About me

I am a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Alex "Sandy" Pentland. I develop stochastic tools to harness the power of rich behavioral datasets, such as human movement data and communication patterns in networks. I am also fascinated by how the unicity of human behavior and the richness of these datasets impact individual's privacy. My research has been covered in BBC News, CNN, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Le Monde, Die Spiegel, and in reports of the World Economic Forum and United Nations, as well as in my talks at TEDxLLN and TEDxULg. I recently wrote op-ed on metadata for the Christian Science Monitor and Le Monde. I worked for the Boston Consulting Group and acted as an expert for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations.

These data, which are side effects of our use of technologies such as mobile phones or Internet services, offer an astonishing prism to better understand and quantify human behavior at a scale never dreamed of before. Research questions range from the unicity of human mobility and its consequence for individuals' privacy, understanding synchronization in human behavior, and the influence mechanisms in social networks.

My contributions include work done with César Hidalgo, Vincent Blondel, and Michel Verleysen on the privacy bounds of human mobility, with Nathan Eagle and Luís M.A. Bettencourt on modeling the dynamics of urbanization, and with Alex "Sandy" Pentland, Jordi Quoidbach, and Florent Robic on modeling the dynamics of urbanization. I also showed the limits of modularity-based network clustering with Aaron Clauset and Ben Good. I am organizing the organizing and serving on the program commitee of the International Conference on the Analysis of Mobile Phone Datasets and Networks (NetMob) and I am serving on the Program Committee of the IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), the International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo).

I was a visiting researcher during 6 months at the Santa Fe Institute under the supervision of Nathan Eagle as well as a researcher Université catholique de Louvain under the supervision of Profs. Vincent D. Blondel and Michel Verleysen. Within the last 6 years, I obtained M.Sc.s from the Université catholique de Louvain in Applied Mathematics with majors in Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science, from Ecole Centrale Paris (Centralien) in Engineering and Industrial Management as part of the T.I.M.E. program (Top Industrial Managers for Europe), and from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Mathematical Engineering as part of the Erasmus Belgica program as well as my bachelor in general engineering at the Université catholique de Louvain.