Scientific adviser to the Research Department, INRIA On 1st March 2007, Laurent Romary is appointed as scientific adviser to the Research Department for linguistic computer science and scientific and technical information. Laurent Romary graduated from Supelec before becoming a CNRS researcher and then INRIA Research Director. Between 1997 and 2004, he directed the Language and Dialogue project at Loria, leading research activities in the fields of man-machine communication and language processing. His involvement in the standardisation of linguistic resources led him to chair the ISO’s TC 37/SC 4 committee in 2002, before taking up the functions of Scientific Information Director at CNRS in 2005. He has been Director of the Max-Planck Digital Library. Laurent Romary has been appointed as the chairman of the scientific board of TEI (Text Encoding Intitiative) in January 2008.