2020-02957 - Post-Doctoral Research Visit F/M Stochastic Filtering for Surface Evolution Tracking
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Type de contrat : CDD

Niveau de diplôme exigé : Thèse ou équivalent

Fonction : Post-Doctorant

A propos du centre ou de la direction fonctionnelle

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Contexte et atouts du poste

General Informations

This postdoc is part of a collaboration between INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique) and IFPEN (Research institute with an international scope in the field of energy, transport and the environment). The postdoc will be located at IFPEN in Rueil-Malmaison (Paris area) and the research will be performed in collaboration with the Fluminance research group in Rennes (Bretagne). We offer a one year contract with a possible extension of 6 months. Remuneration for the postdoc includes a gross salary of 37.5 ke per year, full access to the French healthcare, social care and pension system, as well as several other benets, like coverage of 50% of Paris public transport fees.



Mission confiée


Salt tectonics is a sub-discipline of structural geology that describes the deformation of structures due to the specic behavior of salt. Having a good understanding of the deformation and stress state both within the salt structures and the surrounding rocks is crucial. Indeed, the presence of salt in a basin affects virtually all aspects of the structural system (for example all kinds of subsurface long-terms storage systems [2, 4]).

The objective of this research is to analyze the movement and deformation of the salt/rock interface over time. Since the underlying physical model is often complex and inaccurate, it needs to be supplemented by time dependent observations to correct the model estimation. IFP Energies nouvelles performed a large number of physically scaled sandbox (analog) experiments using a computed tomography scanner that provides high frequency 3D images. This collection of images mimics the kinematics and structural evolution of complex systems where salt structures are involved. [5, 3].

In order to track the salt/rock interface in these images, the idea is to use a non-linear stochastic filtering algorithm [1] recently developed by the INRIA Fluminance Group. First developed to analyze images from biology and meteorology, this method is promising for salt/rock interface tracking as illustrated on the Fig1. 

This postdoctoral research project has three main objectives: 

2D stochastic Filtering on cross sections of salt/rock interface images

The INRIA team Fluminance developed a mathematical model that estimates velocities and displacements of a moving interface. In this model, the interface and its evolution is implicitly defined by a level set. At each time step, a N particle filter tries to associate one level set for each particle representing the interface so that the mean level set is the best estimate of the tracked interface at that time

Figure 1: close curve in red that represents salt/rock interface in 2D at one time step

The evolution model established by INRIA team is generic: the first objective of the postdoc will be to get up to speed with the theory and existing source code and adapt it to the case of salt tectonics.

Parallelization strategy and code enhancement

Particle filters are computationally intensive techniques, especially when the state of the particle is an entire 2D image that needs to be estimated at each time step. In order to turn the technique into a practical experimental tool a parallelization strategy will have to be developped by the postdoc. This  could range from a classical HPC approach on IFPEN's supercomputer ENER440 (8640 cores up to 445 Tops) to a distributed one on a Hadoop/Yarn cluster.

Extension of dynamic equations to 3D

Once validated on 2D images extracted from 3D image cubes provided by our CT scanner, the theoretical extension of the level set framework is to be investigated. The postdoc should focus on developing evolution models well suited to compute a velocity field and track a 2D surface embedded in a 3D level set.



[1] Christophe Avenel, Etienne Memin, and Patrick Perez. Stochastic level set dynamics to track closed curves through image data. Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, 49(2):296-316, June 2014.

[2] Tobias Baumann, Boris Kaus, and Anton Popov. Deformation and stresses related to the Gorleben salt structure: insights from 3D numerical models. 09 2018.

[3] J-P Callot, Jean Francois Salel, Jean Letouzey, Jean-Marc Daniel, and Jean-Claude Ringenbach. 3d evolution of salt controlled minibasins: interactions, folding and megaap development. AAPG Bulletin, 100, 09 2016.

[4] Michael R. Hudec and Martin P. A. Jackson. Terra inrma: Understanding salt tectonics. Earth Science Reviews, 82(1):1{28, May 2007.

[5] M. Warsitzka, J. Kley, and N. Kukowski. Analogue experiments of salt ow and pillow growth due to basement faulting and dierential loading. Solid Earth, 6(1):9{31, 2015.

Principales activités





Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science or Applied mathematics (or be near completion), be procient in English and have excellent programming skills (C++, python). In particular, we look for applicants with experience in image processing and with some stochastic filtering or data assimilation background.


  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs


monthly gross salary amounting to 2653 euros