Organization and Contacts


Didier Auroux earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis in 2003. Prior to that, he pursued his education at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon from 1997 to 2001. Serving as a lecturer at the Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3 from 2004 to 2008, he later assumed the role of a professor of applied mathematics at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, now Université Côte d'Azur, starting in 2009. Presently, he holds the position of director at the Center of Modeling, Simulation, and Interactions (MSI).

His research interests focus on numerical methods and their diverse applications, including data assimilation, geophysics, image processing, as well as broader domains such as scientific computing, optimal control, and inverse problems. His ongoing work involves the development of fast algorithms, based on observers, to facilitate parameter estimation and trajectory identification. This extends to calibrating models of fluid flows and forecasting their evolution with precision.

Former MSI Director (2016- 2023)
Prof. Stéphane Descombes

Steering Committee

Invited Members

Scientific Committee Director [TBN]

Valeria NEGLIA, MSI Project Manager

Steering Committee Former Members (2017-2022)
Scientific Committee

The scientific Committee is a scientific and technological advisory body

Executive Committee
  • Didier AUROUX, MSI Director
  • Scientific Committee Director [TBN]
  • Valeria NEGLIA, MSI Project Manager


Maeva Antoine, senior engineer, scientific computing referent
+33 (0)4 89 15 15 76
Petit Valrose, Avenue Joseph Vallot, 06100 Nice

Maeva Antoine obtained a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in 2015. Her thesis focused on load balancing in distributed systems. In September 2019, Maeva was recruited by the MSI as HPC Systems Administrator of Azzurra, the Université Côte d'Azur Computing Center.

Marco Milanesio, senior engineer, technology referent
Marco Milanesio
Marco Milanesio

Marco Milanesio earned his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Turin (Italy) in 2010, with a thesis on "Layering Multi-Purpose Applications over Structured and Dependable P2P Systems". During his PhD, he worked on the security aspects of distributed systems, their architectures and features.

From 2011 to 2017, he was research engineer at Eurecom in the "Network and Security" (until 2016) and "Data Science" departments, where he worked on several topics: network performance measurements, QoE / QoS, distributed storage, virtualization, time series analysis and forecasting.

He joined the MSI in September 2017.

Project Manager

Valeria Neglia
Valeria Neglia
Valeria Neglia

+33 (0)6 07 53 25 84 (mobile phone number)
+33 (0)4 89 15 09 84 (landline phone number)
Université Côte d'Azur, Résidence Universitaire l'Alvéole
1 Chemin Bessi, 06100 Nice

Since April 2017, Valeria Neglia (MSc in Philosophy) is the Project Manager of the Center of Modeling, Simulation and Interactions (MSI) at Université Côte d'Azur.

To Contact the MSI

Valeria Neglia, Project Manager
E-mail : 
Mobile phone number: +33 (0)6 07 53 25 84
Landline phone number : +33 (0)4 89 15 09 84
1 Chemin Bessi, 06100 Nice, France

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