Partner n° 7 – UR1 (France)

The University of Rennes 1 (UR1) is one of the two universities in the city of Rennes, France. It is a multidisciplinary institution consisting of three main scientific areas: Science, Technology, Engineering and Health; Law, Politics, Economics, Management and Administration Science; Human Sciences (Philosophy and Communication).

IRISA (Research Institute in Computer Science and Random Systems) is a research centre located mainly in Rennes that is associated to INRIA, CNRS, ENS Cachan and University of Rennes. IRISA’s missions are to undertake basic and applied research, to design experimental systems, to ensure technology transfer, to organize international scientific exchanges. IRISA’s scientific activities cover the following domains: Architectures and Compilation; Embedded Systems; Networks and Systems; Software Engineering and Symbolic Computing; Man-Machine Interaction; Image and Signal Processing, Data Management, Knowledge Systems; Simulation and Optimization of Complex Systems. IRISA has a staff of 600 persons, including more than 250 research scientists and 180 PhD students. Industrial relations are strategic for IRISA. In this area, some of the Institute’s initiatives include: Partnerships with large enterprises and SMEs, European projects, Software valorization and patents (see

The CAIRN research team of IRISA, which is involved in this project, is recognized for his expertise in the fields of energy-efficient system-on-chip and reconfigurable architectures, signal processing for mobile communications, cryptography and wireless sensor networks. The Cairn team has participated in several National and European Research & Development projects and has strong industrial collaborations (e.g. THALES, Alcatel, Orange, STMicroelectronics, Thomson and various SMEs). Cairn has some recognized expertise on embedded software, CAD tools and hardware architecture and circuit design.

Key personnel to be involved:

Olivier Sentieys joined University of Rennes (ENSSAT) and IRISA Laboratory, France, as a full Professor of Electronics Engineering, in 2002. He is leading the CAIRN Research Team common to INRIA Institute (national institute for research in computer science and control) and IRISA Lab. (research institute in computer science and random systems). His research activities are in the two complementary fields of embedded systems and signal processing. Roughly, he works firstly on the definition of new system-on-chip architectures, especially the paradigm of reconfigurable systems, and their associated CAD tools, and secondly on some aspects of signal processing like finite arithmetic effects and cooperation in mobile systems. He is the author or coauthor of more than 150 journal publications or peer-reviewed conference papers and holds 5 patents.

Sébastien Pillement is an associate professor in the IUT de Lannion at Rennes 1 University. He is also a research member in the CAIRN INRIA team of the IRISA Lab at Rennes 1 University. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Montpellier II. His research interests include Dynamically Reconfigurable architectures, SoC (System on Chips) design methodology and NoC (Network on Chip) based circuits. He focuses his research on designing flexible and efficient architectures managed in real-time.