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Beucher Serge Welcome!

Personal info

I was born in Mayenne (it's in the western part of France) in 1953.
I am married with Hélène. We have three children.
We are living in a small village at the border of the Fontainebleau forest.

My (short) curriculum

I received an Engineer degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie (ENSG).
The subject of my Doctorate thesis was "Image Segmentation and Mathematical Morphology".

My research interests (past & present)

I am in the habit to compare Mathematical Morphology to a stool. To be stable and convenient, a stool must have at least three legs. The three legs of Mathematical Morphology are theoretical, methodological developpements, applications in image analysis using Mathematical Morphology concepts and tools and, finally, the hardware and software means needed for an appropriate use and validation of these tools. Each leg interacts with the others(new applications leading to new tools, these new tools being introduced in new software or hardware designs).
I tried to make my contribution, within my capabilities, to these three facets of Mathematical Morphology (my list of publications)..

Theoretical, methodological developments, algorithms

Contribution to the development of Numerical Mathematical Morphology. Definition and design of morphological gradient operators, regularized gradients.
Contribution to the definition and design of geodesic transforms and geodesic reconstructions concepts. I have also extended these concepts to generalized geodesy and introduced the first adaptative algorithms in image analysis.
I contributed to the definition of operators based on residues (Ultimate Erosion in particular) and more recently, I introduced new numerical residual transforms: Ultimate Opening, Quasi-distance and operators based on pilings.
I also worked on image interpolation, by designing procedures based on morphological transforms.
I worked on the design of non biased skeleton algorithms based on maximal balls. I am currently interested in Critical Balls and in algorithms to extract them (this research is closely connected to the residual transformations field).
My favorite research domain is image segmentation. I have much contributed to the design of segmentation tools: Watershed Transformation and hierarchical segmentation tools based on Waterfalls Transformation. This algorithm is the first segmentation tool built on an image graph. At present, this Waterfalls algorithm has been dramatically enhanced with the design of a new tool, P Algorithm.


I supervised various image analysis applications in the field of industrial control, in cooperation with SNECMA, SCHLUMBERGER, THOMSON, etc. .
I worked in image analysis applied to the automotive domain, with INRETS (traffic analysis), then as CMM scientific advisor in the PROMETHEUS european EUREKA project from 1988 to 1994. Recently, I supervised CMM contribution to the LOVE project (pedestrian detection).
I have been involved in Mathematical Morphology applications to content-based indexing of multimedia documents(images and videos), as well as in problems related to the  analysis of lighting conditions of color images (with KODAK).
I was the CMM scientific manager in the PICS (Programmable Imaging with CMOS Sensors) project. This MEDEA+ project received the Jean-Pierre Noblanc Award For Excellence in 2006.
I also worked on videosurveillance (sorry, videoprotection is the politically correct term in France...) applications in the scope of CLOVIS Eureka project and in KIVAOU project (ANR-CSOSG). Presently, I am involved in IR imagery applications for videosurveillance.
I am aways deeply involved in industrial control applications, for these applications often rise difficult image segmentation problems.  So, I worked on the automatic size distribution measurements of rocks and I was scientific manager at CMM in the IVP FUI project (sustained by MINALOGIC, with VITechnology). I am currently scientific manager at CMM of the PANORAMA project (ENIAC-JU), dealing with multiview image analysis in medical imagery and HDTV.

Software and hardware

I have participated to the design (hardware and software) of various image analysis systems based on mathematical Morphology: NS1500 for NACHET VISION, MorphoPericolor for MSII (Matra), QTM570 for Leica, some prototypes for traffic analysis and in the scope of the PROMETHEUS project. More recently, I have collaborated to the definition of SIMD architecture designs allowing a noteworthy acceleration of many morphological operators, in particular segmentation operators. 
I have designed the first tutorial software of Mathematical Morphology, MICROMORPH. I am presently strongly contributing to the design of MICROMORH successor, MAMBA (MAMBA 2.0 is now available).. If you want to know more about this free open source software delivered under X11 license, visit the MAMBA web page.
I am also involved in Mathematical Morphology teaching. After having organized it during a long time, I am now just participating to the CMM  Mathematical Morphology Summer School. I am also teaching at Mines ParisTech, at Jean Monnet University in Saint-Etienne (Master OIV). I have also participated to training courses for various companies (SCHLUMBERGER, ERMS, MICHELIN, KODAK, etc.).

For more information, please go to my list of publications where many documents are available for download.


All the pictures (except some public domain icons), photographs and animations illustrating these pages are my property or the property of the CMM. This material is copyrighted and any copy or use without prior consent is strictly forbidden.

Last update november 7, 2015

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