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Smart City & Mobility Innovations: keynotes

Antoine Petit

CEO - Inria

Antoine Petit was appointed September 28, 2014 CEO of Inria, for a period of 5 years. Associate in Mathematics and Doctor of Science, he was previously Deputy Director General of the Institute.

Born in 1960, Antoine Petit first worked as Research Lecturer, from 1984 to 2004, then Assistant Professor at the University of Orléans, then Senior Lecturer at Paris-Sud University and, since 1994, Professor at the ENS.

From 1993 to 1996, he was Advisor on Computer Science to the "Information Science and Technology" Department at the French Ministry of Research's Science and Technology Unit, going on to become a member of the group of experts on "Computer Science" between 1996 and 2000. In 2001, Antoine Petit was appointed Assistant Director of the Ministry's Research Directorate, in charge of Mathematics and ICST, a position he held until the end of 2003.

In 2004, he was attached to the CNRS, first as Scientific Director of the Information Science and Technology Department and then as Interregional Director for Southwest France. 

Antoine Petit joined Inria in July 2006 to head the Paris-Rocquencourt Research Centre, later acting as interim Director of the Saclay Research Centre from March to September 2010. As Deputy Managing Director, he coordinated relations with supervisory ministries and institutional partnerships with research bodies, businesses and local authorities, in France and abroad. He has also been in charge of training through research programmes.

Antoine Petit specialises in formal methods, mainly transition system based methods, for the specification and verification of parallel and real-time systems.


Benjamin Favriau

Smart City Project Manager in Paris

Benjamin Favriau is part of the new Smart City unit created by the mayor of Paris. He graduated from the urban engineering school of Paris. After having been a project leader for the GIS of the city, he worked in a public agency of urban studies. He managed technical aspects of Parisian public spaces, creation or huge refurbishments. Among the Smart City Unit, he is following or leading innovative projects in several fields like information systems, mobility, waste, energy, etc.

Keynote: Parisian Smart City project

Paris, like other metropolis in the world, has to be transformed to address the major environmental, social and economic challenges for the 21st century. Our environmental goals for 2020 include:

  • 25% less greenhouse gas emissions in Paris
  • 25% less energy consumption in Paris
  • 25% of Paris’s energy consumption to come from renewable energy
  • 0 fuel vehicle for last mile logistic
  • +100 ha of nature in Paris

I will discuss on our method to face these urban challenges: new technologies but also citizen participation and dialog between public and private sector. In particular, the municipality of Paris and its Smart City Unit have built a specific model based on an ecosystem sharing its resources in an open system, which is optimized and interoperable for better and collective use. Then, I will concentrate on solutions we are building in Paris: smart grids with local renewable energy production, innovative introduction of nature in the city,  etc.
In the field of mobility, I will present what the City of Paris has already done to encourage soft mobility and develop new mobility patterns (Autolib’, Velib’) and I will highlight our innovative projects in terms of urban logistic, electric mobility, etc.


Miguel A Gamiño Jr.

CPA serves the City and County of San Francisco as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Executive Director of the Department of Technology

As CIO, Mr. Gamiño provides thought leadership and the strategic direction for San Francisco's use of technology. He advises Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Board of Supervisors, and City departments regarding opportunities to leverage technology to improve government services; formulate a vision for City-wide technology, embracing best practices and serving as the catalyst for enhanced technology; establish unified standards throughout the City-wide organization; and play a leadership role in the development and implementation of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plan for the City and County of San Francisco.

As Executive Director of the Department of Technology, he manages the department's daily operations; with over 220 employees and an annual operating budget of over $90M. City-wide expenditures for technology are over $250M annually. The Department of Technology delivers four mission critical core service areas: 

  • Operations & Infrastructure Services 
  • Policy & Planning Services 
  • Customer Support Services 
  • Media Services

Marie-Perrine Durot

Deputy Managing Director - PRIME

Marie-Perrine Durot is a specialist in international scientific and technological cooperation. Since January 2012, she is working in the San Francisco Bay area, as Deputy Managing Director for PRIME Inc. fostering technological partnerships, collaborative, innovative and integrated R&D between world-class research institutes and universities in the Paris Region with US firms. Since 2013, she is involved in the launching of a Transatlantic Open Innovation Club, an initiative to accelerate access > adoption > integration of transatlantic innovations by connecting U.S. and French companies, startups and innovators in specific industry domains.

Prior to working with PRIME, Marie-Perrine worked on water resources development internationally. As International Partnerships Officer at the French Research Institute on Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (IRSTEA, ex-CEMAGREF), she developed strategic partnerships between French scientists and top-ranked universities worldwide, in particularly in the US (UC Berkeley, MIT). In 2008, she was appointed head of European affairs of the R&D office at the French National Agency on Water and the Aquatic Environments.

Marie-Perrine has a Master of Sciences from Paris University and a Master of Engineering from the French Institute on Water Forestry and Environment (ENGREF). She combines a strong scientific background in eco-technologies with an outstanding command of partners’ relationships acquired throughout her career with both academic and business/industry partners.


Valérie Issarny

Inria@SiliconValley Scientific Coordinator - Inria

Dr. Valérie Issarny  holds a Directrice de recherche position at Inria, the French institute for research in Information and Communication Science and Technologies, where she led the ARLES research team until 2013, investigating distributed software systems leveraging wirelessly networked devices, with a special emphasis on service-oriented computing. Valérie in particular studies middleware solutions easing the development of distributed collaborative services, including mobile services deployed over smartphones and interacting with sensors and actuators.

In 2013, Valérie received one of the “12 Etoiles de l’Europe”, awarded by the French Ministry of Research in recognition of her coordination of the FP7 ICT FET IP CONNECT project on emergent middleware (2009-13). In 2014, she was made a Knight of France's Legion d’honneur for her contribution to Higher Education and Research.

Since summer 2013, she is the scientific coordinator of the Inria@SiliconValley program promoting and fostering collaboration between Inria and Californian universities. She is also coordinating the Inria CityLab program dedicated to smart cities and promoting citizen engagement; the program is developed in collaboration with CITRIS at University of California Berkeley.

To know more, please visit Valerie’s page.


Arvind Satyam

Managing Director, Global Business Development; Industry Solutions Group @ Cisco

Arvind leads business development globally for Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities initiative, which represents Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) business for Cities. Under Arvind’s leadership, the business development team has executed a number of Iconic projects globally (Barcelona, Songdo, Lake Nona etc.), Strategic Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Investments. Arvind was instrumental in setting up Cisco’s $100M Internet of Things fund and partners with Cisco’s Corporate Development team to execute Investments in early stage startups and incubators globally. Arvind has also been working with global financiers & infrastructure funds to develop financial models to drive financing and adoption of Smart City and IoE projects.

Prior to joining the IoE group, Arvind was responsible for executing global Acquisitions, Investments & Strategic Partnerships on behalf of Cisco Services ($10bn) and Emerging Solutions group. Arvind also worked on structuring strategic alliances with large-scale partners like Ericsson, Fujitsu & Fujitsu Siemens. Arvind started his career at Nortel in technology and business development roles. Arvind holds a patent in wireless location detection.

Arvind is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, holds a Masters in Finance and Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and completed undergraduate studies at the Kenan-Flagler business school at the University of North Carolina.


Arvind Gupta

Innovation Evangelist, Technology Entrepreneur and Policy Adviso

Arvind Gupta currently heads BJP’s Information and Technology Group and advises on e-governance, digital outreach and other technology initiatives. He led the Digital and Social Media campaign for Team Modi/BJP during Elections 2014 and the subsequent state elections. He heads the Digital India Foundation which works on Digital Inclusion, Internet Governance and Smart cities.

Arvind is an Innovation Evangelist who has over 20 years of experience in leadership, policy & entrepreneurial roles, both in Silicon Valley & in India. He is an active member of Industry Forums NASSCOM, TiE and Founding Member of ISPiRT (Indian Software Products Industry Round table) . He is a Guest Speaker at Global B-Schools and CxO events. He is also an Eisenhower fellow for Innovation.

He the Chief Mentor for companies like IdeasWall, TrueValueAdvisors, eLitmus and is on the Board of Directors, IIT – BHU Alumni Association, PAN-IIT Alumni Association and Illinois Alumni Board.

He holds a B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from IIT-BHU and a Masters in Business & Computer Science from University of Illinois & Urbana Champaign. He is based in New Delhi and tweets @buzzindelhi.


Isabelle Ryl

Head of the Inria Paris-Rocquencourt research centre

RII-Isabelle Ryl

Isabelle Ryl was a university professor with a PhD in Computer Science from Université de Lille 1 (1998) and qualified to supervise research (2006), she began her career as Research Lecturer, from 1999 to 2010, mainly focusing her research on checking security properties for ubiquitous systems, secure optimisation for small embedded systems and sensor networks. She gradually took on greater executive responsibility, first in teaching and then in research and management. In particular, from 2008 to 2010, she was in charge of development at the Inria Lille - Nord Europe Research Centre, working under the Centre's Director.