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François Pierrot, research director specializing in industrial robots and winner of the 2011 Innovation Medal

François Pierrot, from the Montpellier Laboratory of Computer Science, Robotics and Microelectronics, has already created several revolutionary robots. One of these is used on production lines for solar panels and in the food industry (this patent was bought by the leading American industrial robotics company), another is capable of performing three-dimensional ultrasounds, and a third is skillful enough to harvest skin for grafting. Currently, François Pierrot is involved in several projects in collaboration with a Spanish company, the Tecnalia foundation, for which he opened a regional office in Montpellier four years ago.

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