LIRMM was founded in 1992, as the result of a merger of two research units under the leadership of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Montpellier. The project’s intent was to promote information science and technology within an integrated research unit. At the time, this type of research organization was unique in France.

Initially organized in four research departments (Knowledge Acquisition and Representation, Theoretical and Applied Informatics, Microelectronics, Robotics), the Lab then combined its two Computer Science departments into one, and added several research teams in 2002. It also developed a partnership with INRIA. Within the last decade, new teams have been put together or have joined the Lab.

Today, with a total staff of more than 400 members, LIRMM carries out its activities within three major research departments which comprise 22 research teams (among which 3 INRIA teams and one team from the University of Perpignan Via Domitia). The teams total 104 Full and Associate Professors from the University of Montpellier (UM), 8 from Paul Valery University in Montpellier (UPV), 6 from the University of Perpignan (UPVD), 41 CNRS Researchers and 11 from Inria.

Throughout the years, LIRMM’s executive leadership has worked to position the Lab as a major research center, both domestically and internationally. These Executive Teams have included:

Inception-2000                Gaston Cambon, Director – Danièle Hérin, Assistant Director
2001-2004                       Michel Habib, Director – Christian Landrault, Assistant Director
2005-2009                       Michel Robert, Director – Stefano Cerri and Francois Pierrot, Assistant Directors
2010-2014                      Jean-Claude König, Director – Marianne Huchard and Michel Renovell, Assistant Directors
2015-Present                  Philippe Poignet, Director – Christophe Paul, Assistant Director



With an original staff of 200 at inception, LIRMM settled in a brand new building (Building 4 in the UM Saint Priest Campus) in 1992. Over the years, the Lab’s three Departments experienced significant growth, and, in 2012, its staff reached 380 members. A building extension was added, and a new facility dedicated to the Lab’s robotic activities was built (the ‘Tech Hall’ – Building 3 on the Saint Priest Campus).

Today, LIRMM is still headquartered in its original Building 4 location, but its more than 400 Lab members are spread over several facilities, including Building 5 of the Saint Priest Campus, the new School of Medicine building in Montpellier and the University of Perpignan.


Last update on 15/06/2020