Dominique Jaccard


Professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland and academic fellow at University of Geneva.

ORCID Profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4037-2322


Teaching activities

Bachelor and master courses in the fields of project management, serious games, complexity & systems thinking.


Research activities

For more than 10 years, his research activity focuses on experiential learning, serious games and simulations.

At the head of the AlbaSim research team at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, he lead research & development projects in the area of serious games, with the goal to design innovative solutions for higher and professional education.

Dominique has been the originator and team leader of several projects such as the Project Management Game (which is now used for training purposes by many universities and companies in Switzerland and abroad), Wegas (development of simulation authoring software) and many other serious games for education purposes in fields like health, crime scene investigation, energy management or sustainable urbanism.



Master in Business Information Systems (2000)
University of Lausanne

Diplôme fédéral d’aptitude pédagogique (1999)
Institut Suisse de pédagogie pour la formation professionnelle

Master in Economics (1994)
University of Lausanne

Bachelor in Rural Engineering (1991)
Ecole d’Ingénieurs de l’Etat de Vaud

Contact information

E-mail:  dominique.jaccard(a)heig-vd.ch

Phone:  +41 24 55 77 556

Jarle Hulaas

Scientific collaborator

Ph.D. in Computer Science (EPFL). Before joining the AlbaSim team, Jarle has been assistant professor at University of Geneva, interim director of the Software Engineering Laboratory (EPFL), co-founder of the company EcoStarter. ResearchGate profile

Contact information

E-mail:  jarle.hulaas(a)heig-vd.ch

Phone:  +41 24 55 77 556

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

Contact information

E-mail:  maxence.laurent(a)heig-vd.ch

Phone:  +41 24 557 23 19

Cyril Junod

Scientific associate

M.Sc. in Computer Science with a specialization in Internet Computing, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

During his master thesis, Cyril has been working on a collaborative web portal at the MEDIA Research Groupe at EPFL.

Within AlbaSim, Cyril works as much on the development of the Wegas core infrastructure as on the development of Serious games. In particular, he has been working on serious games like Crime Scene Investigation or the Programming game.

Contact information

E-mail:  cyril.junod(a)heig-vd.ch

Phone:  +41 24 557 75 69