Pascal Guitton is appointed Inria Research Director
Inria Chairman and CEO Michel Cosnard has appointed Pascal Guitton as Research Director as of 1 October 2010.
Working under the supervision of the senior management, and more specifically the Executive Officer for Research and Technology Transfer for Innovation, Pascal Guitton’s role is to devise and implement the institute's research policy as part of its strategic plan. In his new post, he will supervise all project-team creation, evaluation and cooperation processes. He will organise scientific cooperation and coordination with research and higher education establishments. Pascal Guitton will also take part in the implementation of the institute’s policy on training-through-research and spreading scientific awareness.
A professor of computer science at Bordeaux 1 university since 1992, Pascal Guitton served from 2003 as the head of the IPARLA project-team, a joint project-team between Bordeaux 1 university and the CNRS - LaBRI, specialising in the visualisation and manipulation of complex data for mobile users. From 2006 onwards, he was also in charge of Young Researchers in the research department. He monitored the training-through-research activities conducted within the institute, including the integration in the world of work of doctors trained at the Institute, and relations between the institute and doctoral schools.
His PhD thesis was on the validation of communication protocols, and he is interested in computer graphics, virtual reality, and 3D interaction. He is chairman and a founding member of the French Virtual Reality Association, which brings together both academic and industrial players.
A public science and technology institution under the supervision of the ministries for Research and for Industry. Executives: Michel COSNARD, Chairman and CEO of Inria - Jean-Pierre VERJUS, Deputy Managing Director. Annual budget (2009): €200m, of which 21% is from 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. 2,800 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 ongoing research agreements. 79 associate teams around the world. 94 businesses started since 1984.