After studies in Mathematics that led him to a PhD from the University of Montpellier, Olivier joined the Geosciences Montpellier laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher. There he worked on the geometric characterization of porous media using 3D imaging and met Philippe Gouze and Vanessa Hébert. Together they experienced the lack of Digital Rock Physics solutions able to fill their needs and discovered that they were surprisingly not alone. Thus they decided to bring their own ideas into this field.
As a fan of demanding ascents, Olivier likes to commit himself to sports such as biking, trail running, rock climbing and startup creation. Currently CEO of Voxaya, he is in charge of the company strategy, product development and pun quality.
Hiking made Vanessa want to become a geologist. She holds a degree in Geosciences from the University of Bordeaux, and a PhD in Geology from the University of Montpellier.
Then processing amount of 3D images during her PhD made her want to play with her own Digital Rock Physics software.
Vanessa gained experience with material analysis techniques related to innovative tools through time, fed by a growing curiosity for the whole range of scientific applications. Now she can travel in the inner structure of any rock as a product developer and marketing account manager for Voxaya.
Philippe Gouze is a senior researcher at CNRS since 1995. He develops tools for modeling flow, solute transport and chemical reactions for applications to aquifers and reservoir exploitation. His interest in using Digital Rock Physics to quantify processes and parameterizing models started in 1999. From this time the challenge was to retrieve as most information as possible from accurate image processing. Since non-invasive 3D imaging became routine in Geosciences, Philippe thought it was time to share his experience with the industry. The challenge was to gather a pair of talented, motivated and sufficiently daredevil young scientists to take the lead of the Voxaya venture; here we are.
After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (now Paris-Saclay), Thierry went to program parallel computers. Thierry has more than 30 years of experience developing optimized applications on desktop machines with accelerators and on some of the largest clusters in the World. Thierry has developed codes for nuclear research, real-time training and now numerical rocks. When not in front of a computer, Thierry enjoys solving mathematical puzzles and playing piano.
Thierry has a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a MSc in Artificial Intelligence.