About me

My name’s Nolan Mestres. I’m a first year PhD student in the MAVERICK research team (INRIA, Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann), under the supervision of Joelle Thollot & Romain Vergne. My main research interests are expressive rendering, shape depiction and image synthesis stylization.

The subject of my PhD is linked with mountain panorama maps. It is a broad topic that covers many fields from history, geography, to visual perception and rendering. I am focused on the style of the Atelier Pierre Novat, that produces hand-made paintings with a high aesthetic quality but still conveying information in a very efficient way. My main goal is to understand the style of the artist, i.e. translate his sensitivity and intuitions into concepts and algorithms. I also aim at providing automated ways to render such panoramas and tools to allow artists to finely control their production. One of the key idea is to understand what degrees of freedom we have with respect to reality, without altering global coherence and plausibility of the panorama.

I am also interested in spectral rendering and fluorescence. That’s why I did my master’s thesis under the supervision of Imari Sato, at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo. There, I was working on the ‘Rendering of fluorescent materials using spectral path tracing’.

I will use this website to present the different projects I am working on, as well as personal stuff. For more information about my educational background you can browse my (outdated) resume.


Rendering of fluorescent materials using spectral path tracing

Master thesis

Painterly stylization of pictures

Master 2 year-end project

Loop subdivision

Geometry laboratory class