Who, What, Why? (that’s WWW :) )

septembre, 1, 2009

My name is Sylvain Peyronnet. I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Paris-Sud University since 2007. I am doing my research at LRI (Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique – Computer Science Lab in English) and my teaching at IFIPS (school of engineering of the university). I joined the university after a period of 4 years in various positions: postdoc, assistant professor in a private university, entrepreneur. I earn a Ph.D. in computer science from Paris-Sud University in 2003 (yes, I came back to the same university after 4 years).

I am broadly interested in applications of probabilistic and approximation algorithms, particularly in techniques and tool to improve our ability to handle large scale systems. My research activities apply to High Performance Computing, Numerical Analysis, Fault Tolerance, Ad-hoc Networks and more recently to recommendation systems, web spam demotion and web related stuff.

I am also highly interested in web marketing, metrics for assessing the quality of users and content in social website (social news website, social networks , etc.). I am participating in the life of several websites and am involved in a small web compagny named Nalrem Medias.

The goal of this blog is to provide an overview of what is going on with the research I am conducting with respect to web stuff, to share my thoughts on web marketing, psychology, sociology (still related to the web) and finally to disseminate things I understood. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I plan to welcome numerous blog posts from people from the french SEO scene which is very active and unfortunately not very visible on the international level. These guest posts will be sometimes very technical, sometimes more into the structure of the french web market.

I hope you will enjoy my writings! Hope you will comment a lot!

p.s.: I’m french, english is not my native language, so… Well, you have already guess…

4 Responses to “Who, What, Why? (that’s WWW :) )”

Hi Sylvain.

What would be the required level /skills to follow your blog? Would that be only for Comp Science graduate students and more, or people with some knowledge in maths and web will understand your posts?

Jice, 3 septembre 2009 à 0:50

Well, most posts will be understandable by everybody, some will require notions of basic math and computer science. Finally, there will be some very only-for-experts posts about recent research.
In short, I hope that my blog will be for everybody!

Sylvain, 3 septembre 2009 à 10:12

Ok, so maybe just something I am thinking about your blog (and mine) : write a label at the beginning of the post to precise the audience.

I have never used it on a blog, but for instance, when you read scientific papers, sometimes you read paper that you can’t understand … without some background. And it’s so frustrating.

I think I’ll definitely put a short sentence, or a system of tag on my blog to give the required level/field needed to read each post.

Anyway, good luck for this blog.

Jice, 3 septembre 2009 à 18:06

Jice, your wish comes true, there is now a categorization w.r.t. the kind of audience that can benefit of the content of the post.

Sylvain, 12 septembre 2009 à 14:09
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