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Earthquakes and tsunamis: digital technology moves up a gear

Cécile Michaut, Céline Acharian - 24/08/2011

It all began with an earthquake in Japan four months ago. The unexpected magnitude, the sheer violence of the elements and a tragic sequence of causes presented a formidable challenge for our scientific knowledge and warning systems. Today, researchers are doubling their efforts to find new models and to adapt existing solutions. The aim is to improve anticipation and the supply of information, in order to enhance protection measures and better manage risks. The research areas are numerous, with the scale of these traumatic events matched only by the commitment of the scientists. Below follow several examples.



Emmanuel Pietriga, responsable par interim de l’équipe In-Situ et président du chapitre parisien SIGCHI


A Look Back at Computer-Human Interaction conference

Françoise Breton - 19/08/2011

The Computer-Human Interaction conference 2011 took place in Vancouver in  May. Learn about this event with the interview of Emmanuel Pietriga, interim manager of the In-Situ team and president of the Paris chapter of SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction).



Molecular manipulation via multipoint touch screen Mint project-team - © Inria/ Photo Kaksonen


Revolutionising the relationship between man and machine

Françoise Breton - 18/08/2011

Research into human-computer interaction has been an area of significant growth in the last decade. From multipoint touch screens to assistance for the disabled and media for interpreting large volumes of data, this research aims to revolutionise the relationship between men and machines. Inria has invested in the area with 5 teams that make the institute one of today's biggest human-computer interaction research centres.




A new visual identity for Inria


In light of the dynamic, complex and ever-changing environment within which Inria operates, it is important for the Institute to adopt a clear, sincere and effective presentation of its activities. This new signature is the result of brainstorming involving all employees, and is intended to offer a simple reflection of the Institute’s work. This new identity will progressively be introduced throughout all communication tools and media.



Remise du prix Eurographics à Marie-Paule Cani © Nigel W. John, Eurographics association

Scientific award

Marie–Paule Cani, Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contributions Award winner 2011

Corinne Pezard - 10/06/2011

Marie-Paule Cani has just won the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contributions Award. This internationally recognized distinction rewards her work in implicit modelling, animation and interactive shape design. Marie-Paule Cani, a university professor in Grenoble, leads the EVASION team, a joint Inria Grenoble and Jean Kuntzmann laboratory team, which is affiliated with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the universities of Grenoble. 



Projet PEER © Inria / Photo Kaksonen


The 2010 scientific activity reports are now available on line


The 2010 activity reports from the Inria project-teams are now available on-line. This year, the on-line presentation of these reports via RAWeb has been improved, offering new functions in addition to the static HTML and PDF versions. These functions include a new search interface enabling consultation of the activities of a particular researcher, all publications from a particular person or team, or the name of a partner… The tool also enables the sharing of bibliographical references via social media.



© NCSA Centre for Supercomputing Applications - © NCSA


G8 ECS « Enabling Climate Simulation at extreme scale »


Policy decisions for mitigating climate change or adapting to it are subjects of great discussion throughout the world. Uninformed decisions will impose a heavy cost on future generations, both financial and human. Therefore, it is essential to reduce the current uncertainties about future climate changes and their impact by running climate simulations at 1000 times larger scales than today.



Hubert Garavel - © Inria / Photo A.Eidelman


Hubert Garavel received the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Research Award

Isabelle Bellin - 16/05/2011

Hubert Garavel recently received the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Research Award. He is the fourth French scientist in the field of computer science to be awarded this Prize, one of his predecessors being Alain Bensoussan (1983), former chairman of Inria. As a consequence of this award, Hubert Garavel is invited to Germany, where he will be hosted by Professor Holger Hermanns, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Saarland, with whom he has been collaborating for 10 years.



Mario Tokoro


Mario Tokoro: “I would be glad to welcome Inria researchers in Tokyo”

Amélie Castan - 29/04/2011

On the 31st of March, the founder, president and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Inc. spent one day in the Inria Rocquencourt research centre. He explains why he wanted to visit us, and how he considers collaborating with Inria.



Anonymity on the web Anonymity on the web - © Tyler Olson -


Anonymity on the web: telltale usernames

Inria - 22/04/2011

Choosing a username can have an impact on the spam that fills up our inboxes. This is suggested in an article published in an MIT journal that demonstrates, for the first time, how a username alone can provide information about its owner. Daniele Perito, an Italian PhD student in the Planete project team, contributed to this study and has developed a tool to test usernames.