The DEC AltAc (Alternative to Academia) is a monthly seminar where individuals with a cognitive science background show researchers and students in cognitive science at the DEC the many ways their knowledge in cognitive science can be applied to the "real" (aka non-academic) world. 

The seminars can be taken by students completing the ENS diploma for credit. Credits will be attributed based on attendance. 

These events are a great opportunity for the DEC members to interact with people with diverging careers and yet similar interests. Every brief presentation is followed by a discussion where all attendees are free to ask questions to the speakers on their career paths, their motivations, interests, projects, and the difficulties they encounter. Finally, this is a great way to network with individuals that you may not encounter every day at the DEC. 

 DEC AltAc Program 2021-2022

Sessions are held from 11:30am to 12:30. Most of the talk are in english.

Seminars are only open to DEC members and Cogmaster students. If you would like to listen to the talk, please view the recording and contact the speakers directly if your questions were not addressed.

If you would like to present how cognitive science has shaped your non-academic career path, please contact Camille Williams: williams.m.camille@gmail.com.

Find the archives of the DEC Alt Ac seminar on the DEC Youtube channel.

 

October 8, 2021 
"Behavioral Science for Communication" - Arno Fontaine

Arnaud FontaineArno Fontaine is a graduate of Sciences Po Grenoble and of Paris II Panthéon Assas, where he completed a Master's degree in International Economic Governance. After doing economic research for France at Natixis, he is now in charge of macroeconomic monitoring and economic and financial governance projects at AFD's office in Jakarta, Indonesia. In March 2021, he co-created Facts (www.reseaufacts.com), an association that aims to address current events and public debates from the perspective of human behavior, making behavioral economics and cognitive sciences accessible to as many people as possible. He is also an economist at BSI Economics and has been teaching general economics at the ISG - International Business School since early 2020.


November 19, 2021 
"Consulting to Optimize Learning and Educational Assessments" - Alice Latimier, Ava Guez

LatimierAlice Latimier is a doctor in cognitive science. She wrote a thesis on the optimization of learning through the prism of digital technology in the context of the e-Fran grant (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations). She is now training Ph.D. students in Open Science at the University of Paris and is a consultant on research in learning in the private and public sectors. Her current collaborations include: N'oublie Jamais, Edumalin, MySkillz, SNP (reSeau des Professionnels du Numérique), and Cog’X. 

 

GuetsAva Guez is a consultant at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills. She is currently working on several projects aimed at improving learning assessment capacity in primary and secondary education in Morocco. During her Ph.D. in cognitive science, she studied the cognitive and environmental predictors of academic achievement in France (children of 11 to 15 years) by analyzing longitudinal data from two French cohort studies (the Eden mother-child cohort, Inserm and the DEPP 2007 Panel, French Ministry of education).

December 10, 2021
"Improving Daily Experiences and Needs: SNCF & RATP"  - Chantal Joie-La Marle, Bastien Perroy

Chantal Joie-La MarleChantal Joie-La Marle is Innovation Manager and a clinical psychologist. She is at the head of the SNCF IMPACT Lab. She is currently completing a thesis on the impact of soft skills metacognition on self-efficacy and adaptive performance at the University of Paris (Descartes). She joined the SNCF in 2001 as a research manager in the Innovation & Research department. In 2012, she was asked to create a Lab dedicated to Mass Transit issues. The goal of this lab was to offer a more fluid and qualitative experience for the increasing number of travelers in hyper-dense urban areas. She has now joined the Social, Territorial, and Environmental Engagement Directorate of the SNCF Group, managing a Lab dedicated to transformation issues, innovative projects, and training.

Bastien PerroyBastien Perroy is doing a CIFRE thesis with the RATP and the Institut Jean-Nicod on the temporal disorientation of travelers. After completing a master's degree in management, he obtained a master's degree in philosophy from the ENS, where he specialized in cognitive philosophy.

 

 

 

February 4, 2022
"Pedagogical Support for Teachers and Students: A Cognitive Science and AI Approach" - Thierry de Vulpillières

Thierry de VulpièrreThierry de Vulpillières is president and co-founder of EvidenceB. After obtaining a Master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, he worked in educational publishing for 15 years at Belin and Editis. He then took on the job of Education Partner Director at Microsoft until he co-founded EvidenceB, a company that provides adaptive learning solutions by combining an AI engine and cognitive approaches to core knowledge across education systems. Please contact talent@evidenceb.com for internships, alternance, and PhD Cifre opportunities.


March 11, 2022
"Decision-Making with Artificial Intelligence" - Thibaud Dumas and Arthur Muller 


DumasThibaud Dumas is the Incubator Director at Matrice, an educational, innovation and entrepreneurship institute originally in relation to 42, the computer programming school.Thibaud has a PhD in Neuroscience from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. He is also the co-founder of myBrain Technologies and is currently the scientific director at Into the Tribe, and President of the group "Attention Hyperconnexion", where he examines the relationship between the brain and new technologies and conducts training and conferences to help companies and their employees optimize their digital use. 

MullerArthur Muller is the co-founder of Explained, a technology company that develops solutions to understand public opinion at a hyperlocal level, where he is in charge of product development and recruiting. He is currently helping build Goodwill, Explain's AI-powered local analysis and monitoring software. He also served as an advisor to the director-general of education (DGESCO, French K-12 education system) from 2012-2013.

 

Arthur Muller's presentation (.pdf)

CANCELLED - April 1st, 2022 - "Transforming the Administration with Behavioural Science" - Camille Rozier and Hugo Trad


RozierCamille Rozier is a Simplification & Behavioral Sciences Project Manager at the Direction interministérielle de la transformation publique (DITP). During her PhD, she conducted an electrophysiological study of the relationship between consciousness and temporal attention and co-founded Chisama. Chisama is a collective that uses debates, conferences, and workshops to convey how we form opinions and what makes them central to our decision-making.

 

Hugo TradHugo Trad is completing a CIFRE PhD at the Institut Jean Nicod (ENS) with SCIAM, an organizational transformation consulting company. His research focuses on sludge, that is, the excessive costs experienced by individuals and organisations that arise from administrative complexity. Using tools drawn from behavioural sciences, collective intelligence and management, his project aims not only at (i) investigating the cognitive mechanisms that underly both the implementation and effects of sludge, but also at (ii) developing an evidence-based methodology to quantify and reduce sludge within organisations.

April 15, 2022 (11am-12) 
"Cybersecurity" - Hugo Zylberberg, Jean-Baptiste Demaison, Mathieu Couturier

Hugo Zylberberg

Hugo Zylberberg is in charge of the Strategic Analyses pole at the ANSSI's Strategy Sub-Directorate. He focuses on identifying and understanding current and future developments in the cybersecurity sector, and helps the agency respond to these development with its industrial ecosystem and research partners. Previously, he worked for the cyber team at PwC on risk analysis, cybersecurity strategy creation, and incident response missions. He also accompanied the Director of the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia University in New York in the development of its research and teaching program on cybersecurity.

 

DemaisonJean-Baptiste Demaison is in charge of the public innovation laboratory at ANSSI and uses a design and experimentation framework to develop cyber public policies. He is also Chairman of the Board of ENISA, the European cybersecurity agency. Previously, Jean-Baptiste was coordinator for the European and international political affairs at ANSSI and the digital advisor to the deputy director of strategy.  Jean-Baptiste has also been teaching for several years at Sciences Po.

 


 

 

MathieuMathieu Couturier is head of the Cyber Crisis Management Unit at ANSSI - Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d'information. He gives lectures on cyber risks and fighting against fraud at the Université Côte d'Azur and was a previous speaker at the Institut des hautes études du ministère de l'Intérieur (IHEMI).

 

 

 

May 20,  2022 - "Transforming the Administration with Behavioural Science" - Camille Rozier and Hugo Trad


RozierCamille Rozier is a Simplification & Behavioral Sciences Project Manager at the Direction interministérielle de la transformation publique (DITP). During her PhD, she conducted an electrophysiological study of the relationship between consciousness and temporal attention and co-founded Chisama. Chisama is a collective that uses debates, conferences, and workshops to convey how we form opinions and what makes them central to our decision-making.

 

Hugo TradHugo Trad is completing a CIFRE PhD at the Institut Jean Nicod (ENS) with SCIAM, an organizational transformation consulting company. His research focuses on sludge, that is, the excessive costs experienced by individuals and organisations that arise from administrative complexity. Using tools drawn from behavioural sciences, collective intelligence and management, his project aims not only at (i) investigating the cognitive mechanisms that underly both the implementation and effects of sludge, but also at (ii) developing an evidence-based methodology to quantify and reduce sludge within organisations.