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Jean-Louis Giavitto

  • Engineering degree (french High-School), PhD and H
  • research director
  • 181PublicationsNumber of items in Jean-Louis's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 11Followers

Research interests

declarative and functioMy research interests include the design of new programming mechanisms (making space and time explicit in the programming) and their application to new areas. The methods used are based on concepts borrowed from algebraic topology


I obtained in 1986 simultaneously a Engineering Diploma at ENSEEIHT (a french engineering school corresponding to five years after the College) and a Master Thesis degrees from the University of Toulouse in computer science. I first worked as a research engineer and next as a group leader for 5 years at the Alcatel Research Center near Paris (laboratoire de Marcoussis). At this time I have been involved in two european research projects on formal methods and software engineering involving including academic and industrial partners from six european countries. I left Alcatel in 1990 to obtain a PhD degree from the University of Orsay in Paris in the LRI (laboratoire de recherche en informatique). I then joined the CNRS (the french national center for research) as a junior scientist in 1992. My work focused on parallel programming languages, using the first Connection Machine installed in Europe. I obtained the Habilitation (the teniure) in 1998. I take up a new position, still with the CNRS, at the University of Evry in 2000. My research interests switched to the conception of dedicated programming language for complex modeling and simulation in biology. I become deputy manager of the LaMI laboratory (the computer science laboratory of the University of Evry) in 2002 and head of the lab in 2004. I become also research director (senior computer scientist) at the CNRS. In 2006, I founded with Etienne Colle a new lab, called IBISC for "Informatique, Biologie Intégrative et Systèmes Complexes" (Computer Science, System Biology and Complex Systems) by merging the LaMI and the lab of Control and Robotics of Evry. IBISC has now 60 faculty and staff members and 60 PhD students. In January 2011, I joined the team Représentations Musicales of the IRCAM STMS research laboratory (IRCAM, CNRS & UPMC). In this new environment, I want to develop programming language and tools dedicated to musical analysis, musical composition and performance. I am the author of about 10 books chapter and about 50 reviewed international publications with more than 40 co-authors. I am also the editor of 4 books and the editor-in-chief of ``Technique et Science Informatique'' (Computer Science and Computer Engineering) the only French scientific journal covering all area in computer science. I am a member of several academic societies: EATCS (European Association for Theoretical Computer Science), EAPLS (European Association for Programming Languages and Systems) and I was a board member of the ASTI (french professional Society of Sciences and Technologies of Information and Communication) until 2008. I have been reviewer for the dissertation of several PhD students, inludings in Canada and Spain, and I have been member of several hiring committee in France, Germany, England and USA.


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Recent publications

  • Systems Self-Assembly: multidisciplinary snapshots

    • Giavitto J
    • Spicher A
  • Unconventionnal Programming Paradigms - Preliminary Notes for a Debate

    • Giavitto J

Professional experience

research director


January 2011 - Present

Research Director


October 2006 - Present

Head of the IBISC lab

IBISC laboratory, CNRS & University of Evry

January 2006 - December 2010(5 years)



LRI, University of Orsay

December 1999


LRI, University of Orsay

September 1989 - December 1991(2 years)

Master of engineering

ENSEEIHT - Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electrotechnique

September 1983 - June 1986(3 years)