French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation

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Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique
INRIA logo.png
Formation3 January 1967
(52 years ago)
HeadquartersRocquencourt, France
FieldsComputer science
Applied mathematics
Official languages
French, English
Bruno Sportisse
235 million (2013)
1,772 researchers

The National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Inria) (French: Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique) is a French national research institution focusing on computer science and applied mathematics. It was created under the name Institut de recherche en informatique et en automatique (IRIA) in 1967 at Rocquencourt near Paris, part of Plan Calcul. Its first site was the historical premises of SHAPE (central command of NATO military forces). In 1979 IRIA became INRIA.[1] Since 2011, it has been styled Inria.

Inria is a Public Scientific and Technical Research Establishment (EPST) under the double supervision of the French Ministry of National Education, Advanced Instruction and Research and the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry.

Administrative status[edit]

Two chairs on a concrete porch of a rectilinear building overlooking hills and green forest
Part of Inria in Valbonne

Inria has 8 research centers distributed along France (in Bordeaux, Grenoble-Inovallée, Lille, Nancy, Paris-Rocquencourt, Rennes, Saclay, and Sophia Antipolis) and one center abroad in Santiago de Chile, Chile. It also contributes to academic research teams outside of those centers.

Before December 2007, the three centers of Bordeaux, Lille and Saclay formed a single research center called INRIA Futurs.

In October 2010, Inria, with Pierre and Marie Curie University and Paris Diderot University started IRILL, a center for innovation and research initiative for free software.

Inria employs 3800 people. Among them are 1300 researchers, 1000 Ph.D. students and 500 postdoctorates.


Inria does both theoretical and applied research in computer science. In the process, it has produced many widely used programs, such as


  1. ^ Des balbutiements de l’informatique au règne du tout numérique - Inria.
  2. ^ a b Versweyveld, Leslie (30 October 2012). "The Contrail project is proud to present its first complete set of interoperable Cloud federation tools". International Science Grid This Week (ISGTW). Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Geneauto / P toolset - The P toolset includes a code generation and verification framework for the languages supported by the TOPCASED environment". Scilab.
  4. ^ "Gudhi, INRIA".
  5. ^ "medInria".

Further reading[edit]

  • Beltran, Alain; Griset, Pascal (2007). Histoire d'un pionnier de l'informatique: 40 ans de recherche à l'Inria [Story of a computer pioneer: 40 years of research at INRIA] (in French). EDP Sciences. ISBN 2-86883-806-5.

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