Short personal curriculum
(prior to 2001)
I have also a few things which come to my mind here – where you can also find nice photos by my wife Brigitte.
Who am I? I am currently building a new company
devoted to personal information management, and featuring innovative hardware
and software. Mysterious? Yes, please wait for the product to be ready and
public. I can give you its code name: Shaman.
I have been working for the EDF group, where I was in charge of Smart
Metering & Home Technologies (Smart Grid) strategy for its Customer
Branch. I was based in Cologne, at Yello
Strom premises, a German energy and service supplier. Yello Strom has a
wonderful, very active and creative team, and we have done together nice
innovative things for our customers and the future of energy, in particular
also commuting around Europe, mainly between Germany, the UK and France, to
help EDF Group to find its way in the Smart Grid (r-)evolution. EDF Group has
40 million customers throughout Europe, and is one of the leading electric
power and energy suppliers in the world, and so has its word to say in this
innovative area bound to energy efficiency, renewables, local generation and
storage, electromobility, and the like.
Home Technologies and Customer engagement are key. It is the next wave of
pervasive, embedded IT technologies, which already is the playground of
innovative companies. Why energy? Because it is one of the leading services
that will be made possible through Home Technologies: bringing energy savings
to everybody; and then carbon-free energy. And because better IT+energy is
one of the things current world needs, and something I hope I can help to
also why I am involved in the VESTA-SYSTEM
company as a strategic advisor. VESTA-SYSTEM is a startup selling
sophisticated software for energy efficiency and management in buildings.
VESTA-SYSTEM is still a small company, but it has recently won contracts with
construction companies which will boost its next development step.
different area, purely related to IT, I also co-founded in 2008 the Kalray company, and I have been since its
Scientific Committee Chairman. Kalray is putting on the market in 2012 a chip
with 256 processors, called MMPA (Multi Purpose Processor Array) together
with its programming environment, AccessCore®. This is what people now call a
many-core. People already have multi-core systems in their PC or in their
smart phone. However things change when « multi » is turned
into « many »: software is required to be parallel from its
initial design, and this changes many things. Besides, the continuation of Moore’s
law will necessarily push many-cores into mainstream in the coming years. So,
we have great expectations for Kalray, please stay tuned and probably part of
I spent 5 years and a half at CEA Technological
Research Division. I was in charge of programme strategy and European
affairs, covering topics from computing architectures to embedded systems,
software, and cognitive systems. CEA-DRT, with its three units LIST, LETI
and LITEN, is a major player in France
in the area of micro and nano technology, software intensive systems, and new
energy technology. It brings together more than 3,000 permanent researchers
in Grenoble and Saclay. It is mainly funded through industrial and
until 2007 president of the evaluation of the Software Technology programme
(30 M€ funding/year), under the umbrella of the French Agence Nationale de la
to build the ARTEMIS Joint
Undertaking on Embedded Systems, which is the major European initiative in
this field. I was member of its Steering Board, and I had the honor to be
elected by European researchers in the field at its Presidium. I also led the
Roadmap for Software-Intensive
Systems Exercise for the ITEA2
Eureka cluster in 2007 and 2008.
I worked for 18 years at Electricité de France,
where I went back in 2009 in the « Smart Grid » position.
studied mathematics, at the Ecole
Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud, (now located in Lyon) where I passed agrégation. Then I got a PhD in Artificial Intelligence with Pr.
at Paris 6 Pierre-et-Marie-Curie University.
worked and published in various areas:
qualitative physics and calculus, rule-based systems, expert systems, with
many industrial applications as well as scientific publications.
particular, in my PhD, I showed how to build an AI (Artificial Intelligence)
system able to understand and explain the Three Mile Island nuclear accident,
which happened in 1979 in the United States, and which was the first of the 3
major nuclear accidents related to civil energy generation which happened
until now, before Chernobyl and Fukushima-Daichi. This was considered as
somewhat in advance at this time, probably nuclear industry should spend
effort today to apply best-in-class IT and AI technology to plant design and
turned to automatic software generation from mathematical specifications. The
main project I worked on within this topic was named Descartes. I was the head of it, and we managed to build a fairly
sophisticated program generator prototype - almost 2,000,000 lines of
generated C lines. This was in 1997, since then this line of development has
expanded in what is called Model-Based Software Engineering, and is now
finding applications in parallel programming.
also worked on automatic software generation in the area of physical systems
simulation (a piece of work related to Scilab
and Modelica – Modelica is the major
language for modeling and simulating physical systems).
I am also interested in economy, initially focusing on the information technology field. I have started in 2012 a blog on “Moore’s Law” and its potential generalization to other domains. This is an ambitious endeavor, particularly important in this time of crisis in advanced economies: how to put innovation at the heart of economic processes and human advancement.
When not working, I like reading, listening to music, theatre, playing the piano and the guitar, riding my bicycle, trakking, traveling, ...
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