Attaché for science & technology, Embassy of France, Washington, DC (July 2008-Aug. 2012), now at Consulat Général de France au Québec (Sep. 2012-).
Dr. Robert Jeansoulin is CNRS senior scientist in computer science, now serving as Science Attaché at the Consulat Général de France au Québec, after 4 years at the Embassy of France in the USA where he was in charge of New Technologies for Information, Communications and Security(sector NTICS).
Prior to joining Washington, he was teaching Databases at Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. He started serving as CNRS junior in Toulouse, under CNES grant (space imagery, 1978). Visitor scientist at USC Medical Imaging Science Group (Los Angeles 1980, under NATO grant), then at INRIA, then Professor at Université d’Orsay. Back at CNRS in 1990 (Robotics Lab., UPMC), he was co-founder of the first French research network in geomatics.
He was advisor for the CNRS, fostering use of databases and math in the laboratories of the Social Sciences and Humanities Department.
From 1998 to 2004, he led the European project REVIGIS (FP4 ESPRIT, FP5 FET-IST) as coordinator and PI, and was Associate Professor at U. Laval (Québec, 2001-2010).
His research topic is in Artificial Intelligence with a focus “uncertainty”, as it applies to reasoning with space and time information, mostly in "geomatics", always working internationally as well as across disciplinary barriers.
B.S. in Mathematics (U. Provence, Marseille 1970); M.S. in Computer science (UPS, Toulouse 1974); Engineer degree (ENSEEIHT Polytech Toulouse 1976); PhD in Image Processing at U. P. Sabatier Toulouse 1981.
He has published 5 books, 20 journal articles, 80 peer-reviewed papers, and received 3 awards (IGN, Intergraph, ASPRS), in image processing and AI. He has supervised 22 PhD candidates, who are now in labs in France, Canada, Ireland, or Tunisia. He served as witness or expert in program evaluation committees in France, Switzerland, Canada, and for the EU.