Pierre Thalamy, PhD

R&D Software Engineer at UpTale

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Hi and welcome to my personal page. ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜Š
I am a Full-Stack Software Engineer ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป and Researcher ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ currently working on virtual reality tech at UpTale - Immersive Learning, in Station F, Paris ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท.
You will find on this website information on my current occupation, obsessions, and past research experience.
Feel free to reach out to me through the contact form or one of my social accounts! ๐Ÿ’Œ


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Uptale is the Immersive Learning platform designed for businesses to create, share and track training modules in 360ยฐ and Virtual Reality.

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๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Academic Bio

Pierre Thalamy received his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science with high honors from Grenoble Institute of Technology - Ensimag, France in 2017. He then received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comtรฉ, in the Optimization, Mobility, NetworkIng (OMNI) team at the Department of Computer Science for Complex Systems (DISC) of Institut FEMTO-ST, France.

He worked under the supervision of Prof. Julien Bourgeois, and Dr. Benoรฎt Piranda. His thesis is about the design of efficient 3-dimensional self-reconfiguration methods for building programmable matter using modular robotic systems. He is also involved in the Programmable Matter, CO2Dim, and Claytronics projects, and was the lead developer of the VisibleSim modular robotic simulator from 2015 to 2020. His research interests include self-reconfiguration and locomotion using modular robotics systems, multi-agent systems, emergent control, and distributed algorithms.

Within the context of the Programmable Matter project, he has improved upon existing methods of 3D modular robot self-reconfiguration by building upon successful pre-existing research ideas and proposing new original ones, making them faster and more parallel in order to bring programmable matter-based display systems closer to reality.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ“ผ Ph.D. Thesis Defense Replay

Below is the replay of my PhD thesis defense that took place on October, 9th 2020 in Montbรฉliard.
Please refer to my publications page for more information.
Content Start Time End Time
Opening 21:15 22:45
Presentation 22:45 1:14:27
Q&A 1:14:27 2:39:15
Director Feedback 2:39:15 2:42:59
Director Feedback 2:39:15 2:42:59
Award 3:05:20 3:14:40

๐Ÿฅ‘ Avocado Tree Growing Tips

After spending considerably more time than what can be considered reasonable trying to grow trees from avocado pits and testing out all kinds of methods, I was able to achieve a particularly high success-rate in my sprouting endeavours.
I have thus decided to share my method with friends and family, and now the world, hoping that this would save people energy and time, which they could hopefully dedicate to more societally productive tasks. ๐Ÿ˜„
The guide is currently only available in ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท and on Dropbox Paper, but I am planning to translate it and make it more easily accessible in the near future.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโœ’๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท WaitButWhy Translation

I am involved in the AttendsMaisPourquoi project, named after the great blog WaitButWhy by Tim Urban, from which our site is the official French translation.
Our goal is to translate all articles from the WaitButWhy blog that we deem important enough for our society and public discourse to be made available to people of all languages.
We work in small teams of one or several translators and reviewers for each article, and I have spent some time developing tools and tweaking our WordPress website to make it as close to the original blog as possible.