In the late fifties, Toulouse was already involved in the early developments of computer science. It is now one of the main national and European research centers in ICT. IRIT (Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse) was founded in 1990. Since then, it plays a prominent role in Toulouse computer science research. It gathers together more than 600 members among which 460 researchers, faculty members, and Ph.D. students affiliated to CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), INPT (Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse), UPS (Université Paul Sabatier), UT1 (Université Toulouse1 Sciences Sociales) and UTM (Université Toulouse Le Mirail). Research at IRIT covers most of the fields where computer and information science is in progress, be it in its core, ranging from computer architecture to software engineering and computer networks, or in its most contemporary developments like artificial intelligence and cognitive systems, multimedia man-machine interaction, image interpretation and synthesis. The 19 research groups of the laboratory are dispatched into the following seven scientific themes covering all the computer science domains of today: Information Analysis and Synthesis; Indexing and Information Search; Interaction, Autonomy, Dialogue and Cooperation; Reasoning and Decision; Modelization, Algorithms and High Performance Computing; Architecture, Systems and Networks; Safety of Software Development.

Relevant Experience

RIT has a long experience in participating and managing collaborative and networking projects. For an example now within the FP7 IRIT involved in more than 30 ongoing projects, including:


  • Dicta-Sign - Sign Language Recognition, Generation and Modelling with application in Deaf Communication
  • GalA - Games and Learning Alliance
  • MyPlanet - Massively Parallel Computations of Combustion and Emission Simulations
  • Avantssar - Automated VAlidatioN of Trust and Security of Service-oriented ARchitectures
  • MERASA - Multi-core execution of hard-real-time applications supporting analysability
  • Multimedia Understanding through Semantics, Computation and LEarning
  • CATHERINE - Carbon nanotube technology for high-speed next-generation nano-Interconnects
  • DICTA-SIGN - Sign language recognition, generation and modelling with application in deaf communication
  • VAMDC - Virtual atomic and molecular center


IRIT is also involved in several major national and bilateral projects, such as


  • Grid computing and HPC - GRID'5000 national platform, French-Japanese ANR project FP3PC on Exascale
  • Data / multimedia indexing - QUAERO (French German project), OSIRIM (National Observatory for Multimedia information Retrieval and Indexing), Crowdsourcing (joint project with NUS in Singapore).





August 2017

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