Inria’s chairman visits CMM

Inria’s chairman visits CMM

In his first visit to Chile the mathematician Antoine Petit, who became in September 2014 chairman of Inria, the French institution for public science and technology, met the researchers of the Center for Mathematical Modeling of Universidad de Chile (CMM). The Inria’s delegation also consisted of the deputy CEO for Science Francois Sillion and the executive director in Chile Claude Puech.

The meeting was an opportunity to strengthen the link and the work both institutions are developing in order to transfer the technology and research developed at CMM to the Chilean society.

First, Petit presented briefly the work of Inria and thanked the welcome at the Center. Next, Sillion talked about the institutional five-year strategy for science development. He highlighted the Inria’s vision where computing science is the base of its research, but in dialogue with other sciences, including human and social sciences. Thus, they address issues such as human health, environmental, technological, and complexity. The deputy CEO for sciences highlighted the Inria’s links with non-scientists and politicians: “When you have complex worlds, the issue is how do you offer means to interact with these real and virtual worlds. The base of this interaction is in the integration of models, software and digital systems.”

Petit also answered questions of the CMM researchers.

Servet Martínez asked about the idea management at Inria. Petit explained it is very important to assess if the new ideas for projects have an impact in Inria or in the society –¬–independent if they come from institution’s members or from outside. Following that evaluation, a group is created and researches with a high degree of independence. After being evaluated, the product ¬–software, model or solution– is transferred to the society.

CMM director Alejandro Jofré enquired for details about startup development. Inria’s chairman stressed the 25% of these companies still exists, while others have being bought by American big companies. Coaching, marketing analysis and even investment for the most promising ventures are offered by Inria to scientists who try to go to the market. “Startup creation is a long process,” pointed out Petit. In other cases, Inria works with other scientific institutions and companies. Such is the case of the alliance with Microsoft, which has its own laboratory but without legal autonomy.

After the conversation, Inria’s authorities Antoine Petit, Francois Sillion and Claude Puech as well as CMM researchers Alejandro Jofré, Servet Martínez, Jaime San Martín, Alejandro Maass and Héctor Ramírez visited the new facilities of the Beauchef 851 building.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in Frontpage, News