Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

National Initiatives

ANR MOONRISE: 2015-2019

Participants : François Castella, Philippe Chartier, Nicolas Crouseilles, Mohammed Lemou, Florian Méhats.

The project Moonrise submitted by Florian Méhats has been funded by the ANR for 4 years, for the period 2015-2019. This project aims at exploring modeling, mathematical and numerical issues originating from the presence of high-oscillations in nonlinear PDEs from the physics of nanotechnologies (quantum transport) and from the physics of plasmas (magnetized transport in tokamaks). The partners of the project are the IRMAR (Rennes), the IMT (Toulouse) and the CEA Cadarache. In the IPSO team, François Castella, Philippe Chartier, Nicolas Crouseilles and Mohammed Lemou are members of the project Moonrise.


  • Loïc Le Treust has been hired as a Postdoc, under the supervision of Philippe Chartier and Florian Méhats. His contract started in september 2015 and ended in august 2016. Loïc Le Treust is now assistant professor at the university of Marseille.

  • Xiaofei Zhao has been hired as a Postdoc from september 2015 to september 2016 under the supervision of Florian Méhats.

ANR MFG: 2016-2020

Participant : Arnaud Debussche.

Mean Field Games (MFG) theory is a new and challenging mathematical topic which analyzes the dynamics of a very large number of interacting rational agents. Introduced ten years ago, the MFG models have been used in many areas such as, e.g., economics (heterogeneous agent models, growth modeling,...), finance (formation of volatility, models of bank runs,...), social sciences (crowd models, models of segregation) and engineering (data networks, energy systems...). Their importance comes from the fact that they are the simplest (“stochastic control"-type) models taking into account interactions between rational agents (thus getting beyond optimization), yet without entering into the issues of strategic interactions. MFG theory lies at the intersection of mean field theories (it studies systems with a very large number of agents), game theory, optimal control and stochastic analysis (the agents optimize a payoff in a possibly noisy setting), calculus of variations (MFG equilibria may arise as minima of suitable functionals) and partial differential equations (PDE): In the simplest cases, the value of each agent is found by solving a backward Hamilton-Jacobi equation whereas the distribution of the agents' states evolves according to a forward Fokker-Planck equation. The “Master" equation (stated in the space of probability measures) subsumes the individual and collective behaviors. Finally, modeling, numerical analysis and scientific computing are crucial for the applications. French mathematicians play a world-leading role in the research on MFG: The terminology itself comes from a series of pioneering works by J.-M. Lasry and P.-L. Lions who introduced most of the key ideas for the mathematical analysis of MFG; the last conference on MFG was held last June in Paris and organized by Y. Achdou, P. Cardaliaguet and J.-M. Lasry. As testifies the proposal, the number of researchers working on MFG in France (and also abroad) is extremely fast-growing, not only because the theoretical aspects are exciting and challenging, but also because MFG models find more and more applications. The aim of the project is to better coordinate the French mathematical research on MFG and to achieve significant progress in the theory and its applications.

The partners of the project are the CEREMADE laboratory (Paris Dauphine), the IRMAR laboratory (Rennes I), the university of Nice and of Tours.


IPSO is associated to IPL FRATRES which started in june 2015. The aim of this project is to organize Inria teams activities which develop mathematical and numerical tools in magnetically confined nuclear fusion. The ambition is to prepare the next generation of numerical modeling methodologies able to use in an optimal way the processing capabilities of modern massively parallel architectures. This objective requires close collaboration between a) applied mathematicians and physicists that develop and study mathematical models of PDE; b) numerical analysts developing approximation schemes; c) specialists of algorithmics proposing solvers and libraries using the many levels of parallelism offered by the modern architecture and d) computer scientists. The project road map ambitions to contribute in close connection with National and European initiatives devoted to nuclear Fusion to the improvement and design of numerical simulation technologies applied to plasma physics and in particular to the ITER project for magnetic confinement fusion.


  • Xiaofei Zhao has been hired as a Postdoc, under the supervision of Nicolas Crouseilles and Sever Hirstoaga (Inria-Nancy). His contract started in october 2015 and will end in august 2016.