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I am full professor at the Université Côte d'Azur where I am responsible for the track on HCI at the department of Informatics at Polytech Nice.

I develop my research at the laboratory I3S (UMR 6070) in Sophia Antipolis, France where I am member of the SPARKS team of the CNRS and the joint research project WIMMICS team of the INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée. I am also associated researcher of the ICS team (Interactive Critical Systems) of the laboratory IRIT (Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse).

Since 2020, I am joint-director of the SPARKS team at I3S.

Before joining the Université Côte d'Azur in 2017, I was associated professor/Maître de Conférence (2005-2017) at the Université Paul Sabatier (France), working at the IUT de Tarbes (2005-2009) and at the FSI (from 2009-2017).

I obtained the HDR at the Univerité Paul Sabatier (2016) and the PhD (2004) at the Université Capitole, both in Toulouse, France. I was post-doctoral fellow (2006-2007) at the Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. I hold a master degree in Computer Sciences (1999) from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

I am French Representative (since April 2021) and secretary (since 2013) of the IFIP TC 13 (Human-Computer Interaction), member of the IFIP WG 13.4/2.7 (User Interface Engineering), the WG 13.2 (Methodologies for User-Centered Systems Design), and the IFIP committee on IoT. From 2014 to 2019 I served as chair of the WG 13.2. I am member of the Steering Commitee of IFIP TC13 INTERACT conference and senior advisor of INTERACT 2021.

Area of research

My research is concerned by the Engineering of Interactive Systems. I try to find answers to questions such as: How to describe interactive systems? How to assess interactive systems ? Which kind of usability problems can be detected at different phases of the development process? In which extension the identification of usability problems can be automated ? How to help designers and developers (which are ultimately users of tools to build interactive systems) to build usable interactive systems? How to take into account the diversity of users and their needs, specially when users' needs are be evolutive and volatile? For that, I rely on model-based approaches (mainly dialogue models and tasks models) to describe interactive systems, specify users' needs, evaluate the user interaction through the specificiation of the systems, and support the communication of designers and developers of interactive systems.

Along the years, I have investigated the use of models for describing interactive systems in many application domains such ground segment systems, e-government, and mobile applications. Nonetheless, a substantial part of my work was dedicated to the development of Web applications. My current topics of interest in the Web Engineering domain are methods for specifying online/offline navigation and client-side adaptation of Web sites.

In recent years, my research embraced themes of Information Visualization and I am particulaly interested in methods for describing visualization techniques, complex visualization pipelines (more specifically, for processing linked data/semantic Web data) and chained visualizations.


(2021) IFIP Pioneer award.

(2016) IFIP Silver Core Award.

(2012) Outstanding service award.

(2011) Best paper award of the International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2011), Paphos, Cyprus, June 20-24th, 2011.

On-going Projects

(2020-) Covid-on-the-Web.
Summary: Scientists from all domains are harnessing their multidisciplinary expertise and resources to fight Covid-19 pandemic. To contribute to this effort, the Wimmics team decided to use the confinement period to launch the Covid-on-the-Web project as sprint to adapt and combine its methods, models and tools (ACTA, Corese, MGExplorer, Morph-xR2RML) to process, analyse and enrich the “Covid-19 Open Research Dataset” (CORD-19) that gathers 50,000+ full-text scientific articles related to the coronaviruses.
Partners: Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, I3S.
Coordinators: Fabien Gandon.
Funding: INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée
Duration: started February 2020.

(2021-2024) CROBORA: Crossing Borders Archives: understanding the circulation of images of Europe.
Summary: CROBORA is a project led by the Sic.Lab laboratory at EUR CREATES, University of Côte d’Azur, funded by ANR from 2021 to 2024. The project also benefited from the Incititative Scientific Credits of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (2020) and was designed within the framework of the UDPN network. CROBORA studies the circulation of archive images in the media space. The main hypothesis of the project is that what determines the circulation of archives – thus constituting the visual memory of the European construction – is not a decision that lies solely in the hands of the authors of the reuses (journalists, audiovisual professionals) but rather the consequence of a series of mediations that can be technical (the availability of archives for example), interprofessional (the relationship between archival institutions and the media), cultural (the use of a document for a purpose in one country or another), historical (an archive sequence can change its meaning over time) etc. The general objective of the project is therefore to understand the logics governing the circulation of audiovisual archives. The project aims to respond to the following sub-objectives: 1. to understand which audiovisual fragments are reused in the media to talk about Europe; 2. to build a cartography of frequently used symbolic images; 3. to analyze the representations carried by these images; 4. to understand their trajectory in order to see how they are reshaped diachronically and according to different media, countries and institutions; and finally 5. to identify which mediations determine their readjustments.
Partners: Sic.Lab, Université Côte d’Azur, Université Sorbonne, Archivi Mediaset, Institut national de l'audiovisuel, Rai, Université Paris Est Créteil, Université du Luxembourg, Université Paris Nanterre, Université Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan), Université de Lille, and Université Paris 8.
Coordinators: Matteo Treleani, Sic.Lab, Université Côte d’Azur
Funding: ANR-20-CE38-0002
Duration: 3 years, starting February 2021.

(2020-2022) ISSA: Indexation Sémantique d'une archive scientifique et Services Associés pour la sicence ouverte / Sematic indexation of an Scientific Archival and Associated Services for open Science.
Summary: The goal of the ISSA project is to develop methods and tools for the automatic indexation of scientific publications including keywords and geographic using a Semantic Web standard. The sematic dataset created by the automatic indexation of publications will be used to support innovative searching and exploratory services using information visualization techniques. For the purposes of this project, the Open Reposiroty of CIRAD publications Agritrop ( will be used as case study.
Partners: Cirad, INRIA Sophia Antipolis IMT Mines, Alès Méditerranée.
Coordinators: Franck Michel (INRIA), Anne Toulet (Cirad), AlèsAndon Tchechmedjiev (IMT Mines Alès)
Funding: CollEx-Persée
Duration: 2 years, starting from October 1st 2020.

(2020-2021) NOMOS: A Model-Based Approach for Designing Territorial User Interfaces.
Summary: NOMOS (the French acronym for Nouvelle Organisation de Modèles Orientés Surfaces pour la conception de systèmes de systèmes interactifs basés sur la territorialité) is an international cooperation project funded by the program France/Belgium Tournesol 2019. The research questions of NOMOS are articulated around the development of a model-based approach for designing graphical user interfaces that are delineated based on the concept of territoriality. A territorial user interface is referred to as the set of interaction and physical surfaces, considered as parts or wholes, owned by a user involved in a dynamically-changing group collaboration in a given environment. For this purpose, we investigate five models covering the domain, the collaborative tasks, the users and the roles that play in the collaboration, the interaction surfaces involved in the collaboration, and the environment in which the collaboration takes places. For each model, intra-model relationships characterize static and dynamic relations. Across models, inter-model relationships dynamically map respective concepts.
Partners: Université Côte d'Azur (France) and Universté catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).
Participants: Anne-Marie Pinna-Dery, Philippe Renevier, Sophie Lepreux, Christophe Kolski, Jean Vanderdonckt, and Marco Winckler.
Funding: Le programme TOURNESOL est mis en œuvre par le C.G.R.I., en partenariat avec le F.N.R.S. et pour la France, par le Ministère des Af faires Etrangères, en liaison avec le Ministère de l’Education Nationale, de la Recherche et de la Technologie.

Students supervision

On-going PhD students

(2020- ) Maroua TIKAT. Interactive Multimedia Visualization for the exploration of a metadata database of popular music. Co-supervision (50%) with Michel Buffa. Sophia Antipolis, France. (on-going PhD thesis)

Former PhD students

(2015- 2019) Jean Luc HAK. “Engineering annotations to support the design and development of interactive systems: a tool and a model-based approach”. Presented on July 18th 2019, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.

(2014-2018) Thiago ROCHA SILVA. “A Behavior-Driven Approach for Specifying and Testing User Requirements in Interactive Systems”. Presented on September 17th 2018, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.

(2016-2018) Gabriela BOSETTI. “Un enfoque orientado a usuarios finales para el desarrollo de aplicaciones de Aumentación Web Móvil”. Presented on February 23th 2018, Universidad Nationale de La Plata – UNLP, La Plata, Argentina. Co-supervision (50%) with Gustavo Rossi and Sergio Firmenich.

(2013-2017) Pedro VALENTE. “The GOALS approach: business and information systems traceability by means of Human-Computer Interaction”. Presented on December 5th 2017, Universidade da Madeira, Funchal, Portugal. Co-supervision with Nuno Nunes.

(2013- 2017) Thaíse Kelly DE LIMA COSTA. “A Web Portal for the Diffusion of Serious Games for Health Care Training”. Presented on February 14th février 2017, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPA), João Pessoa, Brésil. Co-supervision with Liliane dos Santos Machado and Ana Maria Gondim Valença. Scientific internship during the PhD at the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.

(2010-2017) Ricardo CAVA. “Integrating Graph Visualization and Multidimensional Data Visualization Techniques”. Presented on February 17th 2017, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brésil. Co-supervision avec Carla M.D.S. Freitas.

(2009-2013) Sergio FIRMENICH. “Client-side adaptation of Web Applications”. Presented on April 11th 2013, Universidad Nationale de La Plata – UNLP, La Plata, Argentina. Co-supervision (50%) with Gustavo Rossi and Silvia Gordillo.

(2009-2011) Célia MARTINIE. “A Synergistic Models-Based Approach to Develop Usable, Reliable and Operable Interactive Critical Systems”. Presented on December 5th 2011, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. Co-supervision (50%) with Philippe Palanque.

(2004-2008) Joseph XIONG. “An evaluation method for automatic inspection of ergonomic guidelines throughout the development process of Web”. Presented on September 29th 2008, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. Co-supervision (50%) with Christelle Farenc.

(2004-2008) Florence PONTICO. “A pattern-based user interface design method for e-Government applications”. Presented on July 11th 2008, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. Co-supervision (50%) with Regina Bernhaupt.

Teaching activities
  • Head of the track on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the department of Informatics, Polytech Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France.
  • Coordination of the TER - Travaux d'Etude et Recherche (Polytech)
  • Accessibilité et Design Universel (DS4H)
  • Introduction to Scientific Research (DS4H, Polytech)
  • Information Visualization (M1 Data Science, M2-SD, MBDS)
  • Methods and tools for technical and scientific writing (M1 Data Science)
  • Design and Evalution of Interactive Systems - CEIHM (Polytech)
  • Interaction Techniques and Multimodality - TIM (Polytech)
  • Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction - IHM (Polytech)
  • Usability Evaluation Methods - Master 2IHM, ENAC-UPS
  • Information Visualization - MIAGE-Toulouse, UPS