Agreement signed for the creation of a Franco-Russian lab

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IMT, the Russian Academy of Science and Tomsk State University signed an agreement for the creation of a joint laboratory, called Qualipso, in the area of the quality of web applications. Research will focus in particular on the use of formal methods for dealing with issues concerning service validity and reliability.

The signature was the culmination of a two-day French-Russian seminar on the agreement, held in Paris at the Institute Mines-Télécom premises, which was attended by about thirty researchers from the three institutions. The setup of this joint lab formalizes and gives structure to the cooperation that has already existed for nearly 20 years between researchers from Télécom SudParis and the Information Technology department (faculty of radiophysics) / Computer Sciences Laboratory of the University of Tomsk, and which has already proven itself by producing scientific results of excellence. This construction aims to strengthen and boost collaboration, in particular by encouraging mobility among researchers, PhD students, and post-docs, between the three partnering institutions.

In other respects, from the outset, this agreement is designed to accommodate other research teams from our institutions as well as to incorporate education-related topics.

According to David Sadek, Director for Research of IMT, “this kind of action, that comes within our international partnerships policy, allows us to consolidate our existing cooperation with flagship teams and institutions in our own research and education areas, thereby contributing to the worldwide influence of IMT.”

For Viktor P. Ivannikov, Director of the Institute for System Programming of Russian Academy of Sciences, “On the one hand, formal methods have begun to be really used in Software Engineering practically; on the other hand, France and Russia have deep traditions on different formal models and languages. That gives hopes in new innovations for our French–Russian joint cooperation.

For Dmitriy V. Sukhushin, Vice-Rector for Strategic Development of Tomsk State University, “The opening of the joint laboratory is the result of our long collaboration and mutual trust. This international joint laboratory provides new opportunities for its members encouraging the integration of research into the international scientific society. We believe that the integration of our studies will contribute to our mutual competitive advantage aiming at being leaders in priority research areas.”

Signatory partners:

  • Viktor P. Ivannikov : Director of the Institute for System Programming of Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Dmitriy V. Sukhushin, Vice-Rector for Strategic Development of Tomsk State University

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