I was born in Marseilles, France, on June 25, 1959, entered the "Ecole Normale Supérieure" de Cachan in 1979 and was awarded the "CAPES de Physique" and "Agrégation de Physique Appliquée" in Paris in 1982. In 1983, I obtained a "Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies" (DEA) in Automatic Control and Signal Processing, from Orsay-Paris XI University. I defended my Ph.D. at the same university in 1986, on the design of optimal experiments for nonlinear models. In 1996, I received the "Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches" at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis.

I entered CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) in 1987, and worked at the "Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes" (Gif-sur-Yvette) until October 1992. I have been working at the Laboratoire I3S in Sophia Antipolis since then. I became Reseach Director at CNRS in 1999. At Laboratoire I3S, I coordinated the research activities in Signal Processing, Automatic Control and Intelligent Systems from 1994 to 1999. I have been elected President of the “projects committee” (the assembly of team managers where the scientific policy of the laboratory was elaborated and discussed) in 2004 and left this position in 2006. I have been deputy-director of the lab from 2000 to 2003 and director from 2008 to 2011. I have been member of section 7 of the Comité National de la Recherche Scientifique from 2004 to 2008.

I am member of the board and scientific committee of the network GdR MASCOT-NUM, of the scientific council of the MIA division (applied Mathematics and Computer Science) at INRA, and of the academic council of Université Côte d'Azur. I have been elected member of the scientific council of the institute for information sciences (INS2I) at CNRS in 2018.

I am elected member of the International Statistical Institute, associate editor for Statistics (2015 - ), The Annals of Statistics (2016 - ) and Statistical Science (2019 -).