[LAD] What do you do for a living?

Vincent Meserette vmeserette at aldebaran-robotics.com
Thu Nov 25 13:58:39 UTC 2010

Hi all,

I also reply a little bit late, but indeed this thread is interesting.
On my side I have a master degree in acoustics and a professional background
in acoustics and audio signal processing.
I previously worked in a society which develops active control systems for
room acoustics.
Now I am real time software engineer at Aldebaran Robotics, a french company
based in Paris which develops Nao, the europe's first humanoid robot (

Our robot runs under a linux embedded distribution, so I'm very interested
by the open source softwares and often use LGPL libraries inside of our

I know that is not a commercial forum, but for those who would be
interested, we just launched the Nao developer program.
The aim is to constitute a community of top developers for the robot and to
share our developments.
You can find more informations about it here :


This program is accessible only by invitation.
I have few ones to distribute, so if you are interested for joining us do
not hesitate to contact me.



2010/11/25 Olivier Guilyardi <list at samalyse.com>

> Hi everyone,
> sorry, I'm a bit late here, but I wanted to answer on this thread.
> On 11/10/2010 09:52 PM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> > On Wed, 2010-11-10 at 21:31 +0100, Philipp Überbacher wrote:
> >>> The reason I ask this is because I am curious about what kind of
> >>> backgrounds a free software developer has.  As for me, I am a student
> >>> majoring in Music and minoring in Computer Science.  I got the idea of
> >>> writing this email, actually, because Google had an internship panel at
> >>> my school.  Google just loooooves open source and those involved.  It
> >>> sounds like Google has quite a friendly and cooperative working
> >>> atmosphere, and they treat their employees very well.  Yeah, I'd like
> to
> >>> work for Google, but who doesn't right? :)
> >>>
> >
> > it's true, among other things they created an atmosphere that please the
> > needs of highly gifted people and it's no fun to work in an 'averaged'
> > atmosphere when you aren't 'normal'. Indeed a 'subtle' trick to catch
> > 'unwanted' people.
> I recently met someone who worked at Google and she said that she indeed
> had a
> lot of freedom, and could choose the projects she worked on. For what it's
> worth..
> > OTOH it's your choice to shit on ethics ;), because Google shits on
> > ethics.
> Well, ethics and big companies are maybe not the best friends. But Google
> sometimes gets above the crowd, as recently in the suit against Oracle:
> http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20101111114933605
> "Each of the Patents-in-Suit is invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 because one
> or
> more claims are directed to abstract ideas or other non-statutory subject
> matter."
> About myself, I have been self-employed for about 10 years, at my own
> little
> company, which is mainly comprised of myself, a few interns from time to
> time,
> and working with other small companies or freelances here in Paris.
> I only do software development, and for a few years now I have mostly done
> audio
> related development. And yes, it pays the bill.
> I also do music and have quite a lot of artistic and not-so-artistic
> projects
> maturating in the lab, which usually involve both music and software
> development. Free software is everywhere here, it's my culture, but I'm no
> fanatic. I think there's enough room in the world for other approaches, and
> that
> it can all be complementary.
> --
>   Olivier
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