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Inria Awards 2014

LH - 17/09/2014

Inria announces the Inria awards 2014 winners

Nicholas Ayache © Inria / Photo Y. Obrenovitch Patrick Valduriez © Inria / Photo G. Scagnelli Paola Goatin © Inria / Photo Y. Obrenovitch Nicholas Ayache, Paola Goatin, Patrick Valduriez

Inria announces the Inria awards 2014 winners. Find out who are acknowledged this year for their major contributions to computer science and promising innovations for our society and the proper functioning of Inria. The winners of five Inria awards in 2014 will be honoured on 13 October, at an awards ceremony at the Forum des Images in Paris. 

Inria - French Académie des sciences Grand Prize winner: Nicholas Ayache

Nicholas Ayache is an Inria exceptional grade senior researcher. At the heart of the Sophia Antipolis – Méditerranée Research Centre, he runs the Asclepios project-team specialising in the analysis and simulation of medical images. His current research focuses on the automated analysis of medical images and building customised computer models for patients to assist in medicine and surgery. He is considered a pioneer in this field of research.
He has received a number of awards in France and internationally – The Microsoft Award for Science in Europe in 2008 (jury from the Royal Society and the French Académie des sciences), the EADS Foundation award for information sciences in 2006 (jury from the French Académie des sciences) and several other awards for his scientific papers. He is also the current Laureate of the European Research Council (ERC) for a total of five years (2012-2017). Nicholas Ayache is the annual chair of Computer and Computational Sciences at the Collège de France (2013-2014).

He is heavily involved in the transfer and application of his research, and has regularly conducted business providing scientific advice in the industry and helped set up five high-tech companies.
His team works with three French University Hospital Institutes (IHU) created in 2012: the Strasbourg IHU for minimally invasive, image-guided surgery (where Nicholas Ayache has been Chief scientific officer since it was founded in January 2012), the Bordeaux IHU for cardiac rhythm disorders, and the Pitié Salpêtrière IHU in Paris for neuroscience.

Inria - French Académie des sciences – Dassault Systèmes Innovation Award winner: Patrick Valduriez

Patrick Valduriez, senior researcher at Inria, heads the Zenith team, joint between the Inria Sophia Antipolis – Méditerranée Research Center, and University Montpellier 2 at LIRMM in Montpellier. He is an expert in distributed data management. Throughout his career, he has maintained the necessary balance between conceptual aspects (e.g. design and analysis of algorithms) and practical aspects (e.g. software implementation, full-scale validation on real applications).

Beyond the international recognition he has received for his scientific work (ACM Fellow 2012), he has made major contributions in terms of technology transfer. In particular, his work at MCC, Texas, on query parallelization has been transferred to NCR Corporation in partnership with Teradata in the late 1980s. Later on, in the 1990s, the DISCO data integration software was taken over by Kelkoo, a major success of the French Internet. This experience has been influential in the design of the LeSelect system, commercialized by the Inria Médience start-up, which was later acquired by Business Objects. More recently, Patrick Valduriez has been working on the Websmatch technology and its integration in the processing chain of the Data Publica start-up to automatically extract meta-data from open data.

Inria – French Académie des sciences Young Researcher award winner: Paola Goatin

Paola Goatin is an Inria research fellow in the Opale project-team at the Sophia Antipolis – Méditerranée Research Centre, joint with Laboratoire Jean-Alexandre Dieudonné (Nice - Sophia Antipolis University, CNRS). The focus of her work in applied mathematics is the theory of non-linear hyperbolic conservation laws. Her interest is threefold - the design of new macroscopic models for road and pedestrian traffic, the establishment of the corresponding analytical results and the construction of adapted numerical methods. In 2010, Paola Goatin was awarded a grant from the European Research Council to conduct research in mathematical modelling in the field of traffic management.

Her activity has a great influence both nationally and internationally. Paola Goatin maintains close relations with many scientific laboratories abroad. In particular, she has set up an associate team with the University of California at Berkeley, focused on developing strategies for real time traffic rerouting, based on data observed on Californian freeways.

Support for research and innovation prize winners: the MoocLab technical team with Inria engineers and researchers

The prize rewards the involvement and efficiency of the team, that tooks only a few months to design the technical platform for the digital university "France Université Numérique" (FUN). These prizewinners, from different disciplines within the Institute, successfully selected a technical platform, adapted it to the digital university context, deployed it, ran the build-up tests then launched it to several hundreds of thousands of students, who were able to watch the first on-line courses without a hitch. Thanks to the work accomplished by this team, Inria played a major part in helping French universities provide on-line courses.

Inria was quick to grasp the importance of the changes brought about by on-line lecturing (a massive increase in the number of students, new participants, both public and private…). These changes are highlighted in the Institutes's strategic plan and led to the creation of the Inria MoocLab in the spring of 2013.

Research support department prize winners: the pilot team for the new Inria intranet 

The prize rewards the involvement and the professionalism of an all-round team that associates three expertises (communication, human ressources and IT system) to build a project for the institute.

Keywords: Mooc Modelling MoocLab Databases Data management systems Inria Awards Medical imaging