The LIFL is a joint computer science research laboratory of the University Lille 1 and CNRS in partnership with the University Lille 3 and Inria. It was founded in 1983 and has been continuously expanding ever since. Its staff presently comprises more than 250 members - 120 lecturers and professors, 30 technicians and administratives, and more than 100 PhD students. The research at the LIFL is enhanced by researchers and projects of CNRS and Inria, the two major French research institutions in computer science:
Regionally, the LIFL cooperates with the research institute IRCICA created in 2001 with participation of the LIFL. IRCICA is Lille's research institute on components and systems for information and advanced communication.
The LIFL has numerous other industrial and academic partners on the international, national, and regional levels. The LIFL is already the most important computer science research institute in the North of France. In the near future, it aims at creating a center of excellence in computer science with its regional and national partners.