CentraleSupélec is an internationally-reputed Higher Education and Research Institution. Its excellence lies in its combination of fundamental and applied sciences for innovation with societal impact. For almost two centuries, CentraleSupélec's top engineers have been practicing their skills and knowledge for the development of corporate institutions and public organizations.

International laboratories

On an international level, CentraleSupélec has developed partnerships which are targeted to issues relevant to the near future, with the aim of promoting its fields of excellence and consolidating its actions in collaboration with international partners.

Today the school supervises four International Partner Laboratories (French LIA), one Mixed International Unit (French UMI) and an International Research Organization (French GDRI).



SONDRA (Supelec ONERA DSO Research Alliance) was officially launched on 28 April 2004 in Supelec. The mission of SONDRA is to conduct unclassified basic research in advanced Electromagnetics and Radar domains.

As part of its mission, SONDRA contributes also to a better assessment of new technologies that are of interest to overcome various problems related to maritime surveillance in congested water areas, ground and air surveillance, homeland security. The characterization of the environment, whether "natural" or anthropogenic is more and more complicated as we aim at augmenting the sensitivity and performances of the surveillance systems in the current context of increased maritime and air traffics. Radar and EM detection technologies remain of great interest to catch “invisible targets”, i.e; target either masked by cloud cover, urban infrastructure, foliage or simply blocked by the horizon line of sight.

The alliance between the 4 parties offers a unique opportunity of development. NUS and CentraleSupélec provide an academic environment, effective at generating new collaborations with academic partners. On the other hand DSO and ONERA are very attentive on transition and experimental validation. The success of SONDRA is probably its capability to carry physics and signal processing research and to systematically register the research projects in a coherent framework leading to concrete actions and real validation, hence taking all attention from overseas stakeholder.

SONDRA contributes to research through 4 scientific areas, propagation and scattering in complex media, phased array antenna, radar signal processing and new radar concepts (MIMO / multistatic radar, passive radar,..). To meet the surveillance needs in 2020 the previous scientific areas are developed as follows:

Propagation and scattering in complex media : to predict the propagation in forested or urban environment; radar is known to propagate though the foliage and inside urban canyons, hence providing unique capabilities for tracking vehicles that are not be visible by optical sensors.

Phased array antenna : to optimize the performance of future sensors on board of new platforms (airship, unmanned airborne vehicle) using distributed and low profile antenna

Signal processing : to better estimate the parameters of the natural environment and maximize the detection performances of existing or future radar or hyperspectral systems,

New radar concepts : to address multistatic and distributed radar sensors suitable for surveillance at low altitude in urban environments, passive radar using existing transmissions(the “green radar”); Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) sensors able to overcome the resolution and separation limits of conventional radars.


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GDRi CNRGiE (CNRS-NTU/Singapour)

The International Research Group CNRGiE is the result of discussions between the CNRS and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Institute for Research on Renewable Energy (ERI@N).

This project involves the creation of a Franco-Singaporean network of scientific excellence in the areas of integration and management of renewable energy.

CentraleSupélec fits within this laboratory as a founding and permanent member of the steering committee.

LIA 2MCIS (GEC-Beihang/Chine)

The LIA 2MCIS aims to develop and strengthen the Franco-Chinese research around Ecole Centrale de Beijing. The laboratory is run by the Groupe des Ecoles Centrales (GEC) and coordinated by F. Leboeuf, Professor at Ecole Centrale de Lyon, as well as by the University of Beihang in China (which constitutes a partner university of Ecole Centrale de Beijing).

Fields of research cover a wide span of engineering science with particular applications in transport, energy and environment:

  • Materials for structures and energy production, Solid Mechanics and Vibrational Mechanics, Materials for Communications applications and Biomaterials
  • Fluid Mechanics, Acoustics, Energy and Combustion, Chemical Engineering
  • Control Systems and Information Sciences


Created in 2013, this LIA is composed by CNRS, CentraleSupélec through LSS lab and Canadian institutions as Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and McGill University entitled here as Sytacom.

The LIA Smart Grid is the result of discussions between the LSS and SYTACom who decide to jointly create a virtual structure (LIA) to strengthen the partnership between the two entities.

This project is located at the interface of communication and electricity networks with the aim of exploiting an important synergy between the fields of communications, and electrical networks.

The LIA is the twinning of diverse scientific expertise, knowledge of the theoretical confrontation with the current practice of the industrial environment and the consolidation and enhancement of international collaborations.





The UMI 2958 GT-CNRS is an International Joint Laboratory founded in 2006 by the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) based in Atlanta. This laboratory is the first and only UMI entity located in France. It is based on the campus of Georgia Tech-Lorraine, the European campus of Georgia Tech in Metz. The UMI 2958 also involves associated laboratories, among them: the Laboratory for the Optical Properties of Materials (LMOPS), jointly operated by CentraleSupélec and the University of Lorraine, the Laboratory of Microstructures and Mechanics of Materials, (LEM3), jointly operated by Arts & Metiers Paris Tech and the University of Lorraine, and the Laboratory for MEMS, Photonics, Metrology and Mechanics (FEMTO-ST), associated to the University of Franche-Comté.

Involved in many European and national programs as well as in several high-level consortia, the UMI 2958 develops its activities in three main areas of research with high-tech industrial applications in the aeronautic, automotive, biomedical, and energy sectors.

Non-linear Optics and Dynamics

This topic focuses on optical communication based on the
dynamics of chaos in optoelectronic
components, quantum cryptography and ultra-fast optical communication. These advanced research fields find their application particularly in information security. Pursuing these activities relies on the building of experimental setups to validate the theoretical works previously carried out at the UMI.

Smart Materials

This topic aims at developing new materials and nano-heterostructures for photonics and electronics, multifunctional materials, and to characterize materials by ultrasound and terahertz imaging. Targeted applications are in sensors, detectors, solar cells, and sources of lights sectors. This research area is strategic for the UMI and is supported by funding bodies in Europe and the USA.


  • GTL’s 25th Anniversary
  • Trophée MC6: Charles Munson (PhD student), First Place
  • Incubic/ Milton Chang Travel Grant, FIO, Rochester: Mahbub Alam (PhD student)
  • Best poster award, E-MRS: Saiful Alam (PhD student)

  • Technological Focus on wafer-scale lift-off of III-N epitaxial layers with h-BN in the magazine for the compound semiconductor and advanced silicon industries Semiconductor TODAY
  • Partner of the ISITE LUE project of the University of Lorraine



  • teacher-researchers: 15
  • PhD students: 32
  • postdotoral researchers : 15
  • engineers, technicians and administrative assistants : 4
  • A publications (web of science) : 72
  • signed contracts: 1.7 M €



Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Mississippi State University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology,  LIST, IMDEA Materials Institute, CNRS (C2N, IEMN, GEEPS, ICUBE, INL, IJL,...), Institut de Soudure, CEA, IRSN



Arcelor Mittal, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Bosch, Nanovation, MagPower, Profilocolore srl


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LIA Energie & Environnement (GEC/CNRS/Brésil)

LIA Energy & Environment is being created and will officially begin operations in January 2017.

It is strongly integrated into the Strategic Agenda France-Europe 2020, whose main proposal is to "mobilize stakeholders in research on major societal challenges", and in particular that of "clean energy, safe and effective. " This project is conducted in coordination with the Group of Ecole Centrale.