Welcome to the 1st issue of CominLabs Newsletter!
CominLabs is an Excellence Center (Laboratoire d'Excellence from the Investissements d'Avenir program of the French government). CominLabs gathers ten research labs from Bretagne and Nantes in the area of telecommunications, internet, and over-the-top services with an emphasis on the medical sector. CominLabs represent a work force of about 500 researchers and is funded at the (modest) level of 1.4M€ per year by the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) and the regions Bretagne and (to a lesser extend) Pays-de-Loire.
CominLabs fosters activities in research, education, and innovation, with an emphasis on the first aspect. Considering its limited level of funding, CominLabs must focus its funds on specific activities. CominLabs aims at establishing itself as a research community creating its own added value. It has decided not to be yet another mini-agency, though. CominLabs' motto is illustrated on Figure 1.
By this provocative and slightly exaggerated statement, CominLabs wishes to express that bureaucracy (better named as "burrocracy" after Spanish language) must be limited to its minimum: no proposal, no deadline, no spam, no reporting – compare with the running of EU projects. This is reflected in our running of the lab, and particularly in the decision to develop CominWeb as a cooperative platform, with CominTogether its associated social network.
In this letter, we wish to inform you about how CominLabs is run, how you can join and benefit, what is the related agenda, who supports CominLabs and how funds are spent.
For you to get an understanding of what we are doing, we provide a short description of the first series of projects and we tell you about our vision of how such a lab should get run using the modern technologies of cooperative platforms and social communities.
Contents – Issue # 1
Working with us
- The CominLabs Chair Professorship has been granted to HongGang Zhang
- 2011-2012: Eight projects selected and started