The French Academy of Science awarded its prizes on 11th October last, under the dome of the Institut de France. Of the top 37 prizewinners, three were researchers from Rennes.
In Mechanical and Computer Sciences, the Grand Prix Thématique Michel Montpetit, Inria, was awarded to Anne-Marie Kermarrec, Director of Research at Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique for her work on the large-scale distributed algorithms whose contribution to peer-to-peer Internet systems has been internationally very significant. In the same category, the Grand Prix Thématique Blaise Pascal du Gamni-Smai was awarded to Rémi Gribonval, Director of Research at Inria Rennes–Bretagne Atlantique for his pioneering contributions to the approximation, separation and parcimonious representation of signals for applications in the audio and biomedical sectors.
The Prix Thématique Mme Claude Berthault, Fondation de l’Institut de France, was awarded to Lahcène Ouahab, Director of Research with CNRS in the Chemical Science laboratory at the University of Rennes 1, for his work on multi-functional molecular materials with specific physical, conductive, magnetic or optical properties that have potential applications in molecular electronics, for example.
Every year, in its work to uphold the spirit of research and the spread of science as an integral part of contemporary culture, the Academy of Science distinguishes and encourages French and foreign researchers. In 2011, it will award a total of 3 medals and 68 prizes.www.academie-sciences.fr