Automation, CIM and IT (DAPI)

Alexandre Dolgui
Head of Departement, 02-51-85-81-15


Department structure and fields of research

Illustration-DAPI_medium.jpgThe Department of Automation, CIM and IT (DAPI) is part of the current revolution which is increasingly bringing IT and physics together in order to create suitable and adaptable systems making the best use of available resources while being mindful of sustainable development. We draw on a wide range of fundamental and applied skills from the mathematics, physics, IT and automation fields.

Our research and teaching is organised under three main themes:

  • Software engineering. The Ascola team (Aspects, Components and Languages) studies the basics of construction through the composition of cloud applications by targeting some of their fundamental properties, particularly in terms of safety and use of resources (processing power, energy). The Atlantic Models team also deals with challenges linked to correction and scaling but in the context of model driven engineering, with many industrial applications, for example, modernisation through retro-engineering and transformation of existing applications..
  • Optimisation and decision-making. The SLP team (Logistics and Production Systems) deals with the conception and optimisation of production systems and logistics and transport networks, the planning and scheduling of production and activities, and risk management for industrial systems and services. The TASC team (Theory and Applications of Constraint Systems) focuses on the theory and practice of combinatorial problem solving, a unifying and flexible paradigm combining optimisation and relaxation which allows dynamic constraints and business rules to be taken into account.
  • Cyber-physical systems. The Command team works on guaranteeing the performance and stability of a complex system despite model uncertainty or disruption, through a robust control law. This team deals specifically with applications in the area of transport, particularly electric or hybrid vehicles. The Robotics team develops theoretical and practical activities in bio robotics in the area of locomotion and perception, electric in particular. It also deals with the modelling, identification and command of high performance production robots.

The ASCOLA, Atlantic Models and TASC research teams are integrated into the UMR CNRS 6241 LINA (the Nantes-Atlantique Airport IT Lab) and the Command, Robotics and SLP teams are integrated into the UMR CNRS 6597 IRCCyN (The Nantes Institute of Research in Communications and Cybernetics).  The ASCOLA and TASC teams are also INRIA project-teams attached to the Rennes-Bretagne Atlantic Centre and Atlantic Models, a research centre team attached to this centre.

2015 key figures

44 national and international peer-reviewed magazine articles
78 national and international conferences and events
  7 theses presented
  3 accreditations for directing sponsored research

Effectif total :
110 members including:
  46 permanent or associate researchers and research professors

Turnover: € 2 615 K