Research Laboratories in relation with GEI Departement


The permanent teachers of the GEI department are conducting research mostly at LAAS-CNRS laboratory.  Each year, research-oriented end-of-study internships are offered at LAAS, which can lead to a 3-years PhD program. Some teachers are also attached individually to IMT, IRIT and LPCNO.

Some Examples of Research Areas

More robust chips: The A380 is the first plane in which the use of the laptop is allowed, because the electronic components used are resistant to waves. But in a military aircraft type A400 M, chips can be the target of electromagnetic attacks and must be even more efficient. Alexandre Boyer & Sonia Ben Dhia have developed methodologies and software to accelerate the development of new chips by predicting their level of emission and their susceptibility to interference. Continuing education courses are also offered.

Objects with improved communication. As part of the development of the factory of the future and smart cities, it becomes necessary to develop new communication architectures but also software capable of providing the necessary services for the exploitation of objects. Thierry Monteil develops a software layer for connected objects called OM2M (Open Platform for Machine to Machine), distributed worldwide by the Open Source Eclipse Foundation and used in research, teaching and industry.

Aircraft Maintenance Facilitated: When a plane lands suddenly, structures can be damaged by microcracks. Locating these is a major safety issue. But automated monitoring has so far required the deployment of kilometers of cables. Daniela Dragomirescu and his team have designed a pioneering prototype in Europe of sensors that communicate wirelessly and can be integrated into patches easy to position. A means of continuously identifying faults, a considerable time saving for maintenance teams.

Improved computer security: The coexistence of military and civilian applications in satellites, and critical applications and other less sensitive in aircraft, poses security problems. But it also allows significant cost reductions. It is therefore essential to design protective mechanisms to control interactions and to control associated risks. This is the goal of the work of Eric Alata and Vincent Nicomette, in partnership with Airbus.
Ultra-sensitive alarms: They protected Picasso's paintings at the Musée d'Orsay. Discreet, wireless, equipped with sophisticated micro-sensors, they locate any abnormal movement and warn owners by SMS in case of intrusion. The technology of these innovative alarms was developed by Jean-Yves Fourniols and his team, taking inspiration from the micro-sensors designed by the airbags. It has been patented in partnership with the company Tag Technologies which now produces them in series.
"Honey pots" to spy on hackers: On average, a connected computer is attacked after ten minutes. The pirates act in band, with the help of robots. And infiltrated computers are turned into weapons that are used for cluster attacks against organizations subject to
blackmail ... Eric Alata and Vincent Nicomette have designed a "honeypot", computer apparently ordinary but that allows to study the assaults. Their research is of great interest to corporate security managers.

Voice Therapy. Etienne Sicard, husband of a speech therapist, has put his skills in signal processing for the rehabilitation of people with voice and speech problems. He invented and developed a software allowing them to "see" in real time and evaluate their sound productions. Vocalab & Diadolab have become bestsellers, used daily by more than 3,000 speech therapists in France.


Update ES July 11, 2018