David Mercier graduated in 2003 with an artificial intelligence French DEA (equivalent of a M.S.) from the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, France, and earned a PhD from the University of Technology of Compiègne, France in 2006. He recently became a professor at the University of Artois, France in September 2019 after being an associate professor from 2008 to 2019 in this same university. His research interests include information fusion and reasoning with belief functions.
Concerning BFAS, he has been a member since the first conference in 2010 and was elected in the board of directors in 2012. He is since particularly implied in the management of BFAS website. He was also involved in the organisation of the 3rd school on belief functions and their applications in Stella Plage, France in 2015, as well as in the organisation of last school in Siena, Italy, late October 2019. He also participated to the 2017 school as a lecturer.
For the future of the association, David will continue to encourage solutions for the development and the share of knowledge and tools on the belief function framework as well as its links with other uncertainty theories.