Jean-Daniel Dessimoz, English version

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The short sections below offer some information about my main professional activities.


Short biography

Jean-Daniel Dessimoz
Pré-Vulliemin 18
CH-1400 Cheseaux-Noréaz

Jean-Daniel Dessimoz (born in 1953) is an electrical engineer and holds a doctorate in technical sciences from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He also holds a post-graduate degree in business management (MBA) from the University of Lausanne.

He taught in the United States (University of Rhode Island), then worked for more than 35 years as a Professor at the Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud, in Yverdon-les-Bains (HESSO.HEIG-VD, CH). He taught robotics and automation and led various R&D projects. He has contributed to the creation and development of several competence networks in robotics, industrial automation and production engineering. He has also been a member of the board of directors and president of the Swiss Astronautical Association and of the Robot-CH association for the promotion of robotics.

Author of numerous scientific publications, Jean-Daniel Dessimoz has worked as an expert/consultant for many organizations, universities or industries, both abroad and in Switzerland. Particular fields of interest: robotics and automation, computer vision, cognition and cognitics, astronautics.

Jean-Daniel Dessimoz is now enjoying an active retirement, and acts occasionally via the company Roboptics LLC.

In recent decades, he has paid increasing attention to a conceptual convergence between the living and the machines; in this context, motivated by a deepening of the cognitive domain, he has revisited the most fundamental concepts, such as probability, modelling, time, intelligence, values and the collective; thus, de facto, he also finds himself in other domains, and notably in the philosophical arena.

Family network: son of the late Oscar (deceased at 97) and Marie-Thérèse (deceased at 95), Jean-Daniel is married to Nisa, and has three children: Christophe, Lyne and Claire, and five grandchildren.

Tél.: 41 (0) 79 656 1691 (portable) et 41 (0) 24 420 32 30 (fixe)

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The results of my work can be found in many ways. Here are some ways to access it:

  • The link leads to a long list of publications, organized in chronological order, where a large part of the publications can be downloaded.
  • The link is for me a good entry point to understand the world and to be able to evolve in it as well as possible. It’s up to you to take advantage of it too!
  • My book of 2020 gathers in an integrated and more profound way my main contributions on the theme corresponding to its title: « Cognition and Cognitics – Definitions and metrics for cognitive sciences, in humans and for thinking machines, 2nd edition of Cognitics, expanded, with considerations on life, through the prism real – imaginary – values – collective, and some bubbles of wisdom for our time ». This book is available for a price that in principle allows traditional booksellers to find their way in economic terms. It can also be purchased from the publisher Roboptics Sàrl (, or it should be available for borrowing in libraries. Moreover, the book is also available for purchase on the websites of Amazon and Lulu, always for a price that does not break the market.
  • A lot of other information is also made public, via other specialized websites. You can access it via our well established website: .

Work in Progress !

This website is still under construction (as of April 28, 2021). For more complete information, please refer to the corresponding older site (initial version of February 24, 2006, updated multiple times since):