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Inria opens its own space at the EuraTechnologies site

EuraTechnologies Lille © INRIA / Photo N. Fagot Atrium EuraTechnologies site - Lille © Inria / N. Fagot

Inria has taken its technology transfer and innovation policy to a new level by opening its first demonstration and interaction area for its business partners at the EuraTechnologies site.

A French research institute specialising in information and communication science and technologies (ICST), Inria fits right in at EuraTechnologies, a centre of excellence dedicated to ICT. In partnership with Technopole Lille Métropole, the Institute is now setting up a base at the site to develop and strengthen partnership and technology transfer opportunities with the region's economic players. At the heart of the EuraTechnologies site, the Inria Lille - Nord Europe research centre has set up a showcase for the know-how of its research teams, a combination of a research platform and a collaborative workspace. Its main purpose is to serve as a forum for exchanges, promoting interaction between research and industry.

  • Demonstrating all the innovation potential of the research conducted at Inria
  • Research on display
  • A space dedicated to 3D environments and HMI
  • A space dedicated to simulation of surgical procedures
  • SensLab, a platform for testing large-scale sensor networks
  • About the EuraTechnologies site and Inria

Demonstrating all the innovation potential of the research conducted at Inria

This platform, just like the one that will be developed in the new building at Haute Borne from 2011, proposes demonstrations based on the work of the research teams at the Lille research centre, but will eventually welcome demonstrations from the Institute’s other research centres. A national player in technology transfer in computational sciences, Inria's influence extends beyond the geographical confines of its eight research centres. Each centre provides direct access to all of the Institute’s competencies for all regional innovators (SMEs, technology transfer bodies, etc.).
To this same end, Inria holds Inria-INDUSTRY Meetings in partnership with competitiveness clusters. These meetings allow the institute to present the latest innovations and technologies developed by its researchers to the industrial or economic players in a given sector. The objectives are to identify technology transfer activities and to better identify market needs. At EuraTechnologies, Inria will regularly hold events - Cup of Science, R&D workshops, Digital Forums, etc. - for its scientific and economic partners, in order to present them with the results of research in progress or the new technologies that could assist their development.

 Research on display

On this platform, scientists from Inria and its partner organisations will present their work in a unique setting, with unprecedented attention paid to original presentation methods. The objective is to make the Institute’s work more accessible and attractive, thus enhancing business people’s understanding and helping them to really get to grips with the technologies involved. The demonstrations currently being presented are the fruit of the research of joint teams with the Lille Computer Science Laboratory (LIFL) and with our partner organisations Lille 1 and Lille 3 universities, the CNRS and the Ecole Centrale de Lille.

A space dedicated to 3D environments and human-machine interaction (composed of a big screen and a tactile table)

Interface tactile© INRIA / Photo C. Dupont

This space illustrates all of the interactions between the real and virtual worlds being studied at Inria.
The chosen application for movement in a 3D environment shows all the application potential of this kind of exploration: shopping arcades, shops, public buildings, cultural spaces, etc. All sectors of industry are concerned. This real/virtual interaction meets needs in three major fields: health, commerce and art.  Inria researchers are involved in all three.


A space dedicated to simulation of surgical procedures (1 operating theatre with 1 dummy patient)


Euratechnologies  Simulation  Chirurgie  © INRIA / Photo N. Fagot

Computational medicine is one of Inria’s scientific priorities. The computational surgery environment presented on the platform is testament to the commitment demonstrated by computational-science researchers across all fields relating to health. The prototype developed in synergy with doctors from CHR de Lille hospital responds to a need for doctors to learn surgical procedures. It is also designed to help healthcare professionals to prepare for operations and to allow monitoring during the operation itself, by providing the doctor with as much information as possible in real time. On the platform, the team proposes a simulation of a cataract operation. From a practical point of view, the researchers involved in this project are brought closer in geographical terms to the doctors from CHR de Lille, with whom they have been working in partnership on this prototype. The team is working on a project dedicated to interactive simulation for medicine, SOFA (Simulation Open Framework Architecture), which brings together Inria researchers, international research groups and hospitals.

SensLab, a platform for testing large-scale sensor networks (256 sensors installed on a suspended ceiling)

Senslab plateforme© INRIA / Photo N. Fagot

Communicating sensors are revolutionising our way of living and working. Recording multiple types of data, they are a response to the growing need that has developed over recent decades to monitor physical and biological phenomena in different fields: industry, technology and science, ecology and the environment, health, security, transport, home automation, etc. The ANR’s Telecommunications programme on ‘Very large open wireless sensor networks’ (2008-2010) was launched to facilitate experimentation with very large wireless sensor networks. It is as part of this programme that the SensLab platform has been deployed at four sites: Lille, Grenoble, Rennes and Strasbourg. Consisting of 1024 sensors, 256 of them deployed in Lille, SensLab will make it possible to study these networks on a real-life scale.
Until now, promising research results have been obtained, but essentially via simulation. Real experiments are less common and often carried out on a small scale, due to the cost of the equipment and the difficulties of deployment. In this context, the SensLab experimental platform for wireless sensor networks has two particularities. It allows fully automated real-scale experimentation. All the researcher has to do is connect to the SensLab platform site, download the code of his/her experiment and configure it (X nodes or sensors laid out in such and such a way for X hours). The sensors can be programmed remotely and need not be individually manipulated. One of the unique features of the Lille site is that these sensors are installed overhead on a suspended ceiling.



EuraTechnologies is an economic development project with an international dimension organised by the Lille metropolitan area in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. This centre of excellence aims to become a place where ICT players, projects and innovations can come together. It strives to develop the ICT industry in the Nord – Pas de Calais region, already ranked in the top five most attractive regions in France in terms of ICT. It offers high-level ICT services for all businesses and sectors, promoting development for all. It aims to increase the national and international profile of the Lille area and the surrounding region in the field of ICT.


A public science and technology institution under the supervision of the ministries for Research and Industry. Management: Michel COSNARD, Inria CEO - Jean-Pierre VERJUS, Deputy CEO. Annual budget (2009): €200 million, 21% of which represents its own resources.  Regional research centres:  Paris - Rocquencourt, Sophia Antipolis – Méditerranée, Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, Nancy - Grand Est, Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique, Bordeaux – Sud Ouest, Lille - Nord Europe, Saclay - Île-de-France. 2800 researchers, including more than 1,000 PhD students, working within more than 160 project-teams, the majority of which are shared with other bodies, Grandes Ecoles and universities.  790 active research contracts 79 associate teams around the world. 94 businesses created since 1984.

Keywords: Lille Nord Europe Innovation Human-machine interactions Simulation of surgical procedures 3D Technology transfers