Hélène Kirchner


Director of International Relations at Inria

Affiliation: Inria

Address Inria Domaine de Voluceau - Rocquencourt BP 105 - 78153 Le Chesnay Cedex France

Secretary Julie Pomponne: (+33) (0)1 39 63 52 38

Phone (+33) (0)1 39 63 50 58

Fax (+33) (0) 1 39 63 50 80

E-mail Helene.Kirchner@inria.fr

International School on Rewriting



  • Grand Professor of TU Dresden Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden -CfAED

Research interests

Computation and deduction:
* rewrite systems and applications, term and graph rewriting, 
* constraint solving, combination of solvers or decision procedures, 
* theorem proving with constraints, strategies, deduction modulo.
Programming languages:
* algebraic and logic programming, constraint logic programming, 
* rule-based programming, compilation, 
* bio-chemical models.
Formal specifications, software validation, security:
* algebraic specifications, rewriting logic, 
* proofs of program properties, 
* security policies. 


Hélène Kirchner has obtained her PhD in Computer Science in 1982 and her Habilitation (These d'Etat) in 1985.
She entered CNRS in 1982 and became Research Director in 1995.
After leading the Protheo project from 1997 to 2000, she took the Direction of the joint laboratory LORIA and of the INRIA Lorraine research center(2001-2007).
From 2007 to 2010, she was on secondment at INRIA as Deputy Scientific Director. From september 2010, she is INRIA Scientific Director in charge of the Head of International Affairs Department.

She is member of the IFIP WG 1.6 (Term Rewriting),
co-editor of Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence,
member of the editorial board of Computing and Informatics and of Logical Methods in Computer Science (LMCS).

Her research is concerned with the design and development of safe software:
formal specifications, logic and automated deduction, program verification, with a special emphasis on deduction and computation by rewriting and strategies.
Since 2005, she applies these techniques to the design and verification of security policies, in particular to access control policies,
and to the modeling of bio-chemical processes with graph transformations.
In 2012, she has been selected as Grand Professor in the TU Dresden Cluster of Excellence CfAED - Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden.

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Director of Inria International Relations Department

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