Research directions and leaders

Full-time researchers of Wimmics are in charge of different but complementary directions:

  • Michel Buffa: teaches web technologies at the University of Nice, France, since 1994. He is co-author of the semantic wiki SweetWiki and co-supervised recently two PhDs on semantic social network analysis and on semantic enrichment of folksonomies. His research interest in Wimmics include (a) Social network analysis, develop models and tools for representing and exploiting social network graphs, i.e. help classifying and exploring resources produced by social network members based on the social network activity/analysis. (b) Tools for better exploiting the web of data.
  • Olivier Corby: PhD from University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, he is researcher (CR) at INRIA. His research topics are Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web. He is a specialist of Knowledge Representation software environment and is the designer of the Corese Semantic Web Factory. His research interest in Wimmics include: design abstract model for labeled graph and abstractions of graph operations to provide a graph abstract machine that can operate on heterogeneous graph models
  • Catherine Faron-Zucker: Assistant Professor at University Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) since 2002 She got a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University Paris 6 (UPMC) in 1998. Her main research focuses are Knowledge Engineering and Modeling, Graph based Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Ontologies, Semantic Web and Social Web. Her main application domains are Web-based Collective Memories and Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). Her research interest in Wimmics include: querying and reasoning with graph operators and in composing and integrating sources and operators, while relying on Semantic Web standards ; context and social representation and analysis in ITS and more generally in communities.
  • Fabien Gandon: senior research scientist and HDR in Informatics and Computer Science at Inria and Advisory Committee representative of Inria at the World-Wide Web Consortium where he also participates in several standardization groups. His professional interests include: web, semantic web, social web, ontologies, knowledge engineering and modeling, mobility, privacy, context-awareness, semantic social network, semantic analysis of social network, intraweb. He previously worked for the Mobile Commerce Laboratory of Carnegie Mellon University. His research interest in Wimmics include models and algorithms to bridge and analyze resource-centric social semantic networks on the web. Fabien is in charge of the Wimmics team.
  • Alain Giboin: PhD in Experimental Psychology, Alain Giboin specialized in Ergonomics of HCI and of CSCW, and later on in Knowledge Engineering. He organized and entered the program committee of several conferences and workshops on these domains, and animated several working research groups. He also teaches ergonomics in the "Parcours IHM" of EPU Nice and in the Master "Sociologie et Ergonomie des Technologies numériques" of UNS. In this context, he initiated a training in HCI involving both students in computer science and students in ergonomics working around a common project of HCI design. His research interest in Wimmics include: Designing methods and tools to articulate formal and formalization operations (mainly applied by software developers, knowledge engineers, and computer systems) to “informal” representations and “informalization” operations (mainly applied by domain experts, “usage analysts” and end-users).
  • Nhan Le Thanh: engineering degree in Computer Sciences at ENSEEIHT, ENPT in 1983, and "Docteur d'Etat" in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis in 1986, where he was named "Maître de Conférences" in 1988 and "Professeur des universités" in 1992. He currently teaches in the Computer Sciences Department of the IUT Nice-Côte d'Azur. His current research activities are centralized on the combining of semantic web formalisms such as description logics, RDF, OWL and other formalisms such as graph theory, colored Petri nets, to model information systems. His research interest in Wimmics include: modeling distributed information systems and usage in the domain of social networks and digital personal patrimonies.
  • Isabelle Mirbel: associate professor and HDR at University Nice Sophia Antipolis. In 1996, she got a PhD entitled object-oriented design scheme integration from University Nice Sophia Antipolis and she defended her HDR about modeling, reuse and flexibility of information systems in 2008. She is currently in charge of courses about database management systems and requirement engineering. She is also vice-head of MIAGE and vice-dean of Science Department. Her research interests include information system engineering, method engineering and requirement engineering. Her research interests in Wimmics include: designing methods and tools relying on web based interactions to help stakeholders and designers to articulate their representations and processes; proposing models and methods to take advantage of social semantic networks for collaborative requirement engineering.
  • Peter Sander: professor at the Polytechnic School of the University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis. His research interests include the use of the internet and social networks for healthcare applications. He is studying affective computing, involving human emotions, as a key element in future healthcare, particularly for enabling seniors to continue living securely at home, as well as for other applications including serious games. His research interest in Wimmics include: affective computing is increasingly recognized as an important contributing factor to informal social semantics. Modeling individual behavior through complex systems will lead to a better understanding of individual input to social cooperative knowlege systems.
  • Andrea Tettamanzi: PhD in Computational Mathematics and Operations Research in 1995 from the University of Milan with a thesis on evolutionary algorithms; he became assistant professor at the University of Milan in 1998 and associate professor at the same university in 2002. His research interests focused on combining different methods of computational intelligence, namely evolutionary algorithms, fuzzy logic, and neural networks, to solve real-world problems in presence of imprecision, noisy data, and ill-defined optimization criteria, leading him to investigate the management of vagueness and uncertainty in knowledge representation. His research interest in Wimmics include: extend graph-based knowledge representation formalisms to take uncertainty, imprecision, and the temporal dimension into account; adapt data mining methods to socio-semantic networks; bring possibility theory, belief revision, and results from cognitive agency to integrate data coming from heterogeneous sources by taking trust and reliability into account.
  • Serena Villata: starting research position at INRIA. She received a PhD in Computer Science in 2010 from the University of Turin with a thesis on argumentation theory. She is member of the W3C Linked Data Platform working group. Her research interests focus on using argumentation theory for explanations and justification in non-monotonic reasoning frameworks, coupling argumentation theory with natural language processing for decision making in social semantic networks, reasoning on trust, access control models and data licensing in the web of data, normative reasoning.  Her research interest in Wimmics include: apply semantic-based reasoning techniques to control, explain and argument about interactions, trustworthiness and data in the web; unify semantic web standards and argumentation theory to support normative specifications, dynamics and reasoning in the web.