After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Gilles Roussel obtained a doctorate in computer science from the Sorbonne Université. He is currently a Professor at Université Gustave Eiffel. From 2012 to 2019 he was President of Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (UPEM), which merged with the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR) on 1 January 2020 to form Université Gustave Eiffel, working in partnership with three Schools of Engineering (ESIEE Paris, ENSG and EIVP) and a School of Architecture (Eav&t). He has been President of this university since January 2021. From 2017 to 2020 he served as President of the Conference of University Presidents (CPU).