Drettakis is a senior researcher at INRIA and the group leader of the REVES research group at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis. His research interests are in rendering for computer graphics. His recent work is on perceptual rendering, and in particular audio-visual cross-modal rendering, interactive illumination, shadows, relighting, reconstruction from images and interactive rendering in general. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Scientific and Technological Orientation Council (COST) of INRIA where he is in charge of the International Relations working group.
Drettakis received his Ptychion (B.Sc. equivalent) in 1988 from the Dept. of Computer Science in Crete, Greece. As an undergraduate he worked at the ICS/FORTH on European Community research programs. He then completed his M.Sc. (in 1990) and Ph.D., (Jan 1994) at the Dept. of C.S. at the University of Toronto, Canada, under the supervision of Eugene Fiume in computer graphics.
He was an ERCIM postdoctoral fellow in '94-'95. The first part of this was at iMAGIS in Grenoble, France. The second part was in Barcelona, Spain at the UPC/LiSi graphics group and the last part was at VMSD-GMD in Germany. He was a permanent researcher (chargé de recherche INRIA) at iMAGIS-GRAVIR/IMAG- INRIA in Grenoble from Oct. 95 to Jul. 2000. While at iMAGIS, he obtained the degree of "Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches" at the University of Grenoble, in 1999. In July 2000 he moved to INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, where he set up a new research group. REVES was created as a tentative group ("Action") in May 2001 and he then became group leader. REVES became an official INRIA project (research group) in the summer of 2002. He became an INRIA Senior Researcher ("Directeur de Recherche") in October 2003.
Drettakis has worked extensively in lighting, shadows and global illumination research, and pioneered the development of rendering algorithms for augmented and virtual reality. He has also developed a vision for interactive virtual environments using tools such as non-photorealistic rendering, sketching and sound processing.
Within Eurographics he is co-charing the Programme Committee for Eurographics Conference 2008, in Crete, with Roberto Scopigno. He also co-chaired Eurographics Conference 2002 with Hans-Peter Seidel, and the Eurographics Workshop on Rendering 1998 with Nelson Max. He has served on the Eurographics Workshop on Rendering programme committee (now the Symposium) since 1995, and on many other program committees, including Eurographics 04 and 07 and SIGGRAPH 99, 05 & 06.
George Drettakis was elected to a Fellowship of the Association in recognition of: