Serge Abiteboul obtained his PhD from the University of Southern California, and a Doctoral Thesis from the University of Paris-Sud. He became a researcher at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA, or French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control) in 1982. He was a Lecturer at the école Polytechnique and Visiting Professor at Stanford and Oxford University. In 2011-2012, he held the Informatics and Computational Sciences chair in Collège de France.
Serge Abiteboul has received the ACM SIGMOD Innovation Award (1998), and obtained membership of the Académie des Sciences (French Academy of Sciences) in 2008. He is currently a member of the LSV at Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (formerly ENS Cachan) and obtained an ERC Advanced Grant in 2008. His research work focuses mainly on information management, particularly on the Web.