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“How to robot”: follow Luigi Penco through his PhD on robotics

Mediathena - 14/10/2019

Luigi Penco is currently doing a PhD at Inria Nancy (LARSEN team), where he works with humanoid robots. Beyond his scientific life, Luigi is also a passionate and committed robot-ambassador who shares his passion on social networks like Instagram and Youtube. With several thousands of followers, he successfully reaches out to young audiences, to show them how exciting and useful robotics is… and maybe convince them to join research?


Interaction Homme-robot © Inria / Photo L. Phialy


Thinking about a career in robotics? Insights into some stand-out careers

Mediathena - 8/10/2019

Every two years, the National Robotics Research Days (Journées Nationales de la Recherche en Robotique- JNRR) bring together the community of robotics researchers in France.The event is an opportunity to catch up with the latest developments in the main fields of robotics being worked on by the community in France.The 2019 edition is being co-organised by Olivier Simonin, a professor at the INSA in Lyon, and François Charpillet, an Inria director of research, and is set to be held from 14 to 18 October in Vittel. The event will run in tandem with Young Robotics Researcher Day (Journée des jeunes chercheurs en robotique - JJCR) and a day of tutorials on the theme of Learning and Robotics.

We thought it would be a good idea to let the PhD students organising the JJCR event interview some of the researchers participating at this symposium. Interviews with Caroline Chanel, Serena Ivaldi and Anne Spalanzani, who speak about their career choices and their passion for robotics.




David Ritchie has passed away

Isabelle Kling - 20/09/2019

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of David Ritchie, Inria Senior Scientist and Head of the research team Capsid, common to Inria and Loria.

David Ritchie passed away on Sunday, 15 September, in the Nancy hospital, from a cancer he had been fighting with tenacity for two years . His kindness, his sense of humour, as well as his inestimable creativity and scientific expertise had made him a pillar of the Inria Nancy-Grand Est centre. The respect and care of his colleagues have accompanied and supported him throughout this difficult time.



Inria researcher coorganized international challenge on vocal cybersecurity

Isabelle Kling - 17/09/2019

A scientist from Inria Nancy-Grand Est co-organized the largest (to date) challenge on the detection of faked voice signals. It attracted more than 150 participants from 30 countries to make vocal access systems more secure, improve detection technologies, and learn about the most efficient faking technologies.


Intraoperative awakening patient - Heleen Blussé van Oud-Alblas

Prediction of intraoperative awakenings

Observing the brain to make anaesthesia safer

Mediathena - 15/09/2019

Waking up from general anaesthesia during surgery is a rare, although potentially  deeply traumatising experience. Currently no system can reliably predict these intraoperative awakenings, but the Neurosys research team is developing a promising technology to remedy this situation, based on the observation of the neuronal activity in the motor cortex. Awake patients want to move, and it shows in their neurones!



Two diagram transformations allowed in the ZX-Calculation Two diagram transformations allowed in the ZX-Calculation - @ Renaud Vilmart

Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing: Renaud Vilmart has received an award for the best student paper at LICS

Olivia Brenner, Loria - 12/09/2019

Renaud Vilmart is a doctoral student at the Université de Lorraine and belongs to the joint Inria-Loria Mocqua team. He was awarded the Kleene Award  for the best student paper at LICS, the major conference on logic in computer science, which took place in Vancouver from June 24th to 27th.



Subject ready for EEG recording at the Phonetics Laboratory of Stockholm University Recording on an electroencephalogram - Petter Kallioinen [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Hypnose suggestive

Under hypnosis doesn’t mean under better control

Mediathena - 10/09/2019

Most brain-computer interfaces detect modulations in brain activity using an electroencephalogram, and then analyse these modulations to control the computer. Given that hypnosis is capable of modifying a person’s state of consciousness, could it be used to intensify this modulation and hence facilitate communication between brain and computer? When Inria researchers set about tackling this question, they concluded that the answer was no.



Itsaka Rakotonirina


Itsaka Rakotonirina, a researcher you can count on

Mediathena - BP - 26/08/2019

As a PhD student at Inria Nancy, Itsaka Rakotonirina's work involves evaluating cryptographic protocols used to protect Wi-Fi, 4G, online payments or data from biometric passports.  The aim is to make these more secure in order to retain the trust of users. The young researcher has been getting convincing results. Two years of doctoral studies have seen him receive a Paper Award at an international conference and a grant from Google, in addition to landing a three-month internship at Microsoft.



Jean-Baptiste Mouret - ©Serena Ivaldi


Jean-Baptiste Mouret wins award for his research into artificial life

Véronique Poirel - 13/08/2019

Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Research Director at Inria Nancy-Grand Est, has won the Award for Outstanding Paper of the Decade from the ISAL society for The evolutionary origins of modularity, a paper published in March 2013, which he co-wrote with Jeff Clune, an associate professor at the University of Wyoming, and Hod Lipson, a professor at Columbia University, New York. 

ISAL, the International Society for Artificial Life, aims to promote research and education on artificial life, which is a scientific endeavour to better understand life by attempting to replicate its mechanisms in a computer, a robot or even chemical substrates. Every year, this award is given to a paper written over the precious decade that had a significant impact in the field of artificial life.



2 cars : the top one was printed using CurviSlicer software, while the bottom one was printed using less powerful software. The top car was printed using the CurviSlicer program, while the one on the bottom was printed using a lower quality program. - Inria

3D printing

Smoother 3D prints

Mediathena - 23/07/2019

Two project teams, MFX (Matter from Graphics) and Pixel, joint undertakings involving Inria and Loria based in Nancy, have developed an innovative software for the 3D printing of curved surfaces. In order to avoid “the staircase effect”, the new algorithm CurviSlicer divides the shape of the part to be printed into curved slices in such a way that the deposition follows the surfaces naturally. This makes it possible to perform deposition along smooth curved surfaces using a conventional fused filament 3D printer. Their work will be unveiled at the international conference SIGGRAPH on 31st July 2019.