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Alexis Muller: "The path I chose was research"

Alexis Muller

Alexis Muller is an expert engineer at Inria Lille - Nord Europe. His early experiences in industry made him understand that his future lay in research.

What is the nature of your work at Inria?

For a year and a half, I have been working at Inria in a team that produces code for embedded systems (cars, cameras, etc.). It's completely different from what I did my PhD on, although the technology and the design method are the same. This experience has really given me a rounded understanding of the subjects I work on today. I have also decided to create a start-up based on the Inria model, assisted by the centre's technology transfer manager.

What is your background?

I started with a two-year university diploma in Computer Science before following the traditional university route, getting my PhD. My thesis concerned model-driven engineering for information system design. While I was working in the private sector, I was contacted by someone working at Inria who I had already done some research work with.

What advice would you give to people considering a career in your field?

Usually, to be an engineer, you have to have curiosity and be a self-starter. Don't hesitate to contact people working on the subject that interests you to get further details. Inria researchers are always very interested when candidates make contact before sending their application. It is an opportunity for candidates to hone their applications and to make sure that they have understood the subject properly...Clearly, it can open up new possibilities. 

Keywords: Start-ups Engineers Embedded systems