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The Inria - French Académie des sciences Grand Prize

This prize honors a scientist or a set of scientific or research team who made outstanding contributions to the field of computer science and mathematics (Grant: € 25,000).

Xavier Leroy © Inria / Photo G. Scagnelli

Inria Awards 2018

Xavier Leroy : Inria - French Académie des sciences Grand Prize

In November 2018, Xavier Leroy will join the Collège de France as the ‘Software Sciences’ chair. A marvellous acknowledgement for the architect of two great Inria successes: the functional programming language OCaml and the formally verified compiler CompCert.



© Inria / Photo G. Scagnelli

Inria Awards 2017

Olivier Gascuel : Inria – French Académie des sciences Grand Prize

Thirty years ago, biology was basically test tubes, microscopes and Petri dishes. Today scientists are just as likely to be sitting at a computer, thanks in part to Olivier Gascuel, a pioneer in bioinformatics, who is now Director of the Institut Pasteur Center of Bioinformatics, Biostatistics and Integrative Biology (C3BI).



© Inria / Photo G .Scagnelli

Inria Awards 2016

Cordelia Schmid : Inria – French Académie des sciences Grand Prize

Citizen Press - 21/11/2016

Cordelia Schmid, recognised as one of the worlds’ leading specialists in computer aided vision, heads up the Thoth project team at Inria’s Grenoble Rhône-Alpes research centre. Her research is dedicated to artificial vision, and more particularly the automatic interpretation of digital images and videos. She has made fundamental contributions in the field of representation of images and videos and in visual learning, allowing objects, and indeed actions and places, to be recognised by drawing on massive databases of images and videos. Her outstanding career in computer aided vision, spanning over two decades, has won her the Inria-Académie des sciences Grand Prize Award.



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Inria Awards 2015

Benoît Perthame : Inria – French Académie des sciences Grand Prize

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Leading mathematician Benoît Perthame is a key personality in the international scientific community. A specialist in kinetic equations, he has been a pioneer in the field of "bio maths" since the 2000s. His mathematical modelling of Darwin's theory of evolution, his studies on cancer or the organisation of cellular communities all demonstrate his capacity to invent new concepts and develop analysis tools applied to the life sciences.


Nicholas Ayache Inria / Photo Y. Obrenovitch

Inria Awards 2014

Nicholas Ayache: Inria - French Académie des sciences Grand Prize 2014

LH - 6/10/2014

As an exceptional grade senior researcher at Inria, Nicholas Ayache is one of the most eminent researchers in the field of medical imaging analysis and simulation. He has cultivated a deep interest in industry and helped to create five start-up businesses. The common denominator in his various successes is a remarkable talent for teamwork and the development of skills around new ideas.



Jean-Michel Morel

Inria Awards 2013

Jean-Michel Morel: 2013 lnria - French Académie des Sciences Grand Prize

He used to want to do theory; he is now enthused by the applications of his work. He used to want to stay in academia; his algorithms are used by many industries and professional arenas. But Jean-Michel Morel is convinced that without mathematical formalisation, any discovery or theory remains incomplete. On the basis of this conviction, he uses mathematics for image and signal processing to explain the advances made and as the basis for theories. He does so successfully. He wants to share his algorithms freely, and to this end has set up a journal enabling anyone to experiment with other people's work.



© Collège de France / Photo Patrick Imbert

Inria Awards 2012

Pierre-Louis Lions : Grand Prize Inria

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The scientific influence of Pierre-Louis Lions, an exceptionally gifted and active mathematician, covers the worlds of academe, industry and commerce. For 30 years, he has generated highly original ideas in numerous domains such as mathematics, physics, economics, and industrial digital simulation. His theories have been adopted by many scientists, both theoretical and applied mathematicians.



Grand Prize to Gérard Huet Inria / C. Tourniaire

Inria Awards 2011

Grand Prize to Gérard Huet

By awarding the Grand Prize to Gérard Huet, Inria honours an exemplary achievement and scientific career. As a pioneer in the French school of thought in terms of information technology, Gérard Huet has had a profound influence on many sectors of IT science.