Representation, Management and Processing of Human Data (ReGaRD)

Moderators :

Eric Benoit / Lamia Berrah

A ReGaRD for the future on data and humans.

The emergence of digital technology has made official a fact that is today trivial: computer systems, humans and society interact. More and more computer systems are designed to adapt to human behaviour and meet human expectations. These systems measure, analyse and model the behaviour of their targets, in order to detect typical situations or contexts, thus enabling humans to control the physical system observed and with which the computer system is associated.

In this context, the theme of research ReGaRD focuses on human data from its modelling to its processing and management. The key point of this theme is the consideration of the human being within its research.

Keywords: representation, management, human data processing, graph, modelling, network, distributed system, decision support...

Problems and issues

Data is ubiquitous, whether it is information, knowledge, or coming from sensors, social networks or the economic world, it has a primordial role in our societies, it derives from them and makes them evolve. The emergence of digital technology has formalized a fact that is today trivial: computer systems, humans and society interact.

The theme of research ReGaRD focuses on this general issue: data, people and their interactions. The problems linked to this context are multiple, raising questions about the representation of this particular data with a view to its digital processing, its location - often stored and accessed in a distributed manner - and its processing and representation for decision support.

Scientific Objectives

Concerning our scientific objectives, we focus more particularly on problems of representation of these data integrating the human, their accessibility and their processing with a view to helping humans.

The problem of human data representation raises the question of how to model human knowledge and behaviour, its environment and the context in which humans evolve.
Using tools such as graphs and ontologies, our work aims to model knowledge through terminologies and to model human behaviour in different environments such as housing, education or business.

Access to data, information and knowledge is a central issue in our digital societies. The management of the latter is therefore a key issue.
In this context, we are interested in its adaptive distributed processing, its secure access and its consistency. We are also working on the problem of mapping cyberspace in collaboration with the French Institute of Geopolitics; one of the goals being the analysis of the strategy of states in cyberspace.

Data are the basis of decisions, in this context, our work is oriented towards the processing and analysis of data in view of a decision ordecision support process. Using regression, fusion or statistical techniques, we will study man/machine and machine/human interactions. The fields of application are as well those of the company for the industrial performance as those of the Web for the detection of propaganda and the analysis of the strategies of propagation of false information or education for the follow-up of the learners and the formations.

Latest publications

Current Projects

  • UNITA: "Universitas Montium
  • NCU2 @SPIRE: "Accompaniment, Progressive Specialization and Individualization for the Success of all Students" in collaboration with Imperial College London
  • HyPE13: "HYbridize and Share the Learnings
  • CIME: " Decision support tools for the mode of vigilance to adopt in mountain environments presenting risks " with as partners the school HES-SO Valais, HEIG-VD, the company Aléa, and the union of mountain guides of Switzerland
  • ANR RainbowFS and are carried out in collaboration with the LIP6 (UPMC), the company Scality, the LIG (CNRS) and Télécom SudParis
  • Ambient intelligence: "Measuring human activities in the habitat
  • Music, disability and IoT: "Automatic measurement of sensory disorders related to autism by IoT"
  • GEODE: labelled in November 2018 as a centre of excellence in research on defence strategy by the MINDEF with the Berlin Center for Internet and Human Rights (CIHR)
  • DATASPHERE: INRIA project in collaboration with the Institut des Hautes Études en Défense Nationale (IHEDN)
  • Condillac: international research group whose interests concern Terminology and Ontology


F. Abdel Khalek (Doc)

I. Alloui (McF)

K. Arfaoui (McF)

E. Benoit (McF)

L. Berrah (McF-HDR)

J. Boissière (McF)

F. Bronzino (McF)

S. Cimpan (McF)

V. Couturier (McF)

A. Dahhani (Doc)

L. Damas (McF)

F. Deloule (McF)

L. Foulloy (Prof)

F. Loukil (McF)

E. Mauffret (Doc)

S. Monnet (Prof)

F. Pagnier (Doc)

S. Perrin (McF)

C. Roche (Prof)

F. Pourraz (McF)

K. Salamatian (Prof)

D. Telisson (McF)

L.Valet (McF)

H. Verjus (McF)

F. Vernier (McF)

Completed Projects

  • UPPA-USMB Transfrontour: "Recommendation methods for collaborative tourism itineraries" with LIUPPA, the HES-SO Valais school and the "Montagne Inventive" tourism cluster
  • FP7 GAINS: "Geopolitically Aware INternet Security" with the Center for Internet and Human Right (CIHR) in Berlin