Research - Cinema
The working methods of the cinematographic industry are rapidly changing. New technologies are emerging. They are revolutionising opportunities and impacting film content. They are profoundly changing the ways in which content is created, not only by cutting costs but also by fostering team creativity. It is against this backdrop that the University of Rennes 1 and Inria, the Public Research Institute devoted to digital sciences, founded, along with the company SolidAnim, a joint research and innovation laboratory devoted to the virtual environment 3D cinema industry.
Supported by French research institute Inria, SimGrid is an open source tool for the simulation of distributed systems. Over the last 15 years, it has become a staple in more than one scientific community across the globe, contributing to performance optimization in many contexts. The next challenge is to help SimGrid reach the industry, an effort for which Inria is about to start a two-year Technical Action, as project coordinator Martin Quinson explains.
Could software engineering find some inspiration in the way biological systems function? A multidisciplinary group of scientists spent three years exploring the concept in the context of Diversify, a European project led by Inria researcher Benoît Baudry. Their in silico experiments show that, just like biodiversity, software diversity is a huge plus when it comes to robustness and adaptability to changes.
A computer-vision program born at Inria, Typhoon is meant to retrieve vector motion fields from image sequences of turbulent flows such as weather satellite photos. After being used by California State University, Chico in conjunction with lidar imagery to assess low-altitude wind fields, this innovative software is now reaching the industry. At stake: finding the best spots for future wind farms or estimating the atmospheric dispersion of pollutants.
Immerstar, une plateforme d'expérimentation unique pour l'étude des mouvements humains à grande échelle
Immerstar is a unique experimental platform for studying large-scale human movements. Whether it is sport situations, individual or collective, up to crowd simulation, the platform is coupled with a virtual reality environment. This platform of virtual reality allows us to immerse ourselves in the environment that we seek to study.
A Paris-based company specializing in motion capture and 3D animation for the film industry, SolidAnim recently acquired an Inria technology that will enable directors to previsualize their work and pick between a variety of visual options before shooting the real movie. As scientist Marc Christie explains, in the wake of this successful transfer, both partners are now contemplating joint R&D work.
- INRIA Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique
- Marc Christie
Whereas the digital economy is churning out ever more dizzying volumes of information, the smart exploitation of such data bonanza paradoxically laggs way behind. Indeed data mining is faced with a glaring lack of adequate tools. More often than not, what is also referred to as Knowledge Discovery in Data (KDD) remains a predominantly manual process. At Inria research center, in Rennes, Brittany, France, a group of data scientists led by Alexandre Termier is mulling over novel approaches meant not only to automate the exploration workflow but also to improve results visualization and to put the user in the loop.
Project - Europe
A powerful software development methodology, DevOps has become a very popular tool in the US for it greatly helps web giants to deliver more frequent updates. True enough, Europe hasn't catch up yet. Coordinated by Inria, STAMP is a consortium whose aim is to provide a critical missing piece to this methodology. To wit: an automated test generation tool that would make DevOps less risky and incidentally more palatable to European companies. This projet has just been selected as part of the EU H2020 call for proposals ICT-10-2016 ‘Software Technologies’.
The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program awards talented young female scientists with Fellowships to help pursue their projects. Currently a postdoctoral at Inria research center, in Rennes, Brittany, France, Nataliya Kosmyna is among the winners of the 2016 edition. Profile
A Java library for the modelling and solving of mathematical problems based on constraint programming (CP), Choco has become one of the most effective open source tools in its field. Charles Prud'homme, who is jointly in charge of development and a research engineer with the Tasc team in Nantes, looks back at the reasons behind this success and explains the appeal of such a solver for industry.