Gérard Giraudon reappointed Director of the Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée Research Centre
Gérard Giraudon (aged 60), Director of the Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée Research Centre since 2006, has been reappointed for a final 4-year term of office.
In his last term, Gérard Giraudon aims to pursue initiatives launched alongside local players aimed at rising to new challenges in computing and digital science. "As a major stakeholder in the digital world, the inria Centre must persevere in carrying out research of the highest standard and in developing academic and industrial partnerships centred on social issues."
With a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Nice University (1979), and certified to supervise research (1991), as a Research Supervisor ("classe exceptionnelle"), his career perfectly illustrates the Institute's motto - "Scientific excellence and technology transfer"; as a researcher specialising in Computer Vision since 1980, he has written around a hundred scientific papers and supervised around twelve PhD theses. In 1988, he co-founded ISTAR (which has since become a branch of Airbus Group), a startup developed from research at INRIA Sophia Antipolis – Méditerranée.
Since 1994, he has held national posts and, in particular, devoted his energies to innovation and technology transfer activities. Playing a lead role in the Institute's technology transfer policy up until 2006, he forged Inria's major industrial partnerships (with Alcatel-Lucent, Microsoft Research, etc.), stepped up software development at Inria, mainly by supporting open software development, and has been involved in setting up innovative companies.
Gérard Giraudon is a Knight of France's National Order of Merit.