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Academy of Excellence "Networks, Information and Digital Society"


The Academy "Networks, Information, and Digital Society" is one of the five Université Côte d'Azur Academies. 10 top level research labs are working together within the Academy to study new digital technologies, their uses and their acceptability.

The Academy is funded by Idex UCAJEDI, a government investment programme aiming at building world-class Universities and world-class disciplines. It is is running over 4 years (2016-2020) and develops actions to support research transdisciplinary projects, thematic events organisation, researchers and students mobility.


Three major ambitions are driving the NIDS Academy :

  • Designing and experimenting communication networks of the future, combining high performance (for example innovative wireless photonic devices) with security and energy economy. To these new types of infrastructure must be added new distributed application development programming paradigms, forthe purposes of enabling storage, consultation, indexing of big data, management of computation platforms and virtualized storage; smart content processing. These distributed virtualized applications will assume considerable importance; they are what enables the processing of massive amounts of distributed data
  • Developing Université Côte d'Azur's excellence in Digital sciences. This is fundamental know-how, not only required for understanding the structural properties of networks, for developing program and data exchange reliability and security, but also for modeling and simulating problems in the physical, biological and medical domains. A crucial topic within this ambition is the ability to extract, from large data masses – which are potentially non-structured and partial – structured information and knowledge open to semantic processing and interpreting. For these reasons, this Academy will play an important role in MSI.
  • Improving comprehension of the transformation brought about by the digitalization of society, especially the impact of technological innovation and the role of physical artifacts in this transformation as well as the impact of its use on e-learning, on society, on citizens, through challenges relating to the Law, to private life, to ethics and even to philosophy.



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Academy NIDS Structure and Organization


The Academy of Excellence Networks, Information, and Digital Society (NIDS) is one of the 5 academies of Université Côte d'Azur (UCA).

It concerns communication networks, the processing and modeling of digital information and the study of societal changes induced by the digital revolution.

The Academy includes the Labex UCN @ Sophia and the Equipex FIT and is composed of 10 laboratories / institutions and 2 associated labs.

The Academy's organizational structure incorporates a decision body (Steering Committee) and a consultative body (Scientific Council) that develops an efficient strategic orientation on the basis of centralized Université Côte d'Azur mechanisms.

Coordination Unit

The Coordination Unit is designed to actually manage the Academy. The executive members of the Coordination Unit are:

  • Hervé Delingette, NIDS Coordinator and Head of the Steering Committee, Inria
  • Johan Montagnat, Deputy Coordinator and Labex liaison, I3S
  • , Project Officer, Université Côte d'Azur

Steering committee

The Steering Committee is in charge of the Academy's strategic orientations. It consists of one representative per partner institution and includes the executive members (Coordination Unit). The Steering Committee decides on Academy's budget, strategy and provide support, advocacy and enablement for the projects relevant to the Academy's activity.

  • Loick Menvielle, EDHEC
  • Patrick Musso, GREDEG
  • David Coudert, Inria
  • Benoit Miramond, LEAT
  • Olivier Pantz, LJAD
  • Sébastien Tanzilli, INPHYNI
  • Yannick Thillier, MINES ParisTech
  • Gerald Gaglio , MSHS
  • Zakaria Babutsidze, SKEMA
  • Johan Montagnat, I3S

Scientific Council

The Scientific Coucncil represented by major scientific disciplines in Digital Systems for Humans area acts as consular to ensure continued quality and scientific integrity of the Academy's programs and projects. It provides the Academy with an independent evaluation of its activity and an opportunity to discuss future trends in its research areas with internationally recognized experts.

Chair: Laure Blanc-Féraud, CNRS

Scientific Council Members