Francois Bancilhon is visiting Webdam Monday 4 May 2009. He is currently working on creation of PACMAN, a cooperative R&D project, based in Paris and focused on mobile Internet applications
He will present the PACMAN project at 2:00pm in the meeting room of building G.
Title: The PACMAN project
Summary: PACMAN is an r&d project submitted to the last call for projects (March-April 2009) of the Systematic and Cap Digital Competitivity Clusters.
The participants of the project are Agence France Presse, Alcaltel-Lucent, Bearstech, Dexxon, Haploid, INRIA (Arles and Indes projects), LIP6 (SMA and SPR projects), Mandriva, Streamezzo, and the City of Paris.
The project is focused on Mobile Internet Applications. It considers that the hardware/software platform for mobility is the Smartphone (i.e., iPhoneOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian and WebOS).
The objective of the project is to deliver a set of technologies supporting mobile application development, to validate the use of these technologies by a significant set of mobile applications and to distribute these applications through and on line store (PacStore). Technologies include development and runtime tools and middleware. One of the key problems addressed by the project is that of portability (a single code for the same application running on different Smartphones).
Applications targeted by the project include social applications, training application, multi-player games and ubiquitous applications.
Short Bio: François Bancilhon is currently working on creation of PACMAN, a cooperative R&D project, based in Paris and focused on mobile Internet applications. Before this, he was the chairman and CEO of Mandriva (formerly Mandrakesoft), one of the top world Linux publishers. Prior to Mandriva, he has founded and/or managed several software startups in France and in the US. Before becoming an entrepreneur, François was a researcher and a university professor, in France and the US, specializing in database technology. François holds an engineering degree from the École des Mines de Paris, a PhD from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate from the University of Paris XI.