I am a Research Associate at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT), University of Luxembourg.

My main research interest is on formalizing and analyzing domain knowledge contained in texts. It can be in formal but uncontrolled natural language texts such as laws, regulations, standards in order to help the elaboration of legal/regulatory requirements and their analisys. It can also concern very informal texts such as products specification, wikipedia textual descriptions or comparison matrices.

My research activities are mainly at the corner of these concerns:

  • Requirements Engineering
  • Legal/Regulatory Compliance
  • Requirements traceability and Information Retrieval
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Model-driven Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Variability and Product Configuration
  • Product Lines Engineering

Most of my research involves an “industrial” partner including: major industry groups such as EDF, AREVA NP (now Framatome), government agencies (CTIE, SCL, CSSF). Through collaborative projects, my goal is to positively impact the concrete activities of the partner through software support that we develop, or through activities that would help the partner to better elicit and understand what his/her challenges truly are and set up resolution or mitigation strategies.

Contact information:
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I do have a twitter acount, feel free to follow it. However, I am merely using it, and I tend to mix both personal and profesionnal content.
My Facebook account is for personal use only.

The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of the  author. The contents of this site have not been reviewed or approved by the institutions, managers, collegues, partners I have worked with.


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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 October, 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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