"the landscape of Research and teaching on the Saclay plateau is currently undergoing profound changes and digiteo is bounded to evolve."
interview with Maurice Robin, director of digiteo
digiteo celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2011. What is your assessment of these first five years?
The first thing that stands out is the significant growth in the cluster over these five years. Launched by six founder members (CEA, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, Inria, Supélec and Université de Paris-Sud), Digiteo now has six additional associate members (Ecole Centrale Paris, ENS Cachan, ENSTA ParisTech, Mines ParisTech, Institut Mines-Télécom and Université de Versailles St Quentin). These institutions’desire to join Digiteo is the best demonstration of the dynamism unleashed by the Saclay plateau cluster. Digiteo now has 2600 scientists from the Information and Com- munication Technology and Science (ICST) commu- nity. The cluster has made it possible to structure this community and pool some of the research carried out by players in the sector. This structure will represent a major advantage for the future Université Paris- Saclay. During these five years, we have launched more than 120 joint projects, created 9 chairs and carried out an average of 5 collaborative technology transfer readiness programmes (OMTEs) per year. Around 20 start-ups have come out of the cluster’s member laboratories, and more than 60 doctoral stu- dents have been funded. In terms of scientific output, the results speak for themselves. We have also begun assessing the first projects, those launched in 2007 which ended in 2011.
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