Innovation at CNRS Informatics

For several years now the global economy has been driven by information and communication technologies. Computer systems with hypercomplex architectures are behind the revolutions linked to advances in e-commerce, opening up data and the dematerialisation of many economic and administrative services. Recent technological advances in the field of artificial intelligence have strengthened digital technology's dominant impact on all economic sectors to an even greater extent. CNRS Informatics's research units have thus proved to be key players in the digital revolution and the knowledge economy.

The fields of research of these units range from fundamental computer science to automation and from the design of systems on chips (software/hardware interface) to robotics or signal and image processing. CNRS Informatics researchers develop application software, system services, network protocols or even code embedded in drones or smart cards. They thus provide expertise in machine learning, robot control, network security, human-machine interaction or decision support for policy-makers.

Software is thus the main target object of the CNRS Informatics's approach to innovation. The fields of application are highly diverse so software development at CNRS Informatics is aimed at different market segments including the automotive industry, aviation, factories of the future, IT services, medicine, the intelligent city, e-commerce, the cultural industry or decision-making support systems for public policy-makers. The Institute is therefore positioning itself to respond to the respective expectations of different economic sectors to understand more about the most suitable modalities for collaboration projects and technology transfer.

Although software is the Institute's prime valorisation object, other forms of research results are coming to the fore in the areas of invention, know-how or databases. These emerge from CNRS Informatics units and are often developed in the framework of collaboration projects with our socio-economic partners.