ICT research is a strategic and competitive sector both at international level and from an economic and social perspective. In this light, the ’academic’ players on the Saclay plateau got together in 2007 to develop a joint ICT research project: Digiteo.

Digiteo: A shared ambition to create the first ICT research network in France

In 1999, the need to coordinate the various research projects of the institutes on the Saclay plateau came to the fore, particularly during work on the planning contract between the national and regional governments.

Later, still with the aim of promoting synergies, the Pôle Commun de Recherche en Informatique (PCRI), the joint centre for research in computer science project involving the laboratories of Inria, the CNRS and École Polytechnique (LIX) and Université Paris-Sud 11 (LRI), was launched.

In 2004, six institutes, the CEA, CNRS, École Polytechnique, Supélec, Inria and Université Paris-Sud, worked together to give shape to the desire to build, on the Plateau Saclay, the first ever French ICT ’research park’: this would be Digiteo Labs.

In 2006, the founding members proposed the creation of an advanced research network, the Digiteo Réseau Thématique de Recherche Avancée (RTRA). This proposal was supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

The Ecole Centrale de Paris, ENS de Cachan and Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin, then later the Institut Télécom, and more recently, ENSTA-ParisTech and Mines-ParisTech joined Digiteo as associate partners.

The Campus Paris-Saclay foundation for scientific cooperation, also behind the Université Paris-Saclay project, is the legal structure for Digiteo.

Missions and objectives

Digiteo has 12 founding members and associate members (CEA, CNRS, Ecole Centrale Paris, Ecole Polytechnique, ENS Cachan, ENSTA ParisTech, Institut Mines-Telecom, Inria, Mines ParisTech, Supélec, Université Paris-Sud, Université de Versailles-St- Quentin).


The objective of the network is to :

  • make the Saclay plateau an internationally recognised place of reference in ICTs, in terms of scientific quality and economic impact ;
  • promote skill sharing between the member institutes in ambitious collaborative projects.

One of its tools consists in driving and financing joint research initiatives : research projects, chairs, ’guest’ programmes.

To promote and stimulate the transfer of innovation activities to companies, Digiteo supports research teams in transferring the outcomes of their research in order to achieve real commercialisation : industrial transfer or start-ups.

Key figures

23 laboratories
2,600 scientists (including more than 1,000 doctoral students)
More than 300 post-doctoral researchers
200 projects accepted in national and international call for projects
Nearly 3,500 publications per year
9 current academic chairs
43 guest scientists
100 patents and software programmes registered every year
24 companies formed in the last four years


23 laboratories
2,600 scientists (including more than 1,000 doctoral students)
More than 300 post-doctoral researchers
200 projects accepted in national and international call for projects
Nearly 3,500 publications per year
9 current academic chairs
43 guest scientists
100 patents and software programmes registered every year
24 companies formed in the last four years


The team Digiteo


Maurice Robin - Managing Director
+33 (0)1 69 33 21 61 - direction[@]digiteo.fr
Catherine Moreau - Assistant
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Lydie Fontaine - Assistant
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Hélène Kérec - Communications Manager
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Gunnar Pettersson - Marketing Engineer
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Stéphane Hopensztand - Marketing Engineer
+33 (0)1 69 33 21 71 - stephane.hopensztand[@]digiteo.fr

Board of Trustees



Dominique Vernay


Yves Poilane, Institut Mines-Télécom

Jacques Bittoun, Université Paris-Sud

Yves Demay, Ecole Polytechnique 

Herve Biausser, Ecole Centrale Paris 

Alain Fuchs, CNRS 

Bernard Bigot, CEA 


François Houllier, INRA 

Denis Maugars, ONERA 

Dominique Vernay, System@tic

Pierre Veltz, EPPS

Claude Chappert, FCS Campus-Paris- Saclay

Maryse Darnaudguilehm, Rectorat Versailles

Jacques Lukasik

Denis Jouan, CNRS 

Xavier Rognon, AgroParisTech

 Scientific Council

Digiteo’s Scientific Council is made up of prominent names in the international scientific community. 
The purpose of Digiteo’s Scientific Council is to give advice on the scientific directions of Digiteo.


Dr Jan Karel LENSTRA, PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica
Dr François BOURDONCLE, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Exalead
Dr Oussama KHATIB, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
Dr Petros KOUMOUTSAKOS, Professor of Computational Science, ETH Zurich
Dr Marta KWIATKOWSKA, Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford University Computing Laboratory
Dr Muriel MEDARD, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr Tom RODDEN, Professor of Computing, University of Nottingham
Dr Frédérique SEGOND, Research and Development Manager, Viseo Group
Dr Perdita STEVENS, Reader in Software Engineering, University of Edinburgh


Steering Committee



Maurice ROBIN, Directeur de Digiteo, président du comité de pilotage

Karine GOSSE, Directrice du CEA-LIST
Jean-Noël PATILLON, Adjoint au Directeur, chargé de la Stratégie et Prospective

Mokrane BOUZEGHOUB, Directeur scientifique adjoint de l’INS2I
François YVON, Directeur du LIMSI

Centrale Supélec
Silviu NICULESCU, Directeur du Laboratoire des signaux et systèmes
Yolaine BOURDA, Chef du Département Informatique

Ecole Polytechnique
Olivier BOURNEZ, Directeur du laboratoire d’Informatique
Benjamin WERNER, Président du département d’Informatique

ENS Cachan
Laurent FRIBOURG, Directeur de l’Institut Farman

ENSTA ParisTech

Nozha BOUJEMAA, Directrice du Centre Inria Saclay - Île-de-France
Isabelle RYL, Directrice du Centre Inria Paris-Rocquencourt

Institut Mines-Télécom
Patrick DUVAUT, Directeur de la recherche, Telecom-Paristech
Walid BENAMEUR, Directeur de SAMOVAR, Télécom-SudParis

Université Paris-Sud
Yannis MANOUSSAKIS, Directeur du LRI
Alain DENISE, Professeur UPSUD

Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin
Alain BUI, Vice-Président chargé du Numérique,
Fethi Ben Ouezdou, Directeur adjoint du LISV

Programme Committee


Claude MARCHÉ, Président du Comité
Catherine DAL BALCON, Digiteo
Maurice ROBIN, Digiteo
Daniel AUGOT, LIX-Inria
Christine PAULIN, LRI
Mireille REGNIER, LIX-InriaSaclay
Isabelle HERLIN, Inria Rocquencourt
Luc MARANGET, Inria²
Emmanuel VAZQUEZ, Supélec
Laurent LE BRUSQUET, Supélec
Stefan HAAR , ENS Cachan
Florian DE VUYST, ENS Cachan
Yves GRENIER, Institut Télécom
Djamal ZEGHLACHE, Institut Télécom
Philippe MARTIN, Ecole des Mines
Brigitte D’ANDREA-NOVEL, Ecole des Mines

Technology Transfer Committee

To promote and boost innovation transfer between Digiteo and companies, a Technology Transfer Committee was created, and several activities launched in order to:

  • develop synergies: tool sharing, scale effects, sharing of good practices between technology transfer departments;
  • and improve visibility and effectiveness of technological innovation.


The members of the Technology Transfer Committee are:

Françoise Fabre, Chair of the Committee, CEA-Technology Research Department, Technology Transfer Department

Remi Ronchaud, Inria Saclay - Île-de-France

Christelle Le Moullec, CNRS

Annabelle Alves, CNRS

Didier Fayard, Université Paris-Sud

Jean-Michel Le Roux, Supélec

Sylvie Tonda-Goldstein, Ecole Polytechnique

Etienne De Rocquigny, Ecole Centrale Paris

Christian Hamon, ENS Cachan

Tania di Gioia, Université Paris-Sud

Melanie Guitard, Université Versailles Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines

Michel SCHMITT, Mines ParisTech

Michel Mauny, ENSTA

Nunzio Santoro, Télécom SudParis

Founding members


The Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission, is a research body created in 1945 and employing 16,000 people. A major player in research, development and innovation, it works in four key fields: low-carbon energies (nuclear and renewable energies), information technologies and health technologies, major research facilities), defence and global security.


It backed by first-class fundamental research and plays a support role for industry. An integral part of the European research area, it has a growing international presence.

The CEA Alternatives de Saclay is one of the CEA’s ten centres. Multi-disciplinary, it has 5,000 people working in fields as varied as low-carbon energies, the climate and environment, matter sciences, biology and health, smart digital systems, and the technology economy.

CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

The Centre national de la recherche scientifique, French national centre for scientific research, is a public research institute for science and technology under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. It produces knowledge for the benefit of society.

It is administered by Alain Fuchs, President of the CNRS, assisted by two deputy directors, Joël Bertrand for Science and Xavier Inglebert for Resources.

With more than 34,000 people (including 25,505 tenured staff - 11,415 researchers and 14,090 engineers, technicians and support staff), a budget for 2013 of €3.415 billion, including €802 million in own funding, and sites across France, the CNRS works in all fields of knowledge with the support of more than 1,100 research and service laboratories.

Eminent researchers have worked, at some point in their careers, in CNRS’ laboratories. With 18 Nobel prizes and 11 Médaille Fields awards, the CNRS has a long tradition of excellence.

Ecole Polytechnique

Largely internationalised, the École Polytechnique combines research, teaching and innovation at the highest scientific and technological level.


Its organisation promotes a science-led culture of excellence, based on a strong humanist tradition. With its three levels of programme – undergraduate engineering degree, master’s and doctorate – the École Polytechnique trains responsible men and women, capable of carrying out complex and innovative activities to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

With its 22 laboratories, the École Polytechnique research centre works on the frontiers of knowledge, on major inter-disciplinary scientific, technological and social challenges. Innovation and technology transfer are closely linked with research activities and learning. Relations with business is seeing a substantial increase both as regards research contracts, medium-term partnerships (15 business chairs) and long-term partnerships with the creation of common research teams such as with Total.

École Polytechnique, a member of ParisTech, is also one of the driving forces behind the Campus de Saclay project, which it is supporting with 22 other academic and scientific partners.


Inria is an Établissement Public de Recherche à caractère Scientifique et Technologique (EPST; French public scientific and technological research institute) under the dual responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Economic Regeneration. At the crossroads between information science and mathematics, the 3,400 Inria researchers invent the digital technologies of tomorrow.


Coming from the best international universities, they creatively mix fundamental research and applied research. They work together with public and private research institutes in France and abroad and transfer the results of their work to innovative companies. The researchers from Inria’s teams published more than 4,800 articles in 2010, and are behind more than 270 active patents and 105 start-ups.

The Inria Saclay–Île-de-France centre actively collaborates in technology research and development on the Saclay plateau with its 28 teams, mostly joint teams with other partners, and the joint laboratory with Microsoft Research. Its research focuses essentially on software security and reliability, high-performance computing and Internet distributed knowledge systems, as well as modelling, simulation and optimisation of complex dynamic systems.



The Ecole Centrale Paris and Supélec cooperate long. Their collaboration, initially limited to the common competition has gradually expanded over the years to cover many areas of teaching or research today.

Université Paris-Sud

Ranked the top university in France, the 7th in Europe, and 40th worldwide according to the Shanghai 2011 ranking of world universities, Université Paris-Sud played a major role in the creation of Université Paris-Saclay. Multidisciplinary, with a strong focus on science and health, the excellence of its research has been recognised by a number of international awards, particularly in the field of mathematics (four Médaille Fields awards between 1994 and 2010) and physics (three Nobel prizes, the last in 2007).


Université Paris-Sud is made up of five Unités de Formation et de Recherche (UFR; Teaching and research laboratories), three Instituts Universitaires de Technologie (IUT; Technical universities), one engineering school and 109 internationally recognised laboratories. It accommodates 27,300 students, including 2,600 doctoral students, and 2,400 lecturer-researchers and researchers and 2,700 engineering, technical and support staff on the biggest campus in France located in an outstanding environment.

Associate members

ENSTA ParisTech

École Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées ParisTech is a prestigious French school which trains engineers capable of designing, delivering and managing complex projects in an international economic environment. It offers a complete engineering programme, based on a solid grounding in science and a wide range of third-year specialisation modules, supplemented with language, general culture, law and economics courses.


The research activity of ENSTA ParisTech is at the heart of the school’s teaching programme. It is conducted by researchers, lecturer-researchers, doctoral students and in collaboration with researchers from various university and industry laboratories.

The Institut Mines-Télécom

The Institut Mines-Télécom is a Établissement Public d’Enseignement Supérieur et de Recherche (French public higher education and research institute) in the fields of engineering and digital technology. It comprises the ten prestigious Mines and Télécom schools under the joint responsibility of the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Electronic Communications.


The institute trains 12,000 students (engineers, managers and doctors) and carries out top-level research and innovation activities. The quality and intensity of its partnership-led research have been recognised by two Institut Carnot awards, delivered in 2006 and renewed in 2011. Every year, some hundred start-ups leave its school’s incubators. 

The Institut Mines-Télécom moved onto the Campus Paris-Saclay in March 2012 with research staff from the Télécom SudParis and Télécom ParisTech teams taking up residence at Nano-INNOV. Its contribution to the scientific and technological development of Campus Paris-Saclay will be increased with Télécom ParisTech’s future move to the site and additional activities by Télécom SudParis.

MINES ParisTech

MINES ParisTech has, since its creation in 1783, trained top-level engineers capable of resolving complex problems in a wide variety of fields.


The leading school in France for its number of research contracts, MINES ParisTech offers teaching programmes along with a major industry-led research component. Its fields of research extend from energy to materials, including applied mathematics, geosciences and economic and social sciences.

The school also develops the creation of teaching and research chairs on emerging themes. MINES ParisTech is the founding member of ParisTech.


Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines was created in 1991 and has a total of eight sites. Its facilities are located between the French department of Yvelines and that of Hauts-de-Seine.


UVSQ provides proximity, training and research. It offers initial and continuous programmes and focuses on multi-disciplinarity. From two-year diplomas (Bac+2) through to doctoral degrees (Bac+8), Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines trains non-specialised students and technicians and engineers specialising in exact, social, human, legal and political sciences or in engineering and technology and medicine. It conducts research in 35 research laboratories g

The laboratories

The laboratories

Digiteo has several laboratories whose teams offer a wide range of skills. The laboratories listed below are fully or partly involved in Digiteo.


Centre de mathématiques appliquées (CMAP)
École Polytechnique - CNRS
Institut d’électronique fondamentale (IEF)
Département ACCIS - Université Paris-Sud - CNRS

I Inria Paris-Rocquencourt
Inria Saclay - Île de France

Laboratoire d’informatique de l’École Polytechnique (LIX)
École Polytechnique - CNRS

Laboratoire d’informatique pour la mécanique et les sciences de l’ingénieur (LIMSI)
Unité propre CNRS sous convention avec l’Université Paris-Sud

Laboratoire d’intégration des systèmes et des technologies (CEA-LIST)

Laboratoire de mécanique des solides (LMS)
École Polytechnique - CNRS

Laboratoire de physique des interfaces et des couches minces (LPICM)
École Polytechnique - CNRS

Laboratoire de recherche en informatique (LRI)
Université Paris-Sud - CNRS

Laboratoire des signaux et systèmes (L2S)
Supélec - CNRS - Université Paris-Sud

Supélec Sciences et Systèmes (E3S)
Institut Farman
(cinq laboratoires : CMLA, LMT, LSV, LURPA, SATIE)
ENS Cachan

Laboratoire d’électronique et d’informatique
ENSTA ParisTech

Laboratoire énergétique moléculaire et macroscopique (EM2C)
École Centrale Paris - CNRS

Laboratoire de génie industriel (LGI)
École Centrale Paris

Laboratoire d’ingénierie des systèmes de Versailles (LISV)
Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin (UVSQ)

Laboratoire de mathématiques appliquées aux systèmes (MAS)
École Centrale Paris

Laboratoire mécanique des sols, structures et matériaux (MSSMat)
École Centrale Paris - CNRS

Laboratoire de recherche en informatique de l’UVSQ (PRiSM)

Laboratoire traitement et communication de l’information (LTCI)
Télécom ParisTech - CNRS

Services répartis, architectures, modélisation, validation, administration des réseaux (SAMOVAR)
Télécom Sudparis - CNRS

Unité Mathématiques et Systèmes (six centres : CRI, CAS, CMA, CMM, CAOR, CBIO)
Mines ParisTech