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Magalie Quet - 18/01/2017

The highlights of the year 2016 at the Inria Saclay - Île-de-France research centre

2016 marked a busy year in the field of computational sciences. Once again, our researchers worked to meet the social and economic challenges of our time: support the home, interconnected devices, robotics... Just to name a few, there were new partnerships and researcher profiles, software development. Discover (or revisit) the events that set the tempo for the year.

Appointment of Bertrand Braunschweig

1st january 2016

Antoine Petit, Inria CEO, has appointed Bertrand Braunschweig as Director of the Inria Saclay - Île-de-France research centre as of 1 January 2016.

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Four research teams join Inria Saclay - Île-de-France centre

1st january 2016

On 1 January 2016, research teams Deducteam (proofs and verification), Gamma3 (numerical schemes and simulations), Lifewer (computational biology) and Smis (data and knowledge representation and processing) join Inria Saclay - Île-de-France centre.

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Galen project team is part of an international consortium: the I-Support project

11th february 2016

Launched as a consortium in March 2015, I-Support aims to design a robotics system to assist elderly people bathe independently. Nine research laboratories and companies are involved in the development of I-Support. The Galen team at Inria Saclay - Île-de-France Research centre is working on the computer vision for the system.

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Safety Line and Inria Saclay-Île-de-France create an Inria Innovation Lab

1st march 2016

Safety Line and the Commands research team has now resulted in the creation of an Inria Innovation Lab: Oscar. Established for a period of three years, this joint laboratory aims to improve development of the product OptiClimb and provide airlines with flight scheduling and operational performance management software. Benefits for the industry include optimizing fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emissions.

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Yanlei Diao work with Cedar project-team

30th march 2016

Yanlei Diao joined École Polytechnique in September 2015. Holder of an University Paris-Saclay IDEX Chair (supported by Inria, École Polytechnique and Télécom ParisTech), Yanlei will work with Cedar project-team which succeeds OAK project-team, at Ioana Manolescu's side, research director at Inria Saclay - Île-de-France research center.

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Artificial intelligence: conference with Olivier Teytaud

19th may 2016

The "Unithé ou café" meetings were relaunched at the Inria Saclay - Île-de-France research centre on Thursday 19 May 2016, and welcomed Olivier Teytaud - member of the Tao project-team - who spoke to us about artificial intelligence and its application to the Go game (at the forefront of the news a few weeks ago), but also electricity, curriculum vitae of cows and hippopotamuses playing table tennis!

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Creation of the M3disim project team

1st june 2016

On 1 June 2016, the M3disim team became a joint project team in partnership with researchers from the French École Polytechnique Solid Mechanics Laboratory (LMS). Team manager Dominique Chapelle looks back over the process of creating the project team from the end of 2012 following the close-out of the Macs project team.

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Appointment of Dominique Chapelle, Head of Science

© Inria / Photo H. Raguet

1st july 2016

Inria Chairman and CEO Antoine Petit has appointed Dominique Chapelle to the post of Head of Science at the Inria Saclay - Île-de-France Research Centre. Leader of the M3disim team, he will replace Marc Schoenauer as of 1 July 2016. We met with Dominique Chapelle.

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Big data on brain images: conference with Gaël Varoquaux

29th september 2016

Specialised in the analysis of brain images, Gaël Varoquaux is a member of the Parietal team at the Inria Saclay – Île-de-France research centre. On 29 September 2016, he was the guest at a "Unithé ou café" meeting organised by Saclay centre.

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Launch of the ONE project "One is Not Enough" with Michel Beaudouin-Lafon

1st october 2016

Last spring Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, member of Ex-Situ, a joint LRI and Inria Saclay Île-de-France centre team, received an ERC Advanced Grant for his ONE project. The aim of the project is to fundamentally rethink the basic principles and the conceptual model of interactive systems, in order to enable users to take ownership of their digital environment.

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UIST2016: best paper award for Mathieu Le Goc

16th october 2016

At the UIST2016 (User Interface Software and Technology) conference that took place in Tokyo from 16 - 19 October 2016, Mathieu Le Goc, PhD student with the Aviz team at the Inria Saclay - Île-de-France centre, presented a new man-machine interface mode comprising several autonomous mini-robots that manage display and interaction. On this occasion, he received the best paper award.

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Ugo Boscain awarded an ERD Proof of Concept

27th october 2016

Reconstructing an incomplete image in real time: the challenge of the Geco team. Ugo Boscain and the Geco team from the Inria Saclay - Île-de-France centre are using geometric control theory for the reconstruction of images. Their ambition: to propose a technological solution to enable the real-time reconstruction of a photo. The European Research Council (ERC) has just awarded the researcher with a "Proof of concept" grant, which will enable him to add value to this research.

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The Parietal project team publishes new results

1st december 2016

The Parietal project team, in partnership with Telecom ParisTech has published a paper entitled: “Seeing it all: Convolutional network layers map the function of the human visual system”, which reveals that models of image recognition by computers have much in common with the human brain.

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Keywords: Inria Saclay - Île-de-France research centre ; Retrospective