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Chair CESI-Cisco-VINCI Energies

Today, only 1% of all objects are connected, which allows us to glimpse major changes in our lifestyles, consumption, production methods or corporate collaboration. In order to accompany these changes, CESI and Cisco, the world leader in network connectivity for the Internet, created in March 2015 a CESI-Cisco teaching and research chair entitled “Tomorrow’s Industries and Services”.

The activities of this Chair are structured around themes such as digital innovation, the factory of the future, connected objects, intelligent buildings and intelligent cities. In March 2017, Vinci Energies, a major player in industry and the tertiary sector, strengthened this partnership. The research issues currently being addressed concern distributed data architectures and processing, or the uses of virtual reality applied to our two application areas. The chair also supports the development of our “Building of the Future” and “Factory of the Future” platforms.

Several actions are to its credit:

  • The implementation of the Building of the Future demonstrator in 2016 and 2017 and its operation in the training and research areas since 2018,
  • A PhD thesis on data analysis and fog manufacturing for industry entitled “Distributed real-time processing in industrial cyber-physical systems” (2017 – 2020),
  • Research work on the uses of Virtual Reality for industry.
  • The TIGA (Territoire d’Innovation de Grandes Ambitions) project led by the Rouen Normandie Metropolis “Rouen Normandie intelligent mobility for all – For an integrated system of multimodal and carbon-free mobility”. 2018 – 2029. o The implementation of the I4CA project – Antenna of the Chair on the Reims site (2016-2018).

Chair City of the Future and Circular Economy

To meet environmental, societal and economic needs, our buildings will in the future be reversible, mutable and adaptable. This evolution of the building and the city must respond to the principle of circular economy. The digitisation and industrialisation of construction can accompany this change and make it accessible and more efficient.

To meet these challenges raised by the city of the future, it is important to support the territories and industrial players in terms of training, research and innovation. This is why CESI and the ESSOR Group created the “City of the Future and Circular Economy” teaching and research chair in June 2019. 

The activities of this Chair are structured around topics such as : 

  • The city and the building of the future
  • Urban change and environmental impacts
  • The circular economy
  • Dynamic BIM and digital twins
  • Simulation 4.0

Several actions are planned: co-financing of theses and research placements, organisation of thematic research and innovation events, etc. In this framework, a first CIFRE thesis entitled “Predictive analysis and BIM in the context of the intelligent and sustainable city” is being set up.

Chair Robotics-by-Design

CESI joined the consortium of the Robotics-by-Design Lab chair, supported by Strate Design School. This is a multidisciplinary research program combining mainly design, robotics and human sciences and entitled “AI, Robots & Humans? Ecologies of Living Together”.

The ambition of the chair is to create a platform of experimentation to question in the short, medium and longer terms the place of social robotics and artificial intelligence in society. This includes imagining life scenarios, understanding the fundamental transition we are experiencing with robotics and AI, and experimenting with ways of relating these new technologies to the world. The purpose of the Robotics-by-Design Lab is to create new technologies for living together, to foster innovations that make sense and that will be seen as opportunities rather than suffered.

The consortium currently brings together five industrial partners: the robotics start-up Spoon, Korian (European leader in retirement homes), BNP Paribas Cardif (world leader in loan insurance), SNCF, as well as the engineering, innovation and design consulting firm frog-Altran. As well as three academic partners (Strate Design School, ENSTA Paris of the Institut Polytechnique and CESI) and renowned international researchers such as Stéphane Vial, Professor of Design at the University of Nîmes and at the School of Design of the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQÀM), Luisa Damiano, Professor in Epistemology of Science, Ethics and Philosophy of Social Robots at the University of Messina in Italy and Gentiane Venture, Professor in Robotics in Japan at TUAT University in Tokyo.

The chair will notably host industrial theses, including one that has just been launched between CESI and SNCF entitled “Ikigai” robotics, a major lever for the involvement of agents in their work, guaranteeing high industrial performance”. It aims to adopt a differentiating approach for the integration of robotics in industrial production systems, based on commitment and not only on the notions of Performance, Skills, Health and Safety of operators. The objective is to analyse the motivational dynamics (individual and collective) of railway maintenance workers in order to design robotic systems and organisation that will strengthen the sense of work and commitment of the actors.