Section: Contracts and Grants with Industry
France Télécom R&D
We work in collaboration with France Télécom since 1994. In a first period, from 1994 to 1997, a CTI contract was established to develop a first prototype of a collaborative work interface, called Spin. Two PhD thesis were defended in the LIFL, one of them being supported by the contract.
In 1999, France Télécom showed its interest in our research by creating a project-team in its Lannion's site, recruiting the first PhD student who was on the CTI contract, and supporting a third PhD student who defended his thesis in 2001 on the articulation between action and communication in non-immersive virtual environments.
In order to jointly develop a pre-industrial framework, based on the first prototype studies, a second contract (External Research Contract) was signed between the University of Lille 1 and France Télécom in 2000, for 2 years, for a global amount of 1,1MF HT. Since 2001, the Spin|3D team in France Télécom is composed of 5 full-time members.
In 2003, two other contracts have been signed between the University of Lille 1, the INRIA and France Télécom. The first one, for an amount of 240kEuros HT, concerns the finalization of the core framework, and the integration of some new features. The second one supports one half of Nicolas Martin's PhD thesis, the other half being financed by INRIA.
A new contract started in 2005 in order to integrate Nicolas Martin's results into the SPIN framework. This work is done by Ahmed Tahar.
We are currently collaborating in two projects : Odysseus, a Eureka project, and Part@ge, an ANR funded project.