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

Nozha Boujemaa, President of Scentific and Technological Council

Research Director at Inria, Director of DATAIA Institute (Data Sciences, Intelligence & Society), Project leader of TransAlgo scientific platform for algorithmic systems transparency and accountability.
Knight of the National Order of Merit, Founding Director of Digital Society Institute (ISN), Senior Scientific Advisor for “The AI Initiative“, International Advisor for Japanese Science and Technology Agency Program “Advanced Core Technologies for Big Data Integration”, Member of the board of Data Transparency Lab, Elected Member of the Board of Directors of Big Data Value Association, General-chair of European Big Data Value Forum 2017 (Versailles), Member of the Scientific Councils of INRA, CentraleSupélec and Member of the Strategic Orientation Council of Institut Français.
Previously, Advisor to the Chairman and the CEO of Inria in Data Science with concern to the socioeconomic impact of Big Data and AI capabilities, Scientific Head of IMEDIA research group for over 10 years (till 2010) and the Director of Inria Saclay Research Center for 5 years (2010-2015).
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Yves Bamberger

Yves Bamberger began his career as a structural mechanics researcher at the Ponts et Chaussées Central Laboratory, while also teaching at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He joined Studies and Research at EDF in 1980, where he helped solve mechanical problems at nuclear plants, while continuing his work as a professor on a part-time basis. During his successive roles in R&D, general management and production, Bamberger became a driving force behind what is now known as EDF’s digital transformation. He returned to EDF as Director of R&D in 2002 and later served as Scientific Advisor to the Chairman, from to 2010 to 2015. Bamberger has sat on several boards in France and further afield. He has also authored several books and produced scientific films. He is an Officer in the French Légion d’Honneur, the national order of merit.
Yves Bamberger is founding member of the National Academy of Technologies of France and honorary professor at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.


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).


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.


Yves Caseau


Yves Caseau

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.


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.

Serge Fdida

Serge Fdida is a Professor with UPMC Sorbonne Universities since 1995. His research interests are related to the Internet technology and protocols, with an emphasis on smart mobility, vehicular networks, large-scale content distribution systems as well as the design of federated test-beds to support experimentally driven research. Serge Fdida is a Distinguished ACM Member.
He has been leading many impactful research projects in High Performance Networking in France and Europe, notably pioneering the European activity on federated Internet testbeds. Currently, he is also leading the Equipex FIT, a large-scale testbed on the Future Internet of Things. He also holds the Smart mobility Chair funding by ATOS and Renault.
Serge Fdida has developed a strong experience related to innovation and industry transfer, – he was the Director of EURONETLAB, a joint laboratory established in 2001, together with Thales, – the co-founder of the Qosmos company that became a leader in its field and a large SME, – one of the original founder of the Cap Digital cluster and the EIT Health French community.


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.

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 include computational methods for uncertainty quantification, reliability and sensitivity analysis, Bayesian approaches for model calibration and reliability-based design optimization.
Bruno Sudret received a master’s of science from the Ecole polytechnique (France) in 1993. He then obtained a master’s degree and a Ph.D in civil engineering from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France) in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Sudret has been working in uncertainty quantification in engineering for engineering systems since 2000: first as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Berkeley (California), then as a researcher at EDF R&D where he was the head of a group specialized in probabilistic engineering mechanics (2001-2008). From 2008 to 2011 he has worked as the Director of Research and Strategy at Phimeca Engineering (France).
Bruno Sudret is the author and co-author of more than 250 publications including 65 journal papers and book chapters. He currently serves in the editorial board of several journals (Reliability Engineering and Systems Safety, Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, Structural Safety, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems). He fosters the dissemination of uncertainty quantification through the open source software UQLab.

Alain Bravo (permanent guest)

Alain Bravo is a French electrical engineer. He worked with France’s Direction générale des télécommunications where he became Executive Director of Production. He joined the Compagnie générale des eaux, and his accomplishments include founding as first President one of France’s leading mobile phone services, Société française de radiotéléphonie (SFR). In Alcatel he was President of mobile network division and became Director Research and Technology. He chaired his own company Abhexis from 2001 up to 2016 and he directed the FutuRIS prospective study with the Association Nationale de Recherche Technologique (ANRT). Most recently he served as director general of Supélec, one of France’s top five engineering graduate schools, from 2004 until 2013. Currently he is President of the National Academy of Technologies – France. Alain Bravo is a graduate of Ecole polytechnique and Ecole nationale supérieure des télécommunications-Paris.
Alain Bravo is President of the National Academy of Technologies of France.



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.