Computational thinking training
From November 2018 to June 2019, the Inria Nancy – Grand Est centre, along with the Les Petits Débrouillards association, coordinated the Digital Ambassador Training project (known as Project FAN – Formation d’Ambassadeurs au Numérique). Its objective was to train regional representatives to introduce both the young and not-so-young to computational thinking. The training format used, comprising five online themed modules combined with theme-based training days, was an innovative approach in France. Trainers and participants give their feedback for Inria.
- Véronique Poirel
- Erwan Kerrien
- Laure Digonnet
- Marie Duflot-Kremer
- Computational thinking
Luigi Penco is currently doing a PhD at Inria Nancy (LARSEN team), where he works with humanoid robots. Beyond his scientific life, Luigi is also a passionate and committed robot-ambassador who shares his passion on social networks like Instagram and Youtube. With several thousands of followers, he successfully reaches out to young audiences, to show them how exciting and useful robotics is… and maybe convince them to join research?
Every two years, the National Robotics Research Days (Journées Nationales de la Recherche en Robotique- JNRR) bring together the community of robotics researchers in France.The event is an opportunity to catch up with the latest developments in the main fields of robotics being worked on by the community in France.The 2019 edition is being co-organised by Olivier Simonin, a professor at the INSA in Lyon, and François Charpillet, an Inria director of research, and is set to be held from 14 to 18 October in Vittel. The event will run in tandem with Young Robotics Researcher Day (Journée des jeunes chercheurs en robotique - JJCR) and a day of tutorials on the theme of Learning and Robotics.
We thought it would be a good idea to let the PhD students organising the JJCR event interview some of the researchers participating at this symposium. Interviews with Caroline Chanel, Serena Ivaldi and Anne Spalanzani, who speak about their career choices and their passion for robotics.
- Caroline Chanel
- François Charpillet
- Olivier Simonin
- Anne Spalanzani
- Serena Ivaldi
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of David Ritchie, Inria Senior Scientist and Head of the research team Capsid, common to Inria and Loria.
David Ritchie passed away on Sunday, 15 September, in the Nancy hospital, from a cancer he had been fighting with tenacity for two years . His kindness, his sense of humour, as well as his inestimable creativity and scientific expertise had made him a pillar of the Inria Nancy-Grand Est centre. The respect and care of his colleagues have accompanied and supported him throughout this difficult time.
A scientist from Inria Nancy-Grand Est co-organized the largest (to date) challenge on the detection of faked voice signals. It attracted more than 150 participants from 30 countries to make vocal access systems more secure, improve detection technologies, and learn about the most efficient faking technologies.
Prediction of intraoperative awakenings
Waking up from general anaesthesia during surgery is a rare, although potentially deeply traumatising experience. Currently no system can reliably predict these intraoperative awakenings, but the Neurosys research team is developing a promising technology to remedy this situation, based on the observation of the neuronal activity in the motor cortex. Awake patients want to move, and it shows in their neurones!
Renaud Vilmart is a doctoral student at the Université de Lorraine and belongs to the joint Inria-Loria Mocqua team. He was awarded the Kleene Award for the best student paper at LICS, the major conference on logic in computer science, which took place in Vancouver from June 24th to 27th.
Most brain-computer interfaces detect modulations in brain activity using an electroencephalogram, and then analyse these modulations to control the computer. Given that hypnosis is capable of modifying a person’s state of consciousness, could it be used to intensify this modulation and hence facilitate communication between brain and computer? When Inria researchers set about tackling this question, they concluded that the answer was no.
As a PhD student at Inria Nancy, Itsaka Rakotonirina's work involves evaluating cryptographic protocols used to protect Wi-Fi, 4G, online payments or data from biometric passports. The aim is to make these more secure in order to retain the trust of users. The young researcher has been getting convincing results. Two years of doctoral studies have seen him receive a Paper Award at an international conference and a grant from Google, in addition to landing a three-month internship at Microsoft.
Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Research Director at Inria Nancy-Grand Est, has won the Award for Outstanding Paper of the Decade from the ISAL society for The evolutionary origins of modularity, a paper published in March 2013, which he co-wrote with Jeff Clune, an associate professor at the University of Wyoming, and Hod Lipson, a professor at Columbia University, New York.
ISAL, the International Society for Artificial Life, aims to promote research and education on artificial life, which is a scientific endeavour to better understand life by attempting to replicate its mechanisms in a computer, a robot or even chemical substrates. Every year, this award is given to a paper written over the precious decade that had a significant impact in the field of artificial life.