David Simplot appointed Director of the Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée research centre
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David Simplot takes up his duties as head of the Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée research centre as of January 1,2018. Appointed by Antoine Petit, CEO of Inria, he succeeds Gérard Giraudon.
University professor, appointed member of the Institut Universitaire de France (University Institute of France) in 2009, David Simplot was head of the Pops project team (a joint team between Inria, the University of Lille and the CNRS from 2004 to 2011) which studied connected objects. He contributed to the implementation of the FIT - Future Internet of Things - EquipEx (equipment of excellence), and in 2014 received the 2014 Kuhlmann Grand Prize, from the learned society Société des Sciences, de l’Agriculture et des Arts de Lille (SSAAL) in recognition of all of his work.
Former auditor of the French Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (IHEST), he was particularly involved in regional entities such as the technological resource and expertise centre CITC-EuraRFID or competitiveness clusters. He is president of the association Force Research and Entreprise, which organises the Force Awards initiated by the Comité Grand Lille (Greater Lille Committee). From 2011 to 2017 he was director of the Inria Lille – Nord Europe research centre and, since then, scientific advisor to the Inria chairman and CEO.
It is an honour for me to become head of a research centre that embodies Inria's slogan - scientific excellence in the service of technology transfer and society - established in an exceptional ecosystem through both the quality of its academic partners and the intensity of private R&D, particularly in the fields of digital technology. With the success of the UCAJedi project and the development of the EducAzur cluster, one of the priorities will be to successfully roll out the InriaTech PACA technology transfer platform, by basing myself on the success and experience of InriaTech in Lille.
About the Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée research centre
The Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée research centre, created in 1983, has over 600 people of 50 different nationalities, including 500 scientists spread across 35 research teams in Sophia Antipolis, Montpellier and Bologna. Recognised for its strong involvement in the socio-economic development of the Mediterranean region, the Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée research centre is committed - alongside its academic, institutional and economic partners - to the major digital technology research and innovation projects in the world of today. There have been 25 spin-offs from the centre since its creation.