Professor Frederic Fol Leymarie

Position held:

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3, 29 St James
Department of Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW
United Kingdom

Office hours:
Monday 13:00 - 14:00

For all other times, please see:

Online calendar

Other affiliations

Associate Editor for Art and Perception (since 2012)

Associate Editor for The Visual Computer journal   (since 2009)

Adjunct Professor of Engineering, Brown University  (2007-9)

Academic qualifications

Ph.D., Brown University, Engineering, 2003.

M.Eng., McGill University, Engineering, 1991.

B.Eng., Polyetchnique, University of Montreal, Electrical Engineering, 1986.



MSc Computer Games and Entertainment (CGE):

MSc CGE teaching : Maths and Graphics modules (2008-10)

MSc Arts Computing --> MFA Computational Studio Arts:
(from 2004 until 2007)
Lecture Notes on Arts Computing (2004-08) (since 2007, Prof. J. Jefferies, Dr. Mick Grierson)

MSc AC teaching: Arts Computing 101 (2004-8)


Presentations and exhibitions

AIkon at the Kinetica Art Fair, London, February 2010 and 2012.

More exhibits linked to AIkon on our project website:

A detailed list of seminars, talks, visits is available here.


Grants & awards

Recent grants:

  • BBSRC - DockIt : PI for Goldsmiths, joint project with Imperial College (Life bioscience group lead by Prof. Michael Sternberg): Oct. 2013 - end of 2016.
  • EU - FP7 - CEEDs, leading the computing effort at Goldsmiths ( : Sept. 2010-14
  • UK - TSB - ProGen, collaboration of Rebellion inc., UCL/CS, Goldsmiths/Computing, co-lead for Goldsmiths with Prof. W. Latham : Jan. 2009-2013
  • UK - Leverhulme Trust - AIkon, co-lead with Patrick Tresset, at Goldsmiths ( : Jan. 2009-2012
  • UK - ITI Techmedia (Scottish Enterprise) - Procedural modeling for in-games content creation, co-lead with Prof. W. Latham : 2007-9

Professional activities

"Enhancing Employability --- The Importance of the University-Industry Collaboration", by W. Latham and F. F. Leymarie, Huffington Post, UK Tech section (February 28, 2012).

Keynote lectures

Recent keynote lectures

  • Drawing in the University today: "Walking along the edge: Drawing, Computing, Robotics and Perception", Porto, Portugal (June 1, 2013).
  • Laval Virtual: "Walking along the edge: Computing, games, robotics and art", Laval, France (March 29, 2012).
  • NPAR keynote: "Art, Computing and Perception: exploring creative processes" --- SBIM-NPAR 2010, Annecy, France (June 7-10, 2010).
  • "Future of New Media and the Arts" --- Expanded Play, Pablo Gargallo Museum, Zaragoza, Spain (April 14, 2010).



Recent conferences

IVA 2013: 13th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, Edinburgh, UK, August 29-31, 2013.


CAe 2012: International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging, ACM & Eurographics, Annecy, France (June 4-6, 2012)

  • Sketches by Paul the Robot, P. Tresset & F. F. Leymarie, Best Paper Award
  • Developing a system of screen-less animation for experiments in perception of movement, C. MacGillivray, B. Mathez & F. F. Leymarie

EvoMusArt 2012: 1st International Conference and 10th European Event on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design, Malaga, Spain (April 11-13, 2012)

  • Generative choreography: animating in real-time dancing avatars, R. F. Antunes & F. F. Leymarie

Television and video output

Papers presented



Research interests

Arts and Computing: where perception, realism, imagination and digital creativity intersect.

Computer Vision: 3D shape representation(s), reconstruction, analysis, understanding. 2D image retrieval. 

Computer Graphics: interactive gesture-based systems, image-based rendering, visibility computations, procedural modeling. 

Computational Geometry: 3d point cloud processing, medial scaffold, Voronoi diagram, shock graphs, geodesy.

Architectural Information Systems:
CyberMonuments and CyberCities; Biomimetic Sculpting; interactive massing.

Inaugural lecture: From the Infinitely Large to the Infinitely Small


Project topics for final year undergrads:


Current research

AIkon: the Artistic/Automated IKONograph:

Diasynchronoscope: 3D movement synthesis and perception (screen-less):

DockIt: 3D gamification of protein docking (wuth the support of the BBSRC) :

Eco-a-Life: art and artificial life --- ecosystems in virtual worlds:

FoldSynth: Genetics, proteomics, visualisation:

MorphoLingua: a language for shape:

ProGen: procedural modelling of architecture and urban scapes in computer games:

Other topics:

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