<P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG>The Optimod&#8217;Lyon project</STRONG> is developing an information platform that will optimise mobility of people and goods in the Greater Lyon area by 2014. This project involves&nbsp;<A title="" href="http://grandlyon.com/" target=_blank>Greater Lyon</A>, several regional research centres, IBM and the <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/lutb-pole-competitivite-europeen/index,p,101,FR.jsp" target=_blank>Lyon Urban Truck &amp; Bus</A>&nbsp;competitiveness cluster.</P> <P><BR>Christine Solnon, professor of IT at <A title="" href="http://www.insa-lyon.fr/" target=_blank>Insa-Lyon</A>, and researcher at&nbsp;<A title="" href="http://liris.cnrs.fr/?set_language=fr" target=_blank>Liris (Image and Information Systems IT Laboratory)</A> which is attached to the <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/adm1n/editor/www.cnrs.fr" target=_blank>CNRS</A>,&nbsp;has just received a&nbsp;<A title="" href="http://www.research.ibm.com/university/innovation/" target=_blank><STRONG>Faculty Award</STRONG> </A>for her work on the optimisation of delivery rounds. The international award is attributed by the IT giant IBM after a panel of expert judges selects the most innovative work carried out in partnership with the company. The researcher&#8217;s objective is to define the ideal delivery round, not just in terms of the route taken by the delivery person, but also with regard to the timing of deliveries. Christine Solnon hopes that her work on optimisation will enable <STRONG>savings to be made on</STRONG>&nbsp;<A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/energie_solaire_environnement/developpement-entreprise,p,219,FR.jsp" target=_blank><STRONG>energy consumption</STRONG></A>: &#8220;It&#8217;s a societal problem that is close to my heart&#8221;.<BR></P>