What is IRIXYS?

  • An International Research and Innovation Centre in Intelligent Digital Systems) created in March 2016 out of a partnership initiated by the departments of Computer Science of the University of Passau, Germany, the engineering school INSA Lyon, France and the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.
  • A fully-integrated centre of excellence “without walls” preserving the contribution of each research team  to their local research and academic ecosystems.
  • A single identity and entity encompassing research activities carried out within the doctoral college MDPS in the fields of multimedia, data security as well as distributed and pervasive systems.
  • An instrument for simplification of common and management procedures.

IRIXYS objectives

  • Enhancing the visibility of the common research activities hold in the doctoral college.
  • Establishing a joint research agenda and joint PhD-Track programme including co-supervised master and PhD thesis.
  • Addressing emerging scientific issues and future requests from EU socio-economic actors.
  • Intensifying common activities: workshops, summer schools, joint publications in international conferences, exchanges of students and staff (long and short term visits).
  • Reinforcing and initiating cooperation with academic and industrial partners.
  • Fostering innovative solution and applications.


The governance of IRIXYS occurs within 3 committees:

  • Steering committee: supervisory and decision-making body of the Centre (set up in 2016)
  • External Expert Advisory Board (EEAB): supervision of the activities of the Centre, definition of the development policy and agenda of the Centre (1st meeting in 2018)
  • Scientific committee (including industrial representatives and external scientific experts): scientific and innovation agenda (set up in 2016)

Historical Facts

This partnership began in 2008 with the establishment of a Franco-German doctoral college MDPS (Multimedia Distributed Pervasive Secure Systems). The consortium has been extended in 2010 to a third partner, the University of Milan (Università degli Studi di Milano).