Serge Abiteboul


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Serge Abiteboul is since 2018 Member of the Board of Arcep (Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste). He is researcher at Inria and ENS, Paris (external member of the Valda team).

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 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, since 2016. He is 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). He is, since 1917, Chair of the Stretegic Council of the Blaise Pascal Foundation. His research work focuses mainly on data, information and knowledge management, particularly on the Web. He founded and is an editor of the blog

Serge Abiteboul also writes novels, essays, and is editor and founder of the Blog Binaire. He was scientific curator of the exhibiti "Terra Data" at the Cité des Sciences in 2017-2018.


  • 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
  • Doctorat Emerit Causa, Hasselt Universiteit, Belgium, 2018
  • 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
    • He writes also novels=

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