par Laurent Bloch
- Fields of competence
- Paris-Dauphine University
- Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale
- Head of Information Systems Security
- Pasteur Institute
- Head of Scientific Computing
- Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
- Director of the Computer Laboratory
- Fnet association
- Vice-chairman of a non-profit organization
- Institut National d’Études Démographiques
- Head of Computing Department
- [1972 – 1981] System Administrator
- [1969 – 1970] Programming of statistical applications
- Electronic typesetting
- [1996 –] Linux
-  Military national service
Born in 1947
Nationality : French
- Certified as Lead Auditor ISO 27001 (Information security management systems).
- Information Systems management, IT in R&D context, consulting.
- Internet, TCP/IP, computer networks, IT security.
- Computer systems, Open Source, Linux.
- Civil Service, public markets.
[2008 — ](Paris-Dauphine University)
Chief Information Officer
Paris-Dauphine University is a small but renowned university oriented towards Economics, Management, Mathematics for the Decision Sciences, and Sociology of the Organizations. Its Math department got one Fields Medal for a member of the faculty (1994), one for a former student (2010), and one Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize for a member of the faculty (2010).
As a CIO reporting directly to the President of the University, I am in charge of the definition and of the realization of the Information System, and of the IT staff and infrastructure as well.
[2001 – 2008]
INSERM, the French counterpart of US NIH or UK MRC, is a
quite big research institute, involved il all fields of medical and
bio-medical research. With a staff of 13 000 researchers,
engineers, post-graduates students, physicians, post-doctorates and
administrative clerks, INSERM has about 500 research units and labs.
With my team, I’m in charge of Information Systems Security for the
whole INSERM. Our role is to define Information Security Policies,
to popularize them among the researchers and other staff, and to
These tasks encompass scientific and technical surveys in the field
of IT security, audits on the field, i.e. in the labs, experiments
and tests with systems and software, organisation of courses in IT
security and security management.
These activities led me to write three books : “Les systèmes
d’exploitation des ordinateurs” (Computer Operating
Systems), published in 2003, “Systèmes d’information, obstacles
et succès” (Information Systems : obstacles and success),
published in 2005, and “Sécurité du système d’information”
(Information System Security), to be published in 2006, all
by Vuibert, Paris.
[1991 – 2001] Institut Pasteur
- In 1991, when I joined Pasteur Institute (3000 persons on the staff, among them 1200 scientific researchers, 1 billion French Francs or US $ 150 millions of annual budget), it was lagging in the field of computer science and computational biology. There was no network, the computers and systems were outdated, the computing staff dispersed.
- I recruited high level computer engineers and scientists (17 persons), introduced Unix and modern scientific software and managed the building of a 4000 nodes campus network.
- We set up training sessions in computer science and computational biology for biologists, including graduate level courses in partnership with Paris 6 and 7 Universities. Biological software development and algorithmic research are current activities of the team. The Pasteur WWW site was set up in 1993, with an international scientific reputation.
- In order to keep up with the best research labs worldwide we assessed and implemented leading edge (at the time !) technologies, as Java, Corba, XML, 3-tiers networking.
A detailed description of these activities may be read in a Report
written at the time.
Besides managing the team, my personal activity included teaching
(especially, teaching programming and algorithmic to biologists),
scientific and technical surveys, consulting for Pasteur teams and
young biotechnology firms spin-off from Pasteur Institute.
My teaching activity led me to write and publish a textbook :
“Initiation à la programmation avec Scheme”, Paris, Technip.
My team played a prominent part in creating and distributing free
software, especially but not only in the field of computational
The total budget I was in charge of was around 13 millions FRF (2
millions Euros), 8 millions FRF (1.22 million Euros) being for the
[1988 – 1991] (CNAM)
CNAM is an University for people already engaged in professional life,
like the Open University in England. The Paris site has 55,000
students and 400 faculty members. The Computer Laboratory is in charge
of providing them with computers, network and software. This lab
played a major role in the introduction of Unix and Internet
in France, but when I joined it, the previous director left two years
earlier, the staff was demoralized and the systems obsolete. I had to
rebuild and modernize, especially the campus network, and to restore
the staff. I did it.
Working at CNAM was a great
opportunity for me, as I was working with researchers in the fields of
computer systems and networks. It gave me a deeper, theoretical point
of view, which supplemented usefully my engineer vision. There I
became a more experienced teacher, too.
[1992 – 1994]
The Fnet association was created in 1992
as a non-for-profit ISP, in fact the first ISP in France.
With the fast growth of Internet activities, it soon
became a business. I didn’t join this business, but
worked for its creation, and later for its incorporation
into the European consortium EUnet, which was finally bought
by the American corporation Qwest to become KPNQwest.
It may look as a hobby, but in fact this experience
was a tremendous opportunity : to learn Internet technical
and economical machinery and to participate in the creation
of an international business.
[1981 – 1988] (INED)
INED is a small but famous research Institute with 220 staff, among
them 80 researchers in various fields, from pure theoretical
statistics to sociology and medicine. Computer science plays a
prominent part here for statistical data analysis. When I joined INED,
I had to create an internal computer center and a network (previously
the computing was made outside). It has been my first VAX experience,
and my first Ethernet network. I introduced modern statistical
software, such as SAS.
At INED I got the opportunity to work with researchers from various
horizons, and to become familiar with social sciences problems.
[1979 – 1981] Economic and financial administrations
- Place : Commission for the Development of EDP, Department of Economy and Finances.
- While at the INSEE, a division of the French Department of Economy and Finances, I was involved with the Commission for the Development of Electronic Data Processing. I was expected to examine the Data Processing projects of the financial administration. It gave me a good understanding of this crucial part of the French government and some experience in high level negotiation and contact.
Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (INSEE)
- INSEE is the French statistical government office. My job there was mostly technical : operating systems configuration and set up (in IBM large systems environment), networking. I’ve been the first to introduce time sharing at INSEE in 1972.
- Apart of these technical tasks, I was involved in hardware and software choice and commercial negotiation.
- First experiences in teaching programming (PL/1, 370 Assembler, Pascal) and hardware principles.
Learning to program.
- Several study travels to United States : attendance at DECUS and Usenix conferences, visit to some industrial sites.
- Several missions as expert in countries in Africa and the South Pacific : Ethiopia in 1987 as United Nations advisor. Senegal, Madagascar, Burkina-Faso and French Polynesia for Pasteur Institute.
- Incorporating non-profit association Fnet into an European business with branches in eighteen countries (now KPN-Qwest).
I’ve been involved with electronic typesetting problems of different
kinds, so I’ve acquired an reasonable expertise in the field, without
being a professional typesetter.
Since 1996, I’ve been a daily user of Linux, at work and at home. I
have therefore social relations in the free software movement.
- 1965 : Secondary school examination, with major in Mathematics, Lycée de Poitiers.
- 1965 – 1967 : Mathématiques Supérieures, Mathématiques Spéciales.
- 1967 – 1969 : École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique (ENSAE). This school teaches an university level in statistics.
- English : read, written, spoken.
- German : read.
- Russian : elementary level.
- Hobbies : programming, Taiji–Quan, skiing, mountain hiking, movies...
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