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  2. 2. CONTENTS EDITOR’S desk 03_NEWS BRIEFS Round-up of the latest digital science news. NETWORKING: A SURE-FIRE ROUTE 05_DECRYPTION Open-source software: boosting the performance of SMEs. TO EFFICIENCY Catherine Borg-Capra, Director of Expertise at OSEO The French higher education and research landscape has just undergone a major reorganisation, with the emergence of innovative structures and new calls for projects. The aim is to establish a dynamic ecosystem that enables efficient development of public research and technology transfer to business. In this environment, which involves multiple players, the key to success is networking. It is essential, particularly for businesses, to be able to benefit from the new mechanism in an efficient way. They need to be supported and guided and their future must be secured by a technological and economic vision, in interaction with this ecosystem. The ambition of OSEO and the Inria Research 07 Institute, through their partnership agreement, is to allow businesses to benefit from their combined network. For many years now, OSEO has been a central player in technology _FOCUS transfer, in conjunction with all the protagonists of the ecosystem: the Carnot Institutes, the contracted research Digital simulation: serving the medicine companies, the public research institutions, and the of the future. organisations providing finance and support for technology transfer, not forgetting, of course, the businesses. OSEO is a driving force in technology transfer from public research. It has an intimate knowledge of the 10_INITIATIVES businesses involved and intervenes OSEO ISI program: a partner in growth. directly by providing aid to laboratories through public-private 11_USEFUL INFO partnerships. Aimed at strategic industrial projects, the ISI program Calendar, events, etc. is presented in greater detail in this issue of Connect: it is 12_PARTNERSHIPS a good example of OSEO’s Siwa, a digital oasis by Inria and Mauna Kea. support for innovative projects and a means of public action to help make businesses more competitive. Connect magazine is co-designed by OSEO and Inria, the National Institute of Computer Science and Control. Connect_N°03 // November 2012. Director of Publication: Michel Cosnard. Managing Editor: Céline Acharian. Editor-in-Chief: Marie Gallas-Amblard. Editorial Committee: Céline Acharian, Catherine Borg-Capra, Fanny Cantarero, Marie Gallas-Amblard, David Monteau. Photo credits: Cabinet d’architecture Nogha Consulting, DR, Groupe Interaction, Inria/C. Dupont, Inria/N. Fagot, Inria/C. Lebedinsky, Institut Carnot, Mauna Kea Technologies S.A., J.-M. Pettina/Caisse des dépôts. DESIGN AND PRODUCTION: INRIA Déploiement identité INRIA CORPO BASELINE CMJN DRAGON 61269 100% . PRINTING: Bergame, PEFC-certified paper. Baseline C0 C0 C0 M20 M100 M100 J90 J90 J100 - - N0 N0 N0 - - - - - - - - - R1-21/04/11 02_Connect_ Issue 03 // November 2012Logotype Equivalence Tons directs
  3. 3. NEWS DIGITAL SCIENCE NEWSBRIEFSAmbition logicielle KEY FIGURESAN EXPERT PROGRAM DEVOTED TO SMEsThe “Ambition logicielle” program isa collaboration between a number ofmajor players on the French innovationscene (AFDEL*, CDC Entreprises, CNRS,Comité Richelieu, Inria, OSEO andSyntec Numérique). Aimed atcompanies in the software sector that The Ambition logicielle program began in September 2012 in Grenoble and will be rolled out in other towns and cities during 2013. *French association of software vendors. 4.5  BILLION EUROS have been made available through the government’s “Investments for the Future” program to boost the competitivenesshave come up with an innovative of the digital sector in France.project based on software technology, Source: France numérique 2012, Bilan et acts as a catalyst, boosting the [Digital France 2012, Report and Outlook]efficiency of existing systems to thebenefit of SMEs. The goal is to enablethem to increase their capacity to adoptinnovative technology resulting from 700,000research. Specifically, Ambition logicielleoffers personalised support for SMEs,helping them build their project by Net number of jobs created by ICT in the lastdrawing upon the range of expertise 15 years across all sectors. It is estimated that by contact: Thierry Vareine, Managerand tools offered by the various Ambition Logicielle Grenoble. 2015, another 450,000 jobs will have been E-Mail: Source: France numérique 2012, Bilan et perspectives. [Digital France 2012, Report and Outlook]CALL FOR PROJECTS 5.2% The contribution of digital technologies to France’sINNOVATION IN SERVICES GDP. The digital economy is one of the French economy’s most dynamic sectors, accounting for a third of overall growth. Source: France numérique 2012, Bilan et perspectives.Launched in March by the French for projects is open until March 2013 [Digital France 2012, Report and Outlook]government via the Directorate and welcomes submissions from B2CGeneral for Competitiveness, Industry and B2B service companies.and Services (DGCIS), the call for The selected projects will be examined“Innovation in services” projects aims by OSEO’s regional divisions, withto boost the competitiveness of SMEsthrough innovation, based on existingor new service offers and particularly the assistance of the DGCIS. *Information and communication 35% Annual growth rate of the cloud computing market, technologies.on ICTs*. It is also aimed at newly which is now worth 5 billion euros. The cloudcreated SMEs and offers them industry can provide a major boost to thea competitive advantage over the competitiveness of French businesses. It reduces IT costs by 35 to 50% and is, at the same time,existing market. Led by OSEO, which more information: creating jobs and value through the developmentis also providing seven million euros of bespoke tools and infrastructures. funding in the form of interest-free appels_a_propositions/appel_a_projets_ Source: France numérique 2012, Bilan et and repayable advances, this call innovation_dans_les_services [Digital France 2012, Report and Outlook] Connect_ Issue 03 // November 2012 _03
  4. 4. NEWS DIGITAL SCIENCE NEWSBRIEFSOSEO-CNC PARTNERSHIPRIAM YIELDS telexPROMISING RESULTS A CLUSTER OF EXCELLENCEFour years after launching their joint 58 projects were supported through a The Grenoble-based Minalogiccall for projects named “RIAM”*, OSEO mixed funding scheme combining competitiveness cluster, whichand the French National Centre for grants and repayable advances. specialises in micro- and nano-Cinema and moving pictures (CNC) Bolstered by this initial success, OSEO technologies and embedded software,made an initial evaluation of the and the CNC used the publication of has just been awarded the gold “Clusterscheme at the start of this year. the report as an opportunity to reassert Organisation Management Excellence”Designed to support innovative SMEs their shared desire to encourage label by the European Commission.and offer them the best possible innovation and economic development The award, the highest distinction thatguidance with their ambitious R&D in the sector by renewing their can be bestowed upon a cluster,projects, this partnership has proved agreement for a further two years on rewards Minalogic’s performance and good governance and puts it among thefruitful in more than one respect. 22 November 2011. elite circle of eight European “clusters ofIndeed, it has led to the promotion of *Réseau Recherche et Innovation en Audiovisuel excellence”, alongside another Frenchmajor technological breakthroughs cluster, Systematic. et Multimédia – Audiovisual and multimediaand/or innovations in usage in the case research and innovationPantone Equivalence Logotype Quadrichromie principal Equivalence network. Tons directsof 89% of the projects supported, as well Accent CYAN 0% + MAG. 100 %+ JAUNE 80%+NOIR 0% Pantone 185 C THE RESULTS OF THE 8TH “BAROMÈTREas the creation of 100 jobs in the sector, CYAN 0% + MAG. 15 %+ DU FINANCEMENT DE L’INNOVATION” Typographie more information: JAUNE 15%+NOIR 55% Pantone 410 Cand the continuation of 100 more. Symbole CYAN 0% + MAG. 30 %+ JAUNE 100%+NOIR 0% Pantone 130 C [innovation financing survey] showBetween 2007 and 2010, no fewer than OSEO - Octobre 2006 web_publications/bilan_riam/ that in 2012, French SMEs, keen to maintain their capacity to innovate even in a period of crisis, relied largely on public financing to fulfil their R&D budgets. The research tax credit is supported by 58% of companies, who consider it to provide a valuable boost to their budget.FINANCING ISM MOBILE SERVICES INITIATIVE MEETS COMMITMENTTHE PUBLIC INVESTMENT BANK This initiative, launched at the end of 2010, aimed at stimulating the innovation ecosystem and to accelerate the creation France’s new exports, supporting their innovation of innovative products and services in Public Investment efforts and facilitating energy mobility, by bringing together all the Bank (Banque transition in all fields. The BPI will be national players from the sector. Around publique a financial holding company, in which twenty projects transferring technology d’investissement the French government and the Caisse based on academic research to the or BPI) will have des Dépôts will each hold an equal mobile services market have thus come a central role stake. It will be governed by a board about. The leaders of the Mobile Services to play in the of directors chaired by Jean-Pierre Initiative now wish to intensify its impactgovernment’s economic policy. Its task Jouyet, CEO of the Caisse des Dépôts, on the sector by extending collaborationwill be to make it easier for businesses with the assistance of an advisory between researchers and industry (bothto access credit, to guarantee loans and council chaired by the president of a SMEs and large corporate players).to provide support to business owners French region. Parliament will vote on more information:throughout the lifespan of their the bill proposing the bank’s creation http://mobile-jungle.orgbusinesses, helping them with their by the end of the year.04_Connect_ Issue 03 // November 2012
  5. 5. DECRYPTION _What are the particularities of free software? Gaël Blondelle: It is based on several freedoms described by Richard Stallman(3): a piece of software is said to be “free” when it respects the freedom of the community and when users can run the program for any purpose, study its code and modify it, distribute copies and distribute modified versions. It is important, however, to distinguish between “permissive” licences (BSD, MIT, Eclipse), which allow any form of distribution, including inclusion in pro- prietary software, and non-permissive licences, such as GNU, which set out Gaël Blondelle, specific conditions for the distribution responsible for Gérard Ladier, Deputy CEO Polarsys at Obeo at AerospaceValley of modified versions or software that includes licensed code(4).FREE SOFTWARE _Is free software a good tool for technol-Open source software: ogy transfer and economic develop- ment? Gérard Ladier: Yes, for technologyboosting the transfer, but also for improving effi- ciency. For example, in the develop-performance of SMEs ment of an application, the verification phase is very expensive. For each line of code written, four more lines are required for tests! Inria has beenBecause, by its very nature, it facilitates involved in free software for many years and has, for instance, developeddissemination of scientific knowledge and highly efficient verification tools thattechnology transfer, open source software is increase not only the productivity but also the security of applications.attracting the interest of many businesses.The task now is to distinguish which are the key _What are the benefits of free software?aspects that must be protected and which are G. B.: It is accessible and modifiable, which means it can meet businesses’the elements that can be freely distributed within upgrade needs at a lesser cost. Suchthe developer and user community. software also reaches maturity moreInterview with Gaël Blondelle, responsible quickly, thanks to the interaction between users and developers, whereasfor Polarsys(1) at Obeo(2), and Gérard Ladier, vendors of proprietary software onlyDeputy CEO at AerospaceValley. take on board a small proportion of Connect_ Issue 03 // November 2012 _05
  6. 6. DECRYPTIONbusinesses’ most common requests. instance, Polarsys(7), which I am inG. L.: Open source software is a devel- charge of at Obeo, aims to ensure theopment model that is of interest to sustainability of the development toolsindustrial operators and innovative used to produce critical embedded sys-SMEs. In the software development tems(8). It is an opportunity for SMEs, Free softwaretools sector—a narrow sector in whichmargins are often tight—companies are which can not only take advantage of the resources made available, but also can be modified,small and the support services theyoffer last no more than ten years, gain recognition for their own exper- tise. Before taking the plunge, however, which means itwhereas some applications have to beused for forty years (in nuclear power, it is essential to determine what exactly you want to share free of charge with is able to meetfor example) or even fifty years (in avia- the other members of the community businesses’tion). In the meantime, the vendor mayalso change strategy, be bought out, or and what aspects of your expertise you want to preserve. This is a sine qua non upgrade needseven cease to exist. This is what has ledmajor players such as Airbus to support for a viable business model. What makes the task more difficult still is the at a lesser source projects to ensure that sus- need to redefine this value-added each Gaël Blondelletainable tools are produced. time there is a change in the technical or commercial environment._What are the risks and opportunities?G. L.: Just because software is free, itdoesn’t mean that the user has no obli- (1) Industry working group working on thegations. For example, because it used development of open source tools for embeddedLinux components in software for its systems and their supports with a long life cycleWRT54G router, the company Lynksys ( (2) Software vendor and consultancy firm dedicatedhad to make its code public in 2003, to the industrialisation of developments andeven though it was initially the owner(5). assisted redesign.Proprietary tools exist to avoid such (3), but it is also possible to make (4) See “Le Guide d’approche et d’analyse des licences de logiciels libres version 2.0” by Sylvainuse of tools such as those produced by Steer and Magali Fitzgibbon (Inria), p. 11.AnteLink, an Inria start-up(6). (5) B.: At present, entities built around a php/3562391 contacts: Gérard Ladier, Deputy CEO at (6) AerospaceValley, and Gaël Blondelle, thespecific theme are emerging in parallel (7) or OpenMama, Genivi or OSEHRA. person responsible for Polarsys at Obeo.with the developer and user communi- (8) E-mails: ladier@aerospace-valley.comties that are spontaneously forming. For MONOLIX GROWING IN POPULARITY IN THE USA Free softwareMonolix software for modeling clinical tests, to develop innovative statistical methods for now used in governmentdeveloped by the Inria Research Institute and population analysis. Several tools designed On 19 September 2012, French Prime Ministermarketed by Lixoft, is seeing a rapid increase to complement Monolix, including a clinical test Jean-Marc Ayrault announced in a circularin its popularity among pharmaceutical companies simulator that can be used to study the effects that open source software was to be used in hisand research institutes in the USA. This is reflected of different drugs on virtual patients, are also under administration, due to the economic advantagesin the new courses taught at the University of Buffalo development. 18 months after its creation, Lixoft it offers. Mr Ayrault pointed out in particularand in Boston in October and November 2012, as well is close to making profit and continues to grow. that the Inter-ministerial Department foras Lixoft’s numerous visits to major pharmaceutical Information and Communication Systems planscompanies on the east coast, who are adopting to reinvest 5 to 10% of the licence costs savedMonolix at a heady pace. Lixoft, led by its Chairman in other software-related budgets.Jérôme Kalifa, and the Popix team (Inria Saclay), more information:led by Marc Lavielle, are continuing to work together http://www.lixoft.net06_Connect_ Issue 03 // November 2012
  7. 7. FOCUS DIGITAL SIMULATION SERVING THE MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE Until recently the preserve of aerospace and the nuclear industry, digital simulation is now playing an increasingly prominent role in the training of healthcare professionals. The emergence of a third generation of dedicated applications, combining anatomical and biophysical modeling, heralds a boom in this still fledgling market.I n the 1960s, epic Hollywood movie “Fantastic spread into the field of healthcare, as well as other, lesser Voyage”(1) portrayed a future in which, to treat a known areas. patient, miniaturized doctors would enter his body The modeling of molecules, cells and organs began with aboard a pocket-sized submarine. Now, give or take laparoscopic surgery in the mid-nineties. The screen a few details, this vision has become a reality. The and the software interface became an integral part ofcardboard has been replaced by algorithms, the subma- health professionals’ daily working lives, being used forrine by an IT tool, and the fictional setting by an infinite training, to prepare for operations and for the actualnumber of scientific scenarios. Digital simulation, which performance of these operations. Since then, the meth-involves using a virtual or augmented model of reality ods have been perfected and extended, with increas-to reproduce accurately the internal workings of a com- ingly powerful tools. “The healthcare applications ofplex system in order to study changes in it, has also digital simulation include assistance with learning, >>> Connect_ Issue 03 // November 2012 _07
  8. 8. What is original about the We also train many healthcare professionals (doctors, specialists, etc.) solutions produced by to detect tumours, for example, Interaction Healthcare? by recreating laboratory conditions with virtual patients. Created in 2008 with the support of OSEO, Interaction Healthcare specialises in the development How do you work with of digital tools for interactive public research bodies? healthcare training, based on the The areas of expertise of the Inria concept of the serious game. Research Institute and Interaction This approach to teaching uses the fun Healthcare complement each other. of video games to facilitate virtual A year ago, we therefore decided learning, be it through real-time, together to implement a policy of joint classroom-based simulation monitoring of our R&D projects and (for students, healthcare professionals those of our clients. This approach has and laboratories) or modules to raise allowed us to open up potential awareness among the public avenues of support based on the as a whole. embedding of Inria technology in our solutions or on the ad hoc What applications do deployment of components produced these serious games through our joint efforts. We currently have two collaborative projects have? in progress on the medical simulation We are developing extremely of chronic diseases. The mostA view from... Jérôme Leleu, advanced serious games based on promising technology transfer concerns the developmentDirector of Interaction surgical simulation for several university hospitals. They incorporate of extremely advanced softwareHealthcare, a company interactive 3D technology that components for the simulationdeveloping serious games realistically reproduces the of heart behaviour in relation to management of clinical situations, heart failure.based on medical simulation. in the same way as a flight simulator. >>> d ­ iagnosis and treatment, be it training healthcare profes- all the while learning from their mistakes. “Training sionals, studying potential scenarios for the development through simulation can result in real improvements in of diseases or conditions, practising treatment procedures safety,” says Jean-Claude Granry. “In surgery, it has been or preparing for an operation,” explains Jean-Claude shown that this approach brings about a notable improve- Granry, a university professor, head of the intensive ment in the performance of surgeons. The same goes for the care unit and emergency medicine department at treatment of heart attacks that occur in hospital.” Angers University Hospital and head of the “simulation In France, digital simulation in healthcare is still an practices in healthcare” task force at the French Health emerging field, but it is a dynamic one. In 2011, OSEO Authority (HAS). provided financial support to several projects concern- ing surgical applications or 3D modeling of the human THIRD-GENERATION TOOLS body. “The market is still difficult to put a figure on, but it This virtual training space offers a unique place for is growing quickly,” explains Rosalie Maurisse, head of learning and clinical or surgical experimentation that is the Health sector at OSEO, “particularly in medical imag- both realistic and risk-free. It provides healthcare pro- ing, cardiology and oncology.” fessionals with exposure to situations and technical pro- The applications are at a promising stage. “The advent of cedures before they have to tackle them with real a third generation of tools will revolutionise hospital prac- patients, allowing them to perfect their skills in “mock” tices,” predicts Nicholas Ayache, a senior research scien- conditions and practise dealing with a wide range of tist at Inria(2). In the future, digital models will be both scenarios, from standard pathologies to the rarest cases, anatomical and biophysical, based on the physical08_Connect_ Issue 03 // November 2012
  9. 9. HEALTH, LIFE SCIENCES, BIOTECHNOLOGY physiology to help understand the mechanisms involved in heart disease. Modeling of living organisms is also ­ ccupying an increasingly prominent place in o the activities of the Macs team, which is striving to design innovative models such as CardioSense 3D —a tool for electromechanical modeling of the heart that can optimize the fitting of pacemakers. The Bang team, meanwhile, is studying the modeling of cell divi- sion and healthy or tumorous tissue growth processes, with a view to attaining a better understanding of liver regeneration or approaches to cancer treatment. The ERC Med’YMA project, launched by the Asclepios team, is focusing on the design of models that take into account dynamic properties in the modeling of a patient’s organs, by combining the analysis of biomedi-Simulation of a cataract operation thanks to the software“Sofa”, developed by the Inria Shacra research team, cal images with biophysical models, so as to obtain ain partnership with Lille 1 University, the CNRS (France’s personalized interpretation of the evolution of a pathol-National Center for Scientific Research) and the LIFL(Lille University computer science research laboratory). ogy. In the simulation of surgical operations, the Shacra research team is developing software libraries for oper- ation simulators for teaching and training purposes, or even for guidance, particularly for cataract and biological functions of organs and tis- The Magrit team is working with Nancy Universitysues, such as the cardiovascular function or the respira- Hospital on learning and simulation systems concern-tory function. They will also incorporate a large ing the fitting of coils in aneurysms, by superimposingnumber of multi-scale parameters, from molecule to enhanced images onto those that the neuro-surgeonsorgan level. choose to look at, in real time. Digital simulation in healthcare offers promising prospects for all special-ACTIVE RESEARCH: THE INRIA EXAMPLE isms within the field, in which a growing number ofSix Inria research teams are taking part in this revolu- innovative applications are proving to be runawaytion, with the challenge, in complex environments, of successes.developing reconstruction and modeling methods tai-lored to and accessible to the medical community, so (1) Fantastic Voyage, Richard Fleischer, 1966. (2) Public research institute devoted to computational sciences.that the community can incorporate these methods inits practices through reliable industrial applications. contact: Philippe Gesnouin, Manager of TechnologyThe Carmen research team, for instance, is focusing on Transfers in the Health Sector at models for the simulation of cardiac electro- E-Mail: philippe.gesnouin@inria.frHOSPITAL AND UNIVERSITY COME TOGETHERTO BOOST INNOVATION IN SURGERYCreated in January 2012, Strasbourg University Hospital Institute(IHU Strasbourg) brings together representatives of different specialities whoare keen to innovate in the field of image-guided minimally-invasive surgerytechnologies, by ensuring rapid technology transfer with and to industrialpartners. As a founding member, Inria plays a central role in determiningthe strategic direction of the IHU. “Working with Inria researchers isvery easy, because they are perfectly in tune with the IHU’s entrepreneurialspirit and enthusiasm for technology transfer,” explains Jacques Marescaux,President of the Institute of Research on the Prevention of Cancersof the Digestive Tract (Ircad) and a leader of the IHU Strasbourg project.“We share the same vision and the same objectives.” Connect_ Issue 03 // November 2012 _09
  10. 10. INITIATIVESOSEO and its strategic industrial innovation program (ISI)Case study of a securepayments companyThrough its ISI program, OSEO is supporting the company Inside Secure in thedevelopment of a technology enabling direct payment using a mobile phone.Launched in March 2011, the Cascade An ISI project is a highly innovative col- euros to the ­project’s overall budget. OSEO,project involves “miniaturizing the Near laboration between at least two businesses meanwhile, provides 10 million euros inField Communication (NFC) solution to and a number of public laboratories. The the form of grants for industrial researchintegrate it in the SIM card of any mobile Cascade project involves 40 people per work and a repayable advance for indus-telephone, thus facilitating users’ finan- year on average, over the total duration of trial development work. “This collabora-cial transactions,” explains Nicolas the project, representing four partners: the tive model makes it possible to share costs,Cordier, Innovation Project Manager at LETI* laboratory of the CEA (French accelerate the project’s growth and matu-Inside Secure. “It’s our first project sup- Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy rity, and even improve our efficiency beyondported by OSEO in a leading role. Because Commission) as an academic partner; Cascade,” concludes Nicolas Cordier.we wanted to develop a long-term (four- LFoundry, a manufacturer of silicon chips;year) project with a strong industrial Inside Secure, a major player in integrated *Laboratoire d’Electronique et de Technologiesfocus, OSEO recommended the ISI pro- circuits for secure transactions and digital de l’Information (Electronics and information technology laboratory): based in Grenoble,gram, which finances the research and identification; and Nokia. Together, the its activity is centred around the miniaturizationcommercial development phases.” partners make a ­ ontribution of 25 million c of technologies and their applications. FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM OSEO TO INSIDE SECURE THROUGH THE ISI PROGRAM 0 Theoretical research 1 Proving the concept: 2 Submission to OSEO of the application for funding and 3 First version of the product: 4 Experimental development: 6 Market release. (not financed by development presentation of the innovative Inside Secure delivers Technical the ISI program). of the commercial aspects and the project the first project reports improvements project and stages: OSEO’s technical experts and prototypes. to the most efficient demonstration examine the mechanisms and products. of its technical revenues linked to the project feasibility. before issuing an opinion on its eligibility and deciding 5 Innovation: Unification to finance part of the work. of two solutions, OSEO also helps the company NFC and high-speed to approach laboratories and NFC, in a single other partners. component. Submission and validation OSEO grants of 25% Repayable advance of Repayment with of application for ISI project to 45% 25% to 50% from OSEO interest and profit-sharing if successful Submission and validation of application for ISI project Industrial maturity10_Connect_ Issue 03 // November 2012
  11. 11. USEFUL INFO Event programFIEEC PRIZEDEVELOPING COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN 27-29 NOVEMBER 2012 OW2con’12SMEs AND PUBLIC RESEARCH The fourth international forum for the OW2 community and those interested in software to David Andreu of the Demar research development and open source team (Inria, LIRMM*, CNRS, Université cloud computing. Montpellier 1, Université des sciences et For further information: techniques du Languedoc–Montpellier 2), for his work in robotics and applied OW2Con-2012/ electro-functional simulation in the field of healthcare. His research has resulted in the development of wireless functionalities on electro-stimulation units for theIn order to strengthen the existing links rehabilitation of patients. 4 DECEMBER 2012between academic research and SMEs, This product is now marketed by Second Dataconnexionsthe Federation of electrical, electronic Vivaltis, a Montpellier-based SME with meetingand communication industries (FIEEC) a workforce of 25. A government initiative bringinghas, since 2011, awarded an annual prize together open data playersto three researchers whose work has *Laboratoire d’informatique, de robotique et de through networking sessions microélectronique de Montpellier – Montpelliergiven rise to industrialisation computer science, robotics and microelectronics to accelerate the developmentby a French SME and generated laboratory. of projects concerning publichigh-quality jobs. data. The prizewinning projectsThis year, first prize (15,000 euros) was more information: from the secondawarded, at the Rendez-vous Carnot, Dataconnexions competition will also be presented. For further information: http://www.etalab.gouv. fOW2Con-2012/ DIGITAL INNOVATION APRIL 2013 HUB Inria Industry Meeting on the theme of modeling, simulation and #information, #networking and In addition to this networking tool, a range of supercomputing #digital technology are the watchwords for services will be proposed (calendar, monitoring, This day of exchanges aims iCommunity, the online platform designed catalogue of Inria’s technology assets), covering to bring together Inria to meet the needs of SMEs seeking innovation. the main themes of the digital industry. Access researchers, who will present Set up to encourage interaction between is free and the platform will be available from the state of progress of their the software industry and public research, the end of 2012. work, and representatives iCommunity is a solution for innovative companies who wish to work with research Contact: Dimitri Tate, Community Manager from industry and SMEs institutes. SMEs will be offered direct access Technology Transfer & Innovation, Inria. in order to identify potential to experts from the sector (researchers, E-Mail: opportunities for technology innovation contacts) via a networking tool transfer. (online discussion, sharing of information more information: contact: Brigitte Duême, Manager and experiences through themed of the HPC –PME program, Inria. communities, etc.). and on Twitter via @icommunity_fr E-Mail: Brigitte.dueme@inria .fr Connect_ Issue 03 // November 2012 _11
  12. 12. PARTNERSHIPS HEALTH, LIFE SCIENCES, BIOTECHNOLOGY SIWA, THE DIGITAL OASIS BY INRIA AND MAUNA KEA What links Mauna Kea, a Hawaiian volcano, Asclepios, the god of Medicine, and Siwa, an Egyptian oasis? Technology transfer between Inria teams and an innovative SME! Mauna Kea Technologies is a French to develop our image processing SME that develops and markets algorithms,” explains François Lacombe, cutting-edge endomicroscopic imaging scientific director at Mauna Kea solutions with mini-probes for the world Technologies. These ties are now taking of medicine. Its flagship product is an industrial turn, as Inria’s Asclepios Cellvizio. Supported by OSEO, research team, which specializes in it has been working with Inria since the analysis of medical images and the its creation in 2000. biophysical modeling of the human “The Institute’s researchers have helped us body, prepares to help the company to insert new image reconstruction software in its products. The technology transfer is taking place within the framework of an Innovation-Lab, a joint laboratory involving both the company and Inria. Named “Siwa” (Stitching Images and Wisdom into the Atlas), the lab brings together engineers from the SME and the Inria research team to work on a joint program for a period of three years. “Together, we are going to carry out an intelligent mapping of the cell tissue images and develop non-rigid image registration software that will, in real time, produce images similar to those viewed during endomicroscopy,” explains Nicholas Ayache, leader of the Asclepios research team. “Siwa is mutually beneficial: these solutions will prove very useful in our researchers’ subsequent work.” contacts: François Lacombe / franç Nicholas Ayache / Nicholas Ayache, Leader of Inria’s Asclepios research team (on the left), and François Lacombe, Scientific Director at Mauna Kea Technologies.