Born in Lausanne. In 1991 he obtained a degree in physics and then in 1998, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Optics from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technolgy in Lausanne). He also studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1992–1993) and has participated in different music and media arts projects. From 1999 to 2003 he conducted research at the Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California Irvine. Since October 2003 he has been in charge of research on gesture analysis at IRCAM as a member of the Real-time Musical Interactions Team, and with the Performing Arts Technology Research Team.