Welcome to Pierre Jouvelot's homepage (last
revision September 25, 2020).
I’m Senior Research Scientist, working at the
.... Computer Science Research Center (CRI) of
.... MINES ParisTech
(formerly, Ecole des mines de
Paris), part of
.... PSL University.
Here is my resume (pdf: English,
Possible PhD thesis, postdoc and Master internship research
openings can be found here.
If you have research ideas that you think either fit my profile
or are so great they need to be pursued anyhow, feel free to get
in touch with me.
My current research work agenda focuses on programming
languages and new multimedia technologies for health, music...and more!
Regarding languages in computer science, my interests are
mostly the following.
- Domain-Specific Languages
I was the project leader for the ANR
FEEVER project, which strives to build onto the
strengths of the Faust
functional audio programming language to design an ubiquituous
audio programming environment. We focus at CRI on the use of
theoretical models and tools (in particular Coq) for the
definition and optimization of Faust programs and its
development platform. Previously, I was part of the ANR ASTREE
project that used Faust to help produce and preserve
contemporary music pieces.
I've been involved for years on issues related in particular
to static analysis, parallel optimizations, type and effect
systems, non-standard denotational semantics, SSA form,
dependent typing.... I
was part of the LOMAPS (type and effect systems) and PIPS (imperative
program static analysis) projects.
Moving into more applied topics,
which blend new computer-related technologies with key societal issues such as physics, health, music, law,..., I work in the following areas.
With Blerina Gkotse and Federico Ravotti (PhD thesis co-advisor) at CERN, we are looking at using ontology-based programming techniques to improve the UI generation process for the control and management of irradiation facilities. Our test case is the IRRAD Data Manager, part of the CERN PS Proton Synchrotron infrastructure.
With Arthur Aubertin and Julien de Rosny (PhD thesis co-advisor, at ESPCI Paris), we study how low-frequency ultrasounds can be used for data communication; stimshop is the industrial partner for this research.
- Conversational Agents.
We study the use of avatars as artificial assistants for
demented patients, with Pierre
Wargnier and Bruno
Sguerra at CRI and Samuel Benveniste at CEN STIMCO
(Broca hospital). We are developing the LOUISE platform to improve access to assistive technologies for demented or Alzheimer patients.
- Music therapy.
With Luc Perera and Patrick Renaud (PhD thesis co-advisor) at EnsAD, we are currently looking at the possible impact of Indian music on the elderly. This is a follow-up to the MINWii
projects (pronounce "Min-We" and "Ma-We") intended to study
the possible applications in active Music Therapy of video games technology,
in particular the Wiimote 3D
control interface developed by Nintendo. Target populations
are patients suffering from behavior troubles, such as ADHD or
Alzheimer. Check Samuel Benveniste's homepage for
more information, or this video
presentation (in French, from the 19th Music Therapy
Conference, March 2009, Paris). The MINWii project (renamed
MINDs) got the 2011 Bourse Charles Foix prize.
- Music education.
Pads'n'Swing was a
research project that intended to study how video games can be
used in music education; see Guillaume Denis's homepage
for more information. A short TV
interview on i>TELE (Canal+ news channel) about this
topic was shot during the La Villette Numérique 2006 exhibit
(you will need a current Quicktime plug-in to see the video;
you can download
it for free from Apple).
Arezzo is a distance music learning
environment that can help you to master the basics of classical
harmony, counterpoint and melody (check out its short manual). It was developed as open-source software at MINES ParisTech, in collaboration with Schola Cantorum and ClickNPlayMusic. All you need to do to try it is to get in touch with me, and I'll provide you with a stand-alone version of this software (the communication features of Arezzo, which existed in the old applet version, are not all available in this release). All you need to run it is to have the Java JDK installed (check Oracle's Java web site).
There is also an introduction
paper (in French) on this project you might want to look
I'm the lead project manager for the legivoc
is a terminology database designed to facilitate the Member
States' understanding of European Union (EU) laws by providing
an interoperable terminology system, based on the SKOS and
SPARQL semantic Web technologies.
My teaching activities at MINES ParisTech and HEC Business School, as part of
the HEC/MINES ParisTech joint MSIT
M.S. "Mastère spécialisé" on IT Management, include :
- Theoretical Computer Science (mathematical limits,
computational models, programming languages, complexities,
advanced issues): French course lecture notes (see
- Computer Music (acoustics, synthesis techniques, effects,
MIDI): I'm coauthor of the "Acoustique, Informatique, MusiquE"
textbook published at Presses des mines (check out the presentation
and video interview and slides,
all in French);
- Compression Techniques (information theory, text, sound,
image, video): French slides in PDF
- International visits: I organize annual weekly tours of
companies in foreign countries for our students. We
successively focused on e-commerce (California, 2001),
networking (Canada, 2002), finance (New-York, 2003 [lunch
photo]), control systems (Sweden, 2004 [newspaper
article], [group photo]),
outsourcing (China, 2005 [Lafarge
photo] and 2011 [Shanda Entertainment
photo]; India, 2006 and 2007), electronics (Japan, 2008:
[Panasonic group photo], consumer
electronics (South Korea, 2009), Silicon Valley (California,
2010 [Google group photo]), outsourcing (Morocco, 2012), design (Belgium, 2015), video games (Canadaa, 2016), startups (Germany, 2017) .
business side, Click'N'PlayMusic
is a company I co-founded with
Eric Boell. We provide music educational content, using a
variety of formats such as CD-rom, DVD-rom, streaming and
books. Our products have been rated as best in their
class, and are distributed in retail stores such as Fnac.
On the fun side, to know more about my areas of interest:
what the airplane I often fly, a Grumman Tiger, looks like
(check this picture
or this one).
more information on
Grumann aircraft, please check the Grumman-Gang or the American Yankee Association.
The Tiger AG-5B plane I used to own was tested in the November
2008 issue of Info-pilote, the monthly magazine edited
by the French Federation of Aviation (FFA). You're welcome to
download the whole article (in PDF) here,
or by clicking on the cover image.
I also fly out of the Moret-Episy airfield, near Fontainebleau, since I'm a member of the local ACVL airclub; there I fly a French-manufactured Robin DR-400 plane.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Fontainebleau (see
this great panoramic view for a
general outlook), please feel free to drop by, and I'll show
you the surroundings: the castles in Fontainebleau
Vaux-le-vicomte, from which Versailles is inspired,
small towns such as Provins or
Disneyland and its parking.
And here is what used to be my home
base, right before landing (yes, the field is in the
upper left corner of the picture); please take look at a video
I hope you enjoyed the tour (pictures and movies, courtesy of
Benoît Pin and Maciej Freudenheim).
to some of my own musical compositions, coming direct from my
great literary excerpts I selected from some of my favorite
I'm also trying to help Cambodia, my wife's native country.
Please see if you want to support the building of a new hospital
in the Prey Veng county (this link is in English and French).
This is a completely private endeavour.
Je veux apprendre
toujours davantage à considérer comme la beauté ce qu'il y
a de nécessaire dans les choses.
Nietzsche, Le gai savoir
[l'intelligence] n'a dans la hiérarchie des vertus que la
seconde place, il n'y a qu'elle qui soit capable de
proclamer que l'instinct doit occuper la première.
Proust, Contre Sainte-Beuve
L'art est plus
puissant que la connaissance [de la vérité], car c'est lui qui veut la vie, tandis que le
but ultime qu'atteint la connaissance n'est autre que ...
Nietzsche, Cinq préfaces à cinq livres qui n'ont pas été
De la musique
avant toute chose ...
Verlaine, Art poétique