Fabien GANDON,

Post-doctorate at Carnegie Mellon University.
Ph.D. in Informatics and Computer Science at INRIA Sophia Antipolis.
Graduated High School Engineer in Applied Mathematics.

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Current Activities

Post-doc position in the Mobile Commerce Lab (ISRI) within the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. I am working on the "MyCampus" project providing context-aware mobile services aimed at enhancing everyday life on the campus of a university. It relies on Semantic Web standards for data communication and storage, multi-agent systems and web services for the implementation of services, and personal digital assistants with wireless network connections for access and localisation.

Personal Objectives

    To teach and research in the field of applied computer science and informatics, in an international environment.

Research and Lecturing Background

(see Research and Lecture pages for more information)
January 03 - December 03 : Post-doc position in the Mobile Commerce Lab (ISRI) within the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. I am working on the "MyCampus" project.
Thursday 7th November 2002 : Ph.D. Defense. I was a Ph.D. student in the ACACIA Research team, at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis (French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control). My subject was "Distributed Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Management: ontologies and multi-agents systems for a corporate semantic web." This work concerned multi-agents systems for the management of a corporate semantic web based on an ontology. It was carried out in the context of the European project CoMMA focusing on two application scenarios: support technology monitoring activities and assist the integration of a new employee to the organisation. Three aspects were essentially developed in this work:
  • the design of a multi-agents architecture supporting both scenarios, and the organisational top-down approach followed to identify the societies, the roles and the interactions of agents.
  • the construction of the ontology O'CoMMA and the structuring of a corporate memory exploiting semantic Web technologies.
  • the design and implementation of the sub-societies of agents dedicated to the management of the annotations and the ontology and of the protocols underlying these groups of agents, in particular techniques for distributing annotations and queries between the agents.
November 01 - October 02 : Third year of Ph.D. at INRIA
Third year of "Monitorat", in charge of three groups of students from University, first year in Mathematics and Physics for practical work sessions on Java programming.
("Moniteur" : french lecturer's training in 3 years) at Nice University. A "Moniteur" gives an average of 64 hours / 96 hours of lecturing per year and receives training (lessons and practical seesions) from the local public lecturer training institute. Also in charge of a course on Ontologies at "Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines Saint Etienne" - 12 hours - level : DEA (Equivalent to M.Phil.).
Finally, two short presentations and one cluster at KMSS 2002.
November 00 - October 01 : Second year of Ph.D. at INRIA
Second year of "Monitorat", in charge of three groups of students from University, second year in Mathematics and Physics for practical work sessions on "Unix and Networks". Also, in charge of two groups of students from University, first year in Mathematics and Physics for practical work sessions on Java programming.
November 99 - October 00 : First year of Ph.D. at INRIA
First year of "Monitorat", in charge of "Internet, Web and Network technology" introduction course and practical work sessions. Also supervising practical work sessions on some office tools (Excel, Word and Netscape Composer)
October 98 - June 99 : Part-time lecturer at Watford University on BTEc Higher National Certificate in Business Information Technology (Computer's Fundamentals, MS-Office Pack, Support & Helpdesk).

Education Background

September 01 - June 02 : Third year of training for the "Monitorat" organized by the CIES of Nice
2-13 July 2001 : ACAI-01 : Advanced Course on Artificial Intelligence & EASSS-01 :Third European Agent Systems Summer School
Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
September 00 - June 01 : Second year of training for the "Monitorat" at the IUFM and CIES of Nice
4-8 September 2000 : Thematic French Summer School of GdR-PRC-I3 "Nouveaux défis en Sciences de l'Information : Documents & Evolution", Faculté des Sciences de Saint-Jérôme, Marseille. (New Challenges in Information Sciences: Documents and Evolution)
14-18 August 2000 : EASSS: 2nd European Agent Systems Summer School in Saarbrucken Germany
September 99 - June 00 : First year of training for the "Monitorat" at the IUFM and CIES of Nice
1993-1998 : Gratuated High School Engineer in Applied Mathematics (Master’s Degree in Engineering) and M.Phil. in Image Processing and Control.
  • National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Rouen. Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Graduated as ‘Ingénieur’ (Master’s Degree in Engineering) in July 1998, first rank. The final year dissertation comprising a study of feasibility of a knowledge-based system in the field of architectural conception in the construction industry.
  • During the last year I undertook, in parallel, studies for an M.Phil. in image processing and knowledge based systems. Graduated in September 1998, from the University of Rouen, second rank. Presentation of a paper at IC'98 (Knowledge Engineering): "Expertise dans le cadre d'un processus de conception : un exemple en architecture" submitted by Régine Loisel & Catherine Gréboval-Barry. In the proceedings of IC'98 , Nancy, The 13-15 of May 1998, pages 243-250
June 1993 : French 'Baccalaureate' with honours, Computer Science option (Equivalent of British A levels, with specialisation in mathematics, chemistry, physics and computer science)
May 1993 : Winner of the Special Science Academy Award in the national 'Olympiads of Physics' competition.

Industrial Work Experience

July 98- November 99 : Sixteen-month military service on assignment to Bull-Integris (Hemel Hempstead UK) as a software engineer. Implementation of tool for financial modelling and evaluation of contracts. Entirely developed in Visual Basic for Access and distributed world-wide with technical support.
June-October 1997 : Five-month placement as an ‘ingénieur’ with TOSHIBA (Kawasaki in Japan)
Implementation of a simulation of a generic multi-agent system and then development of an interface displaying the current system representation (VRML 2.0) and providing the user with controls over the system. The whole code has been developed in Java.
July-September 1996 : Three-month placement as a technician with QuantiSci (Henley-on-Thames in UK), a company providing QUANTItative SCIentific services. Development of libraries in C++ (dongle protection, specific data structures, exportation of data toward other software : Excel and ArcView). Portability of products using XVT third party libraries. Development of the web site with a graphic designer http://www.quantisci.co.uk/
July 1994 : One month work experience placement, at SA HENRY, a mechanical engineering company.


French : Native language.
English : Fluent. Test Of English for International Communication (TOEIC) : 880/ 990 in 1997.
Spanish : Spoken and written comprehension.
Japanese : Speaking abilities (three years of study; five months in Japan).

Key Skills Developed During High School Education

Teaching :
  • Running introduction to computer science evening classes (1994-1997), for members of the public.
  • In charge of the computer science club of the INSA of Rouen for the academic year 1995-1996
Computers : Networking
  • TCP-IP networks (hardware SUN - and software settings). Local network setup with. Administration of a server (Sun OS, Solaris, NIS). Involved in the quality circle for the network and computer science resources management in the department of mathematics.
  • Windows NT and 95 networks setup.
  • Communication architectures developed in Java, like a client-server architecture for a ‘chat application’, or more specific architecture like the one used in the multi-agent interface developed for Toshiba.
  • Web site creation/management (Knowledge of HTML, CGI, Java, HTTP). Personal web site, Quantisci web site (http://www.quantisci.co.uk/), and mathematics department internal sites.
Programming Languages
  • C++ : Language used both for the development of some scholar projects (tools library to use X11, object modeling of a web site) and in my technician training period at QuantiSci (portability, complex data structure implementation)
  • Java : Language exploited for the development of some scholar project (small chat application, knowledge base modular compilation) and in my engineer internship at Toshiba (multi-agent system simulation and interface communication architecture for such a system)
  • Visual Basic: Language used to develop the ComCheck shareware, exploited by students to learn and practise there list of vocabulary, formulae and by teachers to run tests.
  • C, FORTRAN, Turbo Pascal, LISP, CLOS. Each one of these languages is studied during at least one semester and is used to develop at least one project
  • PROLOG studied during the last year and one small project is to be implemented.
   Intensive use and development of Access based applications (VBA).
   Good knowledge of the Microsoft Office Professional package and intensive use of Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Development methods: OMT and UML are studied during one semester.
  • VRML 2.0 used with Java for 3D interface development.
  • Good knowledge of HTML.
  • Publisher, Netscape

Mathematics :
  • Scientific calculation (Finite Elements, Numerical analysis)
  • Modelling
  • Statistics and signal analysis.


Teaching, travelling and meeting people.

Reading, especial fantasy/science-fiction novels.

Swimming, rowing and hiking.

Cinema: Dune, The Green Mile, The Sixth Sens, "Le nom de la rose", Witness, The Fugitive, "La Cite des Enfants perdus", Midnight Express, Eliza, Star Wars, "Le patient Anglais", James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Alert, Boxing Helena, Willow, L'Ours, "Qui veut la peau de Roger Rabit ?", Abyss, Aladin, Phenomenon, Titanic, Dark City, Matrix, Peut-Etre, Le fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, The Lord of the Rings, etc.

Music: Lots of different types Classic, Life in Mono (Mono), Manau, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Queen, Era, George Michael, Mecano, Prince, M. Jackson, Tacones Lejanos, etc.

Books: Fictions (Jorge Luis Borges), Lord of the Rings (Tolkien), "Contes Fantastiques" (Guy De Maupassant), Dune (Franck Herbert), Pern and other books of Anne McCaffrey, Witching hours of Anne Rice, Barjavel, Isaac Asimov, Zelazny (Le cycle d'Ambre), Oliver Sacks ("The man who mistook her wife for a hat"), Le cycle du Graal (Jean Markale), "Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas R. Hofstadter, Orson Scott Card, Amélie Notomb, etc.

Personal Details

  • French
  • Male
  • Born the 31st of July 1975 (27 years old)

Current address
Address : Fabien Gandon
2613 Tilbury Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217-2514
Tel : +1 (412)-421-4065
Fax : -
Cellular : -

CMU address
Address : Dr. Fabien L. Gandon
Mobile Commerce Lab.
Smith Hall - 234
ISRI - School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891
Tel : +1 (412) 268-1357
Fax : +1 (412) 268 2338
Secretary : +1 (412)268-3163 (Monika De Reno)
Web : http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/afs/.cs.cmu.edu/Web/People/fgandon/

INRIA address
Address : Dr. Fabien L. Gandon
Bureau BS-04
2004 Route des Lucioles
B.P. 93
Secretary : [+33/0] 4-92-38-77-80
Fax : [+33/0] 4-92-38-77-83
Mail : Fabien.Gandon@sophia.inria.fr
Web : http://www-sop.inria.fr/acacia/personnel/Fabien.Gandon/

Permanent address
Address : Allée neuve
45240 Marcilly en Villette
Tel : [+33/0] 2-38-76-14-79 (answering machine)
Fax : -
Others : -


Mme Rose DIENG Rose.Dieng@sophia.inria.fr Tel +33 (0)4-92-38-78-10
Research director ACACIA project at the INRIA Sophia Antipolis

Mr LENGLART lenglart@insa-rouen.fr Tel +33 (0)2-35-52-83-30
Director of Applied Mathematics department.

Mr HODGKINSON dhodgkinson@quantisci.co.uk Tel. +44 (0)149-141-0474
Managing Director of QuantiSci.

Ms ISHII yukiko2.ishii@toshiba.co.jp Tel. +81 3-3457-3661
TOSHIBA International relations administration division.

Mr LECOEUCHE Hugues_Lecoeuche@Dell.com Tel. -
Business Analyst for Dell.

Mr SOUILLARD souillard@insa-rouen.fr Tel. +33 (0)2-35-52-83-64
English teacher of the INSA of Rouen.