â€œExcellence, cooperation and networking form the genes of the LINCS laboratory, andâ€¦thanks to you the Internet of the future will soon become a tangible reality.â€
ValÃ©rie PÃ©cresse, French Minister for higher education and research (2011)
On Monday May 2nd 2011, an opening ceremony was held for the LINCS laboratory, including a visit from ValÃ©rie PÃ©cresse, the French minister for higher education and research, who gave a speech and toured the laboratory.
Ms PÃ©cresse praised the LINCS as a â€œmodel research laboratoryâ€, one of the first in France to include partner institutions from both the public and private sectors, thereby fostering cross-sector cooperation and the decompartmentalization of the national system of research and innovation. She pledged a commitment to the domain of networking research and innovation, highlighting the ever-increasing role the Internet is set to play in our lives, as the Internet of Things becomes a reality. The full text of the Ministerâ€™s speech (in French) is available online here.
Also present at the inauguration were Jean-Luc Beylat, president of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France, Michel Cosnard, CEO of INRIA, Jean-Claude Jeanneret, CEO of the Institut TÃ©lÃ©com and Jean-Charles Pomerol, president of UPMC.