Fabien Girardin is a co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory a thinking, making, design, development and research organization speculating on the near future possibilities for digital worlds. He is active in the domains of user experience and data science.
In his work he mixes qualitative observations with quantitative data analysis to gain insights from the integration and appropriation of technologies. Subsequently, he exploits the gained knowledge with engineering techniques to prototype and evaluate concepts and solutions for service providers and decision makers.
In response to the increasing demand of clients to think and sketch freely with data, he recently co-created the visual programming environment Quadrigram.
Fabien holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Digital Communications from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Along his academic journey, he was also affiliated with the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he developed analysis methods of network data that improve the understanding of different aspects of human mobility and urban attractiveness.
Prior to his graduate studies, he joined the CRAFT at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies, Lausanne (EPFL) to design, implement, and study location-aware collaborative applications. Subsequently, Fabien co-founded Simpliquity, an EPFL spin-off to design and develop of air-travel detection systems used in context-aware experience sampling surveys.
Fabien speaks and lectures widely in conferences such as Strata, Lift, Picnic, Visualizar, Mobile Monday.