Manuel Hermenegildo, professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, founder and director of the IMDEA software institute, was appointed chairman of Inria's Scientific Board on 9 November 2017. He succeeds Kurt Mehlhorn, who has held this position since 2015.
Researcher with the NeCS team, Maria Laura Delle Monache has just been awarded the "France-Berkeley Fund award for high-achieving younger researchers", along with Samitha Samaranayake (Cornell University, PhD UC Berkeley). The prestigious American university is thereby rewarding the researcher's commitment to forging links between France and the United States.
With 5% of cancers still going undetected during the first X-ray reading, the "Digital Mammography Challenge" tackles a major public health issue. This year a start-up, Inria Therapixel, won the 1st round, thanks to a particularly effective algorithm. A great success for the company which turned its focus to artificial intelligence at the beginning of 2016.
Locating an element in an image by asking a series of questions. That is the purpose of GuessWhat?!, an interactive game created by researchers in the Sequel project team, in collaboration with a Canadian team. More than just a simple game, it is a real technical challenge: teaching a computer to dialogue naturally starting from an image. The first - promising - results have earned the team a publication at the very prestigious CVPR, the biggest international conference in the field of computer vision.
The goal of the SmartMarina project is to use Internet of Things technology to monitor boat mooring occupancy and water/electricity use in the of Cap d'Agde marina, one of the three largest marinas in Europe.
Supported by French research institute Inria, SimGrid is an open source tool for the simulation of distributed systems. Over the last 15 years, it has become a staple in more than one scientific community across the globe, contributing to performance optimization in many contexts. The next challenge is to help SimGrid reach the industry, an effort for which Inria is about to start a two-year Technical Action, as project coordinator Martin Quinson explains.
How can disinformation - "fake news" - be traced? What are the sources of production? What are the levers of circulation and reception of disinformation on the Web and on digital platforms? This is a study topic for the Public Data Lab, an interdisciplinary network of researchers, which has just published its first results - a guide to disinformation - during the International Journalism Festival, an event that brings together thousands of journalists from Europe and the rest of the world and which took place in Perugia, Italy.
A former Inria Grenoble Rhône-Alpes research student with the nano-D team, Maël Bosson has created a company to develop the connected and "smart" electric bike; he was also one of the first daily users of the electric bike in 2011, during his PhD.
The decree of 28 October 2016 authorising the creation of a centralised file of "secure electronic documents" (TES) has raised a certain number of questions and concerns. The main aim put forward by the French government is the fight against identity fraud. However, the text of the decree also authorises certain accesses to the database by officers of the national police, national Gendarmerie and intelligence. Many voices have been raised to highlight the risks that such a centralised file could represent with regard to individual freedom, and particularly the invasion of citizens' privacy. Here, Inria gives its objective analysis and its recommendations in order to ensure the protection of privacy.