Scientific and Technological Council

The Scientific and Technological Council is an advising instance of the Board of Directors and of the Operational Management Team.

Its purpose is to guide SystemX’s operational management team, both upstream (scientific guidance, core competencies in systems) and downstream of projects along the lines of a “business angel” (skills and knowledge on the key business domains as well as the implementation of complex projects).

The Scientific and Technological Council is consulted with regards to the IRT SystemX’s major scientific orientations and annual action program, prior to their approval by the Board of Directors; and on any other matter referred to it by the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

It makes any recommendation it deems useful for the national, European and international development of the Institute and assesses the impact of its actions on its reach and international appeal.

Twice a year, the Scientific and Technological Council meets to debate and discuss the technological challenges that the Institute wishes to tackle, and to bring its expertise in order to contribute to the successful deployment of R&D projects at the heart of the digital engineering of complex systems.

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Members of the Scientific and Technological Council

Yves Caseau

Yves Caseau, Président of Scentific and Technological Council

Yves Caseau was appointed Director of the Axa group digital agency in April 2014. He was formerly Bouygues Telecom’s Executive Vice-President in charge of New Products and Innovation. His key responsibility is to design and to build “triple play” products (gateways and set top boxes). His role includes the development of new mobile, fixed and convergent services – from telecommunication to “digital life” –, research & development and innovation management. He was Bouygues Telecom’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) from 2001 until 2006.
Yves Caseau started his career as a research scientist in the fields of software engineering and object-oriented programming at Alcatel’s research lab. He then turned to operations research, while he was working for Bellcore (USA) and then as research director for the Bouygues Group.
Yves Caseau graduated from the École Normale Superieure (Paris), holds a PhD in computer science and a MBA from the “College des Ingénieurs”. He is a member of the National Academy of Technologies and the author of books about information systems, lean management and enterprise organization.


Patrick Bastard

Patrick Bastard has an engineering degree from Supelec, a PhD in physical sciences and an accreditation to direct research (HDR) from Paris-Sud University. He began his career in 1989, when he joined Schneider Electric to work on the security of energy electric distribution networks. He joined Supélec in 1992 as a professor, later becoming responsible of the “Energy Systems and Electrotechnology” department.
Patrick Bastard joined Renault in 2005 with the aim of contributing to the mecatronics embedded systems development. After having held various positions in the field of electronic and electrical engineering systems, he was Electronic and Advanced Technologies Director within the Research Department from 2009 to 2013. He participated to the Renault adaptation for the three major technological changes in the automobile industry: electric vehicle, connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle. Patrick Bastard is now responsible for an operational department covering ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), the autonomous car and electronic technologies. He is also the chair of Renault 3EA activities (Electric, Electrotechnic, Electronic, Automatic).
Author and co-author of 80 scientific publications, Patrick Bastard has supervised 20 PhD students in the course of his career, making the connection between the industrial world and the academic world.


Jean-Claude Bocquet

Graduate of the École Normale Supérieure of Cachan and PhD holder in mechanical CAD and artificial intelligence, Jean-Claude Bocquet has been a professor since 1987. He is the founder and the director of the Industrial Engineering laboratory at CentraleSupélec, director of the Business Sciences department and responsible for the CentraleSupélec activities in the field of Industrial Engineering. Since 2015, he is Emeritus Professor at CentraleSupélec.
Jean-Claude Bocquet is also an expert for the Ministry of Research and for the National Research Agency (ANR) in France. He is a member of the “Usine du Futur” Systematic committee and of the commission on operational excellence of the Directorate General for Enterprise. He is also the Chairman of the CEESAR board of directors (European Centre of Studies on Road Safety and Risk Analysis).


Eric Bonjour

Éric Bonjour is a full professor specialized in systems engineering, at the Université de Lorraine / Graduate School of Innovation and Systems Engineering (ENSGSI). He has been a mechanical engineer since 1993. He received his PhD degree in Automation and Industrial Engineering in 1996. In summary, his main research interests touch upon the fields of innovation, model-based systems engineering, product architecture, product family, knowledge management, project organization and team building.
He is a Vice-chair of the French chapter of INCOSE (AFIS), responsible for “Research – Training” topics (since 2012) and a co-head of the “Knowledge management and competence management in industrial companies” working group, affiliated to the National Research Council GDR MACS/CNRS (since 2007). He is an associate editor of high quality journals: Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing and Knowledge-Based Systems. In 2015, he received the lNCOSE Outstanding Service Award.


Olivier Cappé

Olivier Cappé began his career at the Centre National d’Etudes des Télécommunications (National telecommunications school – CNET – France Télécom) in Lannion. In 1996, he was appointed as a CNRS researcher at LCTI (Laboratoire Traitement et Communication de l’Information, laboratory for information processing and communication), a research instituion run jointly by Télécom ParisTech and the CNRS. Today, Olivier Cappé is a CNRS research director and the director of the LTCI (Laboratoire Traitement et Communication de l’Information). At LTCI, he belongs to the STA team (statistics and applications). In addition to his research work, he is a Professor in the applied mathematics department at the prestigious French engineering school Ecole polytechnique. Since June 2016, he has headed the  STIC (Information Science and Technology) department of the Université Paris-Saclay.

Olivier Cappé holds a PhD in Telecoms (1993) and an engineering degree from Supélec (1990). In 2006, he was qualified to direct doctoral studies at the Université de Marne la Vallée.

Olivier Cappé has received many distinctions during his career, not least the Grand prix de la fondation d’entreprise EADS (Information Sciences) from the Academy of Sciences in 2013.



Gilles Dowek

Gilles Dowek has a PhD in automatic demonstration in the calculation of constructions from Paris-Diderot University. He is director of research at Inria and professor at École Normale Supérieure of Cachan. His research focuses on mathematical formalization, physics of computation and safety of aerospace systems. Gilles Dowek has been a consultant for the National Institute of Aerospace, a lab of the NASA Langley research center, from 2000 to 2010.
In 2000, the French Society of Mathematics gave to him the Alembert High School Students Prize to reward its activity of popularization of mathematics among youth. In 2007, he received the grand prize of philosophy of the French Academy to reward his book: “The calculation metamorphosis. An amazing story of mathematics.


Denis Gardin

Denis Gardin is currently Director of Innovation and Technologies within MBDA Systems.
Denis Gardin began his career at John Deere (1993-1994) and Total (1994-1995) before joining the French Ministry of Economy and Finance (1996-1999) and later the French Embassy in the United States (1999-2003). Denis Gardin joined Airbus Group (EADS) in 2003 as Director of the President’s Office. From 2005 to 2009, he is technological strategy and new business Vice-President within Airbus Group CTO. From 2009 to 2012, he takes part in the launch of Airbus Group CyberSecurity d’Airbus Group CyberSecurity within the Airbus Defence&Space division, in which he has led the System Design Center from 2009 to 2011.
Denis Gardin studied physics and engineering at the École Normale Supérieure and the École des Mines of Paris. He holds a doctorate from the University of California at Bekerley (1989-1993). He is a member of the stakeholder group of the ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) and member of the board of directors of the École Normale Supérieure Institute for prospective.


Paulien Herder

Paulien Herder is department head of the Engineering Systems & Services department of the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of the Delft University of Technology. In the context of her chair, engineering systems design in energy & industry, she studies the design and management of energy systems and more specifically she is interested in energy systems integration and the transition to a sustainable energy provision. In this research, engineering sciences as well as social and behavioural sciences play an important role.
Paulien is active in the field of energy and industrial systems since 1994. She has an MSc degree in chemical engineering and a PhD degree in the engineering (systems) sciences. She is a (co-)author of more than 150 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Infrastructure Complexity (Springer) and she is reviewer for many other scientific journals, conferences and research programs and grants.

Bertrand Maury

Bertrand Maury is a professor in the mathematics laboratory of Paris-Sud University. He is also member of the AMIES board (Agency for Interaction in Mathematics with Business and Society). His research activities explore partial differential equations, mathematical analysis, digital modelling and simulation.
Bertrand Maury holds a PhD from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (CIFRE doctoral contract with Saint-Gobain Research) on “flat glass forming modelling”.


Michèle Sebag

Michèle Sebag is Deputy director of LRI (Laboratoire de Recheche en Informatique – Laboratory of research in computingz) at CNRS and responsible for the TAO research group.  With a background in mathematics (École Normale Supérieure), Michèle Sebag went to industry (Thalès) where she started to learn about computer science, project management, and artificial intelligence. She got interested in AI, became consulting engineer, and realized that machine learning was something to be. She was offered the opportunity to start research on machine learning for applications in numerical engineering at Laboratoire de Mécanique des Solides at École polytechnique.
After her PhD at the crossroad of machine learning (LRI, Université Paris-Sud Orsay), data analysis (Ceremade, Université Paris-10 Dauphine) and numerical engineering (LMS, École polytechnique), she entered CNRS as research fellow (CR1) in 1991.
Her research interests include reinforcement learning, preference learning, information theory for robotics and surrogate optimization.


Bruno Sudret

Bruno Sudret is a professor of Risk, Safety and Uncertainty Quantification at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) since 2012. His teaching and research interests are computational methods for uncertainty quantification, reliability and sensitivity analysis, Bayesian approaches for model calibration and reliability-based design optimization.
He received a M.Sc. from the Ecole Polytechnique (France) in 1993, then a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France) in 1996 and 1999, respectively. He has been working in the field of uncertainty quantification in engineering since 2000: first as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Berkeley (California), then as a researcher at EDF R&D (the French world leader in nuclear power generation (2001-2008)). From 2008 to 2011 he was the Director of Research and Strategy at Phimeca Engineering.
Bruno Sudret has authored more than 200 publications including 65 journal papers and book chapters. He currently serves in the editorial board of several journals (Reliability Engineering and Systems Safety, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure).

Patrick Leboeuf

Patrick Leboeuf (permanent guest)

Patrick Leboeuf is research director at the CNRS, specializing in quantum mechanics and dynamical systems. He currently holds the position of Deputy Director for Research at the FCS Campus Paris-Saclay. From 2007 to 2012 he was Scientific Officer and Scientific Assistant Director at the CNRS Institute of Physics. As a representative of the CNRS, he was a member of the Boards of IHES, IHP, Ecole de Physique des Houches, Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse and the European Centre for Atomic and Molecular calculation (CECAM, Lausanne). Former member of the National Committee for Scientific Research, he also contributed to the creation of the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics and Statistics Models (LPTMS – Mixed Unit Paris-Sud university/CNRS).



Guillaume Poupard (permanent guest)

Guillaume Poupard is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique that he entered in 1992. An armaments engineer specialising in research, he holds a PhD. His doctoral thesis in cryptography was prepared under the direction of Jacques Stern at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris and defended in 2000. He is also a higher education graduate in psychology. He began his career as an expert and then as head of the cryptography laboratory of the Central Directorate of Information Systems’ Security (DCSSI). This directorate was transformed and in 2009 became the National Agency for Information Systems’ Security (ANSSI).

In 2006, he joined the Ministry of Defence, still in the field of governmental cryptography and then cyber-defence. In November 2010, he was entrusted responsibility for the “Security of Information Systems” unit as part of the technical department of the General Armaments Directorate (DGA), responsible for investigations and technical policy in the cybersecurity field.

On 27 March 2014, he was appointed director general of the National Agency for Information Systems’ Security.