The Poppy robot - which was designed by Inria scientists and came to life within the FLOWERS project team - has, over time, become an invaluable assistant in the educational world, in its different forms: Poppy Humanoid , Poppy Torso , Poppy Ergo Junior , Handy ... At the beginning of May, two teams of students won the national final of RoboCup France thanks to Poppy Ergo Jr. and will be heading off to Montreal at the end of June for the world final.
Learning how to code by creating robots: this is the promise of Pollen Robotics, the start-up originating from the Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest research centre. In order to democratise the digital sciences, Pollen Robotics designs robots that enable an understanding of programming and artificial intelligence in a fun and interactive way.
It is with great sadness that Inria learned that Michel Combarnous had passed away on Thursday 10 May, at the age of 77. A renowned professor of mechanics and energetics, and member of the French Académie des sciences, he presided over the Inria Scientific Council from 1996 to 1998. He was president of the University of Bordeaux 1 from 1996 to 2001.
On 3rdand 4th May, purchasers from French national education system departments will visit the Nouvelle Aquitaine Edtech Cluster and meet with its project leaders. The goal is to foster collaboration between two worlds that are unfamiliar with each other and discuss technical solutions to meet the needs of education in the future. Inria will be a driver of this initiative.
The official opening of the new SOPHiA GENETICS offices in Bidart took place on 12 April 2018 with the President of the Region in attendance. It was the perfect opportunity for us to present Nénuphar, a technology developed from the research of the MONC* project-team, which has now been directly integrated into intelligence artificial platform of SOPHiA GENETICS company with the help of SATT Aquitaine Science Transfert.
*MONC is a joint Bordeaux INP and CNRS project-team, located at the Bordeaux Institute of Mathematics (IMB)
World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, 2 April 2018 was marked in Bordeaux with an event on the waterfront that attracted a continual flow of people. A few days prior to the announcement of the Fourth Autism Plan, the loan of Thymios by Inria Bordeaux Sud-Ouest gave people the opportunity to discover the value of educational robots for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Assistance to the person
The purpose of the ANDDI project (French acronym for digital assistance at home for learning disabilities) is to help persons with Down’s Syndrome in their everyday lives, through the use of new technologies. All details of this project, from the technology used to the various key steps in its deployment are presented.
The Innovation Day (“Journée de l’Innovation”) is an annual event organised by the National Education Ministry. It aims to promote innovating pedagogical actions conducted in schools, colleges and high schools. This year, 450 projects have been submitted and 30 were selected, five among them in the “Science and technology culture” category. One of this project is carried by Dr. Lauren Thévin from Inria Bordeaux – Sud-Ouest.
On the occasion of the Week of Mathematics, a group of scientists and popularization specialists from Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest went to meet primary teachers and pupils from the School of Saint-Genès, in Bordeaux. Almost 180 schoolchildren have get to know fundamental notions of computer science, without using any screen or keyboard.