I graduated from École Centrale Paris in Applied Mathematics and Université Paris 7 in Theoretical Computer Science, in 1990. I then received a PhD grant from the Centre Scientifique d’IBM France to conduct research on probabilistic models for bilingual lexicon extraction from parallel corpora. I spent one year (from Oct. 1992 to Oct. 1993) as scientist in the French Atomic Energy Commission, and received my PhD (in Computer Science, from University Paris 7) in January 1995. After a year spent in the linguistics department of Université Paris 7 as research assistant (Atttaché Temporaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche), I joined the Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE) in 1996, to work on textual indexing for information retrieval. In 1999, I spent 6 months at PARC (at that time Palo Alto Research Center) to develop hierarchical versions of PLSI (Probabilistic Latent Semantic Indexing). I then led a research team on textual information access, and later became area manager of the group Learning and Content Analysis at XRCE, prior to joining the Université Joseph Fourier and the Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble (LIG) as a professor in September 2006. I have been head of the AMA (Analyse de Données, Modélisation et Apprentissage automatique) team on modeling and machine learning from 2011 (when the team was created in LIG) to 2015. I am currently director of the LIG (from 2016), after having been deputy director (from 2011 to 2015).