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Portrait of Rachid Guerraoui, external member of the SAB

Who are you and what is your background?

My name is Rachid Guerraoui. I have a PhD in computer science, specializing in algorithms, and I have been a Professor of Computer Science at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) since 1999. From 1990 to 1992, I was a PhD researcher at the Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA) in Saclay, France. I then left to work in Hewlett Packard's laboratories in Palo Alto, California. In 2016, I carried out my research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston for just over a year.

I received the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow award in 2012, which recognizes outstanding achievements in computer science and information technology. I have also won the Google Focused Award, as well as a senior ERC grant.

I have been an evaluator on the European Research Council (ERC) panel for the European Commission for four years and a member of the SAB since it was created in 2017.

What is your area of expertise and how do you contribute to the Scientific Advisory Board of IDEXLYON?

My area of expertise is computer science and more specifically, algorithms.
I give advice in these fields, particularly on aspects linked to research and international strategy. Through my experience as an evaluator for the ERC, I lend my expertise to creating new calls for projects and more specifically to developing ways of attracting the best talent to the Lyon Saint-Étienne site.

In your opinion, what is the added value that the SAB can bring to the IDEXLYON project?

The true added value of the SAB, other than its multidisciplinary and international expertise, is its fresh take on the project. This is also due to its willingness to represent external and internal members equally. All the members have taken a special path - international for the most part - which makes their expertise all the more valuable and legitimate.

What do you think about the IDEXLYON project? Would you have a message for all the stakeholders involved in the IDEXLYON project (researchers, faculty members, students,...)?

The IDEXLYON project is a fantastic opportunity to strive towards scientific excellence, by encouraging local talent while attracting new talent from the outside world. France generally has international recognition in the field of computer science, but Lyon has the additional advantage of being a very attractive city, situated at the heart of Europe and offering an exceptional quality of life. Great assets to attract new talent!