INS2I Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies

Information sciences and technologies for the dissemination of knowledge

The CNRS Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies (INS2I) supports and coordinates teams and research laboratories working in computer science, control theory, signal and image processing, robotics, and Systems-on-Chip (SoC) design. The Institute promotes basic research in the above disciplines in close connection with interdisciplinary scientific challenges and major social and economic issues.


INS2I's mission is to support and coordinate research in information science, while confronting basic research with social and economic issues. For this purpose, the Institute encourages interactions with other disciplines, especially with mathematical sciences, the life sciences, the humanities and social sciences, and engineering sciences. INS2I ensures the scientific quality and excellence of its laboratories and teams by facilitating the recruitment of toplevel researchers as well as the dissemination and sharing of good practice.

Aware of the strong societal impact of information science, the Institute develops and strengthens links between its laboratories and socio-economic actors, and establishes direct partnerships with the main players in the digital technology industry.

In order to strengthen the development of information science in France, INS2I draws up coordinated strategies with its academic and institutional partners at the regional and national level, via the Digital Sciences and Technologies Alliance (ALLISTENE) in particular.

Strategic priorities

INS2I's research priorities cover six main areas:

  • basic computer science, combinatorics, complexity;
  • large-scale data processing and mining, information security and protection;
  • networks, Internet of the future, distributed computing;
  • signal and image processing;
  • system modeling and control theory;
  • artificial intelligence, robotics and human-computer interaction.

The Institute leads interdisciplinary research projects especially in:

  • the life and environmental sciences, through the management and analysis of data ranging from the molecular scale to the study of ecosystems, with research in algorithmics, learning, image processing, complex systems and supercomputing;
  • the humanities and social sciences, modeling human cognitive and social processes and behavior, as well as human-computer interaction (including within the context of ambient intelligence), and studying the societal and legal impact of information science.


For its own research, INS2I has equipped its laboratories with a large number of national and international software and hardware platforms: computer clusters, sensor networks, vision systems, robots, infrastructures and 'living labs' for ambient intelligence, simulation platforms, synthesis and validation of Systems-on-Chip equipment, software libraries, etc.

For the scientific community as a whole, INS2I manages or jointly manages:

  • the Institute for Development and Resources in Intensive Scientific Computing (IDRIS) and the French large-scale computing facility (GENCI) for high-performance computing, simulation and large-scale data processing;
  • the public interest group RENATER, which pools the national telecommunications infrastructures for research and education.

International presence

INS2I pursues a proactive development policy at the international level with a view to expanding its network of partners and organizing research communities around flagship areas such as the web sciences, decision theory, humancomputer interaction, vision systems, control theory and robotics.

The Institute is stepping up its collaboration with rapidly developing countries such as China, Brazil, India and Singapore, all highly active in the field of information sciences. With joint units in Asia, Latin America and Europe, a joint laboratory in China, research networks in Europe, the US and Brazil, and scientific collaboration programs with numerous countries, INS2I has a strong presence worldwide, reflecting the quality and outward-looking attitude of its research teams.

Key figures

  • 4 362 researchers and academics, including 615 from CNRS, 955 engineers and technicians, including 503 from CNRS, and 5 500 non-permanent staff
  • 54 research and service units and 4 research federations
  • 11 research networks
  • 5 international joint units, 6 international associated laboratories and 4 international research networks
  • 15 start-ups in 2011