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Francis Bach

Inria researcher, Computer Science Department, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris Sciences et Lettres)

A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Corps des Mines engineer, Francis Bach  earned his Master of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Applied Mathematics at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) Cachan. His thesis on statistical learning completed at University of California (Berkeley) Computer Science Department received the Eli Jury Award.

He entered Ecole des Mines in 2005 and ENS Paris in 2007, where his research brought him to Inria Paris - Rocquencourt, first with the Willow project team, and since 2011, his with his own team, Sierra.

His primary field of research is machine learning. He has also received two grants from the European Research Council (2009 and 2017) and the INRIA Young Researcher Award in 2012. 

Xavier Barras

Director of operations, GS1 France

Xavier Barras is engineer in Information Systems and Organisation from the Compiègne Technical University. Since 2014 is COO of GS1 France. He was before the Innovation and Technology Director (CTO). After managing the GS1 training division, he has focused on improving supply chain management between business partners. He is a specialist in automatic ID systems and intercompany information sharing. He also managed the development of the RFID activity and traceability networks within GS1 France.

During 10 years he participated to the international standardization work (ISO) on RFID and bar codes and he was the chairman  of the AFNOR (French Agency for Standardization) AIDC committee.

He is currently chairman of the AFNOR Electronic Invoice committee since 2014. He is working also on the implementation of a global product repository.

Xavier has a deep knowledge and strategic vision of interconnected supply chain, digitalized product and omni-channel distribution applied to different industries.

Rodolphe Gelin

Scientific Director, Aldebaran Robotics, Softbank Group

Rodolphe Gelin  graduated from Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in 1988 and holds a Masters of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Artificial Intelligence from Paris University VI.

In 1988, he joined CEA, where he worked on mobile robot control. In 1998, he took over as head of the robotics department control laboratory, and in 2001 was appointed head of the cognitive science, robotics and interaction department at CEA LIST in Saclay. From 2006 to 2008, he managed the Interactive Systems programme. Within the European project CARE, he handled the robotics roadmap of the European professional service and directed the working group on defining robotics vocabulary for ISO.

In December 2008, he joined Aldebaran to manage the collaborative project Romeo and then Romeo2, aimed at creating a human-sized robot assistant for the elderly. In 2012 he was appointed director of research at Aldebaran. In late 2015, he joined the company’s Board as EVP Chief Scientific Officer, where he is now in charge of innovation.

Rodolphe Gelin is the author of several books:“Robot, ami ou ennemi ?”(2006),“Comment la réalité peut-elle être virtuelle ?”(2006), “Le Robot, meilleur ami de l’homme ?”(2015),and“Les robots”(207)published by Editions du Pommier, and“Le robot est-il l’avenir de l’homme ?”with Olivier Guilhem (2016) from Documentation Française.


Yann LeCun

Facebook AI Research & New York University

Yann LeCun  is Director of AI Research at Facebook and Silver Professor at New York University, affiliated with the Courant Institute, the Center for Neural Science and the Center for Data Science, for which he served as founding director until 2014.

He received an EE Diploma from ESIEE (Paris) in 1983, a PhD in Computer Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) in 1987. After a postdoc at the University of Toronto, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories. He became head of the Image Processing Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research in 1996, and joined NYU in 2003 after a short tenure at the NEC Research Institute.

In late 2013, LeCun became Director of AI Research at Facebook, while remaining on the NYU Faculty part-time. He was visiting professor at Collège de France in 2016. His research interests include machine learning and artificial intelligence, with applications to computer vision, natural language understanding, robotics, and computational neuroscience. He is best known for his work in deep learning and the invention of the convolutional network method which is widely used for image, video and speech recognition. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Neural Network Pioneer Award, the 2015 IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence Distinguished Researcher Award, the 2016 Lovie Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a honorary doctorate from IPN, Mexico.

Philippe Pucheral 

Professeur à l'Université de Versailles St-Quentin

Philippe Pucheral  est Professeur à l'Université de Versailles St-Quentin (UVSQ) et responsable du master DataScale dédié à la gestion de données à large échelle.

Il a dirigé l'équipe de recherche Inria-UVSQ SMIS (Secured and Mobile Information Systems) de 2005 à 2016. Il est aujourd'hui membre de la nouvelle équipe PETRUS (Personal and Trusted Cloud) qui y fait suite. Son domaine de recherche porte sur la gestion de données embarquées et la sécurité avec une application directe à la protection des données personnelles.

Avec deux de ses collègues, il est à l'origine du système PlugDB (, un serveur personnel de données embarqué dans du hardware sécurisé, récompensé par plusieurs prix académiques et logiciels internationaux.

Il monte actuellement un Inria InnovationLab avec la société Hippocad dont la vocation sera de déployer une technologie de gestion de données médico-sociales sécurisée autour de PlugDB facilitant la coordination des soins auprès des personnes dépendantes.


Cordelia Schmid

Manager of the Thoth research team, Inria 

Cordelia Schmid holds a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe and a Doctorate, also in Computer Science, from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG). Her doctoral thesis received the best thesis award from INPG in 1996. Dr. Schmid was a post-doctoral research assistant in the Robotics Research Group of Oxford University in 1996--1997. Since 1997 she has held a permanent research position at INRIA Grenoble Rhone-Alpes, where she is a research director and directs an INRIA team.

Dr. Schmid has been an editor-in-chief for IJCV (2013---), a program chair of IEEE CVPR 2005 and ECCV 2012 as well as a general chair of IEEE CVPR 2015 and ECCV 2020.

In 2006, 2014 and 2016, she was awarded the Longuet-Higgins prize for fundamental contributions in computer vision that have withstood the test of time. She is a fellow of IEEE. She was awarded an ERC advanced grant in 2013, the Humbolt research award in 2015 and the Inria & French Academy of Science Grand Prix in 2016. She was elected to the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, in 2017.


David Simplot

Scientific adviser to the president of Inria

David Simplot is the scientific adviser to the president of Inria. University professor, appointed member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2009, he was head of the Pops project team (joint team between Inria, Lille 1 University and the CNRS from 2004 to 2011) researching connected objects.

He contributed to implementation of  FIT – the Future Internet (of Things), a project sponsored by the EquipEx programme recognising excellence-in-equipment,  and received the Kuhlmann Grand Prix 2014 from the Société des Sciences, de l’Agriculture et des Arts de Lille for his lifetime achievements.

Former think-tank participant at the Institut des Hautes Etudes pour la Science et la Technologie (IHEST), he is particularly committed to regional entities such as CITC-EuraRFID or competitiveness clusters. He is president of the Force Research and Enterprise association which holds the Force Awards initiated by the Grand Lille Committee. From 2011 to 2017, he was director of the Inria Lille-Nord Europe Research Centre.