Lionel Benoit obtained a master’s degree in geographical sciences in 2011, with a specialisation in photogrammetry and geodesy. Then he joined the Laboratoire d'Opto-électronique et de Micro-Informatique LOEMI at IGN-France to work on the positioning algorithm of the Geocube. He obtained his PhD in 2014. His main research interest is in acquisition and processing of geolocalised data for Earth sciences.