Cécile Duchêne (Dr)

Geographical and Cartographical State Works Engineer

At COGIT laboratory since 1997

Phone : 33 1 43 98 85 43

Contact : cecile.duchene(at)ign.fr


In charge of research and studies
Research Action on

Research topic :

Generalisation automation of geographic data
Approach using multi-agents techniques

Education :

PhD in data processing defended in 2004 (Université Paris 6):
Generalisation by communicating agents: the CARTECOM model. Application to the topographuc data in rural area.
Supervised by Jean-Pierre Briot, co-supervision : Anne Ruas and Christophe Cambier

- Download the PhD thesis (in French)

  • Geographical and cartographical state works engineer
  • MSc of digital cartography

Professional experience :

  • 1997-2000: Research engineer at COGIT Laboratory. Working on the AGENT European project
  • 2001-2004: PhD in automatic generalisation at COGIT
  • since 2004: Responsible for the research action on generalisation automation at IGN

Skills :


  • Cartography
  • Spatial analysis
  • Automatic generalisation

Computer science

  • Artificial intelligence, multi-agents systems
  • Modelisation, UML

Publications :

- All publications of Cécile Duchêne

PhD supervision in progress :

  • Direction of Marion Dumont
    Cartographic Generalisation of Intermediate Scales in a Scale Pyramid
    (Université Paris-Est)
  • Direction of Adrien Maudet
    Multi-levelling interactions in a generalisation model
    (Université Paris-Est)

Finished PhD supervision :

  • Co-supervision of Kusay Jaara
    Towards cartographic Mashups generalisation: takking into account the interdependence between thematic and referential data in a generalisation automation process
    (PhD directed by Anne Ruas, Université Paris-Est)
    Defended in 2015
  • Co-supervision of Guillaume Touya
    Management of a multi-model process to generalise heterogeneous geographical spaces
    (PhD directed by Anne Ruas, Université Paris-Est)
    Defended in 2011
  • Co-supervision of Julien Gaffuri
    Automatic generalisation to take into account the field objects: the model called GAEL (automatic generalisation on elastic agents)
    (PhD directed by Anne Ruas, Université de Marne la Vallée)
    Defended in 2008
  • Co-supervision of Patrick Taillandier
    Automatic knowledge revision helping state tree exploration. Application to geographic data generalisation
    (PhD directed by Alexis Drogoul, Université Paris-Est)
    Defended in 2008

Technical and scientific associations :

Supervised internships :

  • 2014 :
    By Julian Mauborgne ()
  • 2014 :
    By Jules Teulade ()
  • 2012 : Adaptation of the behavioral part of multi-agent model PADAWAN for problem solving in mapping
    By Adrien Maudet (Master Recherche IAC, Université Paris Sud)
  • 2011 : Adapting the mutli-agents model PADAWAN to solve a spatial issue: cartographic generalisation
    By Ala Atrash (Master 2 recherche mention Informatique, spécialité Information , Apprentissage et Cognition, Université Paris-Sud 11)
  • 2010 : Improvement of the main scheduler of multi-agents generalisation model CartACom
    By Gökhan Altay (Master2 Intelligence Artificielle et Décision, Université Paris 6)
  • 2008 :
    By Gautam Gastakia ()
  • 2005 : Analysis of a cartographic generalisation process with an automatic learning approach
    By Aurélie Dyèvre (Master IAD, Université Paris 6)
  • 2004 : Helping experts knowlege capture. Designing of tools for the data capture and analysis.
    By Matthieu Dadou (Mastère en sciences cognitives appliquées, Université Bordeaux 2)
    Contact : matthieu_dadou(at)hotmail.com
  • 2004 : Automatic propagation of geometric deformations on linear and surface objects
    By Cristel Legrand (DESS Informatique Appliquée aux Sciences de la Terre, Université Paris 6)
  • 2001 : Description of the spatial environment of a geographic object
    By Rafik Zerhouni (DEA Sciences de l'Information Géographique, Université Marne-la-Vallée)
  • 2000 : Development of a generalisation algorithm
    By Stéphane Rosnet (DUT Informatique, IUT Paris 5)
  • 2000 : Creation of standard shapes for the evaluation of the generalisation process
    By Yann Sciardis (DESS SIG et Cartographie, Université Paris 1)
  • 2000 : Evaluation of the generalised data quality
    By Sébastien Cochard (DESS Ingénierie Mathématique et Traitement du Signal, Université du Littoral (Calais))

Teaching given at COGIT :

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    Cycle ingénieurs 2ème année de l'ENSG, Master 2 SIG de l'Université Paris-Est, ENSG. Since 2006.
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    Divers cycles d’enseignement de l'ENSG, ENSG. Since 2004.
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    Formation continue, ENSG. From 1998 to 2006.
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