:-)Daniel Déchelotte's Curriculum Vitae

  • Ph. D. in IT
  • Télécom ParisTech Engineer
  • Born: 02/02/80 (France)
  • French

My resume is also available in pdf format.


Ph. D. in IT

CNRS (Limsi). September 2004 to december 2007.

Automatic Speech Translation by Statistical Methods (in French) (abstract in English, slides in French), directed by Holger Schwenk and Jean-Luc Gauvain.

Master in IT

INRIA (Loria). September 2002 to April 2004.

Four “Perception, Reasoning and Automated Language Processing” courses and two “Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms” courses.

Engineering degree

Télécom ParisTech (ENST). September 1999 to July 2002.

The École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications is one of France's leading graduate level engineering schools. I focused on these three subjects: signal processing, computer sciences and economics.

Preparatory school

Lycée Hoche. September 1997 to June 1999.

Post secondary school preparing for competitive entrance exams to top French engineering schools of higher education.


Scientific section. With honours. July 1997.


Natural language processing

  • Language modeling: stochastic language models, translation models.
  • Automatic speech recognition: acoustic models, decoding strategies.
  • Pattern recognition: CRF, Bayesian classification, SVM…
  • Machine learning: AdaBoost, active learning…

Computer sciences

  • Cloud computing: distributed computing with Hadoop and Pig, MapReduce algorithm.
  • Languages: C, Python, Java, C++, PHP, Perl, shells, LaTeX…
  • OS: Unix (Linux, Solaris, AIX) and Windows.

Foreign languages

  • French: mother tongue.
  • English: fluent.
  • German: notions.
  • Arabic: notions.

Professional experience

Microsoft R&D France

Issy-les-Moulineaux (France). Since August 2010.

Software developer, working on the Bing search engine.


Neuilly-sur-Seine (France). March 2010 to July 2010.

Project lead / R&D Engineer

Yahoo! Inc.

Paris (France). April 2008 to March 2010.

Search scientist. Improved and developed models that have been deployed in the search engine. Detected user intent and rewrote queries so as to maximize search results' relevance.


Orsay (France). July 2004 to March 2008.

Designed and implemented Limsi-CNRS' first statistical translation, and took part to several international evaluation campaigns. Ran experiments integrating speech recognition and translation. Published scientific articles and a Ph.D. thesis in IT.

Paris-Sud University (part-time job)

Orsay (France). January 2005 to January 2006.

Practicals teaching in C++, and Algorithmics and System.

IBM (internship)

T.J. Watson Research Center (New York). April 2003 to April 2004

Ported the large vocabulary, speech-to-speech translation system to a PDA, and worked on utterance disambiguation based on prosody.

OpenTV (internship)

Mountain View (California). August 2001 to December 2001.

Created a prototype whose graphic stack allows multiple applications to run simultaneously on a Set-Top Box.

Airbus UK (training period)

Filton (England). July 2000 to August 2000.

Created from scratch a software tool to test one of the A340-600's on-board computers.

EDF (summer job)

French electricity supply. August 1999.

Projects and activities


Striving to make content accessible to all and aesthetically pleasing to the greatest number. Currently actively maintained sites:

I used to work on the LIMSI's Ph. D. students web site (currently in French).

September 2000 to June 2001

Treasurer of Rezel, association allowing every student to be connected to the Internet via the school network (300+ subscribers).

  • Sports: Running and tennis. Volley-ball and climbing when possible!
  • Other leisures: bridge, electronic music, programming, ...