Albert Benveniste, a world-renowned expert in the fields of automatic control, computer science and telecommunications, has been granted the "France Telecom" 2008 award by the French Academy of Sciences for the exceptional quality of his research work. Director of Research at INRIA Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique, Albert Benveniste is responsible for the embedded systems sector at the institute's scientific department. He is also scientific director of the INRIA - Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs joint research laboratory.
The originality of Albert Benveniste's profile lies in the extraordinary breadth of his expertise and the foresightedness and depth of his contributions. In the 1980s, for example, he was the first person to recognise the importance of jointly managing algorithmic and software aspects for the design of telecommunication systems and embedded systems. His ongoing, innovative activities at both the national and international levels have contributed significantly to cross-fertilisation between the automatic control, signal processing and computer science communities. This unique profile puts him in a perfect position to tackle the fields of telecommunication networks and services management as well as Web services, subjects in which difficult software and algorithmic aspects are closely linked and which are at the heart of today's challenges.
Source: INRIA (http://www.inria.fr/actualites/2008/benveniste.en.html)