In a few words

Master degree in numerical analysis (Paris 6 university)
PhD in applied mathematics (Paris 13 university) : inversion problem of seismic tomography

1994-2003 : research engineer in geophysic division of IFPEN
main research topic : inverse problems for seismic imaging
2003-now : research engineer in applied mathematics department of IFPEN
main research topic : numerical optimization

Complete list of publications at  Hal or ORCID pages

Research subjects
Derivative Free Optimization
Optimization / inversion under uncertainties
Mixed integer continuous optimization
Response surfaces, surrogate optimization

Contributions to IFPEN applications

  • Optimal design for offshore wind turbines Science@ifpen n°34
  • Optimization of chemical refinery process : simultaneous process design and heat exchanger network synthesis (paper)
  • Hybrid vehicles : design and optimal control of hybrid vehicles (paper), constrained optimization of energy management (paper)
  • Engine calibration : calibration methods based on design of experiments (paper), constrained multi-objective optimization of engine maps (paper)
  • Optimization and uncertainty treatment for reservoir engineering : CougarFlow software,  well placement (Science@ifpen n°30)
  • Seismic inversion : reflection tomography (paper), constrained nonlinear optimization (paper)

Project management

  • Lead DeTOCS research project of Scientific Division : "Design Tools for Optimization and Control of complex Systems"  (2020-)
  • Co-animate scientific challenge "Optimization and control of complex systems"  (2017-)
  • Lead ERMES joint industrial project (JIP sponsored by Engie and Petrobras) Enhanced unceRtainty and optiMization mEthodologieS (2014-2017)
  • Lead research projects of Scientific Division in optimization and uncertainty treatment (2006-2011) (Science@ifpen n°2)

phD supervision

  • Nonlinear optimization of mixed continuous and discrete variables for black-box simulators, by Thi-Thoi Tran, ongoing, in collaboration with M. Mongeau (ENAC) and S. Da Veiga (Safran)
  • Uncertainties and robustness analysis for models with functional inputs, by Mohammed Reda El Amri, 2019, in collaboration with C. Prieur (LJK, Université Grenoble Alpes), C. Helbert (Ecole Centrale de Lyon), M. Munoz Zuniga (IFPEN)
  • Mixed-integer nonlinear optimization approach for well placement and geometry, by Claire Lizon, 2015, in collaboration with L. Liberti and C. d'Ambrosio (LIX, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS)
  • Constraints derivative-free optimization : two industrial applications in reservoir engeneering and in engine calibration, by Hoël Langouët, 2011, in collaboration with E. Thierry (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis)
  • Hybrid Vehicle and Optimal Control, by G. Rousseau, 2008, in collaboration with P. Rouchon (CAS, Ecole des Mines de Paris)
  • Uncertainty quantification seismic tomographic inversion, by Carole Duffet, 2004, in collaboration with M. Cuer (Université de Montpellier)
  • Constrained non-linear optimization problems in 3D reflection tomography, by Frédéric Delbos, 2004, in collaboration with R. Glowinski (Houston university and université Paris 6) and J-Ch. Gilbert (INRIA)

Collaborative projects

  • Participation in OQUAIDO, chair in applied mathematics (2016-2019)
  • Collaboration with Prof. Andrew Conn (IBM Watson) on derivative free optimization methods (2014-2018)
  • Extreme design of risers for Technip-FMC (2017)
  • PGMO projects (2014-2016) :  "Optimization under probabilistic constraints of complex systems – Application to the anchoring of offshore wind-turbines" with EDF, UniversitätDuisburh-Essen and Paris 7 University, "Global derivative free optimization with sparse grids" with Versailles University
  • Joint Industrial Projects in reservoir engineering  : leader of JIP "Enhanced unceRtainty and optiMization mEthodologieS" (ERMES) (2014-2017), participate in JIPs "Monitor-Condor" (MC2,MC3)  (2010-2013) sponsored by oil and gas companies and geophysical services companies
  • Projet ANR Costa Brava (2010-2013) : "Analyse de dynamiques spatio-temporelles complexes par réduction de modèle et analyses de sensibilité" with Toulouse University, INRIA Grenoble and CEA
  • Research consortia in geophysics : “Prestack Structural Interpretation” (PSI) with INRIA  (1991-1995) and “Kinematic Inversion Methods (KIM) (1996-2000) sponsored by oil and gas companies
  • Participation in the European project KIMASI (1998-1999) with BP
  • Professional detachments at AMOCO research center in USA (6 months in 1995), at CGG, France (2 months in 1996), at TOTAL, France (2 months in 1996)

Project reviews

  • CITEPH projects (2017-2019) : Collaborative & Innovative Technology Program in Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons
  • ANR projects (2011 - 2012) : French National Research Agency

Conference organization

  • Session "Surrogate Optimization: Methods and Applications" at EURO 2019 conference (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Workshop GDR MascotNum 2019 at IFPEN, with Miguel Munoz Zuniga
  • Workshop Horizon Maths 2014 of Fondation des Sciences Mathématiques de Paris, at IFPEN, with Frédéric Delbos, Isabelle Faille and Quang-Huy Tran

Invited talks at conferences


  • Best student paper : Sinoquet, D., Modeling a priori information on velocity field in reflection tomography, 1993, 63rd Ann. Internat. Mtg., Soc. Expl, Geophys. (SEG), Expanded Abstract


  • F. Delbos, M. Munoz Zuniga and D. Sinoquet, Optimization training course at IFPEN, 2015-2018
  • F. Delbos and D. Sinoquet, Optimization training course in CGG-Veritas, 2011
  • P. Lailly and D. Sinoquet, Course on Inverse Problems, IFP School

Complete list of publications at  Hal or ORCID pages

  • Munoz Zuniga M. and Sinoquet D., Global Optimization for mixed categorical-continuous variables based on Gaussian process models with a randomized categorical space exploration step, 2019, to appear in INFOR, Information Systems and Operational Research
  • El Amri M.R., Helbert C., Lepreux O., Munoz Zuniga M., Prieur C., Sinoquet D., Data-driven stochastic inversion under functional uncertainties, 2019, Statistics and Computing, DOI:10.1007/s11222-019-09888-8hal-02291766
  • Poirette Y., Guiton M., Huwart G., Sinoquet D. and Leroy J-M., An optimization method for the configuration of inter array cables for floating offshore wind farm, Proceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE 2017, DOI:10.1115/OMAE2017-61655hal-02284402
  • Psaltis A., Sinoquet D. and Pagot A., Systematic optimization methodology for heat exchanger network and simultaneous process design, 2016, Computers and Chemical Engineering, DOI:10.1016/j.compchemeng.2016.09.013, hal-0145282
  • Magand, S., Sciarretta, A., Sinoquet, D., Modular methodology to optimize innovative drivetrains, 2013, SAE Technical Papers, DOI:10.4271/2013-24-0080
  • Sinoquet, D., Rousseau, G., Milhau, Y., Design optimization and optimal control for hybrid vehicles, 2011, Optimization and Engineering, DOI:10.1007/s11081-009-9100-8hal-02284149
  • Langouët, H., Métivier, L., Sinoquet, D., Tran, Q.-H., Engine calibration: Multi-objective constrained optimization of engine maps, 2011, Optimization and Engineering, DOI:10.1007/s11081-011-9140-8hal-02284142

Book Chapter

  • Delbos F., Duffet C. and Sinoquet D., Uncertainty Analysis for Seismic Inverse Problems: Two Practical Examples, 2010, book chapter part of Large-Scale Inverse Problems and Quantification of Uncertainty Editor(s): Lorenz Biegler George Biros Omar Ghattas Matthias Heinkenschloss David Keyes Bani Mallick Youssef Marzouk Luis Tenorio Bart van Bloemen Waanders Karen Willcox


  • Castagné, M., Ferrero-Lesur, E., Nicolas, F., Magand, S., Sinoquet, D., Procédé de calibration d'un moteur à combustion interne pour limiter les émissions de polluants, 2012, brevet 6424/00/FR-NP.