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Rose-Marie Cornus - 15/10/2010

Gérard Giraudon, reappointed as head of the Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée research centre

Gérard Giraudon © INRIA / Photo Jim Wallace

Gérard Giraudon has been reappointed as head of the Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée centre for another four years.

Head of the Inria Sophia Antipolis – Méditerranée research centre since 2006, Gérard Giraudon has been reappointed. Very active in promoting the regional socioeconomic fabric, Gérard Giraudon is a member of the board of the SCS competitiveness cluster, a director of the Persan association, the Telecom Valley association, the Club des dirigeants (Club of Leaders) and the ValorPACA association, coordinator of the Corpaca network, member of the scientific awareness network in Paca "Archimède", and, since 2007, chairman of the PACA Est business incubator.

At Inria since 1984, Gérard Giraudon has been director of industrial relations, director of scientific information and communication, and, in 1999, director of development and industrial relations. As such, until 2006, he was a major player in the institute's national policy for technology transfer through the establishment of major industrial partnerships, a new software development organisation at Inria, and the institute's involvement in the open-source software movement. Co-founder of ISTAR (now Infoterra), a start-up originating from Inria Sophia Antipolis in 1988, he is also very involved in the creation of innovative companies.

Gérard Giraudon is an Inria research director, holds a doctoral thesis in Applied Mathematics from Université de Nice (1979), as well as a habilitation to advise doctoral theses (1991), and is a specialist in computer vision. He has written around a hundred scientific articles and supervised a dozen doctoral theses. Gérard Giraudon is a Knight in the French National Order of Merit.

Keywords: Appointment Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée Organisation