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Valérie Issarny

Senior Research Scientist + 33 (0)1 80 49 41 69 & +1 (510) 693-7835 valerie . issarny @ inria . fr


Inria de Paris, 2 rue Simone Iff, CS 42112, 75589 Paris Cédex 12

Inria @ Silicon Valley, UC Berkeley-EECS Dpt,  CITRIS


As part of our research on urban software systems, we have been developing the UrbanCivics project on engaging citizens for smarter cities. The project specifically introduces an urban middleware for the collection and aggregation of heterogeneous urban data sources toward understanding and prompting solutions to urban nuisance.

  • Latest outcome of UrbanCivics include the SoundCity app, a mobile application for understanding your exposure to noise pollution. SoundCity may be used worldwide and has been in particular launched in Paris with the support of City of Paris smart city initiative and Bernard Jomier, deputy mayor responsible for health, disability, and relations with Paris public hospital system. See detail here and feel free to Download the app on your Android phone (IOS version to be released soon).

Short Biography

I joined Inria Paris-Rocquencourt in 1999 where I have been leading the Inria ARLES project-team from 2002 to 2013. Before that, I was working at INRIA-IRISA, Rennes, and I spent a one year postdoct at the University of Washington in 1992.

I am co-founder of the Ambientic start up that develops innovative mobile collaborative applications based on its iBICCOP middleware for heterogeneous mobile platforms.

I am currently acting as scientific manager of the Inria @ Silicon Valley program, where I am hosted by UCB-EECS & CITRIS, and researching on urban software systems aka smart cities.

I am coordinating the Inria CityLab initiative on smart cities promoting citizen engagement, and that is developed in close collaboration with researchers of CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. Please visit the CityLab page at to know more.

Prizes, award and distinction

  • 2014: Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur
  • 2013: Etoile de l’Europe
  • 2013-2017: Scientific excellence award (Prime d’Excellence Scientifique, PES).

Research Activities

My research lies in the study of software-intensive distributed systems, with a special emphasis on systems leveraging advanced networking environments and wireless devices to enable the pervasive computing/ambient intelligence vision.

I do most of my research as part of collaborative projects (academic and industrial) at both national and EU levels. As part of my research, I also supervise or co-supervise PhD students who are affiliated with either Université de Paris 6 or Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines.

Detailed information about the research activities I am (or have been) involved in can be found from the ARLES and MiMove pages.

Professional Activities (A selection…)

  • Elected member of the Inria commission d’évaluation since 2014.
  • PC co-chair of the New Ideas track at ESEC/FSE’2015
  • Invited talk at FM’2015 – The 20th International Symposium on Formal Methods, 24-26 June 2015, Oslo.
  • Member of the editorial board of JISA: Journal of Internet Services and Applications.
  • Committee members of various leading international events in the area of software engineering, middleware and pervasive/mobile computing.
  • Regular expert/reviewer for National (ANR, AERES), European (EC, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, UK, …) and International (Hong Kong, Qatar, …) Programmes/Agencies.
  • Member of the Scientific Council and Commission d’Evaluation des Chercheurs of INRETS that is now IFSTTAR (Since 2007).
  • Coordinator of the FP7 ICT FET IP CONNECT project on “Emergent Connectors for Eternal Software Intensive Networked systems. The CONNECT project ended in November 2012 and earned the Excellent Grade from the commission. I also got awarded one of the 12 “Etoile de l’Europe” of 2013 for my coordination of the project.
  • Scientific leader of the FP7 ICT FET IP CHOReOS project on Large Scale Choreographies for the Future Internet (2010-13).
  • PC chair of ESEC/FSE’2009.
  • PC Co-chair of Middleware’2008.
  • Associate editor for the software engineering area of the ACM Computing Surveys (2007-11).
  • Coordinator of the FP6 IST STREP PLASTIC project on “Providing dependabLe and Adaptive Service Technology for pervasive Information and Communication” (2006-09).
  • Chair of the Executive Committee of the AIR&D Joint Virtual Laboratory on Ambient Intelligence (2001-10).
  • Coordinator of the OFTA working group on Pervasive Computing (2004-07).
  • Vice-chair of the ACM SIGOPS, the Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (1999-2003).


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