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Start-up - Golaem

Stéphane Donikian: "I wanted our research to be used for the benefit of society"

Portrait de Stéphane Donikian

Created in 2008 by Stéphane Donikian, Golaem has established itself in the industrial sector, and for several years now has been involved in series such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead .

When I finished my PhD, I was sure that I would follow a traditional scientific career. Since 1994, I had been carrying out research into the modelling and simulation of human behaviour. Initially, the target application was a simulation of the behaviour of drivers on the road. The scope of the research was then widened to include the simulation of any type of human activity, and we began a series of collaborative projects with a number of commercial companies, including the French railways, SNCF.

I wanted to take the fruits of our research out of the laboratory so that they could be used for the benefit of society at large

A number of commercial companies were interested in the technology that we had developed. At first, I considered going into partnership with software publisher as a means of technology transfer. However, the conditions that they wished to impose were not acceptable. The members of the laboratory would no longer be permitted to carry on working in the field concerned. We then began to think about setting up our own business to exploit the results of our research. This led us to go down the road of creating our own start-up. For me, becoming an entrepreneur was the logical conclusion to a technological project. I wanted to take the fruits of our research out of the laboratory so that they could be used for the benefit of society at large.

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