Frederic Kaplan is a French engineer, researcher and entrepreneur, living and working in Switzerland. He holds the Digital Humanities Chair at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and directs the EPFL Digital Humanities Lab. He is also the founder and president of OZWE, a company that designs and produces innovative interfaces and consumer electronic products and of bookapp.com, a joint venture focusing on digital publications.
He graduated as an engineer of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in Paris and received a PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University Paris VI. Before coming to Switzerland, he worked ten years as a researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory contributing in particular to the AIBO robot. Then he worked six years at CRAFT, the EPFL pedagogical research laboratory.
He published more than a hundred scientific papers, 6 books and about 10 patents. His inventions and devices have been exhibited in several museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Artin New York.
In 2007, Frederic Kaplan was chosen in IEEE Spectrum as one of the rare researchers to have a "Dream Job"Portrait: Frederic Kaplan, AI Auteur . In 2010, he was chosen as one of 100 key players of Switzerland. In 2012, he was selected in the TOP 100 du numérique in France.
1997: Frederic Kaplan joins the Sony Computer Computer Science Laboratory in Paris. Research with Luc Steels on linguistic self-organization.2008: Foundation of OZWE with industrial designer Martino d'Esposito
1999: Regular travels to Tokyo to work with Sony japanese teams on the conception of novel entertainment robots. Collaboration with Adam Miklosi and Eniko Kubinyi, ethologists of theEotvos Lorand University in Budapest.
2001: Publication of "La naissance d'une langue chez les robots"
2002: Research with Pierre-Yves Oudeyer on artificial curiosity. Collaboration with developmental psychologists.
2005: Publication of "Les machines apprivoisées" (Selected as one of the best popular science book of the year for the Roberval price)
2005: Collaboration with Martino d'Esposito, industrial designer and ECAL students on the project : A robot's playroom.
2006: Co-chair of the Epigenetic Robotics Conference in Paris.
2006: Invited by Pierre Dillenbourg, Frederic Kaplan supervises a new team on interactive furniture and robotic objects inside the CRAFT center at EPFL.
2007: Publication of "Futur 2.0" (Fyp editions)
2007: Chief-editor of "Frontiers in Neurorobotics"
2008: Presentation of Wizkid at the MoMA in New York.
2009: Presentation of QB1, a new kind of personal computer.
2009: Publication of "La métamorphose des objets"
2010: Launch of Bookapp.com, with Laurent Bolli and Cristiana Freitas.
2011: Publication of L'homme, l'animal et la machine with neurobiologist George Chapouthier.
2012: Nomination as Professor in Digital Humanities at EPFL. Creation of the Digital Humanities Lab.