CRI Rennes
© Inria / Photo H. Raguet

Inria centre
at Rennes University

The Inria centre at Rennes University was established in 1980. Its growth is part of the development of the Rennes and Lannion site, with University of Rennes 1, University of Rennes 2, CentraleSupelec, INSA Rennes and ENS Rennes. It has a branch in Nantes, which is developing alongside the University of Nantes.


The centre has 28 joint project teams in Rennes (including 24 with the IRISA mixed research unit) and 1 in Lannion. Its activities occupy over 600 people, scientists and research and innovation support staff, including 50 different nationalities. The Centre also operates 2 joint project teams in Nantes with LS22N (Nantes Digital Sciences Laboratory).

Portrait de Patrick Gros Directeur du centre Inria Rennes

Patrick Gros

Director of the Inria centre at Rennes University

Positioning & Strategic issues

Scientific priority areas:

  • Secure digital society;
  • Human-robot-virtual world interactions;
  • Biology and digital health;
  • Digital ecology.

Strategic lines of development

  • Active participation by the centre in the integrated university project conducted by the establishments on the site;
  • Reinforcement of the digital security activity in line with the Breton ecosystem and the Ministry of the Armed Forces, by setting up a multi-partner "Cybersecurity Centre"; 
  • Reinforced technological development of the entire site, which will imply training and access to tools.

Ecosystem & Partners

The centre's project teams are operated jointly with the IRISA mixed research unit and the following academic partners.

The centre also has numerous partnerships, with:  

  • Public research actors: le Pôle d’Excellence Cyber, les IRT (Instituts de recherche technologiques) b<>com et Jules Verne, les Laboratoires d’excellence CominLabs et le centre de mathématiques Henri Lebesgue.
  • Innovation ecosystem: La French Tech Rennes Saint-Malo, Le Poool, Le pôle de compétitivité Images et Réseaux
  • Local authorities: Rennes Métropole, Nantes Métropole, Région Bretagne, Région Pays de la Loire
  • Major groups:
    • Startups (récentes) : Open Agora, Golaem, Case Law Analytics, Dilepix
    • PME-ETI : Cailabs, Energiency, Kereval, Obeo, Svibs, etc.
    • Grands groupes : Airbus defense & space, Alstom, EDF, Facebook, Google, Microsoft research, Mitsubishi Electric, Nokia, Orange, PSA Groupe, Safran, Total
  • International academic partners: le centre de recherche possède 20 équipes associées à des instituts internationaux en 2019 :CWI, UCL, EPFL, University of California, Brkely Lab, Argonne National Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Laurier, Universidad de Chile, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Chinese Academy of Sciences, etc.
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CRI Rennes

Adresse Inria Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique Campus universitaire de Beaulieu Avenue du Général Leclerc 35042 Rennes Cedex


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