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Dr Hugues Mercier
Address: Schools of Computer Science and Mathematics
Université de Neuchâtel
Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Office: UniMail - B121
Email: hugues.mercier@unine.ch
Telephone: +41 32 718 2728

Vita
I am maître-assistant for the Institutes of Computer Science and Mathematics at the Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

Prior to my appointment in Neuchâtel, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University with Professor Fabrice Labeau and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with Professor Vahid Tarokh. I completed my doctoral studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Professor Vijay K. Bhargava. I received the B.Sc. degree in mathematics from Université Laval, and the M.Sc. degree in computer science from the Université de Montréal.

I was born and raised in Québec, Canada. Outside of work, I enjoy running, anything played with a racket, any activity that can be done on snow, playing bridge, and spending time with my daughters.

Research
My current interests are the applications of coding theory, information theory, and algorithms to the study of communication networks. With a background in Mathematics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, I enjoy solving applied problems supported by theoretical results allowing a better understanding of the behavior and limits of communication systems. It is a breeding ground touching several important applications, and I consider a wide range of problems.

Projects
Technical and Scientific Director of SafeCloud : Secure and Resilient Cloud Architecture The objective of SafeCloud is to re-architect cloud infrastructures to ensure that data transmission, storage, and processing can be (1) partitioned in multiple administrative domains that are unlikely to collude, so that sensitive data can be protected by design; (2) entangled with inter-dependencies that make it impossible for any of the domains to tamper with its integrity. SafeCloud is funded by the European Commission from the Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme. The project runs from 2015 to 2018 and its total budget is €3,298,988$. More details at http:safecloud-project.eu.

Publications

Last update: September 2017.

Teaching
I currently teach the following courses at UniNE:

R&D Workshop (graduate course, Spring)
Applied coding and information theory (graduate course, Spring)
Probability (graduate course, Fall)
Discrete Mathematics and Applications (undergraduate course, Fall)

Supporting material is available on our Moodle and ILIAS collaborative learning platforms. In general, students must register to a course before being allowed to consult its material.