Michel Beaudouin-Lafon (1961 – ) is a Professor of Computer Science at Université Paris-Sud and a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He has worked in human-computer interaction for more than 30 years and played a fundamental role in establishing and promoting the discipline in France. He has published more than 150 papers, served on program committees of many conferences, and worked tirelessly to mentor the next generation of computer scientists and researchers, including 28 Ph.D. students. Beaudouin-Lafon also founded the Association Francophone d’Interaction Homme-Machine (AFIHM), the French equivalent of the Association for Computing Machinery SIGCHI, and served as its first president.
Beaudouin-Lafon’s research interests span novel interaction techniques, computer-supported cooperative work, and design and research methods in the field of HCI. Beaudouin-Lafon collaborated with Wendy Mackay to develop Touchstone, a platform for designing, implementing, and analyzing controlled experiments. He also contributed to the InterLiving project, which brought together an interdisciplinary team of researchers to consult with six families and create new technologies supporting co-located and long-distance communication among family members. During a two-year visit at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, Beaudouin-Lafon developed his personal project on instrumental interaction while contributing to the CPN2000 project. Instrumental interaction is a model that extends the principles of direct manipulation and describes graphical user interfaces in terms of “domain objects” and “interaction instruments,” which mediate interactions between users and manipulated objects. The project continues to fuel much of Beaudouin-Lafon’s current work.
From 2002 to 2009, he served as director of LRI, the joint computer science laboratory of The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Université Paris-Sud, and oversaw the growth of the lab from 160 to 280 faculty, staff, and Ph.D. students during his tenure. Today, LRI is one of the leading French labs dedicated to computer science and is internationally recognized in the area of human-computer interaction. Beaudouin-Lafon conducts his current research in the ExSitu group, a joint lab between LRI and the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA). In 2011, Beaudouin-Lafon received a €22 million grant for the Digiscope “Equipment of Excellence” project, aiming to create a unique network of interactive rooms connected with high-end video conferencing.
Beaudouin-Lafon was inducted into the ACM CHI Academy in 2006 and received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award in 2015.
“Michel Beaudouin-Lafon has admirably promoted HCI research in France, especially by founding the French Association Francophone d’Interaction Homme-Machine (AFIHM) and serving as its first president. His leadership in research propelled the Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique (LRI) at the Universite Paris-Sud to international recognition. Michel worked hard to raise interest in HCI and often took French as well as international leadership positions. His style is quiet, but effective, making him a major contributor. Michel and his wife, Wendy Mackay, make a powerful team.” – Ben Shneiderman
- Habilitation á diriger des recherches, Université Paris-Sud (1992)
- PhD, Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique, Université Paris-Sud (1985)
- Engineering degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Toulouse (1982)
- Full Professor, Université Paris-Sud (1997 – Present)
- Senior Member, Institut Universitaire de France (2011 – 2016)
- Sabbatical Visitor, Stanford University (2010 – 2012)
- Visiting Professor, Aarhus University (1998 – 2000)
- Sabbatical Visitor, University of Toronto, Xerox PARC, DEC PRL, Rank Xerox EuropPARC (1992 – 1993)
- Professor (1992 – 1997), Assistant Professor (1988 – 1992), Lecturer (1984 – 1988), Université Paris-Sud