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Research bioI was born in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie in France. I now live in Palo Alto, CA.
I did my PhD at SysCom in University of Savoie with Laurence Vignollet and Francois Rechenmann at INRIA in Grenoble on web annotation systems and using annotations to improve personal information organization.
In 2000 I moved to Palo Alto, CA to join FXPAL and worked on XLibris, an electronic books supporting freeform annotations. We designed novel algorithms to reposition annotations when document layouts change, either because of styling changes or content changes.
I then worked on Shared Text Input, a mobile application to facilitate note taking during classroom lectures. Users could share their notes in real-time and were able to quickly reuse words already entered by fellow note takers. Our system was designed for different platforms, including desktops, laptops, and of course mobile devices such as PDAs (PocketPc and PalmOS).
As a member of the social computing group and the PlasmaPoster project, I worked on real-time 3D interface we call "AttrActive Windows" that mimic the real behavior of sheets of paper attached to a virtual corkboard. Real fun with OpenGL, physics-engine and collision detection.
With David hilbert and John Adcock, I developed ProjectorBox, a meeting capture appliance that captures RGB streams from laptops to projectors, and provides a google-like experience to retrieving presentation slides and hearing audio clips associated with each slide.
I joined Google for a short half-year, where I worked as a senior developer in the Google Docs team and the Books teams. I worked with really experienced developers, UI designers, and ate excellent food! Missing research, I joined back FXPAL to pursue more research.
With Scott Carter, I work on PicNTell, a tool that facilitates the production of engaging screencasts using a webcam.