About me

Hey there,

The name is  Nicolas SANNIER and I’m currently a Research Associate at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT), University of Luxembourg. I’m working with Prof. Lionel Briand and Dr. Mehrdad Sabetzadeh on legal compliance,  legal and regulatory text analysis and related concerns while using approaches such as Model-driven Engineering or/and natural processing and/or information retrieval and/or machine learning.

Basically, my main research interest is around formalizing and analyzing knowledge contained in texts. It can be in formal but uncontrolled natural language texts such as the law, regulations, standards and sometimes in very informal texts such as products specification, wikipedia textual descriptions or comparison matrices.

From 2014/02 to 2014/07 I was a Research Engineer / Postdoc in the Diverse (former Triskell) team at Inria Rennes Bretagne Atlantique.

From 2010/10 to 2013/12 I was a Phd Student and funded with an industrial grant from EDF R&D and involving in both EDF R&D STEP P1A (Instrumentation and Control Systems) group in Chatou (Paris area) and Triskell team (a joint team from INRIA Rennes Bretagne Atlantique and IRISA Lab from University of Rennes 1) under the supervision of Benoit Baudry.


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

  • Model-Driven Engineering
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Product Lines Engineering (a bit less since 2014)
  • Requirements Traceability and Information Retrieval

and I’m particularly interested in how MDE techniques and Artificial Intelligence can be leveraged to offer opportunities in term of complex domain analysis.

Most of my research involves an “industrial” partner including, major industry groups such as EDF, AREVA, government agencies (CTIE, SCL) and attempt to impact positively concrete activities of the partners.

Contact information:

You can contact me by e-mail:
nicolas.sannier@uni.lu / sannier@svv.lu

or by traditional mail:
University of Luxembourg – Campus Kirchberg
Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust
29 Avenue John F. Kennedy – Office 126
L-1855 Luxembourg

or by phone:
Tél: (+352) 46 66 44 53 86, Fax: (+352) 46 66 44 35386

A short Bio

I come from Reunion Island, a small French island, in the Mascareignes archipelago, 800km east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, where I was born and grown until 20 before coming to Rennes in 2001. I started studying computer science since then.

I hold a DEUG (2 years degree) in Mathematics and Computer Science from the university of Reunion Island (France), a licence (3rd year degree) and maitrise (4th year degree) in computer science from the University of Rennes (France).

I hold two master’s degrees in computer science. The first one with a research perspective, since 2005, where I studied Learning management Systems at the Université du Maine (in both Le Mans and Laval cities). I worked on usage analysis in the context of model (scenarios) based (re)engineering of Learning Management Systems.  The second one, also the most recent one, since 2010, with a professional perspective in software Engineering at the University of Rennes 1.

I hold a PhD in Computer science from the university of Rennes 1 since December 2013.

Even before, I also worked as a developer in a bank (in Business Intelligence management during the year 2007) and as a French Navy Aspirant (2007-2008 specialized in watch-keeping). During my second master’s class, I had a trainee position in a Business Intelligence Management entity at Capgemini Ouest. During this internship, I was involved in an Information System migration project, collaborating with both client, nearshore and offshore teams in India.

And so many other things, good and bad …