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IRISA from the beginning

Among the multitude of scientific and structural events of the past 35 years, we have decided to list only the most important, those that marked the beginning of our activity as a research centre between 1970 and 1980.

Driven by an initial core of around ten IT researchers and professors from Rennes, the Université de Rennes became home to a research lab, a computing centre, and teaching in IT. In parallel, a decentralisation project was launched by IRIA (Institute for Research in IT and Automation) across Brittany, with a special focus on Rennes.

1972-1975 :
The initiative caught the eye of organisation such as the CNRS, the University and the INSA; and launched partnerships between research teams while optimising the transfer of people and resources to the Rennes IT hub.

1975 :
The CNRS Associate Lab (LA 227 – CNRS, University and INSA) becomes the IRISA. (Institute for Research in IT and Random Systems): made up of mathematicians and IT specialists.

1975-1980 :
The IRISA paved the way for research into probability models and signal processing in particular, and then image processing, and robotics. Teams were formed around varied, equally promising assignments.

1980 :
The INRIA and LA 227 combine to become the IRISA. The teams expand (numbering 150 people in 1983), along with the financial resources.

For more detailed information, please feel free to read an extract from Valérie Schafer’s publication From the Université de Rennes to IRISA: the first ten years of IT research in Rennes (1970-1980)”, Actes du 7e colloque sur l’histoire de l’informatique et des transmissions ("Proceedings of the 7th symposium on the history of IT and transmissions") , Espace Ferrié, Cesson, 16-18 November 2004, Irisa’s publication /Inria Rennes, p. 237-258). Text in french.


IRISA is a mixed research unit (UMR 6074) since January 1, 2012, and signed a agreement with 8 trustees ( CentraleSupélec, CNRSENS RennesInriaINSA RennesInstitut Mines-TélécomUniversity of Southern Brittany (UBS), University of Rennes 1).

Complementary documents:  Introduction to UMR / Organisation

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