Georges Gardarin

Georges Gardarin

Keynote speaker at ICEIS 2006

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Georges GARDARIN was born in Riom, France on February 19, 1947. He enters Ecole Normale Supérieure de l'Enseignement Technique in 1968. From 1971 to 1978, he was assistant professor at Paris VI University. During that period, he was also consultant at Ordoprocessor where he built a computer system, and at Renault, where he designed a new distributed information system. He did his PhD Thesis in 1978 on Concurrency Control in Distributed Databases at University of Paris VI. From 1978 to 1980, he was visiting professor at UCLA, California. He published several papers on concurrency control and database integrity, notably with Prof. W. Chu and M. Melkanoff.

From 1980 to 1990, he was professor at Paris VI University, teaching databases and distributed systems. He was also chief-scientist at INRIA where he headed the Sabre project, which was developing an object-relational parallel DBMS. From 1990 to 2000, he created and developed the PRiSM Research Laboratory at the new University of Versailles Saint-Quentin.

On January 2000, he joined e-XMLMedia, a start-up he founded with industrial partners. The start-up was developing XML middleware to store and publish XML on top of classical DBMSs. The products are currently distributed by several licensed companies, one version being distributed in open source by XQuark.

From January 2003, he is back Professor at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin. He is leading a team developing projects on XML mediation and the semantic Web. An extended mediator with intelligent wrappers based-on text mining is notably being developed. The outcome should be an XQuery search engine for multiple heterogeneous data sources.

Georges has written more than 120 papers in international journal and conferences, and several books in French, some of them being translated in English and Spanish. He wrote the most known French database book and has recently published a book on XML and information systems.