Established in 1967, Inria is the only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, Inria's 3,500 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future, through 174 research project teams. Educated at leading international universities, they creatively integrate basic research with applied research and dedicate themselves to solving real problems, collaborating with the main players in public and private research in France and abroad and transferring the fruits of their work to innovative companies. The researchers at Inria published over 4,850 papers in 2011. They are behind over 270 active patents and 105 start-ups. In 2011, Inria's budget came to 265,2 million euros, 30% of which represented its own resources. INRIA is partner in about 180 FP7 projects, nearly 100 of them being in the ICT theme of the Cooperation programme.

PARKAS group

The PARKAS group is a joint team of INRIA and école Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris. It has has experience in parallel programming languages and compiler intermediate representations, automatic parallelisation, data-flow and synchronous languages, optimizing compilation, and applications to the design of high-performance and embedded computing systems. The group's collaborators include many leading high performance and embedded computing companies in Europe, Asia and North America. 

Albert Cohen

Albert Cohen is a Senior Research Scientist at INRIA, Paris, France. He graduated from école Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and received his PhD from the University of Versailles in 1999 (awarded two national prizes). He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois in 2000 and 2001, and an invited professor at Philips Research (then NXP Semiconductors), Eindhoven in 2006 and 2007.Albert Cohen works on optimizing compilers for high-performance and embedded systems, automatic parallelization, and parallel data-flow and synchronous programming. He coauthored more than 80 papers in refereed journals and international conferences, and he is or has been the advisor for 18 PhD theses. He served in the program committees of the major conferences in the field and has been the general chair of HiPEAC 2012. Research projects led by Albert Cohen resulted in the effective transfer of advanced compilation techniques to production compilers.