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Romain Mesnil

Project Manager

Romain Mesnil is the project manager of the Co-Innovation lab des Ponts and the Build'in platform since 2017.


As a structural engineer, graduate of the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and MIT, he is particularly interested in design processes informed by digital technology and has contributed to the development of the thinkshell project. His thesis subject, defended at the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, related to the design of structures with complex geometry and was awarded the Hangai Prize in 2017 by the International Association for Shells and Spatial Structures.


Romain coordinates the Build'in platform, in collaboration with Jean-François Caron and Olivier Baverel. He supervises research work on concrete 3D printing, robotic assemblies and structural optimization and teaches at the Ecole des Ponts, in particular in the advanced Master Design by Data. He has published fifteen articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented his work in ten international conferences, and is a co-inventor of a patent.

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Jean-François Caron

Scientific advisor

Jean-François Caron is research director, head of the Architectural Materials and Structures (MSA) team at the Navier laboratory and professor at the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.


He is interested in the modelling of composite and multi-layer structures as well as in the innovative use of composite materials in construction. He was co-winner of the Tsuboi Prize by the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) in 2006 and the "Oustanding Paper Award" by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) for his work on gridshells in composite materials. Since 2012, he has been a member of the European working group WG4 Fiber Reinforced Polymer Structures which is developing the Eurocode for composite materials.


Since 2016, his research has also focused on digital construction, in particular 3D printing of fiber-reinforced concrete, a process for which he has filed a patent for invention. He is the scientific advisor of the Build'in platform and actively participates in scientific planning and the supervision of doctoral students.


Olivier Baverel

Academic advisor

Olivier Baverel is a professor at the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and professor at the Grenoble School of Architecture.


He is also a researcher at the Navier and GSA laboratories and editor of the International Journal of Space Structures. Her research focuses on structural engineering, the rationalization of the manufacture of envelopes with complex geometry, and life cycle analysis.


He has developed innovative construction systems, such as composite material gridshells and nexorades. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures.


Since 2017, he is the academic advisor to the Build'in platform and has developed partnerships with research and higher education institutions in France and abroad.


Françoise Préteux

Dean of Research

Françoise Prêteux began her career as a researcher at the mathematical morphology center of MINES ParisTech (1982-1988), then as a professor at Télécom ParisTech in the Images Department (1989-1993).


She was appointed department director at Télécom SudParis, where she first created the Signal and Image department (1994-1998), then the ARTEMIS department (1999-2009). She initiates and develops, in collaboration with the national and international community, research and training programs in the field of digital image sciences.

She has coordinated around forty European and national projects. She buildt a dynamic of scientific development through numerous industrial partnerships which continues after his departure in 2010.


Françoise Préteux then returned to MINES ParisTech. She successively held the positions of assistant to the Director of Research, Director of the Carnot MINES institute and assistant to the Director of MINES ParisTech, in charge of forecasting and evaluation. She contributed to defining the research and innovation strategy of MINES ParisTech and to developing relationships with academic and industrial partners. She represented the School in the governance of the Scientific Direction of the Institut Mines-Télécom and participates in major scientific programs.


From 2011 to 2013, she directed the MINES Carnot institute which brings together all the laboratories of the six Mines schools, two labs of the Ecole Polytechnique and one of the ENSTA ParisTech. She defined the policy of partnership research and scientific renewal in relation to the Research Departments of the eight Grandes Ecoles. Under her collegial governance, the Carnot MINES institute  has experienced strong growth momentum, becomes the 1st academic Carnot institute and registers as a player in France's investment programs for the future and industrial recovery plans.


Françoise Préteux is the official representative of France for the standardization of digital content since 1998 and president of the associated Afnor commission since 2008. She serves as an expert for the Cap Digital competitiveness cluster, for the ANR thematic commissions Safe, clean & energy efficient, sustainable transport and mobility, interactive content and for establishment assessments by the AERES.


She has supervised more than 40 theses, a quarter of her doctoral students having had an academic career. She is co-author of a hundred reference publications, co-inventor of 12 patents and co-author of a dozen key technologies adopted by ISO MPEG standards