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cb Professor of Computer Science at University Grenoble Alps
Director of the LIG Computer Science Laboratory in Grenoble
Email: Eric.Gaussier@imag.fr
Tel: +33 4 57 42 15 00
Mobile: +33 6 82 19 79 88
Office: Bâtiment IMAG - 700 Avenue Centrale
Domaine universitaire St Martin d'Hères



Research fields: machine learning, information retrieval, computational linguistics

My research lies at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science (DS) and focuses on models and alogrithms to extract information, insights and knowledge from data in various forms. I have worked on three main subfields of AI and DS: machine learning, information retrieval and computational linguistics. The data on which I have primarily worked are large-scale, multlingual collections and I am particularly interested in theoretical models that explain and take into account the properties of the collections considered and in large-scale, pratical implementations of these models. I am also interested in modeling how (textual) information is shared in social (content) networks, and how such networks evolve over time. More recently, I have also been working on improving job scheduling techniques through machine learning, and in learning representations for different types of sequences, as texts and Time series.

Responsibilities (since 2006)
  • Director of the Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble (LIG) (2016-)
  • Co-director of the Joint Reseach Center on Data Science, between Univ. J. Fourier and Univ. Technology Sydney (2014-)
  • Deputy Director of the Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble (LIG) (2011-2015)
  • Head of the AMA team, working on Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Information Access (2011-2015)
  • Co-responsible for the ADM (Advanced Data Mining) action of the PERSYVAL labex (2011-2015)
  • Co-responsible for the AIW (Artificial Intelligence and the Web) option of the Computer Science Research Master (2008-)
  • Co-responsible for the Computer Science and Mathematics Master of Univ. J. Fourier/Grenoble 1 (2008-2011)
  • Responsible for the Computer Science Magistère of Univ. J. Fourier/Grenoble 1 (2006-2008)
  • Member of the Information Sciences panel of the European Research Council (starting/consolidator grants) (2007-2013)
  • Member of the Executive Board of the European Association for Computational Linguistics (2007-2010)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of SIGDAT (Special Interest Group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to Natural Language Processing) (2005-)
Awards and distinctions
  • Test of Time Award, European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) 2016, for the paper "A Probabilistic Interpretation of Precision, Recall and F-Score, with Implication for Evaluation" co-written with C. Goutte, that had an impact in different scientific communities
  • International IEEE Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA) 2016, honorable mention award
  • International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval, ICTIR 2013, best paper award
  • French Conference on "Recherche d'Information et ses Applications", CORIA 2012, best paper award
  • French Conference on "Recherche d'Information et ses Applications", CORIA 2010, best paper award
  • International ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval, SIGIR 2010, nominated for the best paper award
  • Technology awards: Basex Award, 2004 and Technology Innovation Award of the Wall Street Journal, 2005. These awards were given to Xerox for the technology I initiated and co-developed on clustering and categorization of text collections.