Jean-Daniel Kant

Associate Professor in Computer Science, with Habilitation

Maître de Conférences HDR

Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6

Laboratoire Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6)
4 place Jussieu
75005 Paris

Tél : 01 44 27 88 05
Fax : 01 44 27 88 89

Email :
Jean-Daniel[dot]Kant[at]lip6.fr

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Last News

Nouveau !! Nouveau Site WorkSim Simulation du march du travail
New website WorkSim project (in French for the moment)

Habilitation Thesis : "Agent-based approaches to the study of human behaviors" (pdf)

 

Welcome to my homepage !

I am currently an associate professor with Habilitation (HDR) at the University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris, ranked first science University in France. I work at its Computer Science Laboratory (LIP6), one of the leaders in computer science research in France, within the SMA team, devoted to Multi-Agent Systems (MAS).


I am interested in modelling and simulation of complex systems, and more particularly to the contributions of Information Technologies in the Humanities and Social Sciences. So I am currently developing research in the context of multi-agent simulation some works on agent-based computational economics (ACE approach) to model the French labour market or the labour organization in firms, but also in supply chains (with EPFL), sociology (social networks, dynamics of opinions and attitudes) and marketing (diffusion of innovation). My approach is multidisciplinary and relies heavily on modelling of individual and social behaviours, from theories derived from economics, sociology, cognitive and social psychology, Multi-Agent Systems, and learning.

I am also the co-founder and co-leader of MAGECO, the first French network of research on Agent-Based Computational Economics.

I lead currently three research projects:

  • WorkSim, started in September 2006 in collaboration with Professor G. Ballot (Economy, ERMES, Paris 2),
    2 PhD students (O. Goudet 2012-2015 ; Z. Lewkovicz, 2006-2010). Funded by PDI MSC, Ile-de-France Region and ISC-PIF (French Complex System Institute).
    The model WorkSim is a novel tool of analysis for the recent French Labor Market (FLM). To summarize the new contributions of WorkSim to the present state of the art in the search approach to the labor markets, these are the integration of more decisions than in the existing models, a more complete integration of the institutions that rule the game, continuous learning by agents, and the ability to make individuals agents decisions depend on their history. It is used to characterize the FLM and study the impact of polticial measures on this market. Our methodology could be extended to any country.
  • HappyWork, started in February 2012 in collaboration with Technologia, 1 PhD student (K. Chapuis 2012-2015). Funded by Technologia.
    The goal is to understand why the social relations are bad in France within the firms, and why many French employees are unsatisfied at work (sometimes leading to suicides). We are currently designing a simulation model of employee satisfaction and the impact of firm organizations to this satisfaction.
  • Polias, started in September 2012 in collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space (ADS), 1 PhD student
    (K.-L. Brousmiche 2012-2015). Funded by ADS.
    How would a population react when they are faced with information whether from a government or a company (ads) about e.g. an action, a product, an innovation ? This could be tackled through a core concept in social psychology: attitude dynamics. In this project, we propose a multi-agent based simulation model that will help us to better comprehend attitudes dynamics. Our goal is to propose a model that articulates the cognitive and emotional dimensions of attitudes within a population.

Two recent projects that are still of interest:

  • Diffusion of innovation (Coban Model) and Social Networks for agent-based Simulation (IntNetGen); Partnership with France Telecom R & D (Orange group, World Telecommunication leader), launched in October 2005, a PhD student (S. Thiriot, 2005-2009).
    We designed one of the most comprehensive and complete simulation model for the diffusion of any kind of innovation. We also proposed the first method to generate automatically a social network generator from statistical field data.

Faculty and Scientific responsabilities              

Faculty

  • Since 2007: elected member of the expert committee in charge of new faculty recruitment at UPMC
  • Elected member of  the Management Board of UPMC’s Engineering Department (Conseil d'UFR)

Affiliations

  • Past Elected member of the Management Committee of ESSA (European Social Simulation Association) 2008-2011 http://www.essa.eu.org/
  • Member of the RNSC (French National Network for Complex Systems Research)
  • Member of French AI Association (AFIA)

Committees

  • Member of several conference and journal committees: AAMAS, PROMAS, JFSMA, WCSS, ESSA, BWSS, EURO, CAP, Neurocomputing, HCP, …
  • Chairman of several sessions in conferences (ESSA, WCSS, IAREP-SABE…)
  • Member of the local organization committee of AAMAS 2014