François Pachet is director of the Spotify CTRL (Creator Research Technology Lab).
He is the former director of the SONY Computer Science Laboratory Paris, where he led the music research team.
He received his Ph.D. and Habilitation degrees from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC). He is a Civil Engineer (Ecole des Ponts and Chaussées) and was Assistant Professor in Artificial Intelligence at UPMC until 1997. He joined the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in 1997 and created the music team to conduct research on interactive music listening, composition and performance. Since its creation, the team developed several award winning technologies (constraint-based spatialisation, intelligent music scheduling using metadata) and systems: MusicSpace, PathBuilder, Continuator for interactive music improvisation, Flow Composer, etc.).
François Pachet has published intensively in artificial intelligence and computer music.
He has been elected ECCAI Fellow in 2014 and he is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Pernambuco (Brazil).
After being Principal Investigator of the Flow MachinesERC Advanced Grant, his current goal in Spotify is to build the new generation of tools to assist music creation.
He is also an accomplished musician (guitar, composition) and has published two music albums (in jazz and pop) as composer and performer.