Team, Visitors, External Collaborators
Overall Objectives
Research Program
Application Domains
Highlights of the Year
New Software and Platforms
New Results
Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry
Partnerships and Cooperations
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Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

National Initiatives


ANR BottleNet

Participants : Romain Rouvoy [contact person] , Walter Rudametkin Ivey, Lionel Seinturier.

BottleNet is a 48-month project (2015–19) funded by ANR. The objective of BottleNet is to deliver methods, algorithms, and software systems to measure Internet Quality of Experience (QoE) and diagnose the root cause of poor Internet QoE. Our goal calls for tools that run directly at users’ devices. We plan to collect network and application performance metrics directly at users’ devices and correlate it with user perception to model Internet QoE, and to correlate measurements across users and devices to diagnose poor Internet QoE. This data-driven approach is essential to address the challenging problem of modeling user perception and of diagnosing sources of bottlenecks in complex Internet services. BottleNet will lead to new solutions to assist users, network and service operators as well as regulators in understanding Internet QoE and the sources of performance bottleneck. Several results and publications have been obtained in the context of this project [6], [5], [76]. The paper [5] won the Best Paper award at the 19th International Conference on Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems (DAIS 2019). The PhD thesis of Lakhdar Meftah [13], supervised by Romain Rouvoy and Isabelle Chrisment (Inria Nancy), was defended in December 2019 in the context of this project. This project is in relation with the Inria IPL BetterNet.


Participants : Alexandre Garnier, Philippe Merle [contact person] , Romain Rouvoy, Lionel Seinturier.

SATAS is a 48-month project (2015–20) funded by ANR. SATAS aims to advance the state of the art in massively parallel SAT solving with a particular eye to the applications driving progress in the field. The final goal of the project is to be able to provide a "pay as you go" interface to SAT solving services, with a particular focus on their power consumption. This project will extend the reach of SAT solving technologies, daily used in many critical and industrial applications, to new application areas, which were previously considered too hard, and lower the cost of deploying massively parallel SAT solvers on the cloud. Our results from this project have been published in the following papers [53], [60].

ANR Headwork

Participants : Pierre Bourhis [contact person] , Marion Tommasi.

Headwork is a 48-month project (2016–21) funded by ANR. The main objective of Headwork is to develop data-centric workflows for programming crowd sourcing systems in a flexible declarative manner. The problem of crowd sourcing systems is to fill a database with knowledge gathered by thousands or more human participants. A particular focus is to be put on the aspects of data uncertainty and for the representation of user expertise. This project is coordinated by D. Gross-Amblard from the Druid Team (Rennes 1). Other partners include the Dahu team (Inria Saclay), Sumo (Inria Bretagne), and Links (Inria Lille) with J. Nierhen and M. Sakho. Our results from this project have been published in the following paper [1].

ANR Delta

Participant : Pierre Bourhis [contact person] .

Delta is a 48-month project (2016–21) funded by ANR. The project focuses on the study of logic, transducers and automata. In particular, it aims at extending classical framework to handle input/output, quantities and data. This project is coordinated by M. Zeitoun from LaBRI. Other partners include LIF (Marseille), IRIF (Paris-Diderot), and D. Gallois from the Inria Lille Links team. Several results and publications have been obtained in the context of this project [18], [16], [28], [27].


Participant : Pierre Bourhis [contact person] .

CQFD is a 48-month project (2018–22) funded by ANR. The project focuses on the complex ontological queries over federated heterogeneous data. The project targets to set the foundations, to provide efficient algorithms, and to provide query rewriting oriented evaluation mechanisms, for ontology-mediated query answering over heterogeneous data models. This project is coordinated by Federico Ulliana from Inria Sophia Antipolis. Other partners include LaBRI, Inria Saclay, IRISA, LTCI, and LIG.

ANR FP-Locker

Participants : Vikas Mishra, Walter Rudametkin Ivey [contact person] .

FP-Locker is a 42-month project (2019–23) funded by ANR in the context of the JCJC program. This project proposes to investigate advanced browser fingerprinting as a configurable authentication mechanism. We argue that it has the potential to be the only authentication mechanism when used in very low-security, public websites; it can be used to block bots and other fraudulent users from otherwise open websites. It also has the potential to be used as a second factor authentication mechanism, or as an additional factor in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) schemes. Besides strengthening a session’s initial authentication, it can also be used for continuous session authentication to protect against session hijacking. In many contexts, fingerprinting is fully transparent to users, meaning that contrary to authentication processes that rely on external verification cards, code generating keys, special apps, SMS verification codes, users do not have to do anything to improve their security. In more restricted contexts, administrators can enforce different policies, for example, enrolling fingerprints from devices that connect from trusted IP addresses (e.g., an internal network), and then verifying these fingerprints when the same users connect from untrusted IP addresses. Consequently, we plan to design an architecture and implement it to be able to plug the browser fingerprinting authentication process to an existing authentication system.

ANR Koala

Participants : Pierre Bourhis, Clément Quinton [contact person] .

Koala is a 42-month project (2019–23) funded by ANR in the context of the JCJC program. The project aims to deliver a series of innovative tools, methods and software to deal with the complexity of fog computing environments configurations and adaptations. In particular, we take a step back on the current limitations of existing approaches (e.g., lack of expressiveness and scalability) and address them placing knowledge as a first-class citizen. We plan to tackle configuration issues from a novel perspective in the field of variability management, using recent techniques from the area of knowledge compilation. Specifically, we will investigate the best-suited d-DNNF representation for each reasoning operation, and we plan to provide new variability modeling mechanisms (e.g., dimensions, priorities and scopes) required in a fog context. Regarding adaptation concerns, we want to leverage machine learning techniques to improve adaptation management and evolution under uncertainty, relying on a continuously enriched and reusable knowledge base. In particular, we plan to propose an approach for suggesting evolution scenarios in a predictive manner, relying on an evolution-aware knowledge base acquired at run-time through machine learning feedback.

Competitivity Clusters

FUI StoreConnect

Participants : Romain Rouvoy, Lionel Seinturier [contact person] .

StoreConnect is a 36-month project (2016–19) funded by FUI and labelled by the PICOM (Pôle des Industries du COMmerce) competitivity cluster. The partners are Tevolys, Ubudu (leader), Smile, STIME, Leroy Merlin, Insiteo, Inria Spirals, Inria Fun, Inria Stars. The goal of the project is to define a modular multi-sensors middleware platform for indoor geolocation. Several results and publications have been obtained in the context of this project [5], [38], [66].

Inria National Initiatives

Inria IPL BetterNet

Participants : Lakhdar Meftah, Romain Rouvoy [contact person] .

BetterNet (2016–19) aims at building and delivering a scientific and technical collaborative observatory to measure and improve the Internet service access as perceived by users. In this Inria Project Lab, we will propose new original user-centered measurement methods, which will associate social sciences to better understand Internet usage and the quality of services and networks. Our observatory can be defined as a vantage point, where: (1) tools, models and algorithms/heuristics will be provided to collect data, (2) acquired data will be analyzed, and shared appropriately with scientists, stakeholders and civil society, and (3) new value-added services will be proposed to end-users. IPL BetterNet is led by Isabelle Chrisment (Inria Madynes), with the participation of the Diana, Dionysos, Inria Chile, Muse, and Spirals Inria project-teams, as well as the ARCEP French agency and the ip-label company. Our results in the context of this project have been published in [66].

CNRS Momentum

Manage Your Data Without Information Leakage

Participants : Pierre Bourhis [contact person] , Louis Jachiet.

"Gérer vos données sans fuite d'information" is a 3-year (2018–20) project granted in the context of the CNRS-Momentum call for projects. Data manipulated by modern applications are stored in large databases. To protect these pieces of data, security policies limit a user's access to what she is allowed to see. However, by using the semantics of the data, a user can deduce information that she was not supposed to have access to. The goal of this project is to establish methods and tools for understanding and detecting such data leaks. Several results and publications have been obtained in the context of this project [32], [29], [30].