The Japanese-French Laboratory for Informatics is an International Research Laboratory (IRL 3527) between three French institutions (CNRS, Sorbonne University and INRIA) and three Japanese institutions (NII, University of Tokyo and Keio University). It was first created on January 1st, 2009 as an International Associated Laboratory ("LIA" in CNRS terminology) by 5 partner institutions: CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – National Center for Scientific Research, France), UPMC (University Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6, which became Sorbonne University in January 2018), National Institute of Informatics (Japan), University of Tokyo and Keio University. It became a Joint International Unit ("UMI" in CNRS terminology) with the same partners on January 1st, 2012, and in October 2012, INRIA joined JFLI as a new partner.
On the basis of existing scientific cooperation between Japan and France, 5 topics were selected for their potential for fruitful collaborative research:
- Next Generation Internet: measurement and modeling, mobile networks, ad hoc networks, sensor networks, ambient intelligence & ubiquitous computing.
- Grid Computing and High Performance Computing: programming paradigms and languages for next-generation supercomputers, algorithms for scientific computations, iterative methods and auto-tuning, cloud computing, runtime systems for heterogeneous machines, management of large data.
- Software, Programming Models and Formal Methods: software verification and validation, formal methods, information security, engineering of ambient intelligence, constraint programming.
- Virtual Reality and Multimedia: virtual reality, interfaces and interaction, multimedia content analysis and retrieval, digital contents.
- Quantum Computing: quantum cryptography and communication, quantum algorithms, entanglement for novel quantum informational tasks, feasibility of large scale quantum computation and communication.