Cote d'Azur, France - A five-year strategic partnership between Inria and Alstom provides for the development of a joint laboratory specialising in distributed systems, modelling and simulation.
Michel Cosnard, CEO of Inria and Patrick Kron, CEO of Alstom, a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure, have announced the signing of a strategic partnership creating a joint laboratory dedicated to digital technologies in the energy and mobility sectors. Inria will provide scientific support to Alstom by giving it the chance to remove technological barriers.
The laboratory, jointly managed by Pierre Dersin (Alstom) and Bruno Tuffin (Inria) will involve around twenty researchers and engineers from both organisations, along with PhD and post-doctoral students. The first phase will mobilise four Inria research teams from three of the institute’s eight centres. For Inria Sophia Antipolis – Mediterranée, the MAESTRO project team will be mobilised, a team specialising in the modelling, performance evaluation, optimisation and control of discrete event systems (DEVS). For Alstom, three R&D departments will be involved, Alstom Transport, Alstom Grid and Alstom Power.
The first projects will consider transport and renewable energies and will focus on data network performance and regulation policies for urban rail systems, collaborative, robust algorithm design and reconfigurable architecture for the instrumentation and control systems of hydroelectric power plants and the simulation and availability of complex systems for the transport and thermal power sectors. From this partnership, Alstom and Inria intend to gain practical results that can be transferred to industry.
Eric Horlait, Director of Technology Transfer and Innovation at Inria, highlights the importance of cooperating with the industrial sector which allows its researchers to look at new research issues and provide ways to transfer certain results that have already been obtained.
“This joint laboratory will work to accelerate the transfer of Inria’s results into the industrial sector. This new laboratory, which will enable researchers from Inria and Alstom to create value through their dialogue, teamwork and cooperation, will be focusing on the fields of transport and energy.”
For Ronan Stephan, Chief Innovation Officer at Alstom, “For Alstom, open innovation stimulates synergies within the Group and facilitates external alliances and regeneration. The partnership with Inria will enable Alstom to strengthen the impact of digital technology on its processes and products.”
Established in 1967, the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (Inria) is the only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, Inria’s 3,500 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future.