get into the world of research?

I have always been passionate about science, and more especially mathematics and engineering science. I discovered the application of these theoretical tools in the bio-medical field during seminars organised by my engineering school.

I was immediately drawn to the highly positive social impact of this scientific field. I was also looking for a career in the area of public academic research, which would enable me to organise my work freely and without the short-term pressure of profitability. This led me to a PhD and then a teacher-researcher position at the University, followed more recently by the post of researcher for INRIA.

What are the focal areas of your work at present?

I’m working on the development of new mathematical algorithms, for the data processing (recovery and content analysis) of bio-medical measurements (e.g., MRI imaging and microscopy). I work on both the theoretical mathematical aspects and the more applied aspects, in collaboration with doctors, biologists, physicians and chemists.

What are your long-term goals or ambitions?

I’d like to improve the implementation in an applicative context of the methods I’m developing. This requires detailed theoretical studies to prove their stability (e.g., in terms of false measurements) and their reliability (e.g., via a quantification of the uncertainty of a result), and the enhancement of software tools which reproduce and present data for better use by the practitioner.

A graduate of the École Centrale de Nantes engineering school, Émilie Chouzenoux is a researcher in the Opis project team at INRIA Saclay - Île-de-France. She specialises in the data processing of bio-medical measurements and in 2020, she obtained five-year funding in the form of a European ERC Starting Grant to the amount of €1.5 million.