Prof. Gilles Coppin

Professor at IMT Atlantique & Adjunct Professor University of Adelaide
IMT Atlantique


Gilles Coppin is a professor of computer science at IMT Atlantique, the first major school in the West of France combining digital, energy and environment. He has been for several years the Director of the Lab-STICC Research Unit of the CNRS (UMR 6285), which hosts more than 500 researchers in a wide range of disciplines in Information and Communication Technologies. He obtained his engineering degree from Télécom Bretagne in 1984, his PhD in mathematics and computer science from EHESS in Paris in 1999 and his habilitation in computer science from Paris 6 University in 2007.

After a first career in the defense industry where he developed airborne systems and worked on new approaches to artificial intelligence applied to classification, he led from 2000 to 2004 the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Sciences of Telecom Bretagne then the interdisciplinary LUSSI department from 2004 to 2006. In 2006-2007, he was visiting professor at the Aero Astro department of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) within the laboratory. HAL (Humans and Automation Lab). Since 2007, Gilles Coppin has been involved in the governance of the Lab-STICC laboratory that he has been heading from 2014 to 2020.

His areas of interest include human control of complex systems as well as human-machine interactions and cooperation, including cognitive decision models, group and team modeling, dialogue management. His recent projects have focused on controlling drone swarms through intuitive human-machine interactions, Human-AI interaction and digital transformation of industry. For the past ten years, he has represented France in several NATO HFM groups dedicated to human factors and drone control. He has published more than 80 articles and book chapters and has directed and participated in more than 30 research projects at the national and international levels.