Jean-François Abramatic is a senior scientist at Inria, the French institute for research in computer science and applied mathematics. He is currently a W3C Fellow seconded by Inria to W3C.
His career has been shared between research and industry. He started as a research scientist in differential games (Ecole des Mines de Paris) and digital image processing (IRIA). After managing a research and development program aimed at designing scientific workstations, he became chairman and CEO of a start up company selling graphics terminals. In 1993, he returned to Inria as Director of Development and Industrial Relations. Among various partnerships, he launched the European host of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He then moved to MIT as W3C Chairman (1996-2001). In 2001, Jean-François joined ILOG, a French software company as Vice President of Research and Development. After the acquisition of ILOG by IBM, he became Director of ILOG Research and Development within IBM Software Group. In 2011, he moved to IBM headquarters as Director Development Productivity & Innovation in the Enterprise Transformation division. In 2014, he returned to Inria in the Transfer & Innovation division.
Jean-François was asked by the French government to prepare a report entitled "Le Développement Technique de l'Internet" which was published in 1999. He also served on the ICANN Board (1999-2000). He is currently a member of the governing board of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT).
Jean-François Abramatic received his master's degree from Ecole des Mines in Nancy (1971) and his PhD from the University of Paris VI (1980).