"The goal of the partnership between the University of Strasbourg and Inria, which draws on the support of joint teams working at the ICube and IRMA laboratories, is to accelerate research and innovation at the Strasbourg site in both the digital realm and the field of artificial intelligence, our key applications being health and sustainable development" says Michel Deneken, President of the University of Strasbourg.
"The joint teams in place between Inria and the University of Strasbourg do remarkable work, whether in terms of research or innovation" says Bruno Sportisse, CEO of Inria . "This framework agreement will enable us to strengthen our ties with the University of Strasbourg and is an important step towards becoming a fully-fledged player within the Alsace ecosystem. It is also in line with our policy of supporting major universities."
Three research teams common to the University of Strasbourg and Inria (other partners are involved, including most notably the CNRS) are already in place in Strasbourg:
MIMESIS at ICube, directed by Stéphane Cotin, Inria - Académie des Sciences - Dassault Systèmes Innovation Prize 2018, is aiming to develop synergy between surgeons and researchers. The project team is working to develop a range of different augmented reality and simulation tools used in medical training and in planning surgical procedures.
TONUS at the IRMA, directed by Philippe Helluy, develops models used to predict the behaviour of plasma, with ties to the ITER project under construction in Cadarache. The aim of this project is to produce renewable energy through fusion reactions occurring within hydrogen plasma.
CAMUS at ICube, directed by Philippe Clauss, has set itself the target of improving the performance, corrective ability and productivity of multi-core processors. These are all essential to developing more powerful computers.
The symbiotic nature of the partnership linking the University of Strasbourg and Inria should allow significant breakthroughs to be made in these three fields. Projects at the interface between artificial intelligence and health can lead to significant developments for medical professionals and patients. However, such projects require substantial resources in order for them to be seen through to their conclusions. This framework agreement will enable the development of this key strategic concern. It will also give the two partners the opportunity to strengthen the impact they have at a societal level and across the Alsace region, particularly at Nextmed, Strasbourg’s medical technology campus.