In September 2017, the CIRRUS team, made up of the Spirals project team from the Inria Lille - Nord Europe Research Centre and the company Scalair, was awarded the “Joint Lab‑Company Team” label by the Hauts-de-France region. The research team is working on cloud computing in two key areas: elasticity of cloud-based applications and low-carbon cloud infrastructure.
Created 10 years ago, Bitcoin allows secure and anonymous payments without going through a bank. The new currency is based on a particularly well-design mechanism called a blockchain. A mixture of cryptography and distributed architecture, this tamper-proof registry guarantees the validity of successive transactions. But problems are arising: the computing cost is soaring. Energy expenditure as well. It is also impossible to manage a large number of transactions per second. Specializing in peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, researcher Emmanuelle Anceaume, from Rennes, proposes two new innovations to enable it to transition to another scale.
- Emmanuelle Enceaume
- INRIA Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique
Large-scale simulation can help in deciding on the right strategy for curbing animal epidemics. But that requires a lot of computing power. Hence the idea of using cloud computing. The problem? Existing applications have never been designed to take advantage of the high elasticity of such an architecture. Developed at the Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique centre, DiFFuSE is a new framework enabling not only the design and management of simulations operating on the cloud, but also the conversion of old applications to enable them to exploit this distributed infrastructure. As part of a future consortium, DiFFuSE will be used to create new decision-making tools for the animal health sector.
The Neurosys team has been welcoming Eliott Sarrey, a robotics enthusiast and winner of the Google Science Fair Incubator Award.
Prize and Award
Early July, the 6th Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization was awarded to Francis Bach, head of the Sierra team at the Inria Paris centre, and to two of the team's former post-doctoral researchers.
Of the 16 project teams at the Inria Lille - Nord Europe center, nine have research projects linked to artificial intelligence, either directly or indirectly. Here is an overview of the Inria Lille forces in AI.
Just ten years ago, Manuel Davy, co-founder of the Sequel team from the Inria Lille - Nord Europe research centre, launched his start-up: Vekia At the time the small company, specialised in machine learning, proposed consulting services to the major retail groups in the Lille region. Today, Vekia is developing a supply chain solution for stock management. It employs approximately 50 people, works with around 20 major retail groups and, in 2017, raised 12 million Euros in order to expand.
Groupe PSA and Inria create an OpenLab dedicated to artificial intelligence which main challenge will be to increase efficiency and reliability of the results acquired by artificial intelligence methods for automotive applications use. A dozen topics will be covered over a 4 years period.
- Open lab
- Laboratoire commun
- Voiture autonome
- Voiture intelligente
- Véhicules connectés
- PRAIRIE institute
After Stockholm, Munich, Barcelona, Torino, Dublin, Copenhagen and Manchester, Toulouse will host ESOF for its 8th edition under the motto “Sharing Science: towards new horizons” and will become the “European City of Science 2018”. Inria will present its research and scientific mediation work throughout the week.
Inria Research Centers
- Laura Grigori (Alpines) winner of an ERC Synergy grant
- The unexpected avenues of technology transfer with Matrix Lead
- Mastering Non-Functional Properties of Software: Energy, Time, Security
- François Baccelli, winner of an ERC Advanced Grant
- Meeting with ERC 2017 laureate George Drettakis
- SPINSTIM: A new collaboration between a joint Inria/LIRMM team and the start-up NEURINNOV
- Towards a neuroscience of active sampling and curiosity - Nature Reviews Neuroscience
- Bruno Lévy, director of Inria Nancy - Grand Est reseach centre
- Best scientific paper Honorable mention, for Hybrid research team at the EuroVR 2018 conference
- Health and artificial intelligence