Our tribe

A team of experts

SPooN offers an experienced team which already had a big impact on innovative Artificial Intelligence. Part of our team was involved in the Aldebaran adventure (bought by Softbank in 2012) creating robots, with Nao & Pepper.

We offer a strong combination of expertise on technical but also unusual topics which create a unique proposition.
From trending thematics such as Human-Machine interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Hardware integration, Software architecture to specialised know-how on Product & Interaction design, Behavioural sciences or Ethics & Philosophy.


Jérôme Monceaux
Founder & CEO

Jérôme is recognized as a world expert in interactive and social autonomous robots. As one of the main actors in the Aldebaran-robotics success, he occupied Executive positions for 10 years. With his strong abilities to define products and business models, he wants to change the game with Spoon artificial creatures.

Dr Aymeric Masurelle
Co-founder & Artificial Creature Artisan

Aymeric is a PhD passionate about human interaction through motion and sound. Previously he focused on digital signal processing and machine learning applied to music, interaction gesture and dance. Thanks to his curriculum, he brings to Spoon his artistic sensibility, his conception skills and his research expertise.

Thibault Hervier
Co-founder & CTO

After 4 years spent at Aldebaran, 2 of which as Software Director, Thibault is a recognized team manager and expert of robot interaction and perception. His formation (Ecole Polytechnique) and past experience taught him the methodology to work with large teams to deliver, improve and maintain complex systems.

Lionel d'Auriac

With 30 years of experience in an accounting firm, in establishing balance sheets, auditing or advising all types of clients (from small to multinational, from the agricultural sector to the tertiary sector, including communication companies), Lionel is an asset for the development of Spoon, a startup full of potential.

Luc Trunzler

Coming from the web, Luc created in 2012 a pioneer company in France focusing on conversational tools for the web (dynamic FAQ, then Chatbot/conversational agent). He then exported the model to other channels: phone (callbot), email (mailbot) but also in real life through humanoid robots (www.caly-toulouse.fr). Luc joined SPooN as a natural match in 2020 to further support SPooNs development. He is also very invested in the AI ecosystem in the French South West region.

David Chapon

David is a recognised professional in the marketing, digital and innovation fields. As global CDO at Sony Mobile, where he spent more than 10 years, he developed revolutionary ways to engage with consumers. David is also a long time adviser for startups.

Umaru Embalo

Umaru has 15 years of experience on making content for versatile medias from high quality brands commercials to movie industry with a strong expertise of CG animation and transmedia content. Umaru brings to Spoon the animation aspect to give to Robotics and IA more emotions.

Matthieu Pauthe

Matthieu has explored various facets of Design, from scenography to product design, including illustration and graphics. This multidisciplinarity and its transverse glance on creation enable him to take up the challenge suggested by Spoon as its Art director.

Ugo Cupcic
Research and Innovation Director

After studying at INSA Lyon and the Universit Pierre et Marie Curie (Bioinformatics and Artificial Intelligence, respectively), Ugo worked in software, before joining the Shadow Robot Company in 2009 as a Software Engineer. Ugo worked his way up to the role of Chief Technical Architect, where he drove the technical roadmap for Shadow. He joined Spoon in December 2017 as the Director of Research. Hes helping to bring more intelligence to the creatures developed at Spoon.

Benjamin Le Cam

Benjamin has spent over 5 years in the robotics space, focusing on business development and marketing. Since moving to the United States in 2016, he offers an international perspective of market needs and is helping to build local relationships for SPooN.


Our pioneering partners share our vision and take part in the creation and discovery of artificial creatures blooming between the physical and the virtual worlds.

Spoon Partner

Ce projet bénéficie du soutien financier de la Région Île-de-France et de l’accompagnement de Cap Digital.