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Fabien Girardin

researcher, engineer, creator

Fabien Girardin is a co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory a Design Fiction studio 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 desk and field research to gain insights from the integration and appropriation of digital technologies. Subsequently, he exploits the gained knowledge with engineering and design techniques to prototype and evaluate data-related concepts and solutions. He is currently working on a line of personal data hygiene products.

Recently, he produced the design fiction projects Winning Formula a sports newspaper from the future and TBD Catalog the catalog of the near future's normal ordinary everyday. Also, he co-created the visual programming environment Quadrigram as a tool for a practice he coined as Sketching with Data.

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.

In addition to academic conferences, Fabien speaks and lectures in conferences and institutions such as Strata, Picnic, Lift, Red Innova, Yahoo!, Visualizar, ENSCI etc. to share his thoughts and experiences around Big/Thick/Small/Personal Data, Sketching with Data and Design Fiction.