200m² of research exhibits
Inria is included within the ICT innovation ecosystem at EuraTechnologies with its unique 200m² exhibition space. The Plateau presents the work of Inria's teams, the aim being to promote interactions between the scientific community, the business world and wider society. A collaborative workspace has therefore been made available to all stakeholders, and a coordination programme has been set up, to last throughout the year.
A made-to-measure exhibition space and visitor experience
The Inria Lille – Nord Europe research centre allows each visitor to choose the kind of visit that best suits their needs:
- Guided tour: you can book a 1 hr 30 minute guided tour, alone or in a group, to help you understand what Inria does and see the demonstrations on offer.
- Workshop: alone or in a group, you can arrange a one-hour meeting focusing on a particular demonstration presented in the exhibition space.
- Expert advice: do you have a question, problem or project that you want to talk about with an expert? Send us a request and we will meet with you.
SensLab: a network of 256 sensors installed on two suspended ceilings.
SensLab is a national open experimentation platform for large-scale wireless sensor networks which comprises four sites in France (Rennes, Strasbourg, Grenoble and Lille). 1,024 sensors, also known as "nodes", are deployed on these four sites. The platform allows fully automated real-life experimentation. The sensors no longer need to be individually manipulated. The whole experiment is launched and loaded without any need for intervention from the user. The network in Lille, based at Inria’s EuraTechnologies site, contains 256 sensors. Like the other sites, this network uses special hardware, and 32 of its sensors are mobile. An experiment using all of the sensors in the Senslab platform can be launched via a web page to perform large-scale tests. The mobile sensors can be activated at any point. Contact: POPS research team.
Medical simulation: learning and simulation of surgical procedures
Computational medicine is one of Inria’s scientific priorities. The presence of this computational surgery environment bears testament to the commitment demonstrated by computational-science researchers across all fields relating to health. The principal objective of the prototype presented at the Plateau, which the team’s researchers have been working on in synergy with doctors from the CHR de Lille hospital, is to enable users to familiarize themselves with the surgical procedure. The tool may also be used as part of the operation preparation process and, ultimately, will enable monitoring during the operation itself, providing the surgeon with the maximum amount of information in real time. It is the simulation aspect that is presented here (in this instance, a cataract operation) but the tool continues to evolve, the goal being to achieve real-time simulation that incorporates the patient's data, with the images of the patient imported into the simulation tool. From a practical point of view, the researchers involved in this project are brought closer in geographical terms to the doctors from CHR de Lille, with whom they have been working in partnership on this prototype. The team itself works as part of a grouping (Inria researchers, international research groups and hospital centres) dedicated to interactive simulation for medicine. Contact: S.H.A.M.A.N. research team.
Let’s share innovation
The purpose of the Inria – EuraTechnologies demonstration area is to promote interactions between research and industry. Since its initial launch in 2010, the site has proved to be a genuine tool for technology monitoring, and a forum for exchanges on digital innovation. Collaborations between Inria research teams and EuraTechnologies companies started up in 2010 as a result of contacts made through the Plateau.
For 2011, the industrial relations team at the Inria Lille – Nord Europe centre proposes a second season which focuses on meeting the expectations of companies that are developing within the information and communication technologies sector :
>> 2 new demonstrations
These new additions to the Plateau will be unveiled on Wednesday April 6, 2011 at the season 2 launch.
>> New organization of events
- Thursdays at the Plateau : one-hour presentation with a researcher once a month to address subjects relating to the challenges of digital technology, in an accessible manner. The aim of this initiative is to provide keys to understanding and discussion. These events will thus be open to a wide audience, with no need for registration. View the programme.
- POD, or Plateau On Demand : conference–debate, providing an opportunity to tackle highly technical subjects, as proposed by the EuraTechnologies companies. To respond to the requests, we will endeavour to invite the best-qualified scientific speakers. POD will thus bring together a small group of individuals for a cutting-edge talk. POD will be free of charge but available subject to registration only. Private PODs may also be organized at the companies’ request.
- Guided tour : individually or as a group, you can book a 1hr 30min guided tour, offering an insight into what Inria does, along with access to the demonstrations presented at the Plateau.
Contact the Plateau team: euratechnologies@Inria.fr
165, avenue de Bretagne
59 000 Lille
Nearest Metro station: Canteleu
With presentations to the general public, researchers on hand for experts interested in a specific subject, and an involvement in the region's big ICT events, the Inria exhibition space is a place of discovery and dialogue for anyone involved in the sector.
Our industrial relations team is at your service to help you develop partnership projects with our research teams.
Head of the Industrial Relations Department
- Tel.: + 33 (0)3 59 57 78 43
Innovation Projects and Partnerships Officer
- Tel.: + 33 (0)3 59 57 78 90