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Description générée automatiquement              Vincent  RIALLE, PhD


                                                         Senior lecturer and hospital practitioner emeritus


Health, Artificial Intelligence, and Digital era

Gerontology and Silver economy

Psychiatry and precariousness

Total innovation and sustainability







I am senior lecturer and hospital practitioner emeritus at the University Grenoble Alpes (UGA), France. I received a PhD degree in Biomedical engineering in 1987, and a second PhD degree in Biomedical Ethics in 2007 (Université Paris Descartes). I am member of the research team ‘Autonomy, Gerontology, eHealth, Imaging & Society’ (AGEIS EA #7407, UGA).

After a 36-year career (1980-2016) at the University Hospital of Grenoble Alpes in the field of artificial intelligence and medical informatics, I have dedicated myself since 2016 to active reflection, teaching, and targeted action-research in the social and medico-social fields. I teach artificial intelligence and the digital age in its foundations and its impacts on society and on ourselves, from the local to the global levels (10-hour course at the Université Inter-Âge du Dauphiné [UIAD]). My research-action works are situated at the crossroads of psychosocial clinic, gerontology and public policies in the field of poverty, always with a critical and constructive look at the issue of the digital tools regarding behaviors and humaneness.


Previous career and investment.

During my 36 years career at UHGA, my professional activities including teaching, research, hospital practice, and various responsibilities, were entirely devoted to artificial intelligence in healthcare, with a special focus on ethics and gerontechnology (science and technology for homecare and autonomy, with a special focus on smart homes and intelligent remote monitoring, social connectedness, users’ and stakeholders’ needs, participative design, cognitive modelling, and multidisciplinary evaluation of technology and ICT-based services). I was also head of a public health unit entitled ‘Alzheimer’s, Technology, and Sanitary and Social Interventional Methods’ (ATMISS) from 2008 to 2016.

I have published over 200 peer-reviewed journals and congress communications, and have directed or co-directed numerous national or international research projects for over 35 years. I have served as advisor to about 100 PhD students, MS students, post-doctoral fellows, undergraduates in computer and biomedical science.

I developed an ethics of technology for health and aging anchored in four complementary values:

· first, the ability of eHealth and technology creation to contribute to the quality of life of individuals, elders and  caregivers empowerment, information and therapeutic education, coordination and harmonization of home care interventions, the emergence of innumerable innovative initiatives and services for supporting patient autonomy, caregivers’ burden alleviation, social connectedness, and global health system efficiency;

· second, the potentials of efficient and well accepted technology to instil attractiveness to medical and social professions;

· third, their potentials regarding patient education, relationship-centred care, time and cost reductions, efficiency gains, safety, security, and thus to provide solutions to the increasing challenges of worldwide population ageing, medical deserts development, population impoverishing, etc.

· fourth, the absolute need to subordinate the whole technological development of ehealth and gerontechnology (design, use, assessment) to democracy, public debate, and the series of ethics (ethics of care, biomedical ethics, ethics of specific health and service professions…) in order to counter the drift towards a dehumanized world enslaved by technology, and obsessed by short term profitability reserved to a handful of people.






Doctor in biomedical ethics

Dissertation title: Technology and Alzheimer's disease: assessing the feasibility of innovative technology use to assist family caregivers and to compensate dementia deficit of the Alzheimer kind (in Fr)

University Paris-Descartes


Doctor in Biological and Medical Engineering

Dissertation title: [Extraction de connaissances expertes dans un domaine médical incertain, incomplet et évolutif : étude des méthodes existantes et proposition d'une méthodologie nouvelle] (in French)

University Grenoble I



Habilitation thesis to supervise student research

Dissertation title: Decision and Cognition in Biomedicine : Models and Intergration (in French)

University Grenoble I


Master in Applied Mathematics for the Social Sciences

Fr: Diplôme d’études Approfondie en Mathématiques Appliquées aux Sciences Humaines et Sociales

University Grenoble II


Master in Prospective and Science Policy

Fr: Diplôme d’études Approfondie in Prospective et Politique Scientifiques

University Grenoble II


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP                                                                                                                   




Senior lecturer & medical practitionner

In medical computer science, technology, and ageing

Universitary Hospital of Grenoble University Grenoble Alpes


Assistant professor, lecturer

Section CNU 27 (informatique)

University Grenoble I

Universitary Hospital of Grenoble



·  Member of the Associated Team #7407 AGEIS ‘Autonomy, Gerontology, eHealth, Imaging & Society’, University Grenoble Alpes, currently.

·  Former President of the Francophone Chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology, 2016-2018.

·  Former Head of the Hospital unit ATMISS (Alzheimer’s, Technology, and Sanitary and Social Interventional Methods) University Hospital of Grenoble, France, 2007-2016.

·  Former President of the French Society of Technology for Autonomy and Gerontechnology (SFTAG), 2013-2016.

·  Former Head of the Gerontechnology specialty of the Master "Vieillissement, Sociétés, Technologies", 2012-2016.

·  Former Member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Health (KIC EIT Health) in France (KIC EIT Health France)

·  Former Member of the Scientific Board of France Alzheimer, 2009-2010, 2015-2017

·  Former Member of the Scientific Board of the ‘Fondation de l’Avenir’ (fondation abritée Paul Bennetot), 2015-2017

·  Former Member of the Social Sciences for Dementia network, of the Fondation Médéric Alzheimer, 2015-2016

·  Formerly entitled to be doctoral advisor in the Doctoral Program in Cognitive Informatics, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM).