Mathias Sablé-Meyer

Normalien, PhD Student in PSL/Collège de France & NeuroSpin

Present situation

Photo ID Credit to Kaspar Ravel for this picture.

Starting a Ph.D under the supervision of Stanislas Dehaene at PSL/Collège de France, with a lab at NeuroSpin, CEA. Working title: “An exploration of humans’ outstanding capacity for abstraction through non representative geometry”.

Reach me on my academic email

Teaching page

Highlights of the past situation

During the course of my higher education, I was a visiting researcher for half a year in the following places:

Master degree:

Past situation

Click to see more details about my academic path.

2017-2016 — Research @ MIT with Josh Tenenbaum

“Library Learning for Neurally-Guided Bayesian Program Induction”, one paper accepted, moving toward more cognitive science stuff, ongoing.

2017-2016 — Research @ ENS with Salvador Mascarenhas

Reasoners as mini-scientists: hypothesis testing and pragmatics. Two articles in prep. from this work.

2016-2017 — M2 @ CogMaster

Internship at NeuroSpin with Stanislas Dehaene, working on behavioural research and psychophysics of structured sequences in the visual modality. Academic report bellow, there is an article in prep..

2015-2016 — Gap year @ Mediterranean Sea

Gap year: a boat in Ithaca, Félicien, a fire. A dinner at Ligia, Greece with Félicien.

There’s a french blog about it. I went sailing and climbing for a whole year with a friend.

2014-2015 — M1 @ MPRI

Internship in Oxford, UK with Luke Ong, working on semantics of meta-programming and translations from/to other paradigms withing lambda-calculus. Academic report bellow.

2013-2014 — L3 @ ENS Cachan

Internship in INRIA, Lille with Romaric Gaudel, working on machine learning and cold-start versions of the multi-armed bandit problem. Academic report bellow.


Under review


Peer reviewed articles


  • Kevin Ellis, Lucas Morales, Mathias Sablé-Meyer, Armando Solar-Lezama, Joshua B. Tenenbaum. Library Learning for Neurally-Guided Bayesian Program Induction. NIPS 2018. Spotlight.

Talks & Seminars

Academic Reports

Compression Structural compression of visual input?

Other occupations of my time


Whenever I can, here and there, cliffs, rocks, indoor, boulder or just trees.


Playing around breaking stuff to understand how it works. A few selected examples:

Misc & Non Serious

Circuit Spare time electronic stuff.

  • I quite enjoy electronics from time to time. The documentation (non serious!) for a small project I realised during my time at NeuroSpin — reverse engineer a food distribution system to interface it with a computer through USB.
  • A course from CogMaster was validated through a mini thesis. It’s about Mathematical Intuitions and Monsters (in French).
  • Every once in a while I put something in this modest blog.
  • More of the background of this page?