Bâtiment centre de recherche Inria Nancy Grand Est
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Inria Centre at Université de Lorraine

The Inria Centre was established in 1986 and became Centre Inria at Université de Lorraine in 2023. Its growth has been part of the development of the Lorraine site with the University of Lorraine. It also has a branch in Strasbourg, which is developing alongside the University of Strasbourg.


The centre has 20 project teams, divided between Nancy, Strasbourg and Saarbrücken. Its activities occupy over 400 people, scientists and research and innovation support staff, including 38 different nationalities.

Inria Centre at Université de Lorraine research fields

Rooted in computer science and applied mathematics, Inria research and innovation projects cover everything related to digital science and technology:

Positioning & Strategic issues

Scientific priority areas:

  • Algorithmic intelligence; the mathematical core, algorithmic and technological core underpinning AI, cybersecurity, quantum computing and the programming languages of the 'next digital wave'.

  • Software-hardware interaction; in the heart of digital technology in contact with the the physical world, including robotics and additive manufacturing ("3D printing").

  • Digital health applications, including personalised medicine, digital biology and computer-assisted surgery. biology and computer-assisted surgery.

Strategic lines of development

  • Active participation in the dynamics of the site led by the University of Lorraine, with the aim of securing the long-term future of the LUE I-Site (Lorraine Université d'Excellence);
  • Development of cross-border cooperation with Germany, in particular on AI and cybersecurity;

In addition, the Centre will be supporting the development of the Inria branch on the Strasbourg site, with the following strategic objectives:

  • Participation in the dynamics of the site run by the University of Strasbourg, on the basis of the framework agreement signed in 2019, with priority going to the contribution of digital technology to personalised medicine;
  • Setting up of a strategic partnership with the Strasbourg IHU (university hospital institute) which will enable any Inria project team to get involved in areas of interest to the IHU;
  •  Setting up of an Inria satellite office at the Strasbourg site to prioritise personalised medicine.

Scientific Ecosystem & Partners

The center is a founding member of the I-site LUE (Lorraine University of Excellence). The center's project-teams are shared with the following academic partners: Université de Lorraine, Institut Élie Cartan de Lorraine (IECL), Université de Strasbourg, Laboratoire lorrain de recherche en informatique et ses applications (Loria), Laboratoire des sciences de l'ingénieur, de l'informatique et de l'imagerie (iCube) of Strasbourg, IHU (Institut de chirurgie guidée par l'image) of Strasbourg, the CNRS laboratory of mathematics IRMA.

The centre also has numerous partnerships, with:

  • Public research actors: CNRS ; Inrae ; Inserm ; CHRU ; AgroParisTech ; GeorgiaTech Lorraine
  • Industries :
    • Major groups and companies: Stellantis, Thales, Pharmagest/DiatélicCom-MedicIso-Top, RhinoTerrain, SBS InteractiveEMOSIS ;
    • Strategic national partnerships : TotalEnergies, Orange,SafranHive ;
    • Our startups and projects
  • Innovation ecosystem: Grand E-Nov, French Tech East, Incubateur Lorrain, SATT Sayens, SATT Conectus ; BPI Franc
  • Local authorities: Métropole du Grand Nancy : Région Grand-Est ; CHRU ;
  • International academic partners:  DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) in Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern, CISPA (Helmholtz centre for information security) in Saarbrücken, Max-Planck institute for informatics in Saarbrücken 
The Grand Est is a great place to live, with preserved landscapes and nature, and meaningful and valuable traditions. A true European crossroads and largely open to the international scene, its cross-border positioning contributes to its attractiveness. This region includes five historic cultural metropolises: Nancy, Metz, Reims, Mulhouse and Strasbourg. Nancy, known for its architectural identity and its gastronomy, is a creative, cultural, sporting and student metropolis. Located near the Vosges mountains, it offers many outdoor activities. Resolutely committed to eco-responsible projects, it is ranked among the top 10 greenest cities in France. It is also one of the cities with the lowest cost of living.


Situated 1h30 from Paris by TGV, Nancy is strategically located and offers quick access to major European cities. It is also 40 minutes from Metz, an innovative metropolis where the arts are omnipresent. The green spaces and a lake near the centre offer the possibility of numerous activities. Strasbourg, the Alsatian Eurometropolis, is one of the most attractive areas in France due to its economic dynamism, its mobility plan, with more than 600 km of bicycle facilities, and its quality of life. Alsatian gastronomy will delight gourmets, and its famous Christmas market will make the eyes of young and old shine.

Research support

Inria is able to call upon talented individuals in more than 40 different research support positions in pursuit of its ambitions for human resources, administrative support, financial management and communication, and is proud of the 900 individuals on its support staff for research and innovation: truly the backbone of the institute.

How to apply

Travail collaboratif sur le mur d'images
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Working at Inria

You wish to become a researcher, an engineer, to accompany the research within the institute? Or simply do an internship?

Jean-Philippe Lagrange

Jean-Philippe Lagrange

Director of the Inria centre at Université de Lorraine

Practical informations

Centre Inria Nancy


615, rue du Jardin Botanique
54600 Villers-lès-Nancy



  • Phone :   +33 3 83 59 30 00
  • e-mail

How to apply