Vincent  RIALLE, PdD


Senior lecturer and hospital practitioner emeritus








Born in 1951, France



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). After a 36 years career at University Grenoble Alpes and of the Grenoble Alpes University Hospital (GAUH) (1980-2016, in the domain of medical artificial intelligence, with a special focus on ethics and gerontechnology), I act now as counsellor in two complementary domains: First, innovative technology and services for old people and patients with moderate to severe cognitive impairment; Second, emerging forms of collaborative life for health and autonomy of frail elders, including topics such as smart-cities, sharing economy, and cloud-based platforms for medical and social coordination, medication management, daily health activities, etc.

In the last twenty years of my career at UGA and GAUH, my professional activities, including teaching, research, hospital practice, and various responsibilities, were entirely devoted to the science and technology for homecare, autonomy, and longevity, with a special focus on 'smart' homes and intelligent remote monitoring, social connectedness, users’ and stakeholders’ needs, participative design, cognitive modelling, barrier free technology, 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.

In the UGA, I am still member of a research team called AGEIS (Autonomy, Gerontology, eHealth, Imaging & Society: EA #7407) namely devoted to gerontechnology research.

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 develop 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).