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Isabelle Herlin appointed director of the Inria Lille - Nord Europe research center

Isabelle Herlin - © Inria / Photo G. Scagnelli

Inria Chairman and CEO Antoine Petit named Isabelle Herlin director of the Inria Lille – Nord Europe research center effective 1 March 2017. Previously director of research at Inria, Isabelle Herlin now heads for the Lille–Nord Europe research center. She replaces David Simplot, who has been named scientific advisor to Inria's chairman and CEO, responsible for rolling out InriaTech technology transfer platforms from the Horizon Startup program and the Internet of things.

Born in 1960, and a former student of the École normale supérieure de Sèvres, Isabelle Herlin holds a doctorate in computer science and an accreditation to supervise research (HDR) in mathematics from the Université Paris VI. Isabelle Herlin began her career as a research lecturer at this university before being recruited by Inria as a researcher in 1989.

Director of research since 1996, Isabelle Herlin has successively created two Inria research teams. From 1995 to 2005, in the context of the Air project team, she conducted and led work on the processing of satellite images in areas such as agriculture and deforestation. Then, from 2005 to 2016, she led the Clime project team, devoted to the study of interactions between digital forecasting models and data with, for example, applications to air quality, oceanography, meteorology and photovoltaic production. She thus coordinated the Inria Innovation Lab Rain_Nowcast, with the company Weather Measures, on the issue of immediate rain forecasts aimed at farmers and on the risk management of rapid rises in water levels.

Isabelle Herlin is also a member of the Andra (French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency) Scientific Council and of the French High Council for Strategic Education and Research (CSFRS).

About Inria Lille - Nord Europe Research Center

  • 366 individuals including 298 scientists,
  • 16 research teams,
  • 33 active bilateral contracts, including 22 with SMEs.

The center's partners include educational institutions such as Lille 1 University of Sciences and Technologies, Lille 2 University of Health and Law, Lille 3 University of Human and Social Sciences, Centrale Lille, as well as French research bodies such as CNRS and Institut Pasteur in Lille and foreign institutions, including Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Several laboratories associated with these institutions, including the CRIStAL and Paul Painlevé Laboratories in particular, are involved in the joint project teams of the Inria Lille-Nord Europe research center.

With strong support for its growth, Inria Lille - Nord Europe research center is building the future with assistance from the Hauts-de-France region, Greater Lille, the Nord department and Feder.

About Inria

Inria is a French national research institute dedicated to promoting “scientific excellence in the service of technology transfer and society as a whole”. Inria employs a staff of 2,600, drawn from the world’s most prestigious universities, to address the latest challenges in computer science and mathematics. Its open and flexible model enables it to explore original avenues of research with its industrial and academic partners. In this way, Inria is able to respond effectively to the many multidisciplinary challenges facing the transition to digital applications. Inria is an innovative creator of value and employment.

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