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I am currently University Professor at the recently created Université de Bordeaux (see also Université Bordeaux I's website).

I travelled a bit since I left my home country and came in France, at LaBRI, to work as a post-doc in 1991. Thanks to the NSERC (Canada) for funding this great experience. It then launched me on a journey that still continues.

– My up-to-present professionnal path in a glimpse / Details can be found in pages across this wiki –


  • 2011 – 2012 in Montreal – I was on a sabbatical leave from my university, enjoying a 'délégation' from INRIA. Thanks to Michael McGuffin for welcoming me in his team in Montreal, Canada. Special thanks to Christophe Viau for great discussions and work (to continue !). Christophe, who is now at DataPad in the San Francisco Bay Area, visited LaBRI last summer.
  • Since 2007 in Bordeaux – I came back to Bordeaux after 10 years to put up the GRAVITE INRIA project together with colleagues. GRAVITE focused on the visualization and interactive exploration of graphs (networks). At the same time, I also headed the CNRS Viz & Bio-Info team at LaBRI.
    • I enjoyed a INRIA Detachement in 2006 – 2007 to help me focus on GRAVITE's build up and also allowing me to freely travel between Bordeaux and Montpellier during that whole year.
  • 2000 – 2007 in Montpellier – I was appointed University Professor at Université Montpellier 3, Montpellier, France. UM3 is a Arts, Literature and Social Sciences faculty in Montpellier. These 7 years working with colleagues at UM3 were wonderful. I also was member of LIRMM, the Computer Science, Micro-Electronics and Robotics CNRS lab, part of the Science faculty (Université Montpelier 2).
    • I enjoyed a CNRS Délégation in 2005 – 2006. I still feel the impact of that year mostly devoted to catching up with the literature.
  • 1998 – 2000 in Amsterdam – I had quite a unique experience closely working with Ivan Herman and Scott Marshall at CWI in Amsterdam (NL). Our small team focused on network visualization as part of InfoViz. The work with Ivan and Scott was intense and fun. We wrote a survey paper after reading simply everything that had been done in the field until then (our paper still gets citations after all this time).
  • 1993 – 1998 in Bordeaux – I began my career taking a Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) position at LaBRI, Université Bordeaux I. By then I was working in combinatorial mathematics, focusing on trees as basic algebraic structures, exploiting their geometrical and combinatorial properties to prove structural theorems in algebra or combinatorics on words. I still keep a taste for these mathematical theories.


  • 1999 – I got the French HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) from Université Bordeaux I, on December 7, 1999 (under the guidance of Ivan Herman, CWI, Amsterdam and Maylis Delest, Université Bordeaux I).
  • 1991 – I got my PhD in combinatorial mathematics from Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada in June 1991.
  • 1988 – Christophe Reutenauer took me as a PhD student working on bases of the Free Lie algebra, looking into subtle and very deep structural properties of families of binary trees. I recently realized LaCIM has made a scanned copy of my thesis available on their website (!).
  • 1986 – It all began at Université du Québec à Montréal in 1986. I am thankful to Pierre Leroux and Christophe Reutenauer who got me into studying graduate mathematics. I would never have thought I would have such a life (!). Thanks also to NSERC (Canada) and FCAR (Québec –now called the FQRNT) for funding these graduate studies.
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