INRIA Nancy is one of the eight INRIA centres in France. It is based in the LORIA (Lorraine Laboratory of IT Research and its Applications), the largest computer science research laboratory in the east of France. The LORIA is a mixed research unit - UMR 7503 - shared by several organisations including INRIA, CNRS, and Nancy University. More than 450 individuals work at the LORIA, of whom about one third are researchers and teaching-researchers, one third are doctoral students and post-doctorates, and one third are engineers and administrative staff.
This project will be conducted within the INRIA Orpailleur team which is mainly involved in knowledge representation and extraction using symbolic and numerical methods in several fields including biology, chemistry, and medicine. A strong interdisciplinary subgroup exists in the Orpailleur team around Dave Ritchie (computer scientist, chemist), Marie-Dominique Devignes (biologist and bio-informatician), Bernard Maigret (Emeritus computational chemist), and Malika Smaïl-Tabbone (computer scientist). Much of the research work of this subgroup is carried out in the framework of the PRST-MBI project (Modelling of Biomolecules and their Interactions) which focuses on developing knowledge-based and computational approaches for high throughput virtual screening and protein-protein interactions.