Professor Fanny Chevalier Honoured with l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques

June 5, 2023 by Kal Romain

The University of Toronto community recently celebrated a momentous occasion as Assistant Professor Fanny Chevalier was conferred with a significant international honour. Chevalier was awarded the Order of Academic Palms (l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques), a prestigious French decoration. This illustrious honour celebrates those who have made extraordinary contributions to the spheres of education and culture.


At a ceremony presided over by the Consul General of France in Toronto, Tudor Alexis, Chevalier was presented with this distinguished medal. Alexis paid tribute to Chevalier's pragmatic approach to academia, emphasising her innovative contributions that have left a tangible imprint in the world beyond theory.


Chevalier's ground-breaking research stands at the crossroads of human-computer interaction and information visualization. Her work centres on the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative interactive tools that bolster visual analytics and stimulate creative activities. The significant impacts of her research have rippled through creative industries and healthcare services alike.


Notably, Chevalier played a crucial role in the creation of Autodesk Sketchbook Motion, an innovation that was named iPad App of the Year in 2016. In a testament to her versatility and commitment to making a difference, Chevalier has also made notable advances in healthcare. She developed applications that are enhancing patient care at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


This remarkable honour bestowed upon Professor Chevalier is a cause for celebration not just for her, but for our entire U of T community. It serves as a beacon of what dedication, innovation, and pursuit of knowledge can achieve. We eagerly look forward to witnessing the future accomplishments of Professor Chevalier.


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