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AB - 3/11/2016

6 Inria researchers awarded ERC 2016

The ERC Starting Grants is aimed at young scientists (two to seven years after the thesis) : five Inria researchers awarded in 2016 this grant which enable them to build up a research team around an original theme. Discover our successful applicants.

Adrien Bousseau

Adrien Bousseau, Equipe Graphdeco Adrien Bousseau, Equipe Graphdeco

Adrien Bousseau is a research officer with the GRAPHDECO project team at Inria Sophia Antipolis-Méditerranée. A specialist in digital imaging, in 2011 he received one of the three Eurographics best thesis prizes. His project on "the interpretation of drawings for 3D design" has just enabled him to obtain a grant in the Starting Research Position category, a panel awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). Meeting with the new prize-winner, who tells us about his background and plans.


I like the fact that image synthesis is at the crossroads of several scientific fields - computer science, mathematics, physics - whilst still tackling very concrete problems. When we test our methods, we can see our results directly, and now even touch them thanks to 3D printing.

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Jasmin Blanchette

Jasmin Blanchette

Jasmin Blanchette, a researcher on the VeriDis project team, based at Nancy and Saarbrücken, has won an ERC Starting Grant (StG) for his Matryoshka project. Success at his first attempt, which we look at in a good-humoured interview flavoured with a touch of poetry.


My work concerns interactive theorem proving, proof assistants. When we want to use a theorem, we must prove it first. It’s what mathematicians do all day long, but also computer scientists when they want to check that their algorithms and programmes are correct.

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Cătălin Hriţcua

A graduate of the University of Saarland in Germany, Cătălin Hriţcu worked as a Research Associate at  the University of Pennsylvania before joining Inria as a Researcher in 2013. He has just won a European Research Council (ERC) grant for 5 years. His ambition: to make formally secure compilation a reality.


 I believe that cyber security in general and secure compilation in particular are crucial issues. That’s why I want to help promote the secure compilation idea among the research community and show that using novel hardware and formal verification for this is a feasible way forward.

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Julien Mairal

A member of the Thoth project team, Julien Mairal has recently been awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). For a period of five years, the researcher will be able to devote himself to research on big data processing algorithms that are simpler to use and more efficient.


I work on statistical learning. It is a multidisciplinary field, between information technology, applied mathematics and statistics. This falls within the scope of what we call data science or artificial intelligence. It concerns transforming data into either scientific knowledge or technological tools.

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María Naya-Plasencia

Computer scientists have long predicted the arrival of a new type of computer with vastly superior computing capabilities: the quantum computer. However, the security of protection systems for our communications risks being compromised by these new generation machines. María Naya-Plasencia, of the Inria Paris SECRET team, has been awarded an ERC grant to analyse cryptographic systems in a post-quantum world.


Confidence in our asymmetric systems is entirely based on our knowledge within the field of cryptanalysis. If we want post-quantum systems to be reliable and efficient, we need to understand how adversaries might exploit this new computing power.

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Fabien Lotte

Fabien Lotte is a researcher at Inria’s Bordeaux centre. He works on brain-computer interfaces by modelling the learning processes. He has just been awarded an ERC Starting Grant, which will allow him to open up this still recent field of research to the human factor, an aspect that has been largely overlooked by the specialists and that could help improve the use of interfaces.


It’s a new field of research, which makes it rich and dynamic. There are many themes to explore and new projects to invent. In addition, BCIs are at the meeting point of numerous disciplines, such as computer science, mathematics, signal processing, neuroscience, psychology and medical research.

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Keywords: Cybersecurity ERC 2016 Algorithm Compilation Quantic cryptography ERC grant Digital images Cryptography Europe

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