"European Heritage Days": exceptional opening of the Inria Rocquencourt site on 16 September 2023

16 September 2023
Location :
INRIA Rocquencourt

Domaine de Voluceau RD 307 , 78150 Le Chesnay-Rocquencourt

Changed on 14/09/2023
The headquarters of Inria, the French national research institute for digital science and technology, will be opening its doors on Saturday 16 September from 10:00AM to 06:00PM for the European Heritage Days. Visitors will be able to discover an exhibition retracing the history of this emblematic computing centre. All Demonstrations, workshops and events will happed in French.
Bannière Inria L'Expo - journée du patrimoine 2023
© Inria
 Programme Chiche / élèves du lycée Van Gogh - Aubergenville / Inria siège
The computing and digital sciences area
of the Palais de la Découverte /
Universcience, located on the Inria Rocquencourt site
© Inria / Photo B. Fourrier

Guided and commented tour of L’Expo Inria

L’Expo Inria retraces the history of computing and presents the digital revolution in which Inria is a major player: the first computers, networks, the emergence of the Internet, the Web, AI, etc. Through this exhibition, discover the history of the Voluceau site as well as the evolution of Inria's office automation equipment, a privileged witness to the work of scientists who, in some cases, have left their mark on the digital history.

Visitors will be welcomed by scientists from the institute, who will present the history of the site and the advent of the digital revolution, from the adventure of the "Computing plan" to the emergence of artificial intelligence, via the development of applied mathematics, computing, the Internet and smartphones.

Demonstrations, workshops and events

A number of demonstrations, workshops and events will be presented to illustrate the rich history of the Inria Rocquencourt site, from the installation of Allied troops in 1952 to the research work of two generations of scientists.



Nom du jour

Saturday 16 September 2023

Workshops and events
  • Guided tour of L’Expo Inria: history of the site and history of computing
  • Visit to the interactive computing and digital sciences area of Palais de la découverte / Universcience
  • Connected objects discovery workshop
  • Retrogaming, game consoles with MO5 association
  • 50th anniversary of the Bull Micral computer
  • Decoding the Turing Machine
  • History of the Inria Rocquencourt site: the birth of fundamental computing
"A little bug, a big bang: the story of the Ariane V crash" Conference

Inria researchers repair Ariane 5's on-board software after the explosion on its maiden flight.

By Jean Jacques Lévy (duration - 45 minutes):

  • 10:45AM – Jacques-Louis Lions amphitheatre
"Artificial intelligence: impact on the future of work" Conference

By Edouard Havis (duration - 45 minutes):

  • 11:00AM – Alan Turing amphitheatre
"Data protection and privacy" Conference

By Nicolas Anciaux (duration - 45 minutes):

  • 12:00AM – Jacques-Louis Lions amphitheatre
"Big Data: the challenges posed by the explosion in digital data" Conference

By Patrick Valduriez (duration - 45 minutes):

  • 02:15PM – Alan Turing amphitheatre
  • 04:00PM – Jacques-Louis Lions amphitheatre
"History of e-sport" Conference

By Philippe Dubois (duration - 45 minutes):

  • 01:00PM – Jacques-Louis Lions amphitheatre
"History of the building number 8" Conference

"or the birth of French theoretical computing".

By Jean Jacques Lévy (duration - 45 minutes) :

  • 02:45PM – Alan Turing amphitheatre
"Virtual Exploration of the Blood Circulation: Digital Twins in Action" Conference

By Irene Vignon-Clementel (duration - 45 minutes):

  • 03:30PM – Jacques-Louis Lions amphitheatre
"Digital technology to meet the challenges of agriculture and the environment" Conference

By Patrick Armengaud (duration - 45 minutes):

  • 04:45PM – Jacques-Louis Lions amphitheatre
Demonstrations by Inria research project-teams

Connected autonomous vehicles (by SuburVAN)

* Program maybye be reviewed (last update: 14/07/2023 - 05:25PM).

Practical information

Guided and commented tours in French only, demonstrations, workshops and events are open to the general public.

  • Inria - Domaine de Voluceau (RD307) - 78150 Rocquencourt (France)
  • Open on Saturday 16 September, from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
  • Free admission on presentation of proof of identity
  • Free parking - access for people with reduced mobility
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