Frederic Chazal is a Directeur de Recherche (senior researcher) at INRIA Saclay Ile-de-France since 2007. After a PhD in pure mathematics, he oriented his research to computational geometry and topology. He is now leading the DataShape team at INRIA, a group working on Topological Data Analysis (TDA), a recent fast growing field at the crossing of mathematics, statistics, machine learning and computer science.
Frederic's contributions to the field go from fundamental mathematical aspects to algorithmic and applied problems. He published more than 80 papers in major computer sciences conferences and mathematics journals, he co-authored 2 reference books and 3 patents. He is also an associate editor of 4 international journals: Discrete and Computational Geometry (Springer), SIAM Journal on Imaging Science, Graphical Models (Elsevier), Journal of Applied and Computational Topology (Springer).
During the last few years Frederic has been heading several national and international research projects on geometric and topological methods in statistics, machine learning and AI. He is also the scientific head of joint industrial research projects between Inria and several companies such as Fujitsu (TDA, Machine Learning and explainable AI) or the French SME Sysnav.