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Inria at FUTUR.E.S 2018

The 9th edition of Futur.e.s (formerly Futur en Seine) takes place from 21 to 23 June 2018 in the Grande Halle of La Villette. Futur.e.s - the biggest European festival dedicated to digital innovation - has established itself as an unmissable event. This year, Inria is again participating in the festival's stated objective: to incorporate the emergence of new uses at the heart of the experience offered to the visitors.

This year, Futur.e.s is proposing a new method; an exploration of potential futures through six themed circuits, during which the visitor will be invited - more than ever before - to try out the latest technological innovations. The circuits include over 70 demos and prototypes which will allow the public to concretely experience the future whilst quizzing its designers. The conferences and master classes will examine the social, cultural, philosophical and economic contribution of these innovations.

Actors and thinkers of change, the French and international speakers will debate the link between ecological transition and digital acceleration, citizenship at the time of artificial intelligence, the relationship between art and technology and disability and technology, as well as the place of education in this digital future. Finally, the Labs will offer a two-hour prospective reflection session to explore innovation issues such as the connected car, the enhancement of knowledge through digital technology and smart cities.

The Tsunami Lab at Futur.e.s

As is the case every year, Inria is a partner of Futur.e.s and will notably be present in the Demos area with the Tsunami Lab, an educational web platform combined with a hologram presentation which enables the visualisation and interactive simulation of tsunamis. Unlike other tools, such as the videos by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Tsunami Lab lets you interact and configure different scenarios.

Tsunami Lab was designed by José Galaz, an industrial civil engineer, when he was working in Spain at the National Research Centre for Integrated Natural Disaster Management (CIGIDEN). The application stems from the desire and necessity of educating citizens on effective precautionary measures against tsunamis in Chile - in particular the use of new technologies. This led to a collaboration between CIGIDEN and Inria Chile to promote the development of this project, with three main objectives: create a useful tool for the community, create high-quality software and educate citizens through experimentation.

The Tsunami Lab will present its demo within the "Territories: climatic transition, technological acceleration" circuit. It could make you a specialist on tidal waves: thanks to its hologram, you will be able to simulate your own tsunami, understand how they work and why these natural threats can affect everyone on our planet.

We want TsunamiLab to be the best tool for learning and teaching about tsunamis in Chile, specially for kids and teachers at schools.

                                                Read the complete interview of José Garaz, founder of TsunamiLab

A masterclass on the future of interfaces

Lauren Thevin, a postdoc with the POTIOC project team, is inherently multidisciplinary: applied mathematics and social sciences-cognitive sciences for her degree at Bordeaux, followed by an engineering school in cognition (applied cognitive sciences) where she carried out internships in human-computer interaction (HCI) and disabled accessibility for groups such as Astrium EADS (aerospace), Thales Avionics (civil aviation) and the RATP (Parisian public transport authority).

Following a thesis in the digital sciences entitled A normative multi-agent system for evaluative support to human-machine collaboration: application to crisis management,  Lauren Thevin is reflecting on a tool to help municipalities and the emergency services to learn how to coordinate, and to correct their intervention plans if necessary. In addition to her research work, she is involved in numerous scientific culture actions, in particular to encourage access to the sciences in rural areas.

She will give a masterclass on the theme The future of interfaces: invisible interfaces? Two sets of questions then emerge around the concept of invisible interfaces:

  • Is this the beginning of the era of "transparent" and invisible interfaces? Moreover, can we speak in a rigorous way of "intuitive" or even "natural" interfaces? Is it really universal? Is that really desirable?
  • Is this the end of interfaces based exclusively on human vision? What are these new modes of interaction and their promises?

In a transversal way, graphic interfaces are a challenge in terms of accessibility for people with visual impairment in particular, but also for people who cannot read (starting with children). Lauren Thevin will thus explain how accessibility, and in particular disability-oriented accessibility, opens perspectives in terms of interaction (tangible, brain-machine, audio-tactile...).

Inclusive technologies make content accessible to people with and without disabilities: this enables collaborative use of technology.

                                                                Read the complete interview of Lauren Thevin

Rewriting the living

In the "Rewriting the living: nature, health, food" circuit, InSimo - an Inria start-up created in 2013 - will present diSplay, a medical simulation application on virtual organs with high-fidelity behaviour. You will be able to test out different surgical approaches and simulate their consequences on anatomies that are specific to each patient. InSimo is a start-up specialising in software design and development for medical simulation.

These software programs enable the realistic and interactive simulation of surgical procedures and operations. InSimo proposes to introduce a new generation of surgical simulators to the market, more realistic and quick to develop, based on an expertise and technologies developed over the last few years within the area of academic research. We are already making this mission a reality through an ambitious cataract microsurgery simulator, whose objective is to rapidly train 30,000 surgeons in order to restore sight to half of the people who are currently blind in the world between now and 2030.

Keywords: Futur.e.s Inria Chile Tsunami Lab Futur en Seine HMI Futur Labs Lauren Thevin