Eric Métois, Ph.D.
Eric Métois is Chief Science Advisor for Postea with 15 years experience as an R&D algorithm and software developer.
Prior to Postea Eric operated as a consultant / independent contractor over a period of 8 years. His expertise, creativity and analytical problem skills have been used in a wide variety of applications ranging from interactive music and video games to security technologies and computer vision. He has worked with a variety of clients from small startups to Warner Brothers Records
As Escher Group Ltd's Director of Strategic Research, Eric focused primarily on the theme of Intelligent Documents. He made several improvements to the company's FiberFingerprinting technology (a means to effectively fingerprint a substrate) and invented a novel, high-performance and versatile 2D symbology, branded as SpectraSeal™, both of which being the objects of pending patents.
Prior to joining Escher, Eric had been part of the research and development team of Verance Corporation (formerly ARIS Technologies) since January 1997. There, he co-invented MusiCode®, a transparent yet robust audio watermarking technology, which was subsequently selected as the worldwide industry standard for DVD Audio copy control and for Phase One of the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) in 1999. Since then, the technology has been integrated within a variety of consumer electronic devices. It is also at the basis of Confirmedia, Verance's comprehensive system for monitoring broadcast media.
Eric received his PhD under Prof. Tod Machover from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab in 1997. There, he played a major role in the design and development of several interactive installations and musical sound analysis algorithms. His PhD research, in collaboration with Prof. Neil Gershenfeld, led to "Cluster-Based Embedding Modeling", for which a patent was subsequently issued in 1999. His Ph.D. dissertation, "Musical Sound Information - Musical gestures and embedding synthesis", investigated means of applying these principles to the inference of dynamical sound synthesis algorithms from recorded waveforms, where the control set of the virtual instrument is perceptually meaningful.
Eric also holds a "Diplome d'ingénieur" from the "Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications" (ENST, Paris - France) where he studied Electrical Engineering with a major in Signal Processing. He has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Luminy's CRMC2 (Marseille - France), UC Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT, Berkeley), and the "Centre d'Etude et de Recherche des Télécommunications" (Toulon - France).