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Data Transparency

TransAlgo: assessing the accountability and transparency of algorithmic systems

7/02/2017

As we are about to book a plane ticket or a hotel room, we can notice a variability in prices just as we proceed to payment. Is this yield managementor is it due to discrimination based on unknown criteria (legal or not)? The aim of the TransAlgo project is to understand, and shed light on, this type of practice. How can methods that make it possible to verify if a decision is taken based on criteria that respect the values and rules of our societies be developed? Nozha Boujemaa, who has been tasked with this major work, responds.

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White Paper

Inria responds to the challenge of artificial intelligence

Sarah Alzieu - 16/09/2016

How can we best gauge, explore and anticipate the social impacts of the massive digital advances of our time? The Inria monitoring and forecasting cell has risen to the challenge in a white paper devoted to artificial intelligence, a policy document that provides a wide-ranging introduction to the issues raised by the progress of research in the field of AI.

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Scientist Award

Vincent Calvez wins European Mathematical Society prize

Christelle Dupont - 20/07/2016

Vincent Calvez has been awarded the EMS 2016 prize for his work at the intersection between mathematics and biology. Through his research on the collective migration of bacteria within a large concentration wave, he has made a fundamental contribution to mathematical analysis and the development of new mathematical models, with applications in biology and biophysics.

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Energy transition

Greentouch consortium wins silver trophy at the Edison Awards 2016

Christelle Dupont - 19/07/2016

After winning a silver trophy in the "collective disruption" category at the Edison Awards 2016, held in New York (USA) on 21 April, the Greentouch consortium announced its final results: its new approaches can make wireless networks over 10,000 times more energy efficient.

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Human-Computer Interaction

Emergeables on our tactile phones

Estelle Raffin - 28/06/2016

Imagine a dial or slider emerging from the screen of your touchscreen phone: new forms of human-computer interaction proposed by Céline Coutrix, researcher at the Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble (LIG). Her research included experiments and prototyping using the Amiqual4Home platform, and has received an award at the CHI 2016 in San José, USA.

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Tractography showing the connections between the different regions of the brain Tractography showing the connections between the different regions of the brain - © Inria / Photo C. Morel

Research

Using Statistics to Pierce the Mysteries of the Brain

15/03/2016

Nearly 100,000 billion neurons, each typically having 10,000 synapses and an almost infinite number of possible connections: grey matter is, in itself, a formidable mathematical object. At theInstitut du cerveau et de la moelle épinière(the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute),the researchers of the Aramis project team, using statistics and image analysis, work with doctors to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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Research

Using TANDEM to simulate the impact of tsunamis on the coasts of France

Laure Buquet - 10/03/2016

As part of TANDEM*, an Investment in the Future Programme, the Cardamom project-team is contributing to “the expansion of scientific knowledge of France to anticipate the impact of a tsunami on France's Atlantic coastlines.” Ten renowned partners have committed to the four-year multidisciplinary project designed to provide improved awareness of risks and corrective actions to take. 

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Flatland Tricky: 3D reconstruction for learning BMX

Citizen Press - 1/02/2016

An engineer with the Perception team at Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, Quentin Pelorson is also a BMX champion. By developing the Flatland Tricky application - which reconstitutes figures in 3D - he has succeeded in combining his two passions.

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Cybersecurity

Reinventing Digital Cash

Jean-Michel Prima - 27/11/2015

Freshly recruited by Inria research center, in Rennes, Brittany, France, German scientist Christian Grothoff is to lead a new team that will design innovative network protocols meant to build a decentralised, secure and privacy-preserving communication infrastructure. In that context, one of his goals is to give the world a new and heavily-encrypted payment system that would protect customer's identity while enabling governments to collect taxes. As he explains, TALER has potential for sustaining a more socially-respectable economy.

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Research

Fifty shades of soft robots!

Christian Duriez - 10/11/2015

On the 28th of May, the French blog "Binaire - l'informatique - la science au cœur du numérique" published an article by Christian Duriez, manager of the Inria Lille - Nord Europe Defrost research team. The article focused on the main research interest of this team : deformable robotics. Citing parallels with the newly-released Disney film, Big Hero 6 , Christian Duriez helps us to understand whether the soft robot Baymax is solely a work of fiction, or whether it is based on real soft robot research. The article has been published jointly with )i(nterstices, an online scientific journal, created by researchers with the aim of bringing computer science to a wider public.

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