Gauthier QUESNEL

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Permanent researcher at INRA, in MIAT unit of the MIA department.

Research interests

  • Theory of modeling and simulation : DEVS Discrete System Event Specification.
    • VLE: A multi-modelling, simulation and analysis environment of complex dynamical systems.
  • Intelligent Agents
  • Continuous Planning
    • Baryonyx: A binary/integer linear programming solver


Selected publications

International Journals

  • Quesnel G., Akplogan M., Bonneau M., Martin-Clouaire R., Peyrard N., Rellier J.-P., Sabbadin R., Trépos R., Decision in agroecosystems advanced modelling techniques studying global changes in environmental sciences in Advanced Modelling Techniques Studying Global Changes in Environmental Sciences, Park, Y.S. and Lek, S. and Baehr, C. and Jorgensen, S.E. 2015, Elsevier Science
  • Akplogan M., de Givry S., Métivier J-P., Quesnel G., Joannon A., Garcia F. Solving the Crop Allocation Problem using Hard and Soft Constraints, RAIRO - Operations Research, 47, 02, 3, 2013, 1290-3868, p. 151--172
  • Roux O., Duvivier D., Quesnel G., Ramat E., Optimization of preventive maintenance through a combined maintenance-production simulation model, Journal of Production Economics, 143, 1, may 2013, p. 3--12
  • Casadebaig P., Quesnel G., Langlais M., Faivre R., A Generic Model to Simulate Air-borne Diseases as a Function of Crop Architecture, Public Library of Science (PloS ONE), 2012
  • Bergez JE., Chabrier P., Gary C., Jeuffroy MH., Makowski D., Quesnel G., Ramat E., Raynal H., Rousse N., Wallach D., Debaeke P., Durand P., Duru M., Dury J., Faverdin P., Gascuel-Odoux C., Garcia F., An open platform to build, evaluate and simulate integrated models of farming and agro-ecosystems Environmental Modelling \& Software, The future of integrated modelling science and technology of the journal Environmental Modelling \& Software, 2012
  • Quesnel, G., Duboz, R, Ramat, E., The Virtual Laboratory Environment -- An operational framework for multi-modelling, simulation and analysis of complex dynamical systems. Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 17, 2009, 641-653

International Conferences

  • Maqrot S., de Givry S., Quesnel G., and Tchamitchian M., A Mixed Integer Programming Reformulation of the Mixed Fruit-Vegetable Crop Allocation Problem, in 30th International Conference on Industrial, Engineering, and Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems (IEA/AIE), page 12 pages, Arras, France, June 2017
  • Herbez C., Quesnel G., Ramat E., Optimizing distributed DEVS simulations with partitioning and Hidden Markov Model learning methods in 29th European Simulation and Modelling Conference (ESM'2015) October 26-28, 2015, Holiday Inn, Leicester, United Kingdom.
  • Herbez C., Quesnel G., Ramat E., Optimization of Parallel-DEVS Simulations with Partitioning Techniques, 5th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH), July 21-23, 2015, Colmar, Alsace, France.

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PhD Students

  • Sara Maqrot (Since 2015) : Méthode approchée en programmation mathématique. Application à la conception de vergers maraîchers
  • Christopher Herbez (2013-2016) : Parallélisation massive de dynamiques spatiales : contribution à la gestion durable du mildiou de la pomme de terre.
  • Mahuna Akplogan (2008-2013) : Approche modulaire pour la planification continue. Application à la conduite des systèmes de culture.


  • Master's degree 2007--2011: Open source development: 72 hours. [1]
  • Bachelor's degree 2003-2007: C++ langauge: 120 hours. C and Operating System: 60 hours. C and Networks: 120 hours. Ada -- Advanced Data Structures: 64 hours. Java: 60 hours.

Recent IT Developments

  • 2003--2018, VLE, A multi-modelling and simulation platform supporting the use of different formalisms for the specification of models and implementing the corresponding solvers in a unified manner. Large user communauty. [2], [3] (GPLv3/C++14/R/Python/MPI).
  • 2016--2018, Baryonyx, A Boolean/Integer linear programming solver. [4] (MIT/C++14/R).
  • 2016--2018, Efyj, A DEXi (A Program for Multi-Attribute Decision Making) tool with experimental frames and large model solver supports}[5] (MIT/C++14/R)

Project participation

  • French ANR project ESCAPADE (2013-1017)


  • Open source development: 36h (2006), Master 2 I2L
  • C++ language: 120h (2004-2006)
  • Operating system (low level): 30h (2005-2006)
  • Networks: 104h (2004-2006)
  • Advanced Data Structures 64h (2003)
  • Java: 57h (2002, 2003)

Contact informations

  • Address:
Gauthier Quesnel
INRA, MIAT, 24 Chemin de Borde Rouge - Auzeville CS 52627
31326 Castanet Tolosan CEDEX, France.
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