Frédéric Kaplan

Biography and current work


Prof Frederic Kaplan holds the Digital Humanities Chair at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and directs the EPFL Digital Humanities Lab. He conducts research projects combining archive digitisation, information modelling and museographic design. He is currently working on the "Venice Time Machine", an international project in collaboration with the Ca'Foscari University in Venice, aiming to model the evolution and history of Venice over a 1000 year period.

Frederic Kaplan graduated as an engineer of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in Paris and received a PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University Paris VI. Before coming to Switzerland, he worked ten years as a researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory contributing in particular to the AIBO robot. Then he worked six years at CRAFT, the EPFL pedagogical research laboratory.

He published more than a hundred scientific papers, 6 books and about 10 patents. His inventions and devices have been exhibited in several museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Artin New York. He is also the founder and president of OZWE, a company that designs and produces innovative interfaces and consumer electronic products and of, a joint venture focusing on digital publications.

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Frédéric Kaplan

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Fields of Expertise

  • Digital Humanities, Big Data, Models of language acquisition and evolution, Innovative Interfaces, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Developmental Systems, Intrinsic Motivation, Multi-agent system, Joint attention, Gesture Interaction