Who am I?
I am associate professor (HDR) at University of Montpellier, France since September 2010. I am a member of the Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics of Montpellier (LIRMM) and do research on ontologies, ontology repositories, ontology metadata, semantic data indexing and annotation, semantic Web, text mining, knowledge representation.
From 2015 to 2018, I was a visiting scholar (H2020 Marie-Skłodowska Curie fellow) at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR) within Pr. Mark A. Musen's group. I am currently visiting scholar at Inria Wimmics in Dr. Fabien Gandon's group.
I obtained a BSc, MSc, and PhD in Informatics from University of Montpellier in Nov. 2006 working on multi-agent systems, grid and service-oriented computing in the context of the European FP6-IST ELeGI project. Then I served as a postdoc for 3 years (2007-2010) at the Stanford Center for BioMedical Informatics Research (Stanford BMIR) within Pr. Mark A. Musen’s group where I was working closely with Pr. Nigam H. Shah, on semantic annotations of biomedical data using biomedical ontologies in the context of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO) project. I contributed actively to the design, evolution and development of the NCBO BioPortal, an ontology repository widely used in the biomedical community.
From 2013 to 2019, I was the principal investigator of the SIFR project (Semantic Indexing of French Biomedical Data Resources) interested in designing ontology-based services first for French biomedicine but also in agronomy. The project was mainly funded by the French ANR Young Researcher –JCJC– program and the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie program. I was also the co-PI of ANR PractiKPharma project (Practice-based evidences for actioning Knowledge in Pharmacogenomics) working on semantic annotation of French clinical notes with terminologies and ontologies to encode pharmacogenomics relations (disease-gene profile-adverse effect).
Since 2015, I lead the AgroPortal project, a repository of ontologies and vocabularies for agri-food ; this project gathers several national research institutions (INRAE, CIRAD, IRD) but also involve important international organizations (FAO, CGIAR, H2020 eRosa, RDA AgriSemantics, GO FAIR Food System IN). Since June 2019, I am the principal investigator of ANR project D2KAB (Data to Knowledge in Agronomy and Biodiversity). D2KAB is a 4-year, 12 partners, 35 people, 950K€ (without salaries) multidisciplinary project which objective is to create a framework to turn agronomy and biodiversity data into knowledge –semantically described, interoperable, actionable, open– and investigate scientific methods and tools to exploit this knowledge for applications in science & agriculture.
I am the (co)author of 88 publications (+27 posters-demos) cumulating more than 2650 citations, including 23 international journals in multiple domains (biomedical informatics, semantic web, distributed systems & AI), 6 as first author, 3 as last.
Since 2012, I co-supervised 3 PhD students (J-A Lossio, G. Surroca, A. Annane), 6 postdocs, 3 research engineers and 12 MSc students.
I have 9 years of various academic teaching (~1400h ~TD) to different kind of students of mixed levels. At Polytech, I have taught programming, computer architecture, web applications, semantic web to engineer students.
I teach Informatics at the Polytech Montpellier Engineering School. In 2012, I uploaded a course called "Internet Application and Interoperability (AIOP)" on iTunesU.
I am also interested in the use of ICT in Education and especially the use of iPads within the classroom. I was the representative for Polytech Montpellier Information and Communication Technologies in Education (TICE). I co-chair the “return of experience” track of TICE 2014.
I am interested in the Semantic Web in general and more precisely on knowledge engineering and data interoperability issues. Especially in the use of ontologies (or semantic resources) for knowledge representation, extraction and sharing. I develop and maintain a scientific and technical expertise on ontology repositories and ontology-based services (topic of my HDR) especially through a partnership with Stanford BMIR and the development of the OntoPortal technology with the vision to standardize and promote data interoperability and FAIR ontologies. This fairly applicative context allows me to practice science on several sub-fields of knowledge engineering: semantic annotation, terminology extraction, linked-open data, text and data mining, ontology alignment, metadata languages, knowledge graphs. I have experience in the biomedical domain (NCBO & SIFR projects) –for instance on semantic annotation and indexing of biomedical text or clinical notes– and my challenge is to abstract and generalize informatics methods to other languages (e.g., French) and domains (e.g., agronomy, biodiversity). I lead the D2KAB project which focus on implementing methods to transform data into knowledge for agronomy and biodiversity and in which we design a vocabulary and ontology repository for agronomy and related domains (AgroPortal project).