Thales Communications & Security SAS

The Thales Group totalled revenues over 11 billion Euro in 2011, half from the Civilian businesses and half in the Governmental and Defence domains. Within the 80.000 employees worldwide (50.000 in Europe), one third is involved in R&. Specifically, the revenues of Thales Communication & Security (TCS) reached 1.8 billion Euros with 7.000 employees. TCS addresses every activity related to telecommunications: wireless communications, IP networks, satellite communication, network administration and security. TCS has a long experience in very large Information Systems and secure infrastructures for systems and networks, including Internet and Intranets. TCS has a deep skill in secure telecommunications for public and governmental organisations, emergency services, transportation, avionics and armies. The Advanced Information Technologies (TAI) laboratory at TCS is involved in leading edge IT projects aiming in specification, design and integration of security and telecommunication infrastructures. TAI personnel belongs to the following set of expert profiles: network experts, especially for fixed and mobile IP network design, security architects for networks and information systems, and information system experts. TAI is in charge of transferring technological bricks to Thales’s business lines.

Coordinator: Mathieu Bouet


Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual sales of 41 billion euros and has 165,000 employees worldwide. Present in 30 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 236 million customers, including 178 million mobile customers and 15 million fixe broadband internet (ADSL, fiber) customers worldwide. Orange Labs (previously France Télécom R&D) represents the Orange Group’s global innovation network entity which anticipates technological revolutions and imagines tomorrow’s technologies. It reflects the Group’s ambition to put perpetual innovation at the heart of its strategy, firmly focused on its clients. As the principal source of innovation for the Group, it holds more than 7,500 registered patents. Consisting of 3,600 researchers in 17 laboratories on four continents (8 in France and 9 in Europe, America, Africa and Asia), its scope and coverage enable it to detect all technological breakthroughs and encourage partnerships. Orange Labs extensively collaborates with operators, manufacturers, universities and other R&D centres. Besides steady contributions to open source activities (OpenStack, OPNFV, …), Orange is actively involved in standardisation and regulation bodies such as 3GPP, ETSI and ITU-R.

Contacts: Chidung Lac, Imen Grida Ben Yahia


INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Automatique et Informatique) is the major French National academic institution in Computer Science and Control. INRIA will participate to the Project from its Research Centre ―Sophia-Antipolis Méditerranée; more specifically, all activities related to this project will be carried out inside the Diana research team (previously called Planète), which counts a total of 25 members, grouped around 4 permanent staff, Walid Dabbous being its scientific leader. The Diana team focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating Internet protocols and applications. The main objective of the team is to propose and study new architectures, services and protocols to enable group and secured communication through the Internet. The research topics of the group span several areas, including: new modes of information dissemination such as information-centric networks; seamless integration of wireless devices with the rest of network infrastructure; understanding Internet behaviour, and experimental environments for Future Internet architecture.

Contacts: Thierry Turletti, Damien Saucez


UPMC represents French excellence in science and medicine. A direct descendant of the historic Sorbonne, UPMC is the top French university by the Shanghai world rankings, 6th in Europe and 35th in the world. UPMC encompasses all major sciences, such as mathematics (4st in the world); chemistry; physics; electronics; computer science; mechanics; Earth, marine and environmental sciences; life sciences; and medicine.
With 8,000 publications per year, which is approximately 11% of the national production, UPMC is a major player in the international knowledge and innovation economy, as shown by its many international awards. The University has more than 3,750 professor-researchers in 100 laboratories in partnership with four French national research organizations: the CNRS (science), Inserm (health and medical), the IRD (development) and Inria (computing and automation). UPMC files more than 20 patents each year and has cooperation agreements with prestigious universities worldwide. Its partnerships with major French and international research organizations and participation in various international networks are testament to the University’s international involvement.
The largest scientific and medical education center in France, UPMC offers its 34,000 students (of which 6,900 are foreign) a demanding and diverse curriculum organized into 10 bachelor programs, 10 master degrees and 16 doctoral schools and France’s largest library center. UPMC promotes study abroad programs as a valuable educational and cultural asset through its four international bachelor’s, 16 international master’s and four international doctorates in partnership with universities worldwide.

The Computer Science department LIP6 participates with its research group in telecommunications and Cloud networking.
Contacts: Guy Pujolle, Stefano Secci, Bruno Baynat


6WIND’s commercial software solves performance challenges for network vendors in telecom, enterprise and cloud infrastructure markets. The company’s packet processing software, accelerated virtual networking infrastructure and software appliances are optimized for cost-effective hardware running Linux with a choice of multicore processors to deliver a wide variety of networking and security protocols and features. By solving critical data plane performance challenges on multicore architectures, 6WIND enables a cost-effective value proposition, enabling the transition to the future with network functions virtualization (NFV). 6WIND is based near Paris, France with regional offices in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. For more information, visit

Contacts: Vincent Jardin, Thomas Monjalon


ENS Lyon (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon) is a pluri-disciplinary higher education establishment, offering a wide range of scientific subjects from biology to earth science including computer science. The LIP (Laboratoire de l’Informatique du Parallélisme) is the computer science laboratory of the ENS Lyon. It is associated with the CNRS, the ENS Lyon, the INRIA and the UCB Lyon 1 (UMR CNRS – ENS Lyon – UCB Lyon 1 – INRIA 5668). The DANTE team, implied in this project, belongs to the LIP. It consists of fifteen members in average, including six permanent researchers and teaching researchers. DANTE focuses on metrology, modelling, and analysing in the context of dynamic networks and it applies its results to the domain of high demanding applications and Future Internet. DANTE (former RESO team) have participated or is participating to several national and European projects, like for instance, the European projects SAIL, AEOLUS, Autonomic Internet, EC-GIN and the national projects DISCO, HIPCALP, Carriocas, Grid 5000 and RESCUE. The team belongs to the common laboratory INRIA – Bell Labs and is implied in the Semantic Networks project.

Contacts : Thomas Begin, Isabelle Guérin-Lassous, Anthony Busson


Telecom ParisTech (part of the Institute Mines-Telecom) is the first higher education institution completely focusing on telecommunications, and through the years has acquired a level of excellence internationally recognized in the field of Communications and Information Technology. With 215 faculty members, twenty research associates and approximately 320 graduate students, Télécom ParisTech is a leader in the French public research in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Telecom ParisTech in partnership with the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) constitutes one of the largest mixed research unit (UMR – LTCI 5141) in the domain of LTCI (Sciences et Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication). The main research activities of Telecom ParisTech focus on: communication systems (algorithm, architecture, physical layer, optoelectronic, microwave); signals and images processing (detection, restoration, compression, recognition and interpretation of images of speech and music); computer networks (IP, embedded systems, human-computer interaction, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and information management); economics, management and social sciences (digital business and administration, policy and regulation, sociology of uses).

Contacts: Jean-Louis Rougier; Luigi Iannone