Alexandre R.J. François' research focuses on the modeling and design of interactive (software) systems, as an enabling step towards the understanding of perception and cognition.  His interdisciplinary research projects explore interactions within and across music, vision, visualization and video games. He was a 2007-2008 Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where he co-lead a music research cluster on Analytical Listening Through Interactive Visualization.

From 2004 to 2010, François was a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. In 2010, he was a Visiting Associate Professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College. In 2008-2009, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University. From 2001 to 2004 he was a Research Associate with the Integrated Media Systems Center and with the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, both at USC.

François received the Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon (France) in 1993, the Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (M.S.) from the University Paris IX - Dauphine (France) in 1994, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from USC in 1997 and 2000 respectively.