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 cartographie

Research topic :

Generalisation automation of geographic data
Approach using multi-agents techniques

Education :

PhD in data processing attended 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

Main COGIT publications :

-Maudet A., Touya G., Duchêne C., Picault S., 2014, Representation of Interactions in a Multi-Level Multi-Agent Model for Cartography Constraint Solving, 12th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (PAAMS 2014), 4-6 June, Salamanca (Spain).

-Duchêne C., Ruas A., Cambier C., 2012, The CartACom model: transforming cartographic features into communicating agents for cartographic generalisation, International Journal on Geographic Information (IJGIS), vol.26 issue 9, pp 1-30 -

-Duchêne C., Christophe S., Ruas A. ,2011, Generalization, Symbol specification and Map evaluation: feedback from research done at COGIT Laboratory-IGN France, Special Issue: Validation of EO-derived information for crisis management: a Digital Earth perspective in the VALgEO expert community, International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE) vol. 4 (1) -

-Touya G., Duchêne C., 2011, Collagen : collaboration between automatic cartographic generalisation processes, Advances in Cartography and GIScience Vol.1, LNG&C, Selection from 25th International Cartographic Conference (ICC'11), 3-8 July, Paris (France), pp 541-558 - -

-Duchêne C., Touya G., Emergence de zones conflits dans deux modèles de généralisation cartographique multi-agents, 18èmes Journées Francophones sur les Systèmes Multi-Agents (JFSMA'10), 18-20 octobre, Mahdia (Tunisie)

-Touya G., Duchêne C., Mustière S., 2010, Généralisation et intégration pour un fond vert commun entre l'IFN et l'IGN, Revue Internationale de Géomatique vol.20 n°1, mars 2010, pp 65-86 -

-Stoter J., Burghardt D., Duchêne C., Baella B., Bakker N., Blok C., Pla M., Regnauld N., Touya G., Schmid S. 2009, Methodology for evaluating automated map generalization in commercial software, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, vol.33, n°5, September 2009, pp 311-324 -

-Taillandier P., Duchêne C., Drogoul A., 2009 , Using Belief Theory to Diagnose Control Knowledge Quality - Application to cartographic generalization, International Conference on Computing and Telecommunication Technologies (IEEE-RIVF'09), 14-16 July, Danang (Vietnam)

-Duchêne C., Gaffuri J., 2008, Combining three multi-agent based generalisation models: AGENT, CartACom and GAEL, 13th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling (SDH'08), 23-25 June, Montpellier (France) -

-Gaffuri J., Duchêne C., Ruas A., 2008, Object-field relationships modelling in an agent-based generalisation model, 11th ICA Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation, 20-21 June, Montpellier (France) - -

-Burghardt D., Schmid S., Duchêne C., Stöter J., Baella B., Regnauld N., Touya G., 2008, Methodologies for the evaluation of generalised data derived with commercial available generalisation systems, 11th ICA Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation, 20-21 June, Montpellier (France) - -

-Stöter J., Anders K.-H., Baella B., Burghardt D., Davila F., Duchêne C., Pla M., Regnauld N., Rosenstand P., Schmid S., Touya G.,Uitermark H., 2008, A study on the state-of-the-art in automated map generalisation implemented in commercial out-of-the-box software, 11th ICA Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation, 20-21 June, Montpellier (France) - -

-Taillandier P., Duchêne C., Drogoul A., 2008, Knowledge revision in systems based on an informed tree search strategy: application to cartographic generalisation, International Conference on Soft Computing as Transdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSTST), 30 July, Cergy-Pontoise (France)

-Ruas A., Duchêne C., 2007, A prototype generalisation system based on multi-agent system paradigm, dans Mackaness W., Ruas A., Sarjakoski L.T., Generalisation of geographic information : cartographic modelling and applications, Elsevier ed, Chaptitre 14 -

-Touya G., Duchêne C., Mustière S., 2007, Etude sur la généralisation et l'intégration pour la construction d'un fond vert commun IFN-IGN, Bulletin d'Information Scientifique et Technique de l'IGN et présentation aux Journées Recherche IGN

-Duchene C., 2004, The CartACom model: a generalisation model for taking relational constraints into account, 7th ICA Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation, 20-21 August, Leicester (UK) - -

-Duchêne C., 2004, Généralisation par agents communicants : le modèle CARTACOM. Application aux données topographiques en zone rurale, Thèse de doctorat en informatique, Université Paris VI - Pierre et Marie Curie, soutenue le 11 juin 2004

-Duchêne C., Cambier C., 2003, Généralisation cartographique avec des agents qui voient et communiquent, 9èmes Journées Francophones sur les Systèmes Multi-Agents (JFSMA' 03), 27-29 novembre, Hammamet (Tunisie.)

-Duchêne C., Cambier C., 2003, Cartographic Generalisation using Cooperative Agents, 2nd conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS' 03), 14-18 July, Melbourne (Australia)

-Duchêne C., Regnauld N., 2002, Le modèle AGENT, dans Ruas A., Généralisation et représentation multiple, Paris, Hermes Lavoisier, Chapitre 21, pp 369-386 -

-Duchêne C., Barrault M., Haire K., 2001, Road Network Generalization: a Multi Agents System Approach, 20th International Cartographic Conference (ICC'01), 6-10 August, Beijing (China) -

-Barrault M., Regnaud N., Duchêne C., Haire K., Baeijs C., Hardy P., Mackaness W., Ruas A., Weibel R., 2001, Integrating multi-agent, object oriented and algorithmic techniques for improved automated map generalization, 20th International Cartographic Conference (ICC'01), 6-10 August , Beijing (China) -

-Duchêne C., 2001, Road generalisation using agents, 9th Conference on GIScience and Research in UK (GISRUK'01), 18-20 April, Glamorgan (UK)

- All the publications of Cécile Duchêne

PhD supervision in progress :

  • 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)
  • Direction of Adrien Maudet
    Multi-levelling interactions in a generalisation model
    (Université Paris-Est)

Finished PhD supervision :

  • 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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