Serge Stinckwich

Serge Stinckwich

Head of Research

PhD, Computer Science, Université Savoie Mont Blanc
Magister, Computer Science and Modeling, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
MSc, Computer Science, University of Grenoble
UNU Macau

Serge Stinckwich is a computer scientist and the Head of Research at the United Nations University Institute in Macau.

Before joining UNU, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Caen Normandie (France) and a researcher in the UMMISCO international joint research unit of IRD (French Research Institute on Sustainable Development) Sorbonne University.

Over the years, Serge developed an innovative research program about modelling and simulation of complex systems at the intersection of several scientific disciplines applied to developing countries’ issues. His research interests are domain-specific languages and tools that ease the tasks of non-computer experts to model, simulate and analyse complex systems. He has applied his work to Epidemiology, Environmental Monitoring and Disaster Management.

From 2008 to 2012, he worked in Hanoi, Vietnam, on the AROUND (Autonomous Robots for Observation of Urban Networks) programme, which deals with deploying simple mobile autonomous sensors during disasters in the context of southern countries. He has also been an invited Professor at Kyoto University to work with Japanese experts on Rescue Robotics.

In 2017, he was based in Cameroon. With colleagues from the University of Yaoundé, he worked on Complex System modelling and Artificial Intelligence applied to applications like epidemiological surveillance and environmental monitoring in collaboration with IRD and CIRAD research institutes.

From 2018 to 2018, Serge was the Principal Investigator of GDRI Sense-South, an international research network of teams from Senegal, Cameroon, Vietnam and France working on “Innovative Sensors and IoT Telecommunication Networks for Environmental Surveillance in Southern Countries”. Sense-south funds actions like the “Smart Clean Garden” project to control the water purification in soils and the sustainable city project of Douala (Cameroon) with a local climate change observatory.

He organised and co-organized more than 50 workshops and conferences on topics such as Software Engineering, Modelling and Simulation, Rescue Robotics, Disaster Management, and Complex Systems, … and supervised more than 20 PhD/Masters students from various countries (Chile, Vietnam, Cameroon, Senegal, etc.).

Research Interests

  • Agent Based Modelling

  • Artificial Intelligence applied to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Simulation and Modelling of Complex Systems



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