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// Patents

Method and device for determining a printer pilot configuration for a printing processing
Inventors: AMARGER STEPHANE (FR); DELUMEAU FRANCOIS (FR)
Applicant: CANON RES CT FRANCE S A (FR)
Publication info: US7084992 - 2006-08-01

Method and device for the automatic configuration of a document processing device
Inventors: MOREAU JEAN-JACQUES (FR); AMARGER STEPHANE (FR)
Applicant: CANON EUROPA NV (NL)
Publication info: US2004225757 - 2004-11-11

Method and device for processing a document available in the form of a set of digital data
Inventors: MOREAU JEAN-JACQUES (FR); AMARGER STEPHANE (FR)
Applicant: CANON RES CT FRANCE S A (FR)
Publication info: EP1139276 - 2001-10-04

Method and device for managing the resources of a computer communication means for processing a computer document
Inventors: AMARGER STEPHANE (FR); MOREAU JEAN-JACQUES (FR); (+2)
Applicant: CANON EUROPA NV (NL)
Publication info: US2003035122 - 2003-02-20

Method and device for the automatic configuration of a peripheral for processing a computer document
Inventor: AMARGER STEPHANE (FR)
Applicant: CANON EUROPA NV (NL)
Publication info: US6963421 - 2005-11-08

Method and device for rearranging an electronic document
Inventors: MOREAU JEAN JACQUES; AMARGER STEPHANE
Applicant: CANON RES CT FRANCE SA (FR)
Publication info: FR2811091 - 2002-01-04

Method and equipment for preparing a document for printing in duplex as poster, comprises selection of pages required to appear side by side and insertion of blanks between consecutive pairs
Inventors: MOREAU JEAN JACQUES; AMARGER STEPHANE
Applicant: CANON RES CT FRANCE SA (FR)
Publication info: FR2810579 - 2001-12-28

Mobile telephone station DECT wire less telecommunications position network having processing determining base station positions and where base stations insufficient mobile station/base station converting
Inventors: MORVAN ISABELLE; TOCZE LIONEL; AMARGER STEPHANE (+1)
Applicant: CANON KK (JP)
Publication info: FR2804214 - 2001-07-27

Method and device for controlling the processing of an electronic document
Inventors: AMARGER STEPHANE (FR); HENRY FELIX (FR)
Applicant: CANON EUROPA NV (NL)
Publication info: US6462829 - 2002-10-08

Management of resources of computer communication network by using stage of choice of file processing device of communication network according to group of working criteria of processing device
Inventors: MOREAU JEAN JACQUES; AMARGER STEPHANE
Applicant: CANON EUROPA NV (NL)
Publication info: FR2790118 - 2000-08-25

// Company projects

IRIDIA Laboratory of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium
1992—1993
Project for the European Commission (outside of any framework program) to develop an expert system for the selection of nuclear waste repositories in England.

England is a very narrow land and it is important to select nuclear waste repositories taking into account the geology to avoid leakage between two repositories of incompatible materials.

We extracted the rules from discussions with experts in the field of nuclear waste repositories management and built the reasoning engine.

A first prototype was bench-marked and used for decision making assistance.

This project was developed in collaboration with Victor Poznanski.

The results of the projects are confidential and no publication was made.

My role in the project: researcher
.
Joint Research Center, European Commission, Ispra, Italy
1993—1995
STARS (Software Toolkit for Advanced Reliability and Safety analysis)
The STARS project aims at developing an integrated set of Computer Aided Reliability Analysis tools for the various tasks involved in systems safety and reliability analysis.

This includes hazard identification, qualitative analysis, logic model construction and evaluation. For fault tree construction, a frame/rule based expert system is used, in which the deductive (goal driven) reasoning and the heuristics applied during manual fault tree construction, is modeled.

Three different models are adopted in the STARS project to model complex industrial plant: the structural model, the functional model and the behavioral model.

They describe all the information related to the layout and hardware structure of the system, the behavior of its components and the functions that they perform.

The models support automatic failure mode and effect analysis, fault tree and event tree construction.

The construction of the models is fully supported by the software, from a library of standard components.

The user can also add further components or component types to a library, or modify and introduce further data.

Whenever the plant configuration or usage is altered, a revised safety analysis can be carried out quickly and easily in parallel with the design of the new configuration.

The semi-automatic safety analysis therefore will reduce the need for time-consuming and error-prone manual handling of information and improve the consistency and robustness of the analysis.

My role in the project: assistant to the project leader, in charge of the software development.
Canon Research Center France, Rennes, France
1995—1996
Intelligent Mobile Network Architecture
The objective of the project was to build a wireless autonomous network architecture to interconnect nodes without the need of an infrastructure (a.k.a. ad hoc networks) based on IEEE 802.11 radio physical layer.

My role in the project: researcher, in charge of application of artificial intelligence techniques to network management and routing.

The results are confidential and protected by patents (no publication).
1996—2000
Intelligent Configuration of Devices
Canon Research Center France, Rennes, France
The objective was to provide innovative technologies to improve the user experience when using computer peripherals such as printers.

The vast majority of users are usually using factory settings of the peripherals which, in the case of printers for instance, often gives a very poor result.

The idea was then to analyse the information to process by the peripheral (the document in the case of a printer) and configure the peripheral according the result of this analysis so that the information is processed the best way possible.

The project focused on the application of the solution developed to printing systems and involved all related R&D and business units in the Canon group.

My role in the project: I was at the origin of the project idea and was the leader of the project at corporate level.

The results are confidential, protected by patents (no publication) and applied into products released to the market.
Médiamétrie, Levallois-Perret, France
2000—2002
Deployment of Lotus Notes system for corporate services
Deployment of Lotus Notes for email and workflow services.
The service was deployed over the multiple sites of the company.
Deployment of a Call Center
Deployment of a call center for 300 positions dedicated to media related inquiries.
The center is operational 7 days a week almost 24h a day and almost 365 days a year.
Redesign of the telecommunication architecture for audience data download and audience results provision to the customers
Deployment of a new telecommunication architecture to collect raw data, including a disaster recovery process.
Deployment of a new infrastructure for audience results delivery to the customers, including new means of access (e.g. audience results on mobile).
Deployment of a new methodology and environment for products development.
Web sites audience measurement products
After the development of a proof of concept and a prototype, release and exploitation of web site audience measurement tools and services.
ISO 9001 certification of the IT division
Analysis of the situation.
Recommendations to be compliant with ISO 9001 standard.
Implementation of the recommendations.
Successful certification audit.
ISO 9001 certification of the IT division
Analysis of the situation.
Recommendations to be compliant with ISO 9001 standard.
Implementation of the recommendations.
Successful certification audit.
Definition and deployment of a project management methodology
Definition of a project management methodology for software development in order to preserve quality insurance, re-usability and maintenance over time.
Hitachi Europe, Sophia Antipolis / Paris, France
2002—2010
Ad-hoc network architecture to interconnect mobile appliances.
Application of ad-hoc network for home automation and automotive network systems.
Solutions for secure communication through heterogeneous systems.
Secure systems based of innovative biometrics and RFID technologies.
Next generation networks systems like data grid architecture and highly distributed storage systems.
Connected car business model and product portfolio.
Strategic partnerships with academic and industrial partners for connected car solutions.
Business model for smart grid solutions.

// Collaborative projects

IRIDIA L aboratory of the Free Univ. of Brussels, Belgium
1989—1992
DRUMS (Defeasible Reasoning and Uncertainty Management Systems)
ESPRIT II Basic Research Action 3085
From September 1989 to September 1992.
Project Leader: Pr. Philippe Smets, IRIDIA, Free Univ. of Brussels

Description:
DRUMS aimed to study the integration of several forms of non-standard logic's and models that could be applied to problems of defeasible reasoning and uncertainty management. The models studied are necessary for automated reasoning at the level of:
  • knowledge representation where knowledge is pervaded with some form of ignorance, be it incompleteness, imprecision or uncertainty
  • inference engines adapted to each form of ignorance.
The final aim of DRUMS was to attempt the integration of various logic's and models into a general model able to cope with the various forms of ignorance, and its implementation in inference engines.

My PhD was made within this project.
My role in the project: researcher

For more information, follow this link.
Hitachi Europe, Sophia Antipolis / Paris, France
2002—2010
Ad-hoc network architecture to interconnect mobile appliances.
Application of ad-hoc network for home automation and automotive network systems.
Solutions for secure communication through heterogeneous systems.
6QM[IST-FP5] 6QM: IPv6 QoS Measurement
Research and development of measurement technologies for Quality of Service in IPv6 networks.

Creation of a comprehensive system integrating the various required functions for QoS measusurement, such as packet capturing, precise time-stamping, data collection, QoS metrics derivation (delay, loss, jitter etc.) and result presentation.

Partners:
Hitachi Europe (France) (prime contractant)
, Hitachi Ltd. (Japan), FhG/FOKUS (Germany), Consulintel (Spain), France Telecom (France).
Duration: 32 months (1/9/2002~30/4/2005)

For more information:
My role in the project: project coordinator
Flexinet[IST-FP6] FlexiNET: Flexible Gateways Architecture for enhanced access network services and applications
The main objective of the FlexiNET project was to define and implement a scalable and modular network architecture incorporating adequate network elements (FlexiNET Node Instances) offering cross-connect control, switching/routing control, and advanced services management/access functions at the network access points that currently only support connectivity between user terminals and network core infrastructures.

The primary aim was not to replace or enhance existing networking infrastructures, but to offer a value-added complementary network architecture addressing service access de-centralisation and separation of data, service logic and control from the pure transport network.

Partners:
Alcatel (Germany) (prime contractant), Teletel (Greece), Apex Concepts and Solutions (Switzerland), IBM Research (Switzerland), Vodafone (Greece), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark), E-Plus (Germany), Hitachi Europe (France), University of Patras (Greece)
Duration: 27 months (1/3/2004~31/5/2006)

For more information:

My role in the project: coordination of Hitachi activities.
ACCA[FP6] ACCA: Autonomic Communication: Coordination Action
The ACCA coordinates and integrates a harmonized R&D program targeting new proactive initiative within FET (Future Emerging Technologies) with the focus on self-organization of a network element's autonomic behavior exposed by innovative (cross-layer optimized, context-aware, and securely programmable) protocol stack in its interaction with numerous often-dynamic network communities.

The goals are to understand how desired element's behaviors are learned, influenced or changed, and how, in turn, these affect other elements, groups and network.
Partners:
FhG/FOKUS (Germany) (prime contractant), Intel Corp. (UK), Hitachi Europe (France),  Eurécom Institute (France),  Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (Switzerland), University of Athens (Greece), University Paris 6 (France), University of Basel (Switzerland), Trinity College (Ireland), University of Patras (Greece), National University of Ireland, Dublin (Ireland)

Duration:
on going (start: 23/12/2004)

For more information: My role in the project: coordination of Hitachi activities
Phosphorus[FP6] PHOSPHORUS: Lambda user controlled infrastructure for European research
PHOSPHORUS is addressing some of the key technical challenges to enable on-demand end-to-end network services across multiple domains. The PHOSPHORUS network concept and test-bed makes applications aware of their complete Grid resources (computational and networking) environment and capabilities, and able to make dynamic, adaptive and optimized use of heterogeneous network infrastructures connecting various high-end resources.

PHOSPHORUS is enhancing and demonstrating solutions that facilitate vertical and horizontal communication among applications middleware, existing Network Resource Provisioning Systems, and the proposed Grid-GMPLS Control Plane. The PHOSPHORUS assessment relies on experimental activities on a distributed test-bed interconnecting European and Worldwide optical infrastructures. Specifically, the test-bed involves European NRENs and national test-beds, as well as GEANT2, Cross Border Dark Fibre Initiative and GLIF infrastructures. A set of highly demanding applications are adapted to prove the concept.

Partners:
PSNC (Poland) (prime contractant), ADVA (Germany), CESNET (Czech Republic), Nextworks (Italy), i2CAT (Spain), Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany), Hitachi Europe (France), IBBT (Belgium), CTI (Greece), AIT (Greece), SARA (The Netherlands), SURFnet (The Netherlands), University of Bonn (Germany), University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), University of Essex (UK), University of Leeds (UK), NORTEL Networks (The Netherlands), MCNC (USA), CRC (Canada)

Duration: 30 months, on going (1/10/2006~31/3/2009)

For more information: My role in the project: coordination of Hitachi activities.
AutoI[FP7] AUTOI: Autonomic Internet
Autonomic Internet designs and develops a self-managing virtual resource overlay that can span across heterogeneous networks, support service mobility, quality of service and reliability.

The overlay is self-managing based on the business-driven service goals changes (service context) and resource environment changes (resource context). Accordingly, AutoI, suggests a transition from a service agnostic Internet to service-aware network resources by means of virtualizing network resources and Policy-Based Management techniques to describe and control the internal service logic, utilizing ontology-based information and data models to facilitate the Internet service deployment in terms of programmable networks facilities supporting NGN.

Partners:
Hitachi Europe (France) (prime contractant), University of Patras (Greece), INRIA (France), Polytechnic University of Catalunya (Spain), Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), University of Passau (Germany), University College London (UK), University Paris 6 (France), Motorola Inc. (USA), Ginkgo Networks (France), Ucopia-Communications (France)

Duration: 24 months (1/1/2008~31/12/2009)

For more information: My role in the project: coordination of Hitachi activities.
GeoNet[FP7] GeoNET: Geo-addressing and geo-routing for vehicular communications
To increase the road safety in Europe while traffic and driver's concentration demand also rises, the EC and the automotive industry have committed to halve the life loss by 2010. The GeoNet project is contributing significantly to this goal by implementing a reference implementation of a geographic addressing and routing protocol with support for IPv6 to be used to deliver safety messages between cars but also between cars and the roadside infrastructure within a designated destination area.

While the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium has invested significant effort into the specification of a car-to-car communications mechanism suitable for safety applications, its mandate does not extend beyond defining a specification. At the same time, ongoing projects like SafeSpot would need an actual implementation to rely on whereas other such as CVIS are developing a communication architecture relying on the maintenance of a constant access to the Internet over IPv6.

Partners:
INRIA (France) (prime contractant), NEC Europe (Germany), Lesswire (Germany), Hitachi Europe (France), Efkon (Austria), Broadbit (Hungary), Fundation Imdea Redes (Spain)

Duration: 24 months (start: 1/2/2008~31/1/2010)

For more information: My role in the project: coordination of Hitachi activities
PRiSM[FP7] PRiSM: Privacy-aware Secure Monitoring
Passive network monitoring is required for the operation and maintenance of communication networks as well as to detect frauds and attacks.

Typically, raw packet-level traffic traces are collected using suitable traffic probe devices and fed to monitoring applications (IDSs, antivirus, etc..) for analysis, with potential risks for the legitimate privacy rights of the customers.

This project aims to show that it is technically possible to devise a privacy-preserving network monitoring system where carefully designed data protection mechanisms can coexist with suitably adapted monitoring applications.

Partners:
TELSCOM (Switzerland) (prime contractant), FhG/FOKUS (Germany), Salzburg Research (Austria), Hitachi Europe (France), CNIT (Italy), FTW (Austria), Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece), Nettare (Italy)

Duration: 27 months (start: 1/3/2008~31/5/2010)

For more information: My role in the project: coordination of Hitachi activities