Jocelyne Troccaz, a medical roboticist from Grenoble elected to the Académie des sciences

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On  March 14, 2023
Jocelyne Troccaz, CNRS research director at the TIMC laboratory (CNRS/UGA/Vet Agro Sup/Grenoble INP - UGA)
Jocelyne Troccaz, CNRS research director at the TIMC laboratory (CNRS/UGA/Vet Agro Sup/Grenoble INP - UGA)
CNRS research director at the TIMC laboratory (CNRS/UGA/Vet Agro Sup/Grenoble INP - UGA) Jocelyne Troccaz has been elected to the prestigious Académie des sciences (Academy of sciences). This distinction crowns an exceptional career in the field of surgical robotics.
Elected to the "Applications of Science" inter-section under the "Mechanical and Computer Sciences" section and co-holder of the MIAI "Computer-Assisted Medical Interventions (CAMI) Assistant" chair, Jocelyne Troccaz will be welcomed under the dome of the French Académie des Sciences during an official ceremony on 6 June, alongside the 17 fellow new members.

Trained in Computer Science and Robotics, Jocelyne Troccaz specialized in Robotics and Image Processing for medical applications in the 90s, when she joined the TIMC laboratory located in the immediate vicinity of the Université Grenoble Alpes Hospital. She was recruited by the Scientific and Medical University of Grenoble in 1984 (now UGA), then by the CNRS in 1988, and continued to teach at the university over the years.

Today, she is a CNRS research director, havong coordinated the national Labex CAMI from 2016 to 2022. Her work is dedicated to computer-assisted medical and surgical gestures, and is co-responsible for an artificial intelligence chair on this theme within the Grenoble MIAI Institute. Jocelyne works in close collaboration with clinical teams and industrial partners to ensure the outreach of her work: Hundreds of thousands of patients have benefited from the results of her research. Her scientific activity as well as her contributions to the medical field have been recognized by several awards, including Enduring Impact Award MICCAI, IEEE Fellow, MICCAI Fellow, and the National Academy of Surgery Award; she was also named a free member of this Academy, CNRS Silver Medal and Legion of Honor awardee. Her election to the French Académie des sciences in December 2022 crowns an exceptional career.

Jocelyne Troccaz, directrice de recherche CNRS au laboratoire TIMC
First experience of robotic assistance in vertebra surgery by Jocelyne Troccaz with Stéphane Lavallée, then CNRS research fellow, in 1992 (photo credit TIMC)

Jocelyne Troccaz: Honors and awards

  • 2010: Fellow of the Medical Image Analysis and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) society
  • 2013: Prize of the National Academy of Surgery
  • 2014: Member of the National Academy of Surgery
  • 2015: Silver medal of the CNRS
  • 2016: Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor
  • 2018: Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • 2022: "Enduring Impact Award" of the MICCAI society
  • 2022: Member of the French Academy of Sciences
Published on  March 14, 2023
Updated on  March 14, 2023