Serge Abiteboul obtained his PhD from the University of Southern California, and a Doctoral Thesis from the University of Paris-Sud.
He became a researcher at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA, or French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control) in 1982. He was a Lecturer at the École Polytechnique and Visiting Professor at Stanford and Oxford University. In 2011-2012, he held the Informatics and Computational Sciences chair in Collège de France.
Serge Abiteboul has received the ACM SIGMOD Innovation Award (1998), and obtained membership of the Académie des Sciences (French Academy of Sciences) in 2008. He is currently a member of the LSV at the École Normale Supérieure, Cachan and obtained an ERC Advanced Grant in 2008. His research work focuses mainly on information management, particularly on the Web.
La question se posait déjà dans les années 1980, avec l'avènement de la micro-informatique: allions-nous tous devoir apprendre à programmer? Le développement de l'industrie du logiciel semblait dans un premier temps avoir donné une réponse définitive, et négative, à cette question. Mais elle revient avec insistance. Pourquoi faut-il aujourd'hui la prendre au sérieux?
The question first arose in the 1980s, with the advent of the personal computer: were we all going to have to learn to program? The development of the software industry seemed to have given one definitive, and negative, answer to this question. Yet it is coming back, with a vengeance. Why exactly should we take it seriously this time around?