I am a “maître de conférence” (that corresponds to an associate/junior professor tenure position) at the computer science department of the Aix-Marseilles University.

I am a member of the Laboratoire d’Informatique et Système where I work with the team QARMA (Marseilles Machine Learning Team).

I did my PhD on the learning of context-free languages, from positive or positive and negative non-structured sequences (strings). This work is known as the starting point of what is now called Distributional Learning(Alexander Clark has a nice and short presentation of the main ideas). When I arrived in Marseilles in 2007, I continued this line of work (moving to graph grammars and to string-to-string function learning, for instance), but my interest grew also into more common machine learning approaches. The proximity of a bunch of brilliant and friendly researchers interested in statistical machine learning, natural languages processing, or multi-media indexing and retrieval, created an exiting environment.

My latest work deals with the interpretability and explainibility of deep learning black-boxes, in particular of Recurrent Neural Networks.

One can find more detail in my personal résumé [Last update: Sep 2018].

Latest news

  • With my colleague Stéphane Ayache and our MSc student Noé Goudian, we have a paper accepted at ICGI’18! It deals with Black Box (RNN) interpretability.
  • I am involved in the new Master program Master Informatique, parcours Intelligence Artificielle & Apprentissage Automatique (IAAA) (Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning) that opens in September 2018.
  • I am the chair of the International Conference on Grammatical Inference steering committee since 2014.
  • I organized with Jeffrey Heinz, Guillaume Rabusseau, and Matteo Sammartino the second edition of the LearnAut, workshop at FLoC 2018. It is on learning, logic, automaton, and other related topics.
  • With my colleague Cécile Capponi, we gave a week long professional formation at Leroy Merlin headquarter,  on “Introduction to Machine Learning: from bases to deep learning”
  • I participated to the organisation of Quatrième cycle de conférences MPCI on “L’informatique au coeur des sciences” (Computer Science in the Core of Sciences). It’s in Marseille on 22-24 May 2018
  • I recently participated to the creation of a toolbox for the spectral learning of weighted automata (scikit-splearn): everything is described here.
  • I am part of the organisation of the Treize Minutes Marseille. The 2017 edition was held on November 30th and the 2018 will be announced soon, stay tuned! The videos of previous editions are available on the website.