Smart Objects and Social Networks Chair

Innovative networks of humans and objects



Christine Balague, titulaire Chaire


Christine Balagué

Head of Smart Objects and Social Networks Chair (SOSN Chair)

A graduate from ESSEC, with a Master’s Degree in Econometrics and Statistics from ENSAE, a DEA (post-graduate applied studies degree) from the University of Paris Dauphine, and a PhD in Management Sciences from HEC, Christine Balagué is the holder of the Social Networks Chair at the Institut Mines-Telecom.

Her thesis addressed modelling web user behaviour by using Petri Nets. Her thesis won her the HEC Foundation Thesis Prize in 2006 and 4th prize from the EDAMBA (European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration).

Christine Balagué was also Vice-president of the French Digital Council and chairs thecommission services Cap Digitalcompetitiveness and digital transformation clusterwhich aims to promote the emergence of collaborative R&D projects in France between large companies, SMEs, start-ups and research laboratories. Now, she is a member of CERNA (Ethics Committee of Allistène Digital Research) and member of DATAIA (Data Science, Intelligence and Society).


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Zeling Zhong

PhD student of SOSN Chair at Institut Mines-Télécom | IMT-BS

Zeling ZHONG works at Institut Mines-Télécom Business School as a PhD student of the Smart Objects and Social Networks Chair. Curious about all the new Information and Communication Technologies, passionate by analysis of the Human-Computer Interaction and consumer behavior, Zeling ZHONG is interested as part of her thesis in the perception of smart connected objects by individuals, the adoption and appropriation process as well as the user experience. Her work also focuses on the sociality of smart connected objects, as part of the new research around the Social Internet of Things. Her doctoral thesis also integrates the cultural dimension comparing consumers behaviors in China, the US and France.

Zeling ZHONG holds a professional Master’s Degree in law and management of digital economy, and also earned a research Master’s Degree in management from EM Strasbourg business school. Before her research for the Social Networks and Connected Objects Chair, Zeling worked as digital project manager trainee in e-marketing at an Australian publisher of software for creating professional sales websites.



Camille Vansimaeys

PhD student of SOSN Chair at Institut Mines-Télécom | IMT-BS

Camille VANSIMAEYS works at Institut Mines-Télécom Business School as a PhD student of the Smart Objects and Social Networks Chair since 2018. He holds a PhD in Psychology and earned two research Master’s Degrees: one about Psychopathology and another profesionnial degree about Clinical Psychology.  His researches into the SOSN chair are about new technologies and their utily about taking care of somatic illnesses: How can Smart Objects be useful to treat somatic diseases?





El Mehdi Rochd

PhD student of SOSN Chair at Institut Mines-Télécom | IMT-BS

El Medhi Rochd works at Institut Mines-Télécom Business school as a PhD student of the Smart Objects and Social Networks Chair. He holds a PhD in Computer Sciences that he got at the University of Aix-Marseille. After his studies, he worked as an innovation expert-conseil into a company in Paris. Later, he worked at the University of Paris-2 as a tempory professor and searcher. In the SOCN Chair, his mission deals with creating models which permit to discover the interests of Internet surfers. With the analysis of this data, he optimizes the conversion rates and the booking rate of a journey company.



Project team associated with the Chair

Mehdi ElmoukhlissMehdi Elmoukhliss

PhD student at Institut Mines-Télécom | IMT-BS

Mehdi Elmoukhliss is a PhD student of the Social Networks ChairPassionated by network analysis and digital toolshis thesis is focused on creative processmassively distributed over the InternetHe holds a Masters degree in Management Research issued by the Ecole des Mines de Paris (in partnership with the University Nanterre La Défense and ESCP) and a Masters’ degree in information systems management of IESEGSchool of Management. Before engaging in research, Mehdi worked several years as a consultant for large groups in e-marketing and business intelligence.