Portrait Valérie Beaudouin
Valérie BeaudouinVisiting Professor

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Valérie Beaudouin is a graduate of the École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique (ENSAE 1991), and then prepares a doctorate in language sciences at the EHESS, which she obtained in 2000.

After ENSAE, while preparing her thesis, she worked at the Centre de recherche pour l’observation des conditions de vie (Crédoc) in the 1990s. She initially specialized in methods and tools for the automatic analysis of texts (textmining). Then, until 2008, she was in charge of the « Uses, Creativity, Ergonomics » laboratory at France Telecom R&D, which became Orange Labs’ Sense laboratory, dedicated to the application of human sciences to innovation. Her research now focuses on the written word in digital usage, on digital-related changes (sociability, cultural practices, new forms of writing and reading), on information overload and on the analysis of contemporary forms of innovation.


Activités : enseignement, recherche, projetsActivities : Teaching, Research, Projects

She has been a member of Oulipo, managing its website and finances, since March 2003. In 2008, she invented the constraint entitled « Double-sided Morality » also known as « Double Morality », inspired by Queneau’s elementary morality. She is also experimenting with forms of writing that mix text and image, such as De la carpe au don (2011), or Corps à l’écran (a terrine of verses and images).

Her work Mètre et rythme du vers classique. Corneille et Racine explores, with methods derived from computer linguistics and on sets of verses (80,000 verses from Corneille et Racine’s theatre), the relationships between metre and rhythm in verse. Based on the rhythm theory of Pierre Lusson and Jacques Roubaud, he proposes a hierarchical metric model of Alexandria, where each level of the model is made up of a metric unit that repeats itself.

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