«Networks, Information and Digital society» Academy of Excellence

«Networks, Information and Digital society» Academy of Excellence


196 permanent researchers in A+/A laboratories out of 317, within a scientific community of 897 individuals.

The digital revolution, begun 50 years ago, is now impacting all human activities, especially thanks to the universal and instantaneous access to communication and knowledge tools that is open to each individual. This networking process involving a large part of humanity is opening enormous perspectives for accessing and processing the huge masses of distributed data; in the mid and long-term, this will have a profound impact on all human knowledge. The digital revolution will also transform how human societies are organized; naturally this will raise troubling questions concerning fundamental individual freedoms, for example the question of data confidentiality and infrastructure integrity.
These types of research are at the very heart of the Academy’s preoccupations. They are coordinated by a local labex and two Equipexes.

Three major ambitions are driving this axis:

  • Designing and experimenting communication networks of the future, combining high performance (for example innovative wireless photonic devices) with security and energy economy. To these new types of infrastructure must be added new distributed application development programming paradigms, forthe purposes of enabling storage, consultation, indexing of big data, management of computation platforms and virtualized storage; smart content processing. These distributed virtualized applications will assume considerable importance; they are what enables the processing of massive amounts of distributed data
  • Developing UCA excellence in Digital sciences. This is fundamental know-how, not only required for understanding the structural properties of networks, for developing program and data exchange reliability and security, but also for modeling and simulating problems in the physical, biological and medical domains. A crucial topic within this ambition is the ability to extract, from large data masses – which are potentially non-structured and partial – structured information and knowledge open to semantic processing and interpreting. For these reasons, this Academy will play an important role in "Modelization and Simulation Center"  called MSI.
  • Improving comprehension of the transformation brought about by the digitalization of society, especially the impact of technological innovation and the role of physical artifacts in this transformation as well as the impact of its use on e-learning, on society, on citizens, through challenges relating to the law, to private life, to ethics and even to philosophy.

Acting as the driving force behind the «Digital Challenges» Reference Center, situated in the heart of France’s leading IT Technopark, these forms of research will also be designed to act as a driving force behind other UCAJEDI Reference Centers, and will contribute greatly to the activities developed in MSI.

  • Project officer:
    Olga KIEFFER

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