Senior Vice President Research, Orange Labs

Orange Labs

Nicolas Demassieux leads the research of Orange Labs : defining the research strategy and coordinating major research initiatives involving 700+ engineers and PhD students in multiple countries, and impulsing an active policy of research partnerships with SMEs/start-ups, large enterprises and universities.

Nicolas Demassieux started his career as assistant professor at Telecom ParisTech in the field of integrated circuits architecture. In 1991, he became professor and head of the Electrical Engineering department while leading research in the area of electronics and digital IC design for Multimedia and Telecom. His work on the first generations of digital image processing (MPEG) and wireless communication (OFDM turbocodes) was transferred to industry and led to several successful product lines. He also pioneered in France the use of Multimedia and Web-based material for teaching.

He joined Motorola in April 1997 to help create a new research centre in Paris, which he directed from 1997 to 2001, before taking the direction of the European research, and later of the global broadband Wireless research of Motorola. With his teams at Motorola, he worked at enabling Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G mobile broadband, mobile Internet, mobile television and digital home. In 2007, he became one of the 9 Motorola fellows.

During the years 2009-2010, Nicolas Demassieux worked at creating an Internet start-up, in the area of big data market place before joining Orange in 2010.

Nicolas Demassieux published more than 40 papers and book chapters and holds several patents. He his passionate about innovation and R&D efficiency issues. Externally to his professional activity, he is interested in a large set of science domains, including: complexity, biology, evolution and paleontology, natural and artificial ecosystems, urbanism of digital life.