Laetitia Giraldi


INRIA Permanent Researcher

INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée
Team/équipe McTAO
B.P. 93 -- 06902 Sophia Antipolis cedex -- France

  laetitia.giraldi at inria dot fr
+33 (0) 4 92 38 71 76



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Brief bio

Since October 2015, I am permanent researcher in the team McTAO at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis. I am also member of Laboratory J. A. Dieudonné.

From October 2014 to September 2015, I hold a “Jacques Hadamard” postdoctoral research position at Mathematics laboratory (UMA) of Ecole nationale supérieure des techniques avancées (ENSTA–Paristech), France where I  worked with Frédéric Jean on geometric control theory.

From October 2013 to September 2014, I was postdoc at UMPA, ENS de Lyon in the group of Vincent Calvez where I worked on cell growth modeling and analysis.

I did my Ph.D at Centre de Mathématiques Appliquées de l'Ecole Polytechnique, under the supervision of François Alouges. My Ph.D dealt with Mathematical methods for swimming at low Reynolds number (pdf).

Research interests

My research lies in the following areas of mathematics: control theory, theory of PDEs and numerical analysis.

In particular, I am interested in
My research is applied in biology and engineering, in particular to the following areas:

Contributions in international refereed journals    

    - [11] L. Giraldi, P. Lissy, C. Moreau, J.-B. Pomet. Addendum to ``Local Controllability of the Two-link Magneto-Elastic Micro-Swimmer''. Accepted in IEEE Trans. Autom. Control 2017 (pdf).

    - [10] F. Alouges, A. DeSimone, L. Giraldi, M. Zoppello. Purcell magneto-elastic swimmer controlled by an external magnetic field. Accepted Proc. IFAC 20th World Congress, Toulouse, 2017 (pdf).

    - [9] T. Chambrion, L. Giraldi, A. Munnier. Optimal strokes for driftless swimmers: A general geometric approach. Accepted ESAIM: COCV, 2016 (pdf).

    - [8] L. Giraldi, J.-B. Pomet. Local controllability of the two-link magneto-elastic swimmer. Accepted in IEEE Trans. Autom. Control, 2015 (pdf).

    - [7] P. Bettiol, B. Bonnard, L. Giraldi, P. Martinon, J. Rouot. The three links Purcell swimmer and some geometric problems related to periodic optimal controls. Rad. Ser. Comp. App,18, 2015 (pdf).

    - [6] F. Alouges, A. DeSimone, L. Giraldi, M. Zoppello. Can magnetic multilayers propel micro-swimmers mimicking sperm cells? Soft Robotics2(3): 117-128, 2015 (pdf).

    - [5] L. Giraldi, P. Martinon, M. Zoppello. Optimal design of the three-link Purcell swimmer. Phys. Rev. E, 91: 023012, 2015 (pdf).

    - [4]
D. Gérard-Varet, L. Giraldi. Rough wall effect on micro-swimmers. ESAIM: COCV, 21: 3, 2015 (pdf).

    - [3] L. Giraldi, P. Martinon, M. Zoppello. Controllability and optimal strokes for N-link micro-swimmer. 52nd IEEE Conf. Decis. Control, Firenze, Italy 2013 (pdf).

    - [2] F. Alouges, A. DeSimone, L. Giraldi, M. Zoppello. Self-propulsion of slender micro-swimmers by curvature control: N-link swimmers. Int. J. Nonlinear Mech., 56:132--141, 2013 (pdf).

    - [1] F. Alouges, L. Giraldi, ''Enhanced controllability of low Reynolds number swimmers in the presence of a wall'', Acta Appl. Math. 128:153--179, 2013, (pdf)

Preprints submitted to international refereed journals

    - [1] V. Calvez, L. Giraldi. Pattern selection in a biomechanical model for the growth of walled cells. Submitted, 2015 (pdf).

Book chapters

    [2] F. Alouges, A. DeSimone, L. Giraldi, P. Martinon, M. Zoppello. Optimal control for slender microswimmer. Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Ingeneering. Springer Series. A Gerish, R. Penta, J. Lang. 2016.

    [1] L. Giraldi. How do sperm cells swim?. Brèves de maths Mathématiques de la planète terre. Nouveau Monde editions, 2014.

Selected Talks


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    2013-2014: MathaLyon (see here)

    2010-2013:     2008-2010:


Last update: March, 2017