Serge Abiteboul


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Serge Abiteboul obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and a State Doctoral Thesis from the University of Paris-Sud. He has been a researcher at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique since 1982, Directeur de Recherche CE since 01/01/2004, in a research team located at ENS Paris since 2016. He is now Distinguished Affiliated Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan . He was a Lecturer at the École Polytechnique and Visiting Professor at Stanford and Oxford University. He has been Chair Professor at Collège de France in 2011-12 and Francqui Chair Professor at Namur University in 2012-2013. He co-founded the company Xyleme in 2000. Serge Abiteboul has received the ACM SIGMOD Innovation Award in 1998, the EADS Award from the French Academy of sciences in 2007; the Milner Award from the Royal Society in 2013; and a European Research Council Fellowship (2008-2013). He became a member of the French Academy of Sciences in 2008, and a member the Academy of Europe in 2011. He has been a member of the Conseil national du numérique (2013-2016) and Chairman of the Scientific board of the Société d'Informatique de France (2013-2015). His research work focuses mainly on data, information and knowledge management, particularly on the Web. He founded and is an editor of the blog


  • Senior Researcher INRIA Saclay--Île-de-France
  • Member of CS department (ENS Cachan and CNRS) (since 2016-)
  • Affiliated professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (since 2014)
  • Member of French Academy of Sciences, since 2008
  • Membre de the Academy of Europe, since 2011
  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Société d'Informatique de France, 2013-
  • Fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinary), 2012.
  • Interest: database, data management, web, change control, electronic commerce, electronic documents, object databases, distributed databases, heterogeneous databases, active databases, database theory, database languages, complexity theory, temporal databases...
  • Education

  • Engineering degree in Telecommunications (now Telecom ParisTech) in 1977
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, with Seymour Ginsburg in (1978-1982)
  • Thèse d'Etat from the University of Paris XI in 1986

    Awards and citations

  • ACM SIGMOD Innovation Award, 1998
  • ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award, 2004
  • Prix d'informatique de l'Académie des Sciences (Prix EADS) 2007
  • ACM PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award, 2008
  • Advanced European Reesearch Council Grant Webdam on Web Data Management, 2008
  • Plummer Follow 2008, Ste Anne College, Oxford
  • Chair au Collège de France 2011-2012
  • Franqui chair 2012-2013 Professeur at Namur University
  • Prix Milner de la Royal Society, 2013
  • Citeseer Top 100 all time most cited article (for the Lorel paper - 1998)
         Top 100 most cited article for year 1990, 1996, 1997 (as of June 2007)
  • Some previous positions

  • Chairman of the Scientific Board of the Société d'Informatique de France, 2013-2015
  • Member of Conseil National du Numérique, 2013-2016 (National Digital Council)
  • Member of LSV LAB (ENS Cachan and CNRS) (since 2009-2016)
  • Franqui chair 2012-2013 Professeur at Namur University
  • Professor at Collège de France 2011-2012; Web site of the course Program at Collège de France
  • 2008: Plummer Follow, Ste Anne College, Oxford
  • 2000: Co-Founder of Xyleme SA (Now Xyleme Inc)
  • 1997-2003: Part time professor, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau
  • 1995-1997: Visiting Professor at Computer Science Dept, Stanford University (Database and Theory groups)
        Consultant for NASA
  • 1990-1995: Part time professor, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau
  • 1982-2002: Researcher at INRIA Rocquencourt, France
  • 1982: Researcher at USC, Los Angeles
  • 1979-1981: Teaching/Research assistant at USC, Los Angeles
  • 1977-1978: Lecturer at ESEAT, Rennes, France (military service)
  • 1976-77: Research Assistant, Computer Science Dept, Technion, Haifa, Israel


  • Chair of the executive commitee of ACM SIGACT-SOGMOD-SIGART PODS 2000-2002
  • Program Committee Chair for international conferences including:
    • International Conference on Data Engineering, Hannover (2011)
    • International Conference on Very Large Database, Lyon (2009)
    • European Conference on Digital Libraries, Paris (1999)
    • ACM Symposium on Principles of Database Systems, San Jose (1995)
    • International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming, Jerusalem (1994)
    • International Conference on Database Theory, Paris (1990)
  • Chairman of the Scientific Board of Rocquencourt INRIA Research Center (2 years) and
         Chairman of the Scientific Board of Futurs (Lilles-Bordeaux-Saclay) Center (4 years).
  • Manager of the INRIA-Rocquencourt team (8 years) and
         Manager of the Gemo INRIA-Saclay team (5 years).
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Technicolor
  • Member of the Board of La Fabrique , Meudon, and Les enfants animateurs , Sèvres
  • Main passed software development

  • The Verso N1NF database system (lead by F. Bancilhon and M. Scholl)
  • The COL deductive database system
  • O2Doc and O2Views around the O2 object database system (European project)
  • The Active Views system of cooperative distributed applications (RNRT project)
  • The Active XML for managing distributed Web data (European project DbGlobe)
  • The EDOS P2P platform for Linux packages distribution (European project Edos)
  • The Active XML for managing distributed Web data (European project DbGlobe)
  • The Webcontent platform for content distribution (ANR project)
  • The WebdamLog deductive distributed datamanagement system (Webdam European project)
  • Books

    • S. Abiteboul, R. Hull and V. Vianu, Foundations of Databases, Addison-Wesley, 1995 (translated to French),
    • S. Abiteboul, P. Buneman and D. Suciu, Data on the Web: From Relations to Semistructured Data and XML, Morgan-Kaufman, 1999. (translated to portuguese and japanese)
    • Serge Abiteboul, Ioana Manolescu, Philippe Rigaux, Marie-Christine Rousset, Pierre Senellart, Web Data Management, Cambridge University Press 2012.,
    • Serge Abiteboul and Gilles Dowek, Le temps des algorithmes, Le Pommier, 2017
    • Serge Abiteboul and Valérie Peugeot, Terra Data, Le Pommier, 2017
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