Evaluation day of Cintra Umi 3288 CNRS/NTU/THALES
On January the 7th 2013 was held at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) the evaluation meeting of CNRS-International-NTU-THALES Alliance (CINTRA). This international research unit was established in October 2009 to build a world-class laboratory between France and Singapore on Nanotechnologies for electronics and photonics toward embedded systems. In this context CINTRA is addressing three main application domains regarding Nanopackaging, Multifunctional Materials & Devices and Microwave-Photonics.
Currently, there are about 52 people associated with CINTRA (equivalent full time of 32): Professors, researchers and students from NTU together with permanent researchers from CNRS and THALES and French Post Doc researchers and French students (PhD and Master).
The evaluation committee was chaired by Prof. J. C. Pomerol, former President of University Pierre et Marie Curie in France, and was composed of:
two representatives from CNRS, Mrs Beatrice Dagens (Senior Research Scientist, CNRS-INSIS, France), Mr Gilles Dambrine (Professor, IEMN Lille, France )
two NTU representatives, Prof. Khor Khiam Aik (Professor, Director of RSO and Bibliometrics Analysis, NTU, Singapore), Prof Janie Fouke, Professor, Dean of College of Engineering, NTU, Singapore
two THALES representatives, Mr Jean Chazelas, Dr, Scientific Director, DMS Division, Thales Group, France, Mr François Luc, Dr, Vice President, R&D, Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore
a representative from Singapore, Mr Chua Soo Jin, Professor, NUS & A*STAR-IMRE Principal Scientist, Singapore
three International Scientific Experts, Mr Chennupati Jagadish, Professor, The Australian National University, Mr S. Ravi P. Silva, Professor, University of Surrey, United Kingdom, Mr Eric Yeatman, Professor Imperial College of London, United Kingdom.
After a welcome address by Professor Freddy Boey, NTU provost, the evaluation has started in the morning with a general overview of the UMI, presented by Prof. D. Baillargeat, Director of CINTRA, followed by a presentation of the research activities held at CINTRA during the period 2009-2012. It has been followed in the afternoon by a poster session and a lab tour of CINTRA and a presentation of CINTRA future project. After discussion and exchanges, the evaluation has ended with a closed discussion of the committee and the writing of the report to be sent to CNRS for the renewal of the UMI. The general impression has been excellent and the high level of the research work, together with the achievements obtained, have been highly appreciated by the three partners, which suggests a very promising future for CINTRA.