François Brémond is a Research Director DR1 at INRIA Sophia Antipolis. He created the STARS team on the 1st of January 2012 and was previously the head of the PULSAR INRIA team in September 2009. He has conducted research work in video understanding since 1993 both at Sophia-Antipolis and at USC (University of Southern California), LA. his research work as a post doctorate at USC on the interpretation of videos taken from UAV (Unmanned Airborne Vehicle) in DARPA project VSAM (Visual Surveillance and Activity Monitoring). He is a co-fonder of Keeneo, Ekinnox and Neosensys, three companies in intelligent video monitoring and business intelligence. He also co-founded the CoBTek team from Nice University on the 1st of January 2012 with P. Robert from Nice Hospital on the study of behavioral disorders for older adults suffering from dementia.