Thierry Coupaye






I am currently head of  Orange Labs research activities on cloud computing with enterprise and mass markets as targets, virtualization and autonomics as pivotal technologies, software systems and network platforms as pivotal skills. My job consists in building the research strategy and projects implementing the strategy, and then follow the research production (deliverables, budget...).

I am also an appointed expert in the Future Networks Orange expert community, member of the steering commitee and head of domain "Programmable and Cloud Networking" inside this community.

I am also a member of the Orange open source referents network and open source referent for my entity Orange Labs Research.

I am also technical referent for Iris Capital, a venture capital investor partner with Orange and Publicis.




Short biography






Thierry Coupaye is head of research on cloud computing and networking inside Orange Labs. Prior to that, after he completed his PhD in Computer Science in 1996, he had several research and teaching positions at Grenoble University, European Bioinformatics Institute (Cambridge, U.K.) and Dassault Systems. He joined France Telecom in 2000 where he had several research expert, project manager, project and program director positions in the area of distributed software architecture, autonomic and cloud computing. He is the author of more than 60 refereed articles and has participated in multiple program and organization committees of conferences in these areas. He has been involved in several collaborative projects and is a regular expert for French and European research agencies.




Topics of interest






My major technical topics of interest are: distributed systems architecture, autonomic computing, cloud computing, network virtualization.

Other topics of interest include research and innovation strategies, open source.




Awards and recognitions






I received a PhD in computer science summa cum laudae ("avec les félicitations du jury) in 1996 and an Habilitation (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherche - HDR) in 2013.

I am an ACM and IEEE Member and a SEE Fellow Member.

I have been appointed Orange Labs senior research expert in 2004 and 2007 and then Orange group expert on Future Networks in 2010 and 2013.





  • L. Letondeur, X. Etchevers, T. Coupaye, F. Boyer, N. de Palma. Architectural Model and Plannification Algorithm for the Self-Management of Elastic Cloud Applications. IEEE International Conference on Cloud and Autonomic Computing (CAC), 2014.

  • A. Binum, M. Mark, S. Dolev, M. Ramzi Kahil, B. Menuhin, R. Yagel, T. Coupaye, M. Lacoste, A. Wailly. Self-Stabilizing Virtual Machine Hypervisor Architecture for Resilient-Cloud. 7th ACM International Systems and Storage Symposium, 2014.

  • A. Binum, M. Mark, S. Dolev, B. Menuhin, R. Yagel, T. Coupaye, M. Lacoste, A. Wailly. Self-Stabilizing Virtual Machine Hypervisor Architecture for Resilient-Cloud. IEEE 10th World Congress on Services, 2014.

  • G. Salaun, X. Etchevers, F. Boyer, T. Coupaye, N. De Palma. Verification of a Self-configuration Protocol for Distributed Applications in the Cloud. 27th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), 2012.

  • X. Etchevers, T. Coupaye, F. Boyer, N. de Palma. Automated Deployment of Legacy Distributed Applications in the Cloud. 4th IEEE International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC), 2011.

  • X. Etchevers, T. Coupaye, F. Boyer, N. de Palma. Self-Configuration of Distributed Applications in the Cloud. 4th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (IEEE Cloud), 2011.

  • M. Léger, T. Ledoux, T. Coupaye. Reliable Dynamic Reconfiguration in a Reflective Component Model. 13th International Symposium on Component Based Software Engineering (CBSE), LNCS 6092, Springer Verlag, 2010.

  • X. Etchevers, T. Coupaye, G. Vachet. Experiences in Benchmarking Autonomic Systems. 3d International ICST Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communication Systems (Autonomics), 2009.

  • P.-C. David, M. Léger, H. Grall, T. Ledoux, T. Coupaye. A Multi-staged Approach to Enable Reliable Dynamic Reconfiguration of Component-Based Systems. 8th IFIP International Conference on Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems (DAIS'08), LNCS 5053, 2008.

  • N. Jayaprakash, T. Coupaye, C. Collet, PC. David. Flexible Reactive Capabilities in Component-Based Autonomic Systems. 5th IEEE Workshop on Engineering of Autonomic and Autonomous Systems
 (EASe 2008), March 31st - April 4th, 2008, Belfast, Northen Ireland

  • Van Roy, S. Haridi, A. Reinefeld, J.-B. Stefani, R. Yap, and T. Coupaye, Self Management for Large-Scale Distributed Systems: An Overview of the SELFMAN Project,. FMCO 2007, Revised postproceedings, Springer LNCS, 2008.

  • M. Léger, T. Ledoux, T. Coupaye. Reliable Dynamic Reconfiguration in the Fractal Component Model. 6th International Workshop on Adaptive and Reflective Middleware (ARM2007), 26th Nov. 2007, Newport Beach, USA.

  • T. Coupaye, and J.-B. Stefani. Fractal Component-Based Software Engineering. 20th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2006) Workshop Reader, LNCS 4379, 2007.

  • E. Bruneton, T. Coupaye, M. Leclerc (STMicroelectronics), V. Quema (CNRS), J-B. Stefani (INRIA). An Open Component Model and Its Support in Java. Software Practice & Experience Journal – Special Issue on Auto-adaptive and Reconfigurable Systems, 36(11-12), 2006.

  • M. Kessis, P. Déchamboux, C. Roncanci, T. Coupaye, A. Lefebvre. Toward a Flexible Middleware for Autonomous Integrated Management Applications. IEEE International Multi-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology
(ICCGI 2006), Bucharest, Romania, August 1-3 2006.

  • N. Pessemier (U. Lille/INRIA), L. Seinturier (INRIA), T. Coupaye, L. Duchien (U. Lille). A Safe Aspect-Oriented Support for Component-Oriented Programming. 11th International Workshop on Component-Oriented Programming (WCOP). Monday, July 3, 2006 – at ECOOP 2006, Nantes, France.

  • N. Rivierre, T. Coupaye. Fractal Component-Based Logical Management of JMX Management Views. 5th International Fractal CBSE Workshop at ECOOP 2006, Nantes, July, 2006.

  • L. Seinturier (INRIA), N. Pessemier (U. Lille/INRIA), T. Coupaye, L. Duchien (U. Lille). A Component Model Engineered with Components and Aspects, 9th International ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on Component-Based Software Engineering (CBSE 2006) - Future Directions for CBSE, Mälardalen University, Sweden, June 29th -1st July 2006.

  • N. Pessemier (U. Lille/INRIA), L. Seinturier (INRIA), T. Coupaye, L. Duchien (U. Lille). A Model for Developping Component-Based and Aspect-Oriented Systems. 5th IFIP International Symposium on 
Software Composition (SC 2006), LNCS 4089, Vienna, Austria, 25-26 March 2006
March 2006.

  • P. Van Roy, A. Ghodsi, JB Stefani, S. Haridi, T. Coupaye, A. Reinefield, E. Winter and R. Yap. Self management of large-scale distributed systems by combining structured overlay networks and components. Workshop IST NoE CoreGrid Integration, Greece, Nov 2005.

  • N. Pessemier, O. Barais, L. Seinturier, T. Coupaye, L. Duchien. A Three Level Framework for Adapting Component-Based Applications. 2d International Workshop on Coordination and Adaptation Techniques for Software Entities (WCAT) at ECOOP, Glasgow, Scotland, July 2005.

  • P. Collet (U. Nice), R. Rousseau (U. Nice), T. Coupaye, N. Rivierre. A Contracting System for Hierarchical Components. SACM SIGSOFT Symposium on Component-based Software Engineering (CBSE) 2005, LNCS 3489, St Louis, USA, May 2005.

  • M. Alia, R. Lenglet,  T. Coupaye, A. Lefebvre. Querying Reflexive Component-Based Architectures. IEEE EUROMICRO 2004, Track on Component-Based Software Engineering, August 31-Sept. 3, Rennes, France

  • E. Bruneton, T. Coupaye, M. Leclerc, V. Quema, J-B. Stefani. An Open Component Model and Its Support in Java. 7th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Component-Based Software Engineering (CBSE7) (jumelée à 26th International Conference on Software Engineering – ICSE 04), LNCS 3054 , Edinburgh, Scotland, May 24-25, 2004

  • M. Prochaska, R. Rouvoy, T. Coupaye. On Enhancing Component-Based Middleware with Transactions. 5th International Symposium on Distributed Objects & Applications (DOA), Poster Session, LNCS 2889, Catania, Sicily, Italy, November 3-7, 2003

  • N. Rivierre and T. Coupaye. Observing Component Behaviors with Temporal Logic. Workshop on Correcteness of Software Composition (CMC) at ECOOP 2003, Darmstadt, Germany, July 21 to July 25, 2003.

  • E. Bruneton, T. Coupaye and J.B. Stefani (INRIA). Recursive and Dynamic Software Composition with Sharing. Seventh International Workshop on Component-Oriented Programming (WCOP02) -ECOOP 2002, Malaga, Spain June 10-14, 2002.

  • T. Coupaye and J. Estublier. Foundations of Enterprise Software Deployment. Proc. of the 4th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR'2000), Zurich, Switzerland, March 2000. IEEE Computer Society Press.

  • T. Coupaye. Wrapping SRS with CORBA: from Textual Data to Distributed Objects. Bioinformatics Journal, Chris Sander, Gary Stormo, Eds., Oxford University Press, 15(4), 1999.

  • T. Coupaye, C. L. Roncancio, C. Bruley and J. Larramona. 3D Visualization of Rule Processing in Active Databases. Workshop on New Paradigms in Information Visualization and Manipulation - ACM 6th Int. Conf. on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM'97), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, November 1997.

  • C. Collet, T. Coupaye, L. Fayolle and C. Roncancio. NAOS Prototype - Version 2.2. Proc. of 13th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE'97 Exhibit Program), April 1997, Birmingham, UK.

  • S. Abiteboul, M. Adiba, J. Arlow, P. Armenise, S. Bandinelli, L. Baresi, P. Breche, J. Brunsmann, F. Buddrus, C. Collet, P. Corte, T. Coupaye, C. Delobel, W. Emmerich, G. Ferran, F. Ferrandina, A. Fuggetta, C. Ghezzi, S.E. Lautemann, L. Lavazza, J. Madec, M. Phoenix, S. Sachweh, W. Schäfer, C. Souza dos Santos, G. Tigg, and R. Zicari. The GOODSTEP Project Final Report, In Datenbank Rundbrief, May 1996, pages 14-40. Gesellschaft für Informatik.

  • C. Collet and T. Coupaye. Composite Events in NAOS. 7th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA'96), Zurich, Switzerland, September 1996. Lecture Notes in Computer Science N. 1134 - Springer Verlag.

  • C. Collet, T. Coupaye and C. Roncancio, NAOS 2.1 : Dealing with Composite Events. 5th International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT'96 Exhibit Program), Avignon, France, March 1996.

  • C. Collet and T. Coupaye. The NAOS System. Proc. of the 1995 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD'95 Exhibit Program), San Jose, Californie, USA, May 1995.

  • T. Coupaye and C. Collet. Denotational Semantics for an Active Rule Execution Model. 2nd International Workshop on Rules in Database Systems (RIDS'95) ,Atheens, Greece, September 1995. Lecture Notes in Computer Science N.985 - Springer Verlag.

  • C. Collet, T. Coupaye and T. Svensen. NAOS Efficient and Modular Reactive Capabilities in an Object-Oriented Database System. 20th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB'94), Santiago, Chile, September 1994.

  • C. Collet, P. Habraken, T. Coupaye and M. Adiba. Actives Rules for the GOODSTEP Software Engineering Platform. 2nd International Workshop on Database and Software Engineering - 16th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'94), Sorrento, Italy, May 1994.

  • The GOODSTEP Team.The GOODSTEP Project: General Object-Oriented Database for Software Engineering Processes. In Proc. of the 2nd International Workshop on Database and Software Engin eering - 16th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'94), Sorrento, Italy, May 1994.

  • Collet, T. Coupaye and T. Svensen. Efficient and Modular Reactive Capabilities in an Object-Oriented Database System. 10ièmes Journées Bases de Données Avancées (BDA'94), Clermond-Ferrand, France, September 1994. VLDB'94 paper for national diffusion.

  • Abiteboul, M. Adiba, J. Arlow, P. Armenise, S. Bandinelli, L. Baresi, P. Breche, F. Buddrus, C. Collet, P. Corte, Th. Coupaye, C. Delobel, W. Emmerich, G. Ferran, F. Ferrandina, A. Fuggetta, C. Ghezzi, S.E. Lautemann, L. Lavazza, J. Madec, M. Phoenix, S. Sachweh, W. Schäfer, C. Souza dos Santos, G. Tigg, and R. Zicari. GOODSTEP Project: General Object-Oriented Database for Software Engineering Processes, In Proc. of the 1st Asian Pacific Software Engineering Conf (APSEC'94), Tokyo, Japan, pages 10-19, 1994. IEEE Computer Society Press.

Contribution to books


  • T. Coupaye, M. A. Kozuch (Eds.). Proceedings of the 15th ACM-IFIP International Middleware Conference Industry Track. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2014.

  • G. Salaun, F. Boyer, T. Coupaye, Noel De Palma, X. Etchevers, O. Gruber. An Experience Report on the Verification of Autonomic Protocols in the Cloud. Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering journal (ISSE), 9(2): 105-117, 2013

  • G. Salaun, X. Etchevers, N. De Palma, F. Boyer, T. Coupaye. Verification of a Self-configuration Protocol for Distributed Applications in the Cloud. Book chapter in Assurances for Self-Adaptive Systems, LNCS 7740, 2013.

  • P.-C. David (INRIA), T. Ledoux (EMN), M. Léger, T. Coupaye. FPath & FScript : Language Support for Navigation and Reliable Reconfiguration of Fractal Architectures. Annals of Telecommunications journal, Special Issue on Software Components - The Fractal Initiative , 2009.

  • G. Blair, T. Coupaye, J.-B. Stefani (Eds.). Annals of Telecommunications journal, Special Issue on Software Component-based Architecture - The Fractal Initiative , 2009.

  • L. Seinturier, N. Pessemier, L. Duchien and T. Coupaye. A Component-Based and Aspect-Oriented Model for Software Evolution. International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology (IJCAT), Special Issue on: Concern-Oriented Software Evolution, 2008.

  • L. Bulej, T. Bures, T. Coupaye, M. Decky, P. Jezek, P. Parizek, F. Plasil, T. Poch, N. Rivierre, O. Sery, P. Tuma. CoCoME in Fractal. Chapter in The Common Component Modeling Example: Comparing Software Component Models, Springer-Verlag, LNCS, April 2008

  • W. Dosh, R. Lee, P. Tuma, T. Coupaye (Eds.). Proceedings of the 6th ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering Research, Management and Applications (SERA), 2008

  • T. Coupaye, P. Tuma (Eds). Selected Papers from the 6th ACIS International Conference onSoftware Engineering Research, Management and Applications. Springer Verlag Studies in Computational Intelligence Series, 2008.

  • R. Lenglet, T. Coupaye, E. Bruneton. Composing Transformations of Compiled Java Programs with Jabyce. International Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems (ComSIS), 2004.

  • T. Coupaye. Wrapping SRS with CORBA: from Textual Data to Distributed Objects. Bioinformatics Journal, Chris Sander, Gary Stormo, Eds., Oxford University Press, 15(4), 1999.

  • P. Carter, T. Coupaye, D. Kreil and T. Etzold. SRS: Analysing and Using Data from Heterogeneous Textual Databanks. Chapter 18 in Bioinformatics: Databases and Systems. S. Letovsky, Ed., Kluwer Academic Press, 1998.

Web publications


  • IST Experts Group on Cloud Computing, Lutz Schubert, Keith Jeffery, Burkhard Neidecker-Lutz (Eds.). Roadmap of Advanced Cloud Technologies. Expert Group Report of the European Union, 2013.

  • IST Experts Group on Cloud Computing, Keith Jeffery (Eds.). Advances in Clouds – Research in Future Cloud Computing. Expert Group Report of the European Union, 2012.

  • IST Experts Group on Cloud Computing, Keith Jeffery, Burkhard Neidecker-Lutz (Eds.). The Future of Cloud Computing - Opportunities for European Cloud Computing beyond 2010. Expert Group Report of the European Union, 2010.

  • A. Galis et al. Management and Service-aware Networking Architectures (MANA) for Future Internet. Future Internet Assembly Expert Group Position Paper, 2009.

  • B. Dillenseger, T. Coupaye. Autonomic Computing and Networking: A Vision on Technologies and Opportunities for Operators. EURESCOM mess@age, 2009.

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