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Research in Computer sciences and telecommunications

As regards teaching and research, the Department is strongly supported by teams from the IRISA ( and Inria Rennes-Bretagne Atlantique ( ) research centres. IRISA is a joint research unit (UMR) under the governance of the CNRS, Inria, the Université de Rennes 1, ENS Rennes and INSA Rennes. Together, these two laboratories bring together under one umbrella over 170 titular researchers and just as many doctoral students, thus making it one of the most important laboratories in France in its specialist field.

The researchers of these laboratories are widely sought-after for the Department’s seminars, teaching certain Master’s courses and receiving the Magisterium’s students for a research discovery course. The Department is particularly involved with Inria’s activities in the field of handling very large systems, through several joint project-teams organised with ENS Rennes :

  • Cairn, which studies the architecture of systems on microchips integrating dedicated or reconfigurable calculation accelerators.
  • Celtique, which concentrates on the design of tools to help with the development and validation of software, with for example, applications for the security of Java programs embedded on smart cards.
  • KerData, which focuses on data management infrastructure for distributed computing grids and «Clouds» on a very large scale, such as for example the French grid, GRID5000.
  • Logica, which develops logical frameworks to represent and interact with normative multi-agent systems, which for example can be applied to peer-to-peer networks.
  • MimeTIC, which focuses on virtual reality and the virtual human, with applications in manmachine cooperation within the same shared virtual environment.

Date of update May 11, 2017