Jean-Daniel Kant

First Class Associate Professor in Computer Science,
with Habilitation

Maître de Conférences HDR

Sorbonne Universit - Sciences

Computer Science Laboratory of 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 :



Welcome to my home page.

I am currently a First Class Associate Professor with Habilitation (HDR) at the Sorbonne University- Sciences in Paris. I work at the 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

Nouveau !! Latest News

  • April 2021 - I gave a talk on Artificial Intelligence entitled "A critique of pure Artificial Intelligence" at the Conference on The Great Inventions that Changed the World-Informatics
  • October 2020 - New paper on WorkSim published in the JASSS journal
  • November 2019 - I was invited by the Université of Rouen (UTLC) to give a talk on Artificial Intelligence. The slides are here . Video Here (in French).
  • Mars 2019 - I gave a talk at the Agence Française pour le développement (AFD) in Paris on the validation of agent-based simulations.
  • February 2019 - Gérard Ballot and I were invited to give a talk on the impact of digital and AI on labor markets for the kick-off meeting of Human Resource Focus Group of Hub France IA.
  • November 2018 - AI for president ? Find out in this press article for which I was interviewed and talks about WorkSim and NumJobs (in French ; from Science et Vie, a French scientific magazine for the general public)
  • October 2018 : Launch of the NumJobs project, where AI techniques (agent-based simulation) are used to study the impact of ... AI on work and labor markets ! Partnership with Pôle Emploi.
  • June 2018 - This press article talks about WorkSim ! (Les Echos Journal, the reference French daily economic newspaper, in French)
  • March 2018 - I recently gave a TEDx Conference on Artificial Intelligence (in French).
    The video is here :
  • September 29 2017 - I gave (with G. Ballot) a talk at OECD, NAEC Innovation Lab Workshop - slides
  • June 2017 - I was invited for a seminar at Oxford University and at Kingston University to present WorkSim
  • February 2017 - Our evaluation of the French Labor "El Khomri" law with WorkSim is cited by the European Commission (Country Report France 2017 p. 33)
  • Jan 2017 - I was auditioned by a joint commission of French National Assembly and Senate to discuss issues about Artificial Intelligence (program and videos here )
  • July 2016 - Our evaluation of the French Labor "El Khomri" law with our multiagent simulation tool WorkSim is cited by IMF (IMF Country Report No. 16/228 p.20- pdf)
  • April 2016 - New website for the WorkSim project : you will find a summary of the model, some research papers, media : articles, radio and video interviews



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 (job satisfaction, social networks, dynamics of opinions and attitudes), diffusion of innovation.

My approach is multidisciplinary and relies heavily on modelling of individual and social behaviors, from theories derived from economics, sociology, cognitive and social psychology, Multi-Agent Systems, learning and cognitive science.

Agent-based models enable me to design decision-aid tools as explainable Artificial Intelligence systems to help the decision maker to build better products or design better policies.

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

I lead currently two research projects of multi-agent simulation :

  • NumJobs [AI, Work, Innovation], started in October 2018 in partnership with Pôle Emploi, and collaboration with Professor G. Ballot (Economy, CRED, Paris 2).
    The aim of the NumJobs project is to provide to firms and organizations an innovative tool to simulate the impact of digital and AI technologies on economies and societies.
  • WorkSim [Labor Markets], started in September 2006 in collaboration with Professor G. Ballot (Economy, CRED, 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 political measures on this market. Our methodology could be extended to any country.

Some recent projects that are still of interest:

  • HappyWork [Job Satisfaction], 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 [Attitude Dynamics], 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.
  • Diffusion of innovation (Coban model) and Social Networks for agent-based Simulation (IntNetGen); Partnership with Orange Labs (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 responsibilities              


  • 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)


  • co-founder and co-leader of MAGECO, the first French network of research on Agent-Based Computational Economics.
  • Member of the RNSC (French National Network for Complex Systems Research)
  • Member of French AI Association (AFIA)
  • Past Elected member of the Management Committee of ESSA (European Social Simulation Association) 2008-2011


  • Member of several conference and journal committees: JASSS, Advances in Complex Systems, AAMAS, PROMAS, JFSMA, WCSS, ESSA, BWSS, EURO, CAP, Neurocomputing, HCP, …
  • Chairman of several sessions in conferences : AAMAS, AE, WEHIA, ESSA, WCSS, IAREP-SABE, ...
  • Member of the local organization committee of AAMAS 2014