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I currently work for Oracle on data visualization in the Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management division. My work is focused on graphics technologies to display large and small amounts of information in a visual, interactive way, allowing users to analyze and drill into data.

I am less involved in W3C activities at the moment than I used to, but I make an extensive use of W3C standards in my work.

Past W3C Activities

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I was born and raised in in a small town called Lannion. Lannion is located in France, on (actually close to) the cote de granite rose. I studied in Lannion until I was eighteen, then in Rennes until I was twenty, and got my masters degree in Paris, at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST).

I worked for Alcatel Business Systems from 1991 to 1994, working on object oriented technologies (process, methodology, development) in Colombes, France.

In 1994, I started working for Ungerman Bass in Santa Clara California until early 1996. Then, deep into the Internet years, I worked for two startups (Divicom and then MarketFirst), on the management of MPEG encoding systems and then on the user interface for a marketing campain management system.

In 1997, enthusiastic about the Java programming language and the specification of the Java 2D API, I got a job at Sun Microsystems Inc. where I have been working ever since, on Java technology, with a focus on rich, animated 2D graphics.

In my early years at Sun, I have worked with the Java 2D API, while not part of the Java 2D API team. I ended up writing a book about this technology. I am still facinated the Java 2D API's beautiful, simple and powerful design.

Later on, I joined Sun's XML Technology Center group where I worked on SVG (see next section), both on specificaiton and implementation. I moved to the Java Mobile Division in 2002 and got involved in the JSR 226 (SVG for Java Mobile) and JSR 290 (CDF for Java Mobile) specification and implementation efforts).

I joined Oracle corporation in 2007, originally to manage a group coming from the Beatware acquisition. That company had an SVG authoring tool called Mobile Designer. I then moved on to work on data visualization for business intelligence applications.

W3C and Related Activities

In 1999, I started representing Sun in the W3C SVG Working Group, while working from Sun's Menlo Park Campus. I worked on the SVG 1.0, SVG 1.1, SVG Mobile and SVG 1.2 specifications. In the meanwhile, I intiated and led the Apache Batik project which is still active today (but I am no longer contributing to the project). The Apache Batik project is a Java technology framework to generate, manipulate, render and transcode SVG content on the Java platform. That project was intiated with multiple partners and with the collaboration of great contributors (and good friends).

In 2001, I moved back to my homeland, France, and served as a W3C fellow in the Sophia Antipolis W3C site. During that year, I worked on the SVG Test Suite and on a project with the Bibliotheque Nationaled de France, using SVG for an on-line exhibit on European Comics.

In 2003, I moved to the Java Mobile group at Sun. I have continued working in the SVG Working Group, then on the JSR 226 API specification, a Java technology API to load, manipulate and render SVG content on the Java Mobile platform. I have also worked on an implementation of the JSR 226 API, which I still my main occupation.

In 2004, I became the chair of the Compound Document Formats (CDF) working group in W3C. However, I had to step out from that position in 2005 in order to focus on other internal Sun projects. But my interest in CDF is still very high and I am hoping to work again in that working group.

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