Nicolas Carrara

Inria Lille – Nord Europe, équipe SequeL Parc Scientifique de la Haute-Borne 40 avenue Halley 59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq, FRANCE

I'm a phd student in machine learning. I'm particulary interested in reinforcement learning, constrainted problems, and deep-learning. Robotics and dialogue are my favorite applications. I am a member of the team SequeL at INRIA and NADIA team at Orange Labs. My thesis director is Olivier Pietquin (Google DeepMind, INRIA). I'm also supervised by Romain Laroche (Microsoft Maluuba), Tanguy Urvoy (Orange Labs) and Jean-Léon Bouraoui (Orange Labs).

[last update : march 2018]

Research Experience

Phd student

Orange, CRIStAL and Lille1

Reinforcement learning for dialog systems optimization with user adaptation.

Team : SequeL (INRIA) and NADIA (Orange Labs).
Thesis director : Pr. Olivier Pietquin.
Supervisors : Dr. Romain Laroche, Dr. Tanguy Urvoy and Dr. Jean-Léon Bouraoui.
October 2015 - Present

Research intern


Automated planning under uncertainty with multiple objectives.

Team : LARSEN.
Supervisors : Dr. Olivier Buffet and Dr. Vincent Thomas.
March 2015 - August 2015

Research Intern


Improvements of a new dynamic neural field model: Randomly Spiking Dynamic Neural Fields (RSDNF).

Team : CORTEX.
Supervisors : Pr. Bernard Girau and Dr. Benoît Chappet de Vangel.
June 2014 - August 2014

Research project


Predicting user behavior on the web.

Team : KIWI.
Supervisors : Dr. Samuel Nowakowski.
January 2014 - May 2014

Research Intern


Adding a model for dynamic neural field. Basic image processing.

Team : CORTEX.
Supervisors : Pr. Bernard Girau and Dr. Benoît Chappet de Vangel.
June 2013 - August 2013



Apart from artificial intelligence stuff and coding, I'm a Warhammer enthusiast and other tabletop games. I also play poker from time to time. When it's cold outside, I enjoy reading, mostly sci-fi novels but also mangas and fantasy stuff. Otherwise I like mountain biking.



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