Chaire M@D - Maintien à domicile


The Maintien@Domicile (M@D) chair, supported by the Bretagne-Sud University Foundation and the Mines-Télécom Foundation, was created in November 2017. The M@D chair is a project jointly led by ENSIBS (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de l'Université Bretagne-Sud) and IMT Atlantique, in partnerhip with the Kerpape rehabilitation center (Ploemeur)

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It's objective is to design, develop and test systems or services related to new technologies to enable people with disabilities or loss of autonomy to live at home for as long as possible.

The chair's website


A current social project

In a society that we want to be ever more inclusive, the question arises of the material and social conditions for maintaining people with disabilities (temporary or permanent) at home, including aging people.

To continue to stay at home as long a possible, despite a loss of autonomy, is a situation to wich most people sapire. The sole recourse to family and professional caregivers is now questioned because of the increasing number of needs and the cost involved. The solution can then be found in the instrumentation of habitats using home automation, robotic assistance, human-machine interaction devices, etc.

The Maintien@Domicile chair aims to explore this intelligent habitat by bringing together the worlds of research, busines, disability and loss of autonomy. Supported by the fondation Université Bretagne Sud and the fondation Mines Telecom, the chair is a space for reflection and innovation that relies on its own living labs at ENSIBS in Lorient and IMT Atlantique in Brest.

Inclusive housing, in four areas of work

Measuring activity to better understand habits, needs and detect emerging fragility

Connected and increasingly home-automated homes produce a large amount of data, the analysis of wich can provide a better undestanding of the daily life activities of their occupants. Thanks to this source of knowledge, it becomes possible to program automated scenarios to accompany daily routines. But also, health professionals or caregivers can be alerted to "anomalies or breaks in daily habits".

To allow daily gestures in complete safety

A person with a loss of autonomy who resides at home must be able to move around in the different rooms ans carry out daily activities in a secure environment. Various innovative solutions in terms of assistance are being developed ans tested particularly in the preparation of meals or in the prevention and detection of falls, or even for independent movement in the neighborhood.

Guarantee the security of data from a home automation environment

In a smart home, the use of data, from its collection to its transfer, must be done with the guarantee of confidentiality of information and security of the person. Work is being carried out on secure sensors and protocols, as well as on data management.

Compensating for isolation with robotic and digital solutions

A companion robot can provide a domestic presence and assistance in the daily life of vulnerable people. However, the development of this type of support device requires taking into account their mobility indoors, their control and interaction with all the equipment already present in the home, and of course their interaction with the user.


The assets of the chair

  • A melting pot of skills combining researchers, engineers, students, companies, communities and associations.
  • State-of-the-art research laboratories.
  • A research and innovation living'lab (ENSIBS) complementary to two Breton Health-Autonomy Living'Labs (LLSA), located at IMT Atlantique (Brest) and the Kerpape rehabilitation center (Ploemeur)
  • Measurement/testing campaigns in scaled environments.
  • A double academic support University of Southern Brittany - IMT Atlantique.
  • A collective dynamic - "Handicap Innovation Territoire" carried by Lorient agglomeration (Programme d'Investissement d'Avenir "Territoires d'Innovation")
  • Dual support from private and public partners

Local funding for inclusion

Due to the attractiveness of the project, the Chair benefits from the support of patrons (Hill Room, Mutuelle Générale, Orange, Crédit Agricole Finistère and Bretagne Sud Habitat) and the support of local authorities (Région Bretagne, Conseil départemental du Morbihan, Lorient Agglomération and Brest Métropole).

All with a common goal: "Together, let's innovate for the intelligent habitat".



Christophe LOHR

IMT Atlantique - Brest Campus - computer sciences department