François Pachet is director of the SONY Computer Science Laboratory Paris, where he leads the music research team.
He received his Ph.D. and Habilitation degrees from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC). He is a Civil Engineer (Ecole des Ponts and Chaussées) and was Assistant Professor in Artificial Intelligence at UPMC until 1997. He joined the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in 1997 and created the music team to conduct research on interactive music listening, composition and performance. Since its creation, the team developed several award winning technologies (constraint-based spatialisation, intelligent music scheduling using metadata) and systems MusicSpace, PathBuilder, Continuator for interactive music improvisation, etc.).
François Pachet has published intensively in artificial intelligence and computer music. He is co-chair of the IJCAI 2015 special track on Artifical Intelligence and the Arts, and has been elected ECCAI Fellow in 2014. His current goal, funded by an ERC Advanced Grant, is to build computational representations of style from text and music corpora, that can be exploited for personalized content generation. He is also an accomplished musician (guitar, composition) and has published two music albums (in jazz and pop) as composer and performer.