Professor (in computer science) at Université de Lorraine
- Born in 1961 in Trondheim (Norway)
- French nationality since 1980 (previously Norwegian)
- Married, 15 children
|1983||DEA d'Informatique - Master's degree in computer science|
|1987||Doctorat en Informatique de l'INPL (Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine) - PhD in computer science|
|1996||Habilitation à diriger des recherches, université Henri Poincaré Nancy 1 - Habilitation degree, for access to professor position|
NB: Since 2007, I have held positions involving a full-time duty in conducting affairs at a large scale and/or managing academic activities. This leaves me little time for other professional activities.To speak frankly, whereas I try in this page to keep an updated description of the details of my activities, my mileage in personal research and teaching has drastically slowed down while my supervision, management, and governance duties are quickly filling up the void (and more than that)...
Since June 2017
Vice-president for European and International Strategy of Université de Lorraine
Executive Officer of Lorraine Université d'Excellence
September 2012-June 2017
Vice-president for partnerships and international affairs of Université de Lorraine (merger on Jan. 1, 2012 of four universities including my former university Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine).
In charge of coordinating the LUE excellence initiative bid for Université de Lorraine and its partners, and since February 2016, the bid having been selected, appointed executive officer of Lorraine Université d'Excellence
September 2007- August 2012
While still being formally on a position of professor in computer science at École des Mines de Nancy (Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine), appointed the director of LORIA and of Inria Nancy - Grand Est research center.
September 1998-January 2007
Professor in computer science at École des Mines de Nancy (Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine).
From beginning of 2002, head of the QGAR research group of LORIA for my research activities.
From 2001 to March 2007, responsible for doctoral studies in computer science at the 3 Universities of Nancy and the University of Metz.
September 1987-September 1998
Coordinator of several graduate courses in computer vision and document analysis, and different other educational activities in the same area.
For several years, coordinator of international relations for LORIA.
Working group on object-oriented languages; book published in 1989, with Italian and English translations.
Expert for evaluation of ESPRIT programme (1997-98).
Researcher at CRIN/CNRS (Centre de recherche en informatique de Nancy). Worked on an ESPRIT 1 project (HERODE) for which CRIN was subcontractor. Main project partners: TITN (Paris) and Siemens (Munich).
My contribution to HERODE was in the area of document recognition: finding and coding graphics in composite documents. I wrote and defended (June 1987) a PhD thesis on this matter.
I contributed also more generally to the research work in image processing and computer vision done in our group. Some educational activities.
Military service during which I taught computer science and wrote some software (Volontaire Formateur en Informatique).
Summer jobs in an engineering office in Norway, mainly writing software for materials resistance and other engineering tasks.
During studies, several translation contracts (German to French, French to German, English to French, French to English) for a French company -- translation of technical and commercial documents, including a whole book on the bending of pipes.
Management and governance
Since 2007, my professional duties have definitely entered the realm of management and governance of public research and higher education institutions.
- Representative of Université de Lorraine in a (large) number of boards and committees
- Close cooperation with national research organizations and other
partners of LUE.
- Involvment in the network of VPs for international
affairs at French universities, which aims at being a kind of think tank on
policymaking and strategies in the area of academic international
From September 2012 to June 2017: Vice-president of Université de Lorraine for partnerships and international affairs. This means being in charge of defining and carrying the university's strategy for partnerships with society and the economic world, and for European and international affairs.
- In 2014-2015, in charge of Université de Lorraine's and its partners' application to the PIA2 Excellence Initiative call, and since February 2016, the bid having been selected, appointed executive officer of Lorraine Université d'Excellence
- In 2013-2014, strongly involved in the International Steering
Committee which set up the consortium and the successful bid for the
RawMaterials, of which Université de Lorraine is a core member.
February 2007 to August 2012: director of Inria Nancy - Grand Est Research Center, which includes the following duties:
- Representative of Inria in Northeastern France; as such, member of various boards and committees
- Manager of a research center with about 450 members including staff members, PhD students, post-docs, etc.
- Member of Inria's executive committee
2007-2009: director of LORIA
2005-2006: member of the executive committee of Inria Lorraine and of LORIA, responsible for training through research and university matters.
2002-2007: responsible for doctoral studies in computer science at the 3 Universities of Nancy and the University of Metz.
My main research topic has been in the realm of computer vision and image analysis, more precisely the analysis and recognition of graphics, in technical documents, engineering drawings, maps, etc. In this area, I have supervised 8 PhD theses and several other students.
I have also supervised a PhD thesis on medical image analysis.
From beginning 2002 to september 2007, founder and leader of the QGAR research project on graphics recognition, also at the origin of the QGAR free software package for graphics recognition. Before that, from 1992 to 2001, deputy leader of ISA research group working on computer vision and augmented reality.
Responsible for a number of research contracts with companies or other institutions.
From august 2006 to december 2008, I was the president of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). Previously I had been 1st vice-president from 2004 to 2006 and secretary from 2000 to 2004, and from august 1992 to august 1996, I was chairman of Technical Committee 10 (Graphics Recognition) of the IAPR.
June 2004 to January 2008 : President (before 2004, vice-president) of AFRIF (French association for pattern recognition).
Co-founder of the series of international workshops on graphics recognition, and co-chair of the two first workshops: GREC'95 (Penn State, Pennsylvania, USA) and GREC'97 (Nancy, France). Program co-chair for ICDAR'99, the 5th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (Bangalore, India), and for ICDAR'01, the 6th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (Seattle, USA). Member of various conference committees.
Co-founder of International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition (Springer Verlag), of which I was editor-in-chief until september 2013. Member of advisory board for ELCVIA (Electronic Letters on Computer Vision and Image Analysis). Member of editorial board of Machine Graphics & Vision.
As a professor, I was head of the computer science department at École des Mines de Nancy from September 2002 to February 2007. From 1998 to 2004, I created or reformatted one new course each year, thus conducting the progressive transformation of the computer science curriculum at École des Mines de Nancy.
See section on educational documents in my publication list.
In 2012, I was the head of Inria's internal management school, in charge of providing courses in management duties to Inria's new research group leaders and heads of various offices and departments.
Lately, I have not many teaching assignments, and several of them are in the border area between computing and management.
2016 : member of HCERES evaluation committees for ENSTA and Universities of Clermont-Ferrand : Université d'Auvergne and Université Blaise Pascal; chair of HCERES evaluation committee for I3S (Nice Sophia Antipolis)
2015 : member of HCERES evaluation committee for Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
2013 : member of recruitment committees at Universities Caen and La Rochelle
2011 : member of senior researcher (CR1 and DR2) recruitment committee at INRA
2010-2011 : member of evaluation committee for joint curricula at French-German University (UFA/DFH)
2009-2010 and 2012 : member of committee for "prime d'excellence scientifique" at Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche
2007: member of various evaluation committees for French research institutions: LIRIS (Rouen), LISyC & E3I2 (Brest), Ecole des Mines de Douai.From september 2004 to september 2007, president of commission de spécialistes 27e section at INPL (recruitment committee for computer science positions at my university, INPL).
From 1999 to 2003, member of CNU (the French National Council of Universities), in the 27th section (Computer Science)
From October 2014 to December 2016 : vice-president of NB Tech (Nancy Brabois Technopole)
Since December 2012: member of Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Lorraine, which has become CESER Grand Est after the merger of three regions on January 1st, 2016
Member of scientific council of ACI "Masse de données" in 2005, ARA MDCA in 2006
Back in the 1990s and beginning of 2000s, member of scientific council of doctoral school MSII in Strasbourg and of scientific advisory committee for "Pôle Image", also in Strasbourg.
For many years (until beginning of 1998), technical responsibilities as super-user and coordinator of equipment and network policy. Until september 1998, maintainer of the (La)TeX Navigator web site.
Fluent in French, English, German, and Norwegian
Danish and Swedish understood but not spoken; Dutch partially understood but not spoken; Some knowledge of Spanish