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Pierre Bessière

  • Pierre BESSIERE (born in 1958) is a senior researcher at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) since 1992. He took his engineering degrees (1981) and his PhD (1983) in computer science from INPG (Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble). He did a Post-Doctorate at SRI International (Stanford Research Institute) working on a project for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Agency). He then worked for five years in an industrial company as the leader of different artificial intelligence projects. Since he came back to research in 1989, his main research concerns have been evolutionary algorithms and probabilistic reasoning for perception, inference and action. He led the Bayesian Programming research group ( on these two subjects in Grenoble before moving to Paris. Fifteen PhD diplomas and numerous international publications are fruits of the activity of this group during the last 15 years. He also led the BIBA (Bayesian Inspired Brain and Artefact) and was a Partner in the BACS (Bayesian Approach to Cognitive Systems) European project. He is a co-founder and scientific adviser of the ProBAYES Company, which develops and sells Bayesian solutions for the industry.