Patrice Aknin manages the scientific arm of the Institute by supporting and assisting its scientific growth and coordinating relationships with its partners in public research and higher education. A PhD of Université Paris-Sud and “Habilitation à diriger des Recherches” of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Cachan, his career was one of research at Inrets, later known as Ifsttar (French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Developpement and Networks). In 2008 he was appointed Research Director at Ifsttar. In 2013, he was appointed Scientific Director of the SNCF in the Innovation & Research division, in charge of the group’s doctoral studies, academic partnerships, expert network and innovative design. He is currently a professor at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.