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Two Inria Teams Take 1st and 2nd Place in Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize

Extreme Computing: The 2015 Bull-Joseph Fourier prize rewards R&D work that provides tangible and immediate benefits in the fields of medicine and materials.

Two teams at the Inria Research Centre in Paris have won the 2015 Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize for their important contribution to the development of knowledge in science and innovation and for the development of simulation methods.

2015 Bull-Joseph Fourier First Prize: saving human lives by ultrafast diagnoses of strokes (CVA)

For their groundbreaking work integrating high performance computing with medical imaging, the 2015 Bull-Joseph Fourier First Prize was awarded to a team composed of Frédéric Nataf, Research Director at the CNRS, Professor Frédéric Hecht and Pierre-Henri Tournier, a post doctoral fellow at the J.-L.Lions laboratory at theUniversité Pierre and Marie Curie, members of the Inria ParisAlpinesproject team working with Victorita Dolean, Reader at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) and the J-A. Dieudonné laboratory at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and Pierre Jolivet, a CNRS researcher at IRIT-ENSEEIHT in Toulouse.

The 2015 Bull-Joseph Fourier First Prize rewards research work that is likely to help save human lives. Conducted in partnership with medical imaging company EMTensor, this work on simulation demonstrated the feasibility of an innovative micro-wave-based imaging technique that enables staff to differentiate between the two types of stroke (ischemic or haemorrhagic) in less than 15 minutes. The technique can be used both on patient admission and for monitoring during hospitalisation. Both points are crucial, since the speed with which a stroke is detected and characterised is critical for the treatment and survival of the patient. Digital simulations of this type are possible thanks to the power of supercomputers, new algorithms and rapid development tools.

2015 Bull-Joseph Fourier Second Prize: revolutionising the development of new materials

The team that won the 2015 Bull-Joseph Fourier Second Prize includes Antoine Levitt, Head of Research in the Matherials project team at Inria Paris and Marc Torrent, Laboratory Director at theCommissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives(CEA).

The research rewarded by the 2015 Bull-Joseph Fourier Second Prize focused on creating new materials and being able to predict their properties without recourse to experimentation by using powerful techniques to simulate their electronic structure. By parallelising the ABINIT software widely used in the world of research and enabling it to benefit from the power of very large supercomputers (which it was unable to do formerly), the winning team has cleared the way for “material by design”: New materials can be defined to meet precise specifications through the provision a very large database used to predict their properties, rather than by a series of often long, costly and uncertain experiments. This innovation concerns all the sectors that require innovative materials: aeronautics, chemistry, healthcare and many, many others.

Keywords: Medecine Prix Bull-Joseph Fourier Matherials ALPINES Inria Paris