After teaching for almost a decade at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, Roberto Di Cosmo became full professor in Computer Science at University Paris Diderot. He is currently on leave at Inria to lead the Software Heritage project.
His research interests span a wide spectrum from foundational aspects of logical systems to functional programming, parallel and distributed programming. He created and directed the european reseach project Mancoosi to improve the quality of large collections of software quality, and is investigating now the scientific problems posed by the general adoption of Free Software, with a particular focus on static analysis of large software collections.
A long term Free Software advocate, contributing to its adoption since 1998, he has created the Free Software thematic group of Systematic in October 2007, which has helped fund over 40 research and development projects, and he is now director of IRILL, a research structure dedicated to Free and Open Source Software quality.
Stefano Zacchiroli holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bologna, Italy, and is Associate Professor of Computer Science at University Paris Diderot, France. He is currently on leave at INRIA and a research fellow at IRILL, a research institute dedicated to the study of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS).
His research interests span formal methods, their applications to improve software quality and packages upgrades, as well as Free Software evolution.
He has been an official member of the Debian Project since 2001, where he worked on many tasks, from package maintenance to distribution-wide Quality Assurance. He has been elected to serve as Debian Project Leader (DPL) for 3 terms in a row, during the period 2010-2013. He is a Board Director of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and a recipient of the 2015 O’Reilly Open Source Award.
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, he completed a PhD in mathematics in 1979. From 1973 to 2001, he worked at Ecole des mines and Inria, first on the syntax and semantics of functional programming languages, then on the development of the Esterel language. This language is used for the programming of safety-critical embedded systems and electronic circuits. In 2001, he joined the Esterel Technologies company as its Scientific Director. He returned to research at Inria in 2009, and joined Collège de France in 2012 on the Chair Algorithms, Machines, and Languages, after having held two yearly chairs there in 2007-2008 and 2009-2010.
A member of the Académie des sciences since 2002, world-renowned researcher Gérard Berry is also a passionate and engaging teacher. For several years, he has been working with various audiences to demonstrate how much digital technology shapes our everyday lives. This was the subject of his inaugural lecture How and why the world is turning digital when holding the Liliane Bettencourt Technology Innovation chair at Collège de France in 2008.
His work has won him many honours, including the CNRS bronze medal in 1979, the Ministry of Defence’s prize for Science and Defence in 1999, the EADS Foundation’s Grand Prize for industrial applications of science in 2005, and the Gold Medal of CNRS in 2014.
A senior scientist at Inria, his career has been shared between research and industry. He started as a research scientist in differential games and digital image processing.
As Director of Development and Industrial Relations at Inria, he launched the European host of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and then moved to MIT as W3C Chairman from 1996 to 2001.
He has been Vice President of Research and Development of the software company ILOG, until after its acquisition by IBM, and then became Director of Development Productivity & Innovation in the IBM Enterprise Transformation division.
In 2014, he returned to Inria in the Transfer & Innovation division. He has served on the ICANN Board and is currently a member of the governing board of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and a member of the Coordination Council of the NETmundial Initiative.
Julia Lawall has been a senior scientist at Inria since 2011, and was previously on the faculty of the University of Copenhagen.
Her research interests are primarily in the area of improving the quality of infrastructure software, using a variety of approaches including program analysis, program transformation, and the design of domain-specific languages. She is active in the systems, software engineering, and programming languages research communities.
The main focus of her research is centered around the tool Coccinelle for matching and transformation of C code. Based on her research, she has been an active participant in the Linux kernel developer community, with over 1700 patches accepted into the Linux kernel. Coccinelle is currently widely used by other developers of the Linux kernel and other C infrastructure software.
Serge Abiteboul obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and a State Doctoral Thesis from the University of Paris-Sud. He has been a researcher at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique since 1982 and is now Distinguished Affiliated Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. He was a Lecturer at the École Polytechnique and Visiting Professor at Stanford and Oxford University. He has been Chair Professor at Collège de France in 2011-12 and Francqui Chair Professor at Namur University in 2012-2013. He co-founded the company Xyleme in 2000.
Serge Abiteboul has received the ACM SIGMOD Innovation Award in 1998, the EADS Award from the French Academy of sciences in 2007; the Milner Award from the Royal Society in 2013; and a European Research Council Fellowship (2008-2013).
He became a member of the French Academy of Sciences in 2008, and a member the Academy of Europe in 2011.
His research work focuses mainly on data, information and knowledge management, particularly on the Web. He founded and is an editor of the blog binaire.blogs.lemonde.fr
David Douard obtained his Ph.D. from the Laboratoire d’Informatique de Paris 6, and has an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Strasbourg (now Télécom Physique Strasbourg). He has been working for 2 years for the Osiris R&D team at EDF, then for 12 years as a developer, sysadmin, and manager at Logilab. Now, David is very honored and proud to have joined the Software Heritage team as a core developer.
FOSS user and developer, mainly using the Python programming language for a very long time (he started with Python 1.5.2!), he has contributed to several small projects as well as big one like CubicWeb. In his spare time, he likes to hack and repair things, especially electronic test equipment as well as metal working and old conventional machine tools.
After several years as a professional harpist Morane found a new career path in software engineering.
Morane joined the Software Heritage team in 2017 while finishing a Master’s degree in Computer Science at University Pierre et Marie Curie. During 2018-2019 she continued her research in collaboration with the European EU2020 CROSSMINER project on the software metadata challenge by building the Semantic Web of FOSS projects.
She is an active member of several working groups for Open Science and digital preservation, including: the Research Data Alliance’s Software Source Code interest group, the FORCE11’s Software Citation Implementation working group, the joint Software Identification working group and the Software Preservation Network.
Antoine holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bordeaux and joined the Software Heritage team in July 2017. He works as a software engineer on the web application that allows to explore the content of the Software Heritage archive.
In the past, he has greatly contributed to the development of the Tulip open source visualization framework.
Valentin joined Software Heritage in 2018 as a software engineer, after two years as a PhD student in data management. Both at Software Heritage and as a hobby, Valentin enjoys working on Free Software and contributing to common goods.
Andrés Viso studied Computer Science at the University of Buenos Aires and made his PhD on semantics for functional programming languages. His interest vary from theoretical aspects of Computer Science to more practical solutions involving Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. Aside of his academical research activity, he has been working on the industry developing software for the past decade. Most of the project involved using GP/GPU technology for real-time audio/video processing combined with AI and CV techniques. Andrés is also a part time musician, playing bass guitar other instruments in different bands, although he considers himself mainly a guitar player.
Antoine joined the Software Heritage in January 2017 as a software engineer, to work on large scale analysis of the source code available from the Software Heritage archive.
In his spare time, he organizes the programming contest Prologin.
Guillaume holds a Ph.D in Astrophysics and Space Technologies from University Paris Diderot, and is currently Associate Professor at the department of Physics of University Paris Diderot, on leave at INRIA since September 2019.
His research interests span modeling and simulation of complex system applied to a wide range of scientific fields including coupling between radiative transfer and stiff chemical reaction in molecular cloud of the interstellar medium, atrial fibrillation, transition to turbulence via spatio-temporal intermittency, and more recently modeling and indexing of large scale systems applied to software development communities.
In the scope of the software heritage project as visiting scientist, Guillaume will work on some of the exciting challenges related to provenance index building and will contribute thanks to the experience in the building of Antepedia, one of the largest knowledge base of software artifacts.
Magali Fitzgibbon is an intellectual property lawyer specialized in Software, curious about technology and its interaction with Law. She worked on intellectual property and FLOSS management issues in software development process. This experience led her to join Software Heritage at the beginning of 2017 to work on legal issues, as well as on the sponsoring and fundraising program.
Marla obtained her Master’s degree in Communication at ISCPA (Institut Supérieur des Médias) following her college degree in Foreign Languages applied to international business at Sorbonne Paris IV.
After several years working on international events and communication for an agency in Paris providing image solutions worldwide, Marla worked in the digital communication field at Systematic Paris Region.
She then discovered Free Open Source Software and has been in charge of Logilab’s communication for 4 years and a half. Marla decided to set up her own business, and is currently in charge of Software Heritage communication.
A list of people who have worked with us in the past is available from our hall of fame page.