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Stéphane Ducasse awarded ERC Generator grant following a call for projects under the University of Lille Nord-Europe's I-SITE programme

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Stéphane Ducasse, head of the RMoD* project team at Inria Lille, is one of the winners of the 2018 ERC Generator call for projects under the University of Lille Nord-Europe's (ULNE) I-SITE programme. He is one of the eleven applicants selected to receive an ERC grant from the ULNE I-SITE Foundation as a result of the call.

ERC Generator, a call for projects to encourage researchers to apply for ERC grants

 Launched in 2007 by the European Research Council (ERC), ERC grants provide significant funding towards outstanding projects at the leading edge of knowledge in all fields of science and technology.

There are three types of grant available:  the Starting Grant, for researchers at the start of their career (up to 1.5 million euros over five years); the Consolidator Grant, for independent researchers (up to 2 million euros over five years), and the Advanced Grant, for experienced researchers (up to 2.5 million euros). At international level, these grants are viewed as a powerful measure of research excellence.

The aim of the ERC Generator call for projects, launched in February 2018, was to encourage new applications from the Lille area, with both human and financial support offered to grant recipients. In exchange, recipients commit to submitting their project to the ERC within the three years that follow.

Stéphane Ducasse, Research Director at Inria, has been awarded an ERC Generator grant under the ULNE I-SITE programme for a project in the field of Engineering Science. He describes his project in more detail below:

“Large software systems are often made up of multiple sub-projects that evolve at different speeds. This makes system evolution difficult, since the sub-projects often have contradictory dependencies (one will depend on a specific version of the subcomponents and another on yet another version of exactly the same components). Traditionally, this implies ensuring that all the sub-systems evolve at the same time. In this project, (Multi), we will design and evaluate the idea that ever-running system evolution should be based on the possibility of running multiple versions of such sub-projects side-by-side in the same runtime and that the system should support the automatic and smooth migration between such versions.”

He will have the benefit of both human support (either a semi-thesis co-funded by the University of Lille, or a year of post-doctoral research) and financial support (50,000 euros) in order to develop his projects for submission to the ERC.


The I-SITE project

Awarded I-SITE certification in February 2017 as part of the second wave of France’s Investments for the Future programme, the Université Lille Nord-Europe (ULNE) project has fourteen founder members* and aims to transform the research and training landscape in the Hauts-de-France region by strengthening and developing its reputation for excellence. Its objective is to create a major international university ranked in the top 50 institutions in Europe within the next ten years: the Université Lille Nord Europe (ULNE).

The I-SITE project is structured around three interconnected themes covering a broad spectrum of disciplines: Healthcare, the Planet, and the Digital World. It is also very focused on international outreach and technology transfer.


* University of Lille, Centrale Lille, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille [Lille Graduate School of Engineering Chemistry], Institut Mines-Télécom de Lille-Douai [Lille-Douai Institute of Engineering and Telecoms], Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme [Graduate School of Journalism], Sciences Po Lille, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles [Graduate School of Textile Arts and Engineering], Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et du Paysage de Lille [Lille Graduate School of Architecture and Landscaping], Arts et Métiers Paristech, CNRS [French National Centre for Scientific Research], Inserm [French National Institute of Health and Medical Research], Inria [French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation], Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Lille [University Hospital of Lille] and the Lille Institut Pasteur.

* The Rmod project team is shared by Inria, the University of Lille - Science and Technology. Within the UMR 9189 CNRS-Centrale Lille-University of Lille - Science and Technology,

Keywords: Rmod project team I-SITE ULNE