about me






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Personal details

    6 bis passage Dareau
    75014 Paris (France)
    Phone: (+33) 681 122 062
E-mail: <sam@hocevar.net>
Born on 5th August 1978 in Forbach (Moselle)
French nationality
French driving licence


French: fluent (mother tongue), good grammar and spelling
English: fluent (TOEFL score: 647 in 1997), numerous stays in England, can tell the difference between it’s and its
German: good knowledge and practice
Spanish: good knowledge

Professional experience

2009 - present Senior R&D engineer at DONTNOD Entertainment
2006 - 2009 Director of R&D at [redacted], a 700-employee company (surveillance systems, video streaming solutions, intelligent vision)
2003 - 2006 (not defended yet) SNCF - Direction de l’Innovation et de la Recherche, ENST - Laboratoire Informatique et Réseaux: Computer Science Industrial PhD ("Generation of realistic railroad simulations from video images") (image processing, computer vision, 3D reconstruction, video coding, HDTV, C, Unix)
2002: SNCF - Direction de la Recherche et de la Technologie, unité Nouvelles Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (Paris, France), 8 months : work on a showpiece for at-seat multimedia services and video streaming research (C, C++, Unix, Win32, WinCE, MPEG, MPEG2, MPEG4, WiFi)
1998 - 2002: VideoLAN, video streaming solution and cross-platform DVD player: major project contributor for several years (C, C++, Unix, Win32, MPEG, MPEG2, DVD)
1999: Claranet France (Paris, France), 7 months: systems team - Unix administration, network tools development (C, PHP, MySQL)


2003 - 2006 (unfinished): École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), Paris: Computer Science Industrial PhD
1997 - 2002: École Centrale of Paris: engineer’s diploma, electromechanical systems and applied mechatronics speciality, project management specialisation, graduated with honours (mention bien)
1995 - 1997: Lycée Fabert, Metz (France, Moselle): preparatory classes

Personal knowledge

Operating systems - GNU/Linux (administration well-mastered, part of the Debian project)
- 3rd generation console systems (PS3 & Xbox 360), iOS, Android
- Solaris, BSD Unix, Mac OS X, GNU/Hurd, Windows
Networks - LAN (Ethernet, ARP, RARP, Token Ring), ATM
- Cisco IOS, SNMP aministration and monitoring
- low-level Internet: IP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, IGMP
- high-level Internet: HTTP, NNTP, SMTP, DNS, DHCP, NFS
Administration - 9 years of Unix administration experience, excellent knowledge of the common tools
- examples of well-known server setups: INN, Apache, BIND, Postfix
Programming - low-level: x86 and amd64 assembly (MMX, SSE, SSE3, excellent knowledge), PowerPC & Cell assembly (AltiVec, SPU), NEC/Saturn assembly (mastered), Z80 and m68k assembly, reverse-engineering
- high-level: C & C++ (excellent knowledge, several personal and team projects of more than 5,000 lines), C#, Java, Scheme (good knowledge), bases in Pascal and Caml
- libraries: Xlib, GTK+/GNOME, SDL
- scripting languages: POSIX shell, PHP, sed and awk well mastered, good knowledge of Python, Perl
Other - databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL
- markup languages: LaTeX2e, SGML, HTML, XHTML, CSS
- good knowledge of the MPEG and MPEG2 standards (especially the system layer), excellent knowledge of the DVD format
- excellent image processing skills (various projects, from robot guiding to captcha decoding)


Sports: - practical experience of judo for 8 years, soccer, badminton, coneball
- chess competitions (current ELO: 1860)
Culture and leisure: - drawing and painting, calligraphy, reading, cinema, XXth century artistic movements, sabotage of oppressive structures, cooking
- active contributor of the Wikipedia project (French and English versions) since 2004
Computers: - part of the Debian project since 1999 (Project Leader 2007-2008), various activities amongst the OpenSource community, mostly development