Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

National Initiatives


  • Coordinator: CEA

  • CEA, University of Paris-Sud, Inria Rennes, OcamlPro, Adacore

  • Dates: 2014-2017

  • Abstract: Today most major verification approaches rely on automatic external solvers. However these solvers do not fill the current and future needs for verification: lack of satisfying model generation, lack of reasoning on difficult theories (e.g. floating-point arithmetic), lack of extensibility for specific or new needs. The SOPRANO project aims at solving these problems and prepare the next generation of verification-oriented solvers by gathering experts from academia and industry. We will design a new framework for the cooperation of solvers, focused on model generation and borrowing principles from SMT (current standard) and CP (well-known in optimisation). These ideas will be implemented in an open-source platform, with regular evaluations from the industrial partners.

  • Coordinator: Mathieu Acher

  • DiverSE, Inria/IRISA Rennes

  • Dates: 2017-2021

  • Abstract: Most modern software systems (operating systems like Linux, Web browsers like Firefox or Chrome, video encoders like x264 or ffmpeg, servers, mobile applications, etc.) are subject to variation or come in many variants. Hundreds of configuration options, features, or plugins can be combined, each potentially with distinct functionality and effects on execution time, memory footprint, etc. Among configurations, some of them are chosen and do not compile, crash at runtime, do not pass a test suite, or do not reach a certain performance quality (e.g., energy consumption, security). In this JCJC ANR project, we follow a thought-provocative and unexplored direction: We consider that the variability boundary of a software system can be specialized and should vary when needs be. The goal of this project is to provide theories, methods and techniques to make vary variability. Specifically, we consider machine learning and software engineering techniques for narrowing the space of possible configurations to a good approximation of those satisfying the needs of users. Based on an oracle (e.g., a runtime test) that tells us whether a given configuration meets the requirements (e.g. speed or memory footprint), we leverage machine learning to retrofit the acquired constraints into a variability that can be used to automatically specialize the configurable system. Based on a relative small number of configuration samples, we expect to reach high accuracy for many different kinds of oracles and subject systems. Our preliminary experiments suggest that varying variability can be practically useful and effective. However, much more work is needed to investigate sampling, testing, and learning techniques within a variety of cases and application scenarios. We plan to further collect large experimental data and apply our techniques on popular, open-source, configurable software (like Linux, Firefox, ffmpeg, VLC, Apache or JHipster) and generators for media content (like videos, models for 3D printing, or technical papers written in LaTeX).

  • Coordinator: Obéo

  • Other partners: AIRBUS, Airbus Defence and Space, All4tec, ALTRAN Technologies, AREVA, Artal, C.E.S.A.M.E.S., Eclipse Foundation Europe, Inria Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée, PRFC, Scilab Enterprises, Thales Global Services, Thales Alenia Space, Thales Research & Technology, Thales Systèmes Aéroportés, Université de Rennes 1.

  • Dates: 2014-2017

  • Abstract: The CLARITY project aims to establish an international dimension ecosystem around Melody/Capella modeling workbench for systems engineering (MBSE) and engineering architectures (system, software, hardware).

  • Coordinator: Open Wide

  • Open Wide, ActiveEon SA, CSRT - Cloud Systèmes Réseaux et Télécoms, Institut Mines-Télécom/Télécom SudParis, Inria, Linagora, Obeo, OW2 Consortium, Pôle Numérique, Université Joseph Fourier,

  • Dates: 2014-2017

  • Abstract: The Occiware project aims to establish a formal and equipped framework for the management of all cloud resource based on the OCCI standard.


  • Coordinator: DGA

  • Partners: DGA MI, Inria

  • Dates: 2014-2017

  • Abstract: in the context of this project, DGA-MI and the Inria team DiverSE explore the existing approaches to ease the development of formal specifications of domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) dedicated to paquet filtering, while guaranteeing expressiveness, precision and safety. In the long term, this work is part of the trend to provide to DGA-MI and its partners a tooling to design and develop formal DSLs which ease the use while ensuring a high level of reasoning.


  • Coordinator: Université de Rennes 1

  • Partners: Inria, Université de Rennes 2

  • Dates: 2016-2019

  • Abstract: The PROFILE project brings together experts from law, computer science and sociology to address the challenges raised by online profiling, following a multidisciplinary approach. More precisely, the project will pursue two complementary and mutually informed lines of research: (i) Investigate, design, and introduce a new right of opposition into the legal framework of data protection to better regulate profiling and to modify the behavior of commercial companies towards being more respectful of the privacy of their users; (ii)S Provide users with the technical means they need to detect stealthy profiling techniques as well as to control the extent of the digital traces they routinely produce. As a case study, we focus on browser fingerprinting, a new profiling technique for targeted advertisement. The project will develop a generic framework to reason on the data collected by profiling algorithms, to uncover their inner working, and make them more accountable to users. PROFILE will also propose an innovative protection to mitigate browser fingerprinting, based on the collaborative reconfiguration of browsers.