About me

My name is Olivier Bruchez. To make it short, here's my Twitter bio*:

"Software engineer living in Switzerland, working at EPFL, passionate about software development (incl. Scala), science, technology, philosophy, music, and more."

You can find more information about me on my profile page or in my CV / résumé.

* Dynamically retrieved from Twitter, of course!

Looking for a new job as a software engineer in Lausanne

I've been working at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) since May 2012, as part of the Metamedia Center. I've mainly worked on the Montreux Jazz Digital Project. My current fixed-term contract will end in 2018. For various reasons (end of project, budget cuts, etc.), I don't think it's very likely that my contract will be renewed (or at least not for a long period). As my manager is fine with me leaving before the end of my contract if an opportunity arises (with a reasonable notice period), I'm already officially looking for a new professional challenge.

You can read my full CV / résumé, but, basically, I'm a software engineer, working in the Lausanne, Switzerland area. I've been programming almost exclusively in Scala since 2011 and I have used popular Scala-related frameworks such as Play, Akka, Slick, etc.

Over the years, I have acquired a lot of knowledge about audio, video, archiving, etc., as well as developed a personal interest in machine learning, big data, among many other things. I've kept my skills up-to-date by practicing them professionally, of course, but also by reading books and articles, going to meetups, taking online courses (MOOCs), working on personal projects, etc.

My ideal job would be one located in the Lausanne area, full-time or part-time (80%), in a team using a "modern" and/or functional language (Scala, Haskell, Kotlin, Rust, Swift, etc.).

The easiest way to contact me is by email (olivier@bruchez.org).

About this website

This site is meant as a central repository for my public lists and documents, which were previously stored on Github, Google Drive, etc. It was also an excuse to start a new programming project, using Scala, Play, Akka, and more.

Most of the content on this site is stored on Github, but some of it also comes from external APIs such as the Blogger API or the Twitter API.


I have a blog on Blogger since September 2006. It is not completely integrated with this website yet, but I'm working on it.

Here are my latest posts:


I'm also on Twitter since February 2008.

Here are my latest tweets:

  • 2018-01-14: La première crèmerie végane ouvre à Genève https://t.co/tE1fEBmpVf
  • 2018-01-11: Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History https://t.co/lYkG4isw3D
  • 2017-12-26: "The conclusion of the four systematic reviews and three meta-analyses is that there was no evidence to support the… https://t.co/N8ZZRpKTpO
  • 2017-12-25: RT @danluu: Computer latency: 1977-2017 https://t.co/6ClvBWaWVt https://t.co/r6ba173NNp
  • 2017-12-13: TIL that Vladimir Levenshtein, known for the Levenshtein / Damerau–Levenshtein distances, died in September 2017. https://t.co/ByFH9BMwR9

What have I done lately?

The last books I read, concerts I went to, movies I saw, etc. Yes, I'm a list addict. This is a recurrent theme on this site.

2018-01-10 - Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History
2018-01-10 - The tricks to make yourself effortlessly charming
2018-01-03 - Bookstore Chains, Long in Decline, Are Undergoing a Final Shakeout
2017-12-30 - What Needs to Happen Before Electric Cars Take Over the World
2017-12-22 - Epigenetics - It's not just genes that make us
2017-12-28 - Duane Tudhal - Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984
2017-11-29 - Jacques Prévert - Paroles
2017-10-12 - Randall Munroe - What If?
2017-09-14 - Peter Elsdon - Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert
2017-08-26 - Yuval Noah Harari - Homo Deus
2017-10-15 - The Preservation All-Stars - Preservation Hall, New Orleans, LA, USA
2017-10-13 - Washboard Chaz Blues Trio - The Spotted Cat Music Club, New Orleans, LA, USA
2017-07-10 - Mike Stern & Randy Brecker - Montreux Jazz Club, Montreux, Switzerland
2017-07-10 - Saxophone Summit - Montreux Jazz Club, Montreux, Switzerland
2017-07-10 - Olli Hirvonen New Helsinki - Montreux Jazz Club, Montreux, Switzerland
2017-10-19 - Frick Collection, New York, USA - Permanent exhibition
2017-10-17 - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA - Permanent exhibition / The Theater of Disappearance / Rodin at The Met
2017-10-14 - National WWII Museum, New Orleans, USA - Permanent exhibition
2017-10-11 - Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, USA - Permanent exhibition
2017-10-10 - Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA - Permanent exhibition / Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil
2018-01-13 - Adam Elliot - Mary and Max
2017-12-29 - - Coco
2017-12-21 - James Cameron - Terminator 2
2017-12-12 - Louis Malle - Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
2017-12-07 - James Cameron - The Terminator
2018-01-12 - Lucrèce Borgia - Pulloff Théâtres, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-12-01 - L'Avare - Salle Charles Apothéloz, Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-11-11 - Le Direktør - Salle Charles Apothéloz, Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-10-27 - En découdre - Pulloff Théâtres, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-10-19 - Wicked - Gershwin Theatre, New York, NY, USA
2018-01-12 - Very Bad Wizards - I Have No Genitals and I Must Scream
2018-01-11 - Very Bad Wizards - Dehumanization and Disintegration (with Paul Bloom)
2018-01-09 - Waking Up with Sam Harris - The Science of Meditation
2018-01-07 - Waking Up with Sam Harris - The Change Artist - A Conversation with A.J. Jacobs
2018-01-03 - Waking Up with Sam Harris - Biology and Culture - A Conversation with Bret Weinstein
2017-10-07 - 2017-10-07-2017-10-22: Chicago / New Orleans / New York, USA
2017-08-25 - 2017-08-25-2017-08-27: Adelboden, Switzerland
2017-07-28 - 2017-07-28-2017-08-04: Alcúdia, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
2017-04-08 - 2017-04-08-2017-04-23: Tokyo / Kyoto, Japan
2016-12-29 - 2016-12-29-2017-01-03: Berlin, Germany
2018-01-07 - Modern Family (season 3)
2017-12-17 - Modern Family (season 2)
2017-12-17 - This Is Us (season 1)
2017-12-15 - Mr. Robot (season 3)
2017-10-31 - Episodes (series 5)