As CTO at LightOn, Laurent’s task is to manage cross-disciplinary R&D projects, involving machine learning, optics, signal processing, electronics, and software engineering. Laurent is currently on leave from his position of Professor of Physics at Paris Diderot University, Paris. Prior to that or in parallel, he has held various academic positions: fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France, associate professor at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Visiting Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, UK, Visiting Professor at the National Institute for Informatics in Tokyo, Japan. Laurent has authored or co-authored nearly 200 scientific publications, has been a consultant to various small and large companies, and is a co-inventor in several patents. He is a graduate in physics from Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Marseille University.