INRIA Grenoble – Rhône-Alpes

INRIA Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes Research Centre is one of the eight research centres run by INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control. As a public institute jointly supervised by the French Ministries of Research and of Industry, the centre aims to fulfil two key duties:

  • To carry out fundamental and applied research in information and communication science and technology (ICST).
  • To share its research results and promote their application in society.

This research centre has been founded in 1992, it involves approximately 600 people including doctoral students, 28 research teams, 8 research support departments.

The research centre is based in the Inovallée Science Park in Montbonnot (near grenoble), with six project-teams in Lyon. To help boost growth in the region, which is experiencing an economic boom, the topics of research are selected in light of major strategic stakes in the local area.

Developing more partnerships with industry, as well as with the academic and scientific communities, the research centre is involved at local and international levels through technology transfer and knowledge-sharing initiatives. In this context, it is particularly active in the development of embedded systems, software for micro and nanotechnologies, computational grids, virtual reality and modelling for use in Biology.

Building on the strength of the experience and success achieved to date, and aware that there are still many challenges to be met in the future, the research centre continues to develop. In keeping with the convictions on which it was founded, setting up new development projects with partners in different geographical areas and sectors remains the keystone of its future growth.

In an era where quality of life and economic growth are conditioned by information science and technology, INRIA has identified four priority areas for research: modelling, programming, communicating and interacting. Given this context, the project-teams working at the INRIA Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes research centre focus on three areas of scientific research:

  • Designing reliable software enhanced for communicating systems, including microsystems, computational grids and self-organising systems
  • Modelling and simulating complex, multi-scale and multi-component phenomena, with applications in areas such as Physics, Biology and Medicine
  • Improving capabilities for interaction between a user or automated system and its real or virtual environment thanks to a better understanding of the processes of multisensory and cognitive perception.

E-Motion project-team

The INRIA project-team E-MOTION () aims at developing algorithmic models and methods allowing to build artificial systems equipped with capacities of perception, decision, and action sufficiently advanced and robust to allow them to operate in open and dynamic environments (i.e. in partially known environments, where time and dynamics play a major role), and leading to varied interactions with human. Recent tehnological progresses on embedded computational power, on sensors technology, and on miniaturized mechatronic systems, make the required technological breakthroughs potentially possible (including from the scalability point of view). In order to try to reach this objective, we propose to combine the respective benefits of computational geometry, of probability theory and in certain cases of the biological inspiration (by working in cooperation with some neurophysiologists). The main applications aimed by these research axes are those whose purpose is to introduce advanced and secured robotized systems into our "living space", in order to increase the safety of people and the comfort of use of new technologies. This characteristic can be met in applications such as future cars and transportation systems, or service and intervention robotics (e.g. domestic tasks, civilian or military security, entertainment)