INRIA's ambition is to be a world player, a research institute at the heart of the information society.

INRIA, the national institute for research in computer science and control, operating under the dual authority of the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Industry, is dedicated to fundamental and applied research in information and communication science and technology (ICST). The Institute also plays a major role in technology transfer by fostering training through research, diffusion of scientific and technical information, development, as well as providing expert advice and participating in international programs. By playing a leading role in the scientific community in the field and being in close contact with industry, INRIA is a major participant in the development of ICST in France.

Throughout its six research units in Rocquencourt, Rennes, Sophia Antipolis, Grenoble, Nancy and Bordeaux-Lille-Saclay, INRIA has a workforce of 3,600, 2,800 of whom are scientists from INRIA's partner organizations such as CNRS (the French National Center for Scientific Research), universities and leading engineering schools. They work in 138 joint research projects. Many INRIA researchers are also professors whose approximately 1,000 doctoral students work on theses as part of INRIA research projects.

INRIA develops many partnerships with industry and fosters technology transfer and company foundation in the field of ICST - some sixty companies have been founded. Startups are financed in particular by INRIA-Transfert, a subsidiary of INRIA that supports four startup funds, I-Source 1 and I-Source 2 (information and communication technology), C-Source for multimedia and T-Source for telecommunications.

INRIA is participating in such standardization committees as the IETF, ISO or the W3C of which INRIA was the European host from 1995 to 2002.

INRIA maintains important international relations and exchanges. In Europe, INRIA is involved in ERCIM which brings together 17 European research institutes. INRIA is partner in around 40 actions selected in FP6, mainly in the IST field. INRIA also collaborates with numerous scientific and academic institutions abroad (joint laboratories such as LIAMA, associated research teams, training and internship programs).

INRIA has an annual budget of 160 million euros, 20% of which comes from its own research contracts and development products.

The Institute's strategy closely combines scientific excellence with technology transfer. INRIA's chief goal for 2003-2007 is to achieve major scientific and technological breakthroughs in the following seven priority grand challenges:

  • Designing and mastering the future network infrastructures and communication services platforms.
  • Developing multimedia data and multimedia information processing.
  • Guaranteeing the reliability and security of software- intensive systems.
  • Coupling models and data to simulate and control complex systems.
  • Combining simulation, visualization and interaction.
  • Modeling living structures and mechanisms.
  • Fully integrating ICST into medical technology.

Role in the project (Degree):

  • Adapt OLSR ad hoc routing protocol for vehicle ad hoc network.
  • Participate to the overall architecture definition.
  • Integrate the developments into the cars.
  • Organize the field trials.
  • Participate to the dissemination.

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Activity Type: Research

Activity:  Research

Number of employees /Turnover:  2,100

Country:  France

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    Domaine de Voluceau-Rocquencourt

    78153 Le Chesnay Cedex


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