Hey There, Welcome to this page. Feel free to navigate in its different sections (perpetual drafts). The pages are organized as follows:

  • The Blog page will be filled with serious and not serious stuff.
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  • The research page will deal with my research activities.
  • The teaching page will show up how a good teacher I expect to be 😉
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ARMLET Going Open-Source! (and other news)

Hi Folks!

Some of you may be interested in, some may not but! After a quite long administrative process and after two years of PoC funding from FNR, the ARMLET project has come to a conclusion in some way and now is going open-source!!

This tool is mainly targeted at converting legislative acts into structured XML documents, quite helpful for legal portals such as Legilux since it’s being integrated to the LegiWrite framework and has raised the interest of the Swiss and German publication agencies 🙂 🙂

The other good news is that our paper with Amin Sleimi, Marcello Ceci, Mehrdad Sabetzadeh, Lionel Briand and John Dann (SCL) titled: “A Query System for Extracting Requirements-related Information from Legal Texts”has been accepted at RE 2019! The preprint is available in the publication page.

See you in Jeju Island, South Korea at the end of September 🙂 🙂 (well, in fact, I’m nt sure I’ll be part of the team traveling, since I will reach the end of my contract with SnT by the end of that month). 

The other news is that I will be on the job market in September, so if you have some plans in the western part of France where someone would need somebody like me … 😀

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Papers Accepted at RE18 and LVI’18 Conferences


This one was a tough one. Initially quite positive about double blind reviews, but it appears that reviewers tend to be much much harsher in their reviews also. If they are still helpulf and insightful, and in fact they were, then still have no problem, but it makes things a bit tougher.

Our paper, on semantic legal metadata extraction, co-authored with Amin Sleimi, Mike Sabetzadeh, Lionel Briand and John Dann from SCL was accepted at RE’18. We’ll have to modify the title so I’ll keep you posted about the final title.

Anyway see you in Banff this summer!!

A second paper, in fact an abstract , was accepted for the 18th Law via the Internet Conference in Florence this fall (11-12 October). More related to professional conferences, with lawyers and government agencies, but still useful. No proceedings to be expected for this one, apart from the one that I will provide soon.

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ARMLET Presented at the European Council

What a blast! Or maybe not so.

Last week, I was invited to present our work with the Ministry of State of Luxembourg on open and linked legislation at the European Council Working Party on e-Law in Brussels.

I had the chance, a good 10 years ago, to visit the French Senate, and this one is also really impressive. I am quite used now to speak in front of peers, partners, managers, but this time, it is a bit different because you have in front of you representatives from the 28 member states, some other people, and your presentation is simultaneously translated in a couple of languages, which is quite new to me and poses a couple of challenges, in terms of pace and flow of your speech.

This is quite unusual since we tend to tell a nice story, even slowly, but this story is constantly interrupted by the breaks you need to impose yourself in order to allow the translators to do their job. Quite an unusual experience, I must admit.

Anyway, we had a couple of questions, interesting ones, hope something useful and fruitful can come out of this :).

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