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The people who made Inria

From Jacques-Louis Lions to Gilles Kahn, Inria owes its existence to personalities who have shaped the history of the institute and left a profound mark on their respective eras.

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History of Inria

Gérard Berry: How the world is turning digital

A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, he completed a PhD in mathematics in 1979. In 1980 he joined Inria, where much of his research work centred around the development of the Esterel language. This language is used to explain the temporal synchronisation of tasks and prove that they are correctly executed.

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Serge Abiteboul: How can data be protected?

Having graduated from the ENST in 1977, he continued his studies in the USA, obtaining a PhD in computer science from the University of Southern California. In 1982, he joined Inria and obtained a PhD from Paris Sud University. Since 1986, he has been a senior research scientist at Inria.

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Philippe Flajolet: algorithms and their applications

A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and a Doctor of Computer Science, he is also a Doctor of Sciences. At Inria, he has developed a research programme concerning the determination of calculation complexity in computer science.

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Olivier Faugeras: from computer vision to neurosciences

A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the ENST, Olivier Faugeras obtained a PhD from the University of Utah in 1976. With a doctorate in sciences from Paris VI University, he joined Inria (Sophia Antipolis) as a senior research scientist in 1981.

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Michel Cosnard, the age of maturity

Michel Cosnard was Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Inria from 2006 to 2014. His two successive terms of office saw the Institute expand, with nearly a thousand additional staff and the set up of three new research centres.

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Gérard Le Lann, a pioneer of the Internet and distributed algorithms

A pioneer of the Internet and distributed algorithms, after CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) and Stanford University, Gérard Le Lann joined Iria/Inria where he has carried out most of his career.

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Antoine Petit, transfer and innovation

Born in 1960, Antoine Petit is an agrégé  in mathematics, doctor of science and a specialist in formal methods. He is the author of some fifty scientific publications. Professor at ENS Cachan, he was CEO of Inria from 2014 to 2018.

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François Sillion, research and interdisciplinarity

François Sillion was Inria Acting CEO and Chairman from January to June 2018. Prior to joining Inria Rhône-Alpes, he had headed the research center before becoming Deputy CEO for Science.

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