Berkeley Inria Stanford 2011, the first workshop


The first workshop Berkeley-Inria-Stanford 2011 (BIS’11) is a joint workshop hosted by CITRIS, Berkeley Campus, on May 23-24, 2011 and co-organized by CITRIS and Inria in partnership with Berkeley and Stanford Universities. BIS’11 is the first workshop launched within the framework of the joint research program Inria@SiliconValley. The objectives of this workshop are two-fold: first, to present the current state of scientific collaborations and second to work on proposal for future ambitious joint projects.


Inria’s partnerships with the universities of Berkeley and Stanford currently involve around ten associate teams and thirty Inria project-teams. The aim of this program is to strengthen and structure existing collaborations in order to improve their visibility and impact.


This programme is built around joint research projects and provides various supports:
Financial support for bilateral exchanges in an Associate Team research project;

  • A program of 12-18 months research visits for post-doctoral researchers (5 per year), jointly supported by Inria and an American team;
  • An internship program for American graduate students (Masters or PhD level) based on the “Internships” model (6 to 10 per year, typically 4 months for a Masters student, 6 months for a PhD
  • student);
  • 4-year Masters+PhD operations, based on a Master at Berkeley or Stanford and a PhD in France (or vice versa) for co-supervised students involved in one of the joint projects;
  • Presentations by Inria scientists (2 or 3 per year) as part of seminars with a wide audience at Berkeley or Stanford;
  • One or two sabbatical visits per year (financial support and availability);
  • One or two workshops per year, alternating between France and California, where the ongoing collaborations will be presented.

Each joint project involves French and American researchers and is supported by the two parties.

Submission and creation process

Proposals may be submitted whenever ready and are examined by the International Relations department with the help of the Research Department. The project leader writes a proposal in English (2-3 pages) including:

  • The problem and the scientific objectives;
  • The researchers involved, the complementary expertise of the partners, joint publications;
  • The resources required and the existing or planned co-funding.

Joint projects are created as Associate Teams, for an initial period of 3 years, which may be renewed once.


Each year, the International Relations Department allocates the joint project a budget (10,000 to 20,000 euros), and selects the Internships that will be offered for Masters or PhD students. The joint project may also apply for a post-doctoral position and propose candidates. It may also propose a Masters+PhD operation, an application for a sabbatical, or a researcher from an Inria team to a seminar.

These resources must be matched by a contribution from the American partner. They may be granted in addition to financial support obtained through an ANR (French National Research Agency) or European project, an NSF, DOE or DARPA project, or any other financial support obtained by one of the partners, and related to the objectives of the collaboration.


The programme of the workshop BIS'11 is on the the web site of the event.

Keywords: Inria@SiliconValley Workshop Citris Silicon Valley Berkeley Stanford BIS'11