SAHNOUN M’hammed


Dr. M’hammed Sahnoun is a researcher lecturer in the LINEACT laboratory of the CESI Group. Dr. Sahnoun has co-supervised eight PhD students on several topics related to the simulation and optimization of complex systems such as the dynamic scheduling of flexible manufacturing systems, the multi-objective optimization of wireless sensor placement, distributed supervision of flexible manufacturing systems using mobile robots, and waste collection. He managed and coordinated two Interreg European projects (CoRoT and UV-robot).

Currently, he is director of three PhD students in France, working on the management of human actions in the manufacturing systems, the integration of robotic systems in industry, and the interactions between humans and robots in shared working space. He is also involved in the supervision of two PhD students in collaboration with Algerian universities working on the de maintenance pipelines and the development of human-machine interactions. His research work is organized in two main axes: manufacturing systems in the context of industry 5.0 and the optimization of renewable energy production (wind farms and methanation systems).  He holds Habilitation to supervise research (HDR) in industrial engineering from Normandy university (April 2019), a PhD in Automation from University of Lorraine (October 2007), a Master degree in automation and industrial organization from the same university (June 2003), a Master degree in robotics and intelligent systems from university Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (June 2002) and an engineering diploma in automation from national polytechnic school of Algiers (June 2001). His research have been published in international journals such as Annals of operation research, international journal of production research, Journal of Intelligent manufacturing, journal of manufacturing systems, and other.

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Research interest

  • Industrial engineering
  • Flow simulation and optimization
  • Renewable energy and circular economy
  • Robotics and collaborative smart systems
  • Human Robot Interaction and Industry 5.0

Pedagogic activities

  • Disciplines: Automation, Electricity, Modelling and Simulation of Production Systems, Thermodynamics, MARP, operation research, supply chain
  • Level: IUT, L3, Engineers 1st 2 nd and 3rd years, Masters 1 and 2


Habilitation (HDR) in industrial engineering

Normandy University


PhD in automation & robotics

University Paul Verlaine


Master’s degree in automation and industrial organization

University Paul Verlaine


Master’s degree in robotics and intelligent systems

University Pierre et Marie Curie


Engineer in Automation

National polytechnic school of Algiers Algeria


Current research program

  • COROT (2016-2022) - Improving the design of flexible and responsive manufacturing systems involving autonomous and Collaborative RoboTs: An Interreg-V-FMA project: using collaborative robots to perform loading, unloading and transport tasks in flexible manufacturing facilities.
  • PLFADDT (2019-2021) - Le Parc Logistique Du Futur Acteur D'un Developpement Durable Des Territoires: Our work in this project focuses on the definition of the technologies and activities that the logistic platform must contain, we work on the simulation of logistic flows at the warehouse and regional level.
  • UV-Robot (2017-2021) - Innovative UV-robotics to improve existing IPM strategies and to benefit farmers, consumers and the environment. Development of mobile robots for the treatment of horticultures with UV-C radiation. CESI is optimising the scheduling of robot tasks and the implementation of such a system.
  • AntihPert: Operator 4.0 and dynamic anticipation of its disturbances in production workshops. The aim of this project is to identify the different disturbances that human operators cause in the production system and to find ways to counter them through the anticipation of these disturbances or to find scheduling alternatives able to absorb them.

Research supervision

PhD programs achieved

  • José Eloundou "Multi-constraint modelling of a Flexible Production System", defended on 11 July 2016
  • Mohammed Amin Benatia "Multi-constraint optimization of network infrastructures operated in the context of intelligent buildings" defended on 11 July 2016
  • Imen Bouzarkouna "Interoperability and distributed real-time processing in industrial cyber-physical systems" (2017- 2021).
  • Souleymane Moussa "Distributed supervision of a flexible production system using collaborative mobile robots for the transportation task"(2017-2020).
  • Yiyi XU "Sim-Optimisation of BIOwaste Treatment System using multi-agent and multi-objective optimisation systems". Thesis collaboration with Neoma-bs. (2018- 2021)
  • Salah-eddine Bellal "Exploration of the potential of computer vision for object recognition for the design of an intelligent device in an industrial context" (2015-2022). University of Batna, Algeria.
  • Fatima Bezzaoucha "Modelling of fault propagation based on distributed architecture for the implementation of proactive maintenance in energy production systems" ESI 8 Mai 1945, Sidi Bel-Abbés, Algeria (2018- 2021).
  • Wassila Abdellaoui "Modelling, scheduling of a multi-product transport system - an Algerian case study", University of Tlemcen (2017- 2021)

  PhD programs in progress

  • Kader Sanogo: Optimization of the scheduling of transport tasks of collaborative intelligent robots in the context of Industry 5.0, supervisor: Abdelkader MEKHALEF BENHAFSSA. (2021 - 2024)
  • Pierre HOMONO: Multi-objective optimisation of human-robot collaboration based on artificial intelligence: application to the aeronautics industry. Cifre thesis with the company eXcent, Supervisor : Ahmed Nait Chabane (2021 - 2024)
  • Bouaziz Nouredine : Dynamic predictive scheduling of a flexible production workshop under uncertainty of human behaviour, co-director : Adnan Yassine (ULHN), supervisor : Belgacem Bettayeb (2022 - 2025)
  • Nabila Yalaoui : Robust approaches for the piloting of a petroleum transport system with the presence of uncertainties, co-supervisor : SOUIER Mehdi of the University of Tlemcen (2021 - 2025)
  • Salima Sali: Towards intelligent man-machine interfaces for decision support, co-director: Sidi Mohammed Benslimane. (2022 - 2025)


  •   Internship supervision:
    • Salwa Mlik M2 (2022)
    • Ziad Ben Mamia (6 mois en 2021);
    • Sriram PRABHAKARA RAO  (6 mois en 2020);
    • Ryad DJAHARA M2 (2020) ;
    • Abdessamad Benaissa M2 (2020) ;
    • Abirami amoundi M2 (2019) ;
    • Keerthi parsad (2019) ;
    • Kalb-eddine CHELLI, M2 (2018) ;
    • Merouane MAZAR, M2 (2018) ;
    • Vincent constant meny, engineering project (2016-2017) ;
    • Merouane MAZAR, M2 (2017);
    • Souleymane Moussa, M2 (2017) ;
    • Soufian Zerouali, M2 (2016) ;
    • DOITTEAU LOIC, EXIA (2015).

Scientific Animation

Reviewer for: 

  • Conferences: MIM, CPI, MOSIM, ICMSC, Codit, ANT.
  • journals : AMM-Elsevier, JIM- Springer, IJPR, IJREM

  Chair of sessions in :

  • MIM2016, CIE44-2014, Codit 2017.

  Organization of special sessions:

  • MIM2016; Codit2017 ; IESM 2017 ; ILS 2018
  • Creation and organization of the conference CyMaEn
  • Organization of the conference EMEA Business Analytics conference 

Expert activities

  • Reviewer of research project: RIN Normandy region, Canada
  • Reviewer of PhD:
    • Amin Zammouri: Intelligent tutoring system via mental control: incorporating a passive brain-machine interface for mental effort level estimation in an educational environment. 2017 - University of Mohammed Premier - Morocco. (Rapporteur)
    • Wafae SEBBATA: Study and development of mobile manipulation tasks in the context of Industry 4.0. 2021 University Le Havre Normandie (Examiner)
    • Abdullah Ibraheem Almouhanna: Heuristic Approaches for Location Routing Problem. 2019 University of Portsmouth (Rapporteur)
    • Kim-Thanh Nguyen :  Optimization and design of lower-limb prosthesis: materials, simulations and prototyping. 2021 - University of Paris-Saclay (Rapporteur)
    • Noushin Bagheri : Circular Economy and Sustainability in the UAE. 2021 - Neoma-bs. (Rapporteur)
    • Marwen AOUINI : Intelligent predictive maintenance system using guided ultrasound waves and data mining. 2021 - Yutz Welding Institute and Georgia Tech Lorraine. (Rapporteur) 
    • Hajar Lamghari Elidrissi: Contribution to the modeling, control, and evaluation of an urban road traffic system. 2022 Cadi Ayyad University - Morocco. (Rapporteur)
    • MALIKI Fouad: Resolution of a stochastic location-allocation problem with site unavailability management. 2020 Aboubakr BELKAÏD University - Tlemcen, Algeria. (Rapporteur)
    • Merouane Mazar: Simulation and optimization of dynamic management of evolving tasks on autonomous mobile robots. 2022 - CESI LINEACT - Rouen - France (Examiner) 
    • Anis Allal : Design and development of decision support tools for maintenance and production management in the context of renewable energies. 2022 University Djillali Liabès de Sidi Bel Abbès (Examiner)
  • PhD follow committee member.


Summary (2004-2020)

  • ACL : 19
  • INV
  • ACTI : 48
  • ACTN : 18
  • OS : 2
  • Brevets : 0
  • Articles de vulgarisation : 0

Selected publications

Articles in journals with reviewing committee (2014- 2020)

  • [ACL19] Allal, A., Sahnoun, M., Adjoudj, R., Benslimane, S. M., & Mazar, M. (2021). Multi-agent based simulation-optimization of maintenance routing in offshore wind farms. Computers & Industrial Engineering, 157, 107342.
  • [ACL18] Brik, B., Messaadia, M., Sahnoun, M. H., Bettayeb, B., & Benatia, M. A. (2021). Fog-supported Low Latency Monitoring of System Disruptions in Industry 4.0: A Federated Learning Approach. ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems.
  • [ACL 17] Abdellaoui, W., Souier, M., Sahnoun, M. H., & Abdelaziz, F. B. (2021). Multi-period optimal schedule of a multi-product pipeline: A case study in Algeria. Computers & Industrial Engineering, 159, 107483.
  • [ACL 16] Bezzaoucha, F. S., Sahnoun, M. H., & Benslimane, S. M. (2020). Multi-component modeling and classification for failure propagation of an offshore wind turbine. International Journal of Energy Sector Management.
  • [ACL15] Moussa G, S., Bettayeb, B., Sahnoun, M. H., Duval, F., & Bensrhair, A. (2021). Modular mobile manipulators coalition formation through distributed transportation tasks allocation. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 235(14), 2262-2272.
  • [ACL14] Havard, V., Sahnoun, M. H., Bettayeb, B., Duval, F., & Baudry, D. (2021). Data architecture and model design for Industry 4.0 components integration in cyber-physical production systems. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 235(14), 2338-2349.
  • [ACL13] Bellal, S. E., Mouss, L. H., Sahnoun, M., & Messaadia, M. (2020). User behaviour-based approach to define mobility devices needs of disabled person in Algeria: a questionnaire study. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1-9.
  • [ACL12] Brahami, M.A., Dahane, M., Souier, M. & Sahnoun, M. (2020). Sustainable capacitated facility location/network design problem: a Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm based multiobjective approach. Annals of Operations Research.
  • [ACL 11] Xu, Y., Sahnoun, M., Ben Abdelaziz, F., & Baudry, D. (2020). A simulated multi-objective model for flexible job shop transportation scheduling. Annals of Operations Research, 1-22.
  • [ACL10] Mazar, M., Sahnoun, M., Bettayeb, B., Klement, N., & Louis, A. (2020). Simulation and optimization of robotic tasks for UV treatment of diseases in horticulture. Operational Research, 1-27.
  • [ACL 9] Benatia, M. A., Sahnoun, M., Baudry, D., Louis, A., ElHami, A., & Mazari, B. “Multi-Objective WSN Deployment Using Genetic Algorithms Under Cost, Coverage, and Connectivity Constraints”. Wireless Personal Communications, 1-30.
  • [ACL 8] M. Messaadia, D. Baudry, A. Louis, S. Mahdikhah, R.D. Evans, J.X.Gao, M. Sahnoun, T. Paquet, B. Mazari, “PLM adoption in SMEs context“, CAD&A (2016)
  • [ACL 7] M. Sahnoun, D. Baudry, N. Mustafee, A. Louis, P. A. Smart, P. Godsiff, & B. Mazari, (2015). Modelling and simulation of operation and maintenance strategy for offshore wind farms based on multiagent system. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, 1-17.
  • [ACL 6] M. Dahane, M. Sahnoun, B. Bettayeb, D. Baudry, & H. Boudhar, (2015). Impact of spare parts remanufacturing on the operation and maintenance performance of offshore wind turbines: a multi-agent approach. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, 1-19.
  • [ACL 5] M. Sahnoun, B.Bettayeb, S. Bassetto, M. Tollenaere (2014) "Simulation-based optimization of sampling plans to reduce inspections while mastering the risk exposure in semiconductor manufacturing" Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (Springer US). 0956-5515 DOI:10.1007/s10845-014-0956-x
  • [ACL 4] B.Bettayeb, S. Bassetto, M. Sahnoun (2014) "Quality control planning to prevent excessive scrap production" Journal of Manufacturing Systems (Elsevier), 33:3 400-441. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmsy.2014.01.001.
  • [ACL 3] Eloundou, J., Baudry, D., Sahnoun, M., Bensrhair, A., Louis, A., & Mazari, B. (2014, September). Flexible Job Shop Models for Solving Scheduling and Layout Problems Using Coloured Petri Nets. In Applied Mechanics and Materials (Vol. 598, pp. 638-642).
  • [ACL 2] M. Shanoun, S. Bassetto, S. Bastoini, P. Vialletelle (2011): "Optimisation of the process control in a semiconductor company: model and case study of defectivity sampling", International Journal of Production Research, 49:13, 3873-3890; DOI:10.1080/00207543.2010.484429.
  • [ACL 1] M. Sahnoun, G. Bourhis, "Haptic feedback to assist powered wheelchair piloting". AMSE Periodicals, vol.67, pp. 53-63, 2006.

  International conferences with reviewing committee (selection 2019- 2020)

  • [ACTI 13] Martin, L., González-Romo, M., Sahnoun, M. H., Bettayeb, B., He, N., & Gao, J. (2021, May). Effect of Human-Robot Interaction on the Fleet Size of AIV Transporters in FMS. In 2021 1st International Conference On Cyber Management And Engineering (CyMaEn) (pp. 1-5). IEEE. 
  • [ACTI 12] Bezzaoucha, F. S., Sahnoun, M. H., & Benslimane, S. M. (2021, February). Multi-agent modeling and simulation of wind turbine behavior with failure propagation consideration. In 2020 2nd International Workshop on Human-Centric Smart Environments for Health and Well-being (IHSH) (pp. 97-102). IEEE.
  • [ACTI 11] Bailly, A., Tlahig, H., Bettayeb, B., Messaadia, M., & Sahnoun, M. H. (2020, June). Human’s new roles to ensure resilience of industrial cyber-physical systems. In 2020 IEEE Conference on Industrial Cyberphysical Systems (ICPS) (Vol. 1, pp. 453-458). IEEE.
  • [ACTI10] Moussa-G, S., SAHNOUN, M., DUVAL, F., & BENSRHAIR Abdelaziz, B. (2020, April). Bi-Objective Indirect Optimization of Robotic Transportation Task Assignment Based on Auction Mechanism. In 2020 4th IEEE Electron Devices Technology & Manufacturing Conference (EDTM) (pp. 1-4). IEEE.
  • [ACTI9] BOUZARKOUNA, I., SAHNOUN, M. H., BAUDRY, D., & BENATIA, M. A. (2020, May). Fog-based Logistic Application Modeling in an Industry 4.0 Framework. In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (Vol. 842, No. 1, p. 012026). IOP Publishing.
  • [ACTI7] SAHNOUN, M. H., Xu, Y., Belgacem, B., Imen, B., David, B., & Louis, A. (2019, September). Fractal modeling of Cyber physical production system using multi-agent systems. In 2019 International Conference on Applied Automation and Industrial Diagnostics (ICAAID) (Vol. 1, pp. 1-6). IEEE.
  • [ACTI6] Sahnoun, M. H., Xu, Y., Abdelaziz, F. B., & Baudry, D. (2019, April). Optimization of Transportation Collaborative Robots Fleet Size in Flexible Manufacturing Systems. In 2019 8th International Conference on Modeling Simulation and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO) (pp. 1-5). IEEE.
  • [ACTI5] Brik, B., Bettayeb, B., Sahnoun, M. H., & Duval, F. (2019). Towards predicting system disruption in Industry 4.0: Machine learning-based approach. Procedia computer science, 151, 667-674.
  • [ACTI4] Zaidi, L., Sahnoun, M., & Bettayeb, B. (2019). Task allocation based on shared resource constraint for multi-robot systems in manufacturing industry. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 52(13), 2020-2025.
  • [ACTI3] Abdellaoui, W., Souier, M., Sahnoun, M., & Dahane, M. (2019, September). Aggregate modeling of scheduling multiproduct pipeline system with constrains of multi-pumps. In 2019 International Conference on Applied Automation and Industrial Diagnostics (ICAAID) (Vol. 1, pp. 1-6). IEEE.
  • [ACTI2] G-Moussa, S., SAHNOUN, M., Duval, F. & BENSRHAIR, A. (2019, August). Modular Mobile Manipulators Task Allocation Auctionased Approach B. In Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXIII: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, incorporating the 34th National Conference on Manufacturing Research, 10-12 September 2019, Queen's University, Belfast (Vol. 9, p. 99). IOS Press.
  • [ACTI1] Bezzaoucha, F. S., Sahnoun, M. H., & Benslimane, S. M. (2019, April). Wind Turbine Components Classification based on Failure Causes for Proactive Maintenance Simulation. In 2019 8th International Conference on Modeling Simulation and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO) (pp. 1-6). IEEE.






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