Merwan Achibet

Ph.D. in Virtual Reality


I am currently a game developer at Insane Unity. I work on the game-logic architecture, the user interface, the networking and the dynamic music for WinThatWar!, an upcoming massively multiplayer real-time strategy game.

I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science in December 2015. This Ph.D. focused on multi-finger interaction with haptic feedback, supervised by Maud Marchal and Anatole Lécuyer in the Hybrid research team at Inria Rennes (France).

My interests include 3D interaction, computer graphics, game development and more generally everything related to the simulation of virtual worlds.

+33 02 9984 7470
Centre de recherche Inria Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique
Campus universitaire de Beaulieu
35042 Rennes Cedex


Journal papers

  • M. Achibet, A. Girard, M. Marchal, A. Lécuyer, Leveraging Passive Haptic Feedback in Virtual Environments with the Elastic-Arm Approach, 2016, PRESENCE: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments. paper / video / bibtex

Peer-reviewed conferences

  • M. Achibet, B. Le Gouis, M. Marchal, P-A. Leziart, F. Argelaguet, A. Girard, A. Lécuyer, H. Kajimoto, FlexiFingers: Multi-Finger Interaction in VR Combining Passive Haptics and Pseudo-Haptics, 2017, IEEE 3DUI. paper (online soon) / video (online soon)
  • M. Achibet, G. Casiez, M. Marchal, DesktopGlove: a Multi-finger Force Feedback Interface Separating Degrees of Freedom Between Hands, 2016, IEEE 3DUI. paper / video / bibtex
  • M. Achibet, G. Casiez, M. Marchal, A. Lécuyer, THING: Introducing a Tablet-based Interaction Technique for Controlling 3D Hand Models, 2015, ACM CHI. paper / video / bibtex
  • M. Achibet, A. Girard, A. Talvas, M. Marchal, A. Lécuyer, Elastic-Arm: Human-Scale Haptic Feedback for Augmenting Interaction and Perception in Virtual Environments, 2015, IEEE Virtual Reality. paper / video / bibtex
  • M. Achibet, M. Marchal, F. Argelaguet, A. Lécuyer, The Virtual Mitten: A Novel Interaction Paradigm for Visuo-Haptic Manipulation of Objects Using Grip Force, 2014, IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces, BEST PAPER AWARD. paper / video / bibtex


  • A. Talvas, M. Achibet, Bimanual Haptic Interaction Techniques for 3D Virtual Environments, 2014, Bimanual Haptics workshop, EuroHaptics.
  • M. Achibet, S. Balev, A. Dutot, D. Olivier, A Model of Road Network and Buildings Extension Co-evolution, 2014, AgentCities workshop, 5th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies.
  • M. Achibet, S. Balev, A. Dutot, D. Olivier, Co-Evolution of the Road Network and the Land Use in a City, 2012, SOMC workshop, European Conference on Complex Systems.

Ph.D. thesis

  • M. Achibet, Contributions to the Design of Novel Hand-based Interaction Techniques for Virtual Environments, December 14th 2015. manuscript / video


My complete CV is available here.
Inria — Ph.D. candidate (2012 to 2015).
Université du Havre — Research engineer (2012 summer, 2 months).
BNP Paribas — Software engineer (2010 summer, 4 months).
Groupama Transport — IT technician (2008 and 2009 summers).

side projects

  • mr.system

    A Master System emulator in C++, currently in development (→ github)

  • You are the Münster

    A platformer made in 72 hours for the Ludum Dare jam, as a team of two (→ entry, → github)

  • cheapo.js

    A CHIP-8 interpreter in CoffeeScript (→ demo, → github)

  • boyo.js

    A GameBoy emulator in JavaScript (→ demo, → github)

  • Sparkets

    A multiplayer space dogfight game in Javascript (→ github).