I am a Computer Scientist. I majored my Master of Science in machine learning then my Ph.D research was conducted with machine learning applied to Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Information Extraction (IE) . I was granted a Mitacs Elevate Research Fellowship in 2013. I have a strong experience in design of algorithms, building prototypes and proof of concept, specially on machine learning systems related to NLP, Information Retrieval and IE.
I have worked as developer, researcher, scientific project coordinator or R&D manager in the context of academic labs, company-academic partnerships, startup and public companies in Europe and North America. I have also been involved in management and coordination of various sized teams. In the past years, I have occupied positions at University Of Avignon in the LIA lab, and at Polytechnique Montréal. From 2014 to March 2018, I leaded the Search & Knowledge group at Yellow Pages. This R&D specialized team of scientists and software engineers worked on design and relevance of the search engines powering YP products (YP, Grocery, YP Dine , 411.ca…). In April 2018 I worked in the Transformation Office of National Bank of Canada to create the first AI Team of the bank. I leaded AI Scientists teams and advised the bank on IA for various projects until December 2023. I am currently the head of research and development and member of the executive committee at the Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM) .
I’m teaching and giving talks on Computer Science, Algorithmic, Programming, Semantic Web and Natural Language Processing. I’m also sometimes Expert for Governments (Dijiboutian Government, European Commission) about e-administration and for scientific research funding agencies like National Research Agency (ANR) in France, Prompt in Québec and NSERC in Canada.
I have a professional experience in scientific edition, review and computer press. I write wide audience books about information technology that have been published by Nathan, Pearson, Addison Wesley and Simon and Schuster Macmillan in French, Portuguese, Dutch, English and Italian. I was also Associate of the Mitacs Research Review Committee (AARC) where I acted as Scientific Editor for the evaluation of research projects.