Maxence Laurent

Scientific associate

After studying software informatics at HEIG-VD, Maxence worked as a research assistant with professor Eric Taillard in the field of operational research, metaheuristics, algorithmic geometry and semiology.

He also worked part-time as a technician at the Maison d’Ailleurs (Musée de la Science-Fiction, de l’Utopie et des Voyages Extraordinaires).

Within AlbaSim, Maxence works as much on the development of the Wegas core infrastructure as on the development of Serious games. In particular, he is at the origin of the first version of the Project Management Game.



Olivier Ertz, Maxence Laurent, Daniel Rappo and Eric Taillard. Towards an automated label placement service. In Erwan Bocher and Markus Neteler, editors, Geospatial Free and Open Source Software in the 21st Century, Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, pages 157–171. Springer Berlin. Heidelberg, 2012.

O. Ertz, M. Laurent et al. PAL : a cartographic labelling library. In PositionIT, pages 56–61. EEPublishers. July 2009.


Erwan Bocher, Olivier Ertz et al., Maps and specifications : From design model to final users.  International Cartographic Conference, Paris, France, Juillet 2011

Oliver Ertz, Daniel Rappo & Maxence Laurent,Towards an automated label placement service.  International OpenSource Geospatial Research Symposium, Nantes, France, Juillet 2009

Maxence Laurent, Eric D. Taillard, Oliver Ertz, Francis Grin, Daniel Rappo & Sébastien Roh, From Point Features Label Placement to Map Labelling.  Metaheuristic International Conference, Hambourg, Germany, Juillet 2009

Olivier Ertz, Maxence Laurent, Daniel Rappo, Abson Sae-Tang & Eric Taillard,  PAL – A carthographic labelling library Free and Open-Source Software for Geospatial 2008, Cape-Town, South Africa, Septembre 2008

Maxence Laurent, Eric D. Taillard, Michel Toulouse & Teo Crainic, Parallel noising methods embedded in an adaptive memory. Metaheuristic International Conference, Montreal, Canada, 2007