Arnaud Legrand has been head of the Polaris team at the Inria centre in Grenoble for the last few months. Here he reviews the activity of this young team, specialised in large computing structures - a fast-growing field.
High Performance Computing
Supercomputers and digital simulation lie at the heart of the research carried out by the Datamove project team. They are cutting-edge technologies that, in 50 years' time, should become more generalised and used in numerous professional fields. This is what Bruno Raffin, the head of the team, predicts.
Researcher with the NeCS team, Maria Laura Delle Monache has just been awarded the "France-Berkeley Fund award for high-achieving younger researchers", along with Samitha Samaranayake (Cornell University, PhD UC Berkeley). The prestigious American university is thereby rewarding the researcher's commitment to forging links between France and the United States.
SAMSON, a software platform designed to study and prototype nanosystems, developed by the Nano-D research team, has reached 1000 beta testers worldwide. The new version has been available since 23 May 2017. In light of its increasing popularity among professionals in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology and nanosciences, SAMSON users and developers will come together from 23 to 30 June in Lyon to receive training and learn to develop their own modules.
On 23 May 2017, Absise, the Social Landlords Association of Isère, and Inria Grenoble Rhône-Alpes are holding a day of meetings between researchers, social landlords and start-ups on the topic of "Smart homes and innovation in social housing". The aim: to create new synergies between the worlds of research, innovation and social housing in order to develop the social housing of the future: connected, smart, energy-efficient and adapted to consumer needs.
Internet Of Things
For a few months now, James Crowley, Professor at Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), has been in charge of the new Pervasive Interaction team that develops theories for systems and services made of assembled smart objects. In honour of Inria's 50th anniversary, he is studying the future of connected objects.
The inauguration of Espace LOGIN at Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes took place on 2 and 3 May 2017. This area of discovery, demonstrations and exchanges on the digital sciences is now open for guided and individual visits, from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5.30 pm.
For the last few months, Stéphane Grumbach, Inria senior researcher, has been head of the new Datasphere project team, at the Inria Research Centre in Grenoble. Datasphere project team is dedicated to big data domain and, above all, on its impact on the organization of society.
As Inria celebrates its 50th anniversary, he shares his own vision of how digital platform such as Google, Facebook and so on, will change the society in the next fifty years.
How can disinformation - "fake news" - be traced? What are the sources of production? What are the levers of circulation and reception of disinformation on the Web and on digital platforms? This is a study topic for the Public Data Lab, an interdisciplinary network of researchers, which has just published its first results - a guide to disinformation - during the International Journalism Festival, an event that brings together thousands of journalists from Europe and the rest of the world and which took place in Perugia, Italy.
A former Inria Grenoble Rhône-Alpes research student with the nano-D team, Maël Bosson has created a company to develop the connected and "smart" electric bike; he was also one of the first daily users of the electric bike in 2011, during his PhD.
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