Philippe Piernot, Ph.D.
 
Philippe Piernot

I was most recently Director of User Experience Design for Yahoo!'s next generation digital advertising platform APT. Prior to that I co-founded, ran, and sold 995 SOFT, a leading publisher of consumer software for mobile devices. Prior to 995 SOFT, I was CTO and VP Engineering with Bertelsmann BeMusic, a provider of online music storage, streaming and subscription services. Before joining Bertelsmann, I was VP Product Development at Pagoo Communications, where I headed the design and implementation of Voice Over IP applications. In 1998, I co-founded Zowie Intertainment — a high-tech toy company — to commercialize the smart toy concept I developed at Paul Allen's Interval Research. Zowie's critically acclaimed products where heralded by Newsweek as "It toys of 1999" and the company was subsequently acquired by Lego Systems, Inc. I conducted my thesis research at Stanford University and earned my Ph.D. degree from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.

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Selected Projects
 
Game du Jour

Game du Jour is the first "One Deal a Day" website for indie and casual PC games. Every day of the week, GameDuJour.com sells one popular downloadable game at a steep discount. But the clock is ticking and each deal expires at the end of the day. Visitors to Game Du Jour can download today's game, try it and buy it at a big discount until midnight Central Time. Then it's a whole new game - the clock is reset and another game is available at a bargain price.

 
Pagoo Phone

Pagoo Phone is the first full service Internet phone line allowing users to get a (regular) phone number with Caller ID, place and receive phone calls on their PC, retrieve voice messages and forward calls to another line. Pagoo Phone shipped in June 2000. This service was later customized and made available to Tiscali, the second largest European Internet Service Provider. The 3MB Windows application is available for download.

 
Ellie's Enchanted Garden Playset

Zowie's Ellie's Enchanted Garden and Redbeard's Pirate Quest are the first toy playsets hooking up to the computer to provide children 4 and up with an integrated tactile/visual play experience. Those interactive playsets were on the shelves of all major toy retailers during the Christmas 1999 season and are protected by half a dozen patents.

 
PenPal

The PenPal is a prototype of an Internet-enabled personal communicator for young children featuring an intuitive tactile user interface. The PenPal was developed at Stanford University in the context of the Apple Design Competition and received awards for "Best Hardware/Software Integration and User Involvement" and "Best Presentation".

 
Aide Workbench

During my Ph.D. I developed the AIDE Workbench, a system substrate helping developers implement applications that are programmable by end-users. The title of my dissertation is "Un système d'aide pour la mise en oeuvre de la programmation par démonstration" (in French - 450KB Acrobat PDF file.)

 
Selected Publications
 
LogJam Board Logjam: a Tangible Multi-Person Interface for Video Logging, in Proceedings of the Conference on Computer Human Interaction (CHI '99), 1999, pp. 128-135.
 
Web Interface Using the Web Instead of a Window System, in Proceedings of the Conference on Computer Human Interaction (CHI '96), 1996, pp. 103-110.
 
Memory Card Insertion Designing the PenPal: Blending Hardware and Software in a User-Interface for Children, in Proceedings of the Conference on Computer Human Interaction (CHI '95), 1995, pp. 511-518.
 
Command Tree A Model for Incremental Construction of Command Trees, in Proceedings of the Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI '95), 1995, pp. 169-179.
 
Aide Workbench The Aide Project: An Application Independent Demonstrational Environment, in Watch What I Do: Programming by Demonstration, Allen Cypher, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1993, pp. 382-401.
 
History window Ph.D. dissertation: Un système d'aide pour la mise en oeuvre de la programmation par démonstration (in French - 450KB Acrobat PDF file.)
 
Patents
 
WO 2001/020887 Apparatus and Methods for Forwarding and Handling Telephonic Messages Over a Data Network.
 
US 6,034,652 Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device.
 
US 6,750,880 Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device (continuation patent.)
 
US 6,788,314 Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device (continuation patent.)
 
US 7,348,935 Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device (continuation patent.)
 
US 6,263,507 Browser for Use in Navigating a Body of Information, with Particular Application to Browsing Information Represented by Audiovisual Data.
 
US 6,880,171 Browser for Use in Navigating a Body of Information, with Particular Application to Browsing Information Represented by Audiovisual Data (continuation patent.)
 
US 6,108,612 Coded Objects and Methods for Detecting Such Coded Objects.
 
US 6,151,564 Coded Object System and Code Recognition Methods.
 
US 6,167,353 Computer Method and Apparatus for Interacting with a Physical System (continuation patent.)
 
US 6,417,663 Detecting physical objects states using electromagnetic sensors.
 
WO 2000/045250 Interactive Entertainment Systems and Methods.
 
WO 2010/006063 Media Generating System and Method.
 
US 6,047,249 Video Camera Based Computer Input System with Interchangeable Physical Interface (continuation patent.)
 
US 5,953,686 Video Camera Based Computer Input System with Interchangeable Physical Interface.