Foundation of Allistene, the Digital Sciences and Technologies Alliance
The first coordination meeting of the Allistene alliance was held on 1 March 2010. Its founding members are major national players in ICST research: the CDEFI (Conference of Engineering College and Training Directors), the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), the CPU (Conference of University Chairmen), Inria and the Institut Télécom. Allistene's aim is to promote collaborative thinking and coordinate its members in terms of foresight and overall strategy, the challenges of advanced training, planning, European and international partnerships, and industrial utilization and liaison. Its functioning will be based on six working groups called "programmatic groups", comprising top-flight researchers, and the division of tasks between a Chairman of the Coordination Committee in charge of overall management and five Vice-Presidents in charge of managing Allistene's work in each of its key assignments.
Michel Cosnard, Chairman of Inria, has been assigned by the Allistene members, to be the new Chairman of the Coordination Committee of the Alliance for a two-year period.
The committee is made up of the directors or representatives of the six partner organizations from the time the alliance was founded: the CDEFI (Conference of Engineering College and Training Directors), the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), the CPU (Conference of University Chairmen), Inria and the Institut Télécom. This committee is responsible for coordinating the founder members in five key assignments whose management is entrusted to a vice-president: Philippe Baptiste (CNRS) for foresight and overall strategy, Guy Cousineau (CPU) for the challenges of advanced training, Francis Jutand (Institut Télécom) for planning, Christian Lerminiaux (CDEFI) for European and international cooperation and Jean Therme (CEA) for industrial utilization and liaison.
As part of the National Research and Innovation Strategy defined by the French government in 2009, Allistene's seeks to conduct coordinated planning of French research in digital sciences and technologies. To achieve this objective the Alliance leans upon programmatic groups that:
- bring together scientific staff from its founding members;
- call on experts appointed by the Coordination Committee;
- and link to their work, as a partner, competitive clusters representatives or industrial companies involved in specific fields for which they are responsible.
Allistene's six programmatic groups will be dedicated to six key research issues in the following fields: "modeling, simulation and control of complex systems", "architectures, algorithmics, programming, security and safety of systems", "signals and telecommunications, networks, internet of the future", "human-system interaction, content and usages", "nanoelectronics, nanosciences for ICST" and "integrative research, technology research and systems integration". The title of the groups and the content of the fields concerned are yet to be decided
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