One ambition : to grow !
By extending the CNRS AtlanSTIC federation, the academic bodies involved are aiming for growth within Europe and internationally in computer science and cybernetics in five areas of expertise :
Data science / Complex systems / Content and interactions / Software science / Robotics
To achieve this growth, three principal objectives will be pursued to strengthen coordination between laboratories :
Increasing the visibility of researcher-lecturers (by obtaining ERC grants, for example)
Attracting and recruiting researchers working on AtlanSTIC 2020 themes
Developing international academic mobility for both outgoing and incoming lecturers
Four cutting-edge research laboratories
The laboratory of digital sciences of Nantes (“Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes : LS2N” in French) is a new Joint Research Unit (UMR 6004) created in January 2017, resulting from the grouping of the IRCCyN (UMR 6597 : Communication and Cyber Research Institute), and LINA (UMR 6241 : Computer Science Laboratory).
The LS2N is supported by 5 public institutions of Higher Education and Research. It is located in Nantes on 5 geographical sites. Its research activity is structured in 5 areas of expertise and 5 cross-cutting themes.
The 5 areas of expertise :
- Systems Design and Operation ;
- Robotics, Processes and Calculation ;
- Data Science and Decision-making ;
- Signals, Images, Ergonomics and Languages ;
- Software and Distributed Systems Science ;
The 5 cross-cutting themes
- Industry of the futur ;
- Management of energy and environmental impacts ;
- Life science
- Vehicule and mobility ;
- Design, culture and digital society ;
LARIS (the Angevin systems engineering laboratory) is a research group in the University of Angers that brings together researchers from five of the university’s departments (ISTIA, IUT, Science faculty, ESTHUA, ISSBA), University Hospital, UCO and ESAIP. Its teams work on three principal interconnected topics :
· Dynamic systems and optimization
· Information, signal, image and life sciences
· Dependability and computer-aided decision-making
LERIA (the Angers ICT laboratory) is a research group within the Ministry of Research. The laboratory is situated in the ICT department of the Science faculty at the University of Angers.
LERIA researchers conduct fundamental and applied ICT research, in particular in the following fields :
· Artificial intelligence : knowledge interaction and natural language processing
· Optimization : metaheuristics and hybrid design and modelling
LIUM (the ICT laboratory of the University of Maine) groups together the majority of the university’s ICT lecturers. The teams’ two areas of research are:
· Intelligent tutoring systems
· Speech recognition and machine translation
Sharing research with the business world
This research should not just stay in the labs !
Atlanstic 2020 is committed to developing the link between digital practices and markets, in particular through interdisciplinary and collaborative research where the following meet :
Mechanics/Electronics/Energy/Health/Social sciences and humanities/Education
Dictanova is a start-up enabling its clients to analyse online client feedback.
These tools have their origins in the promotion and development of research carried out by LINA’s three founders and associates; derived from basic research in linguistics, they are the product of applied ICT research.
A pioneering prototype of the tool was developed in 2006 as part of the ANR Blogoscopie research project (the first national project on opinion surveys, images and trends).
The company, founded on 1 December 2011 and situated in Nantes, raised €1.2 million in 2016 to further its development.
Voxolab is a LIUM spinoff that, using SaaS technology, commercialises various technologies developed as part of the research project, in particular :
- Enhanced real-time transcription
- Man/machine interfaces that recognise isolated phrases and key words in real time
- Automatic subtitle generation with soundtrack synchronization
Its product, Voxospeech, was shortlisted for European Commission’s innovation award.