My subject field is Information Engineering. In particular, task analysis, data modelling, human-computer interaction, technical documentation and knowledge management. My background is Computational Linguistics (PhD) and Formal Language Sciences (Higher doctorate , called “HDR”, in French).
I have worked for universities (as a teacher and research fellow) and for companies (as a consultant), from the beginning of my professional career. When tackling factual information engineering issues for business, I have repeatedly witnessed that scholarly approaches prove more effective than conventional know-how. They bring up solutions that are cheaper, easy to implement and productive in use. Initial eyebrow raising (usually) turns into final satisfaction.
As an academic, I have worked for the universities of Limoges, Strasbourg and Reims in France, Krems in Austria, ULBRA in Brazil, Cuyo in Argentina and IU (National University) in Vietnam. As a consultant, mainly for Alcatel, AIF, Kingfisher (Castorama France), Legrand S.A., Institut Français (Paris) and IFI (Indonesia), but also in startup innovation programs.
Adaptive working methods have my preference, not only in business projects but also in teaching. As accommodating dynamically to fresh requirements (be they student intuitions in a course or stakeholders’ demands in a business project) puts any implemented framework to the test , the chosen one should be flexible enough, not only to withstand but also to promote multiple perspectives on the problem to be solved.
While teaching in my field, small but firm steps seem the most inspiring learning pace to me: every course session should provide new applicable knowledge. To this end, fifty minutes break up into a 15- or 20-minute long vivid presentation and a half an hour long hands-on brainstorming. For project meetings in companies, I try working the other way round, showing intended results first, then describing different methods to reach them.
Being freelance, I have often sensed some reluctance of companies to work with individual task forces such as myself. I find this unwillingness unsubstantiated: as self-employed living depends on customer satisfaction (not on a salary), the commitment of freelance experts is stronger than the one of any corporate provider’s employee. Continuity of service stops being an issue if the appropriate project involvement is picked (short, knowledge-intensive, with high added value).
As an academic and a consultant, I am bound to continuously updating my knowledge in order to remain competitive, I don’t count working hours, I am reachable at almost any time and deeply result-focused. I view problem-solving not as a job, but as a passion.
My CV can be seen here.