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Pierre Boulanger, PhD, PEng



Computing Science

About Me


  • B.Sc., Engineering Physics, Laval University, 1980 
  • M.Sc., Physics, Laval University, 1982 
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Montreal, 1994

Chair Positions

  • Cisco Research Chair in Healthcare Systems


Dr. Boulanger graduated from Laval University in Engineering Physics. He also received his Masters in Physics from the same university and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Montreal. Dr. Boulanger cumulates more than 35 years of experience in 3D computer vision, rapid product development, and the applications of virtual reality systems to medicine and industrial manufacturing. Dr. Boulanger worked for 18 years at the National Research Council of Canada as a senior research officer where his primary research interest was in 3D computer vision, rapid product development, and virtualized reality systems. He now has a double appointment as a professor at the University of Alberta Department of Computing Science and at the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging. He is currently the Director of the Advanced Man Machine Interface Laboratory (AMMI) as well as the scientific Director of the SERVIER Virtual Cardiac Centre. In 2013, Dr. Boulanger was awarded the CISCO chair in healthcare solutions, a 10 years investment by CISCO systems in the development of new IT technologies for healthcare in Canada.



Advanced Man-Machine Interfaces
Computer Graphics
Computer Vision and Multimedia Communications


Virtual reality, sensor based geometric modeling, physical simulation.


His main research topics are on the development of new techniques for tele-medicine, patient specific modeling using sensor fusion, and the application of tele-presence technologies to medical training, simulation, and collaborative diagnostics. His work has contributed to gain an international recognition in this field, publishing more than 310 scientific papers and collaborating with more than 20 universities, research labs, and industrial companies across the world. He is on the editorial board of two major academic journals. Dr. Boulanger is also on many international committees and frequently gives lectures on computational medicine and augmented reality systems. Dr. Boulanger is also the president of MedROAD Inc. a Canadian-based company specialized in telemedicine.


I am currently teaching Introduction to Human Computer Interaction (CMPUT 302) as well as Real-time Signal Processing Using GPU (CMPUT 605).