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Digital transition


Digital technology has brought about significant changes in our lives and in our ways of working. These changes touch on research in the areas of both digital sciences and the uses and acceptance of digital technology, involving multi-disciplinary research in Humanities and Social Sciences. This area of research makes it possible, for example, to observe the uses of ICT and to provide OPEN DATA to citizens.  


The thematic spectrum of digital technology covers the study of collaborative networks, the design of distributed communication systems (infrastructures, communicating objects and frugal data centers), cybersecurity, defense and resilience of complex systems, the design and production of electronic devices for communications and signal processing, data mining and augmented or immersive visualization, artificial intelligence, constraint programming and operations research for data models and decision support, and advanced software design, as well as robotics, control and human-machine interaction.


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Chaires (French research consortia)

A few of our partners

  • GIS CORMORANTmarine technology
  • GIS M@RSOUINuse of ICT
  • GIS VITTORIA, big data & santé
  • LabEx CominLabs Bretagne/Pays de la Loire
  • LabCom ATOL with THALES
  • LabCom ADMIRE with Evolucare Technologie
  • LabCom CRC-LAB with CRC Services
  • IRL CROSSING with NAVAL Group & 3 Australian universities
Research projets
Intelligence Artificielle sur l’Activité Policière

"Intelligent" video surveillance, facial recognition, predictive mapping, etc. are all devices that renew police action. They are supposed to build “safe cities” / “safe cities” thanks to the contributions of artificial intelligence (AI). Three main questions articulate the research:

1) Following the hypothesis of a "scientification" of police knowledge, we will wonder how algorithmic processes change the modes of knowledge and representation of crime phenomena: do we go from a police of information to "big data policing"?

2) Do these tools lead public security policies towards predictive action or are they above all tools for rationalizing police activity (by providing the police hierarchy with more precise indicators on the action field police officers)?

3) Finally, it is a question of analyzing how the debate on AI tools for urban security purposes – raising strong issues of public freedoms and the protection of personal data – pushes researchers and IT developers to integrate political and social issues into their scientific and technical productions.

Home service Operations Planning with EmployeeS preferences and uncertainty

The HOPES project funded by the ANR 2021 with 270 KE is led by a young researcher RESTREPO RUIZ Maria-Isabel on the planning of work schedules and employee rounds over a multi-period horizon for home-based services. HOPES will propose innovative decision support tools to solve these complex problems by taking into account work rules, individual preferences and different sources of uncertainty. To do so, we will rely on the formulation and design of new optimization approaches integrating techniques from data science and deterministic and stochastic optimization. Instead of proposing a method that works only for a specific application, HOPES aims to propose a general framework that can be extended to solve different variants of the problem. The decision support tools developed are expected to improve the quality of service for users, the well-being of employees, and to improve the planning and execution of home service operations.

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Elagage de réseaux de neurones

The ProPruNN project aims to use structured pruning in a  hardware-algorithm co-design methodology to improve hardware  implementation of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs). The first  sub-hypothesis of the project suggests that designing hardware  architectures that take advantage of structured pruning leads to  significant gains in latency, throughput, and power metrics. However,  this may be complicated in more complex networks like ResNets and  DenseNets, which require rearrangements after filter removal. The second  sub-hypothesis is that it is possible to predict the performance of  pruned networks in terms of accuracy and power, throughput, and latency  metrics. The final sub-hypothesis is that prediction models can be used  to design state-of-the-art networks and push the Pareto frontier of  accuracy vs implementation performances of current literature. The project aims to improve the results of this method by  using a finer and more efficient pruning approach.

An integrated observation system for sustainable ocean management EuroSea

EuroSea works to improve the European ocean observing and forecasting system in a global context.

Horizon 2020
Scientific Large-scale Infrastructure for Computing/Communication Experimental Studies - Preparatory Phase

SLICES is a unique initiative in the digital sciences. It aims to provide a large-scale scientific instrument to support research activities addressing issues around the design and management of digital infrastructures. SLICES entered the ESFRI roadmap at the end of 2021, successfully moving from the design phase to the preparation phase. More importantly, the vibrant SLICES community is growing, attracting increasing interest and support from key players in research and industry. SLICES-PP ("preparatory phase") addresses all key issues concerning the legal, financial, and technical issues leading to the establishment of the new SLICES research infrastructure and securing the commitment of the Member States/Associated Countries to its long-term operation and use in all fields of science.

Horizon Europe
Mapping Media for Future Democracies

To set out future-proof pathways to strengthen democracy through improving accountability, transparency and effectiveness of media production and expanding active and inclusive citizenship, the project aims to clarify the extent to which European media perform their democratic functions. By applying an innovative multi-method design the project will cover (1) perspectives of both representative and participatory notions of democracy as they exist in European societies, (2) the entire range of news media, regardless of distribution channel, ownership and source of financing, (3) the legal and (self-)regulatory framework under which media houses and journalism operate, (4) the media's potential to promote and support political participation (supply side), and (5) the media use patterns, communication needs and democratic attitudes of the audiences (demand side) in the EU Member States.

Horizon Europe
Privacy Aware and Privacy Preserving Distributed and Robust Machine Learning for Medical Applications

While machine learning (ML) can lead to great advancements with respect to digital services and applications in the field of medicine, the training process based on real medical patient data is blocked by the fact that uncontrolled access to and exposure of such assets is not allowed by data protection legislation. The EU-funded PAROMA-MED project aims to develop novel technologies, tools, services and architectures for patients, health professionals, data scientists and health domain businesses so that they will be able to interact in the context of data and ML federations according to legal constraints and with complete respect to data owners rights from privacy protection to fine grained governance, without performance and functionality penalties of ML/AI workflows and applications.

Horizon Europe
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Digital Innovation Hub Bretagne

One-stop shop to accelerate the digitization and Cybersecurity of SMEs/MCs/PSOs through training, test before invest, support to find investment and EU networking services

Digital Europe Programme
Five pillars to DECARBOnize the last MILE logistics

Gathering 31 partners from 10 different countries, DECARBOMILE aims to trigger an unprecedented improvement of the green last mile logistics in Europe. To reach that goal, DECARBOMILE relies on a strong experience of decarbonating urban logistics through European initiatives such as CIVITAS. Partners will build upon all previous results to develop improved delivery methods, tools and methodologies, and implement them across Europe.

Horizon Europe
Training the Next Generation of Experts in Scalable Low-Code Engineering Platforms

The MSCA ITN 2018 project Lowcomote will train a generation of experts that will upgrade the current trend of Low-code development platforms (LCPDs) to a new paradigm, Lowcode Engineering Platforms (LCEPs).

Horizon 2020
Edito-Model Lab
Underlying models for the European DIgital Twin Ocean - EDITO-Model Lab

EDITO-Model Lab will prepare the next generation of ocean models, complementary to Copernicus Marine Service to be integrated into the EU public infrastructure of the European Digital Twin Ocean [j1] (EDITO) that will ensure access to required input and validation data (from EMODnet, EuroGOOS, ECMWF, Copernicus Services and Sentinels satellite observations) and to high performance and distributed computing facilities (from EuroHPC for High Performance Computing and other cloud computing resources) and that will be consolidated under developments of Destination Earth (DestinE).

Horizon Europe
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AI-aided FEC code design & decoding

Develop skills in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and to explore how learning techniques can contribute to the improvement of code design methods (by using less parameters, more relevant heuristics, producing stronger codes) and decoders (better performance, reduced complexity or energy consumption), on selected scenarios of practical interest for which a full theoretical understanding is still lacking.

Projet ANR
e-VITA, EU-Japan virtual coach for smart ageing
EU-Japan virtual coach for smart ageing

The overall objective of e-VITA is to improve well-being in older adults in Europe and Japan  and thereby promote active and healthy ageing, contribute to independent living, and reduce risks of social exclusion of older adults. The multidisciplinary consortium collaborating in this project will develop an innovative ICT-based virtual coaching system to detect subtle changes in physical, cognitive, psychological and social domains of older adult’s daily life. The e-VITA virtual coach will thus provide personalized recommendations and interventions, for sustainable wellbeing in a smart living environment at home.

Horizon 2020
Turbo decoding with Less Energy, Area and more Parallelism for higher throughput

The third (3G) and fourth (4G) generation wireless communication systems brought forth the mobile internet which changed our society. The fifth generation wireless communication (5G) and beyond 5G (B5G) systems will also bring their share of society changing technologies, like mobile virtual and augmented reality made possible through high-speed fixed wireless broadband connections.

Projet ANR
xCALE : eXplaining Competency and Autonomy development in Learning Environments
eXplaining Competency and Autonomy development in Learning Environments

xCALE is a research project funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR – the French National Research Agency) that will last 42 months and start in april 2021. It gathers the strength of Lab-STICC, LS2N, CREAD and France-IOI.

Projet ANR
Statistical ChAracterization of multi-scaLE complex Systems with information theory

Statistical physics shows strong benefits when describing multi-scale complex systems such as: fluid turbulence, climate or neural signals.  In particular, Information Theory exhibits strong potentialities in the study of complex systems due to its power to characterize non-linear behaviors. Moreover in the last years, AI models have been strongly developed to deal with a large number of scientific questions, and more particularly complex systems. Thus, SCALES proposes to combine this IT framework with AI models to characterize interactions among the scales of complex systems.

Projet ANR
Build digital twins of a critical subsystem composed of humans and cobots in a collaborative task for application in the smart factory of the future

Industry of the Future is characterized by smart automation and connectivity, flexible and adaptive processes, as well as sustainable manufacturing practices.

To realize this ambitious vision, system models that aggregate individual digital models of components or subsystems (digital twins) and processes need to be developed to enable companies to meet the demands of the new industrial economic paradigm. The term “digital twin” is recent but the underlying concepts are not new. Digital twins have been shown to provide real benefits to the production life cycles of companies.


Projet Carnot ou Inter-Carnot
AI-augmented automation for efficient DevOps, a model-based framework for continuous development At RunTime in cyber-physical systems

The major objective of the AIDOaRt project is to provide a model-based framework to more efficiently support the continuous software and system engineering of large and complex Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) via AI-augmentation.

Horizon 2020
Modelling the Induction of Social Stress in Immersive Virtual rEatity Simulations

Social anxiety is a global problem with significant personal and societal costs. Virtual reality makes it possible to consider new treatment alternatives, in particular for exposure therapy: a practitioner can gradually confront patients with the situations that are problematic to them. In this context, it is important to afford fine control over the stress experienced by the patient in these virtual situations. However, the parameters - and their interactions - influencing the amount and nature of the stress experienced in these interactions are still poorly understood.

Projet ANR
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LeArning and robuSt deciSIon SupporT systems for agile mANufacTuring environments

ASSISTANT's main objective is to develop a collection of intelligent digital twins that will automatically adapt to the manufacturing environment. These digital twins will assist in the design and operation of a complex, collaborative, reconfigurable, mixed/multi-model production system based on data collected by IoT devices.

Horizon 2020
Towards Public Blockchain for Self-Sovereign Identities

BC4SSI aims at studying and developing new public Blockchain paradigm to handle SSI with the weakest model assumptions.