Short Bio

Since september 2016, I am an assistant professor at the Center for Applied Mathematics (CMAP) in Ecole Polytechnique near Paris. My research interests focus on theoretical statistics and Machine Learning with a particular emphasis on nonparametric estimates. I did my PhD thesis on a particular algorithm of Machine Learning called random forests, under the supervision of Gérard Biau (LSTA - Paris 6) and Jean-Philipe Vert (Institut Curie).

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Degree "Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Visual Computing"

    A new graduate degree on Artificial Intelligence will open in September 2018 at Ecole Polytechnique. The official training website is here and additional information on the scientific content can be found here . A short summary can also be found here (presentation of March 28, 2018)

Awards and distinctions


  1. Jaouad Mourtada (2016-)
    Ph.D. student co-supervised with Stéphane Gaïffas



  1. J. Mourtada, S. Gaïffas, E. Scornet. Minimax optimal rates for Mondrian trees and forests , 2018

Accepted/Published papers

  1. Scornet, E., Biau, G. and Vert, J.-P. (2015). Consistency of random forests, The Annals of Statistics, Vol. 43, pp. 1716-1741 (Supplementary materials ).
  2. Scornet, E. (2016). On the asymptotics of random forests, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Vol. 146, pp. 72-83.
  3. Scornet, E. (2016). Random forests and kernel methods, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 62, pp. 1485-1500.
  4. Biau, G., Scornet, E. (2016). A Random Forest Guided Tour, TEST, Vol. 25, pp. 197-227. ( Discussion )
  5. Scornet, E. (2016). Promenade en forêts aléatoires, MATAPLI, Vol. 111.
  6. E. Bernard, Y. Jiao, E. Scornet, V. Stoven, T. Walter and J.-P. Vert (2017) Kernel multitask regression for toxicogenetics, Molecular Informatics, in press.
  7. J. Mourtada, S. Gaïffas, E. Scornet, (2017) Universal consistency and minimax rates for online Mondrian Forest, NIPS 2017 (Supplementary materials ).
  8. Scornet, E. (2017). Tuning parameters in random forests, ESAIM Procs, Vol. 60 pp. 144-162.
  9. R. Duroux, E. Scornet (2018) Impact of subsampling and tree depth on random forests, ESAIM (accepted for publication)
  10. G. Biau, E. Scornet, J. Welbl, (2018) Neural Random Forests , Sankhya A (accepted for publication)

Academic publications

  1. PhD thesis Learning with random forests, defended on Monday, 30th November, 2015.
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  3. Phone number: +33 1 69 33 45 97