The CentraleSupélec Research Centre aims to bring innovative solutions to the major challenges of society, through the advancement of knowledge. Its close relationship to the business community lends itself more easily to the forging of solid and varied partnerships, with emphasis on industry relations.

Collaborations between CentraleSupélec's research and businesses take different forms. We provide industrialists access to researchers of the highest academic and scientific level. The expenses related to these collaborations are eligible for the Research Tax Credit.

Doctoral thesis

The research collaboration between a business or industrial organisation and CentraleSupélec can be carried out within the framework of a doctoral thesis of 3 years: The doctoral candidate can either be an employee of the company (CIFRE, an industrial convention for training through research, or a funded doctoral candidate of the school.

Scientific advice, study, expertise

The CentraleSupélec Research Center also offers:

Collaborative projects

The school’s laboratories also participate in collaborative research projects supported by external public funding aimed at joint academic/industry consortia, such as projects for the Agence Nationale de la Recherche and the European Union.

Framework agreements

For up to 4 years - the framework agreement is based on a defined scientific program and specifies the collaboration and the respective contributions of each partner. A steering committee ensures compliance with the initial guidelines and evaluates the progress of the work.

Mixed teams

The Research Center has also set up joint teams with the industrial community.

For example:

RISEGrid: A research institute dedicated to intelligent electricity distribution networks in partnership with EDF. Established in 2012 by EDF and CentraleSupélec, RISEGRID (Research Institute for Smarter Electric Grids), a research institute whose objective is to prepare and support the development of intelligent electrical distribution networks known as Smarts Grids. This modernization of the network will contribute to the energy transition by enabling electricity to be supplied even more efficiently.

Chairs: long-term partnerships for mutual benefit

In addition to a growing number of research contracts with a large network of partner companies, CentraleSupélec has developed chairs of companies and collaborations with the industrial world of 5 to 10 years for the advancement of knowledge on future research agendas.

CentraleSupélec now has 20 university-corporate partnerships


1 - Artificial intelligence applied to fraud detection in payments and trading

Lusis is the publisher of TANGO, a high-performance transactional platform for payment systems and market finance. Based on this platform, Lusis creates complete payment systems, including fraud detection, as well as extremely rich and complex "front to back" trading platforms on which more than 5 billion dollars are traded every day, half of which is on Forex and the other half on Indices and Commodities. Lusis and CentraleSupélec have joined forces to create a research chair to strengthen their collaboration in the field of artificial intelligence applied to banking.
Launched in 2020, the Lusis - CentraleSupélec Artificial Intelligence Chair is developing two main research areas

  • the detection of bank card payment fraud
  • automated trading
  • Chairholder: Fabrice Popineau of the Interdisciplinary Digital Sciences Laboratory
  • Partner: Lusis

Dedicated website

2 - Chair of Biotechnology

Renewed in 2020, CentraleSupélec's Biotechnology Chair is currently co-finaReenced by the Marne Department, Greater Reims, the Grand Est Region, and the European Union with the European Regional Development Fund FEDER Champagne Ardenne 2014-2020.

The Biotechnology Chair is based at the European Center for Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB), supported by these four authorities.
Backed by the Process and Materials Engineering Laboratory at Gif-sur-Yvette, the Chair ensures a close link between its parent institution, CentraleSupélec, and the region's economic and academic players, by putting its R&D expertise to work on innovative projects. CentraleSupélec, with its training of high-level general engineers, has strong expertise in Modeling applied to (bio)process engineering and (bio)materials. It is particularly active in three fields of application

  • Characterization and conversion of lignocellulosics
  • Bioprocessing
  • Separative techniques.

In addition to experimental approaches, the three thematic axes of the Chair are based on a base of skills in Modeling, simulation & visualization, more particularly oriented towards the Modeling of living organisms and the transition to industrial scale.
Partners :

  • Chairholder: Patrick PERRE from the LGPM laboratory
  • Partners: Grand Reims, Marne department, Grand Est region, European Union

Dedicated website


3 - FlexTech Chair

The FlexTech Chair is a research and teaching chair dedicated to human-systems integration in complex systems with increasing autonomy. It is based on the innovative approach of Human-Centered Design (HCD), which places people and organizations at the heart of industrial and societal issues. This method has proven itself over the past twenty years in high-tech fields (especially aerospace), requiring a flexible approach and development on a scientific and technical level.

Conceived and created by Professor Guy André Boy with the Industrial Engineering laboratory and the ESTIA engineering school, this chair is designed to meet the expectations of industrialists and local authorities, faced with the increasing complexity of the products and services they implement: digitization of complex remote operations, management of fleets of robots, management of vehicles with varying degrees of autonomy, training of personnel on simulation systems including real and virtual systems, use of digital twins to help diagnose failures and the progressive integration of knowledge from feedback, etc.

  • Titleholder: Guy André BOY from the LGI laboratory
  • Partners: ESTIA, DGA, C-S Group


4 - Artificial intelligence dedicated to employment with Randstad

This academic and scientific partnership is part of a resolutely disruptive and ethical approach to the recruitment process. As in many other fields and industries, artificial intelligence, its advances and opportunities, and the wealth and wealth of employment data available, offer many opportunities for improved recruitment and human resources, both from the perspective of the recruiter and the candidate.

A more complete and accurate representation of the job applicant from a diverse and heterogeneous dataset (CV, Historical, Navigational, Professional Social Network Profile, Video Interview, Consulting Conversations, Chatbots...). This multitude of data involves building new methods of data collection and annotation to better understand the candidates and their potential.

The processing of new recruitment tools such as audio-video interview, through analysis of the candidate’s emotions and personality. These elements can be an important added value in advising candidates as recruiters focus on soft skills.

Designing and optimizing algorithms in the recruitment process (matching algorithms between a candidate and an offer, recommendation algorithm or techniques to search for candidates or offers) with constant attention to the concepts of transparency, trust and interpretability of algorithms. One of the additional issues is algorithmic non-discrimination. The idea is to explore technological and human means to ensure that a candidate is assessed solely on the basis of his or her skills and know-how, without subjectively bias in pre-selection.

  • Titleholder: Céline Hudelot (MICS laboratory)
  • Partner: Randstad


5 - RTE Chair

RTE and CentraleSupélec have signed a new 5-year academic partnership.  This "Digital Transformation of Electrical Networks Chair" aims to study the potential of digital technologies for managing electrical systems.

For several years now, RTE has been studying the potential of digital technologies for power system management. Building on its close scientific and educational relationship with CentraleSupélec, RTE wanted to strengthen this collaboration and establish this new long-term partnership in order to accelerate its innovation processes and benefit from the scientific expertise of leading research teams with whom to interact in the field of engineering sciences.

It is in this context that a five-year research chair has been signed. The development of digital technologies represents a formidable lever that transforms the management, development, and operation of the electrical system. The integration of these technologies into the electricity transmission network will enable RTE to make the most of existing infrastructures and to propose new ways of carrying out its missions in the context of the energy transition.

The design of the communication network that will be deployed to observe and control the electricity transmission network will require multidisciplinary challenges specific to energy networks. This Chair will involve several CentraleSupélec laboratories and teams recognized in France and internationally and will focus on four key disciplines: Communications, Computer Science, Control and Decision, and Electrical Engineering.

Through its curricula and laboratories, CentraleSupélec has been one of the leading players in developing this vision, which has become essential today: the convergence of the fields of Energy and Communications. Thanks to an active support policy, RTE is creating a stable environment of partners and experts whose complementary skills enable the development of new concepts and solutions for a network combining electricity and digital technology.

  • Titlehorlder: Sorin Olaru (L2S laboratory)
  • Partner: RTE

 Dedicated website


6 - 5G Chair - TCL

As mobile data usage and quantity grow at an unprecedented rate (18 times in 5 years), networks must evolve rapidly and radically to meet demand. The 5th Generation "5G" standard will have to meet very ambitious objectives such as throughput (up to 20Gb/s), low latency, reduced energy consumption, and a massive number of connected objects per antenna. These objectives are partly contradictory, and it is from this contradiction that opportunities arise to apply new scientific solutions, developed by the 5G Chair and involving researchers from CentraleSupélec and TCL Communication laboratories.

 The Research Chair aims to bring together players in mobile communications to create a significant breakthrough in 5G.

  • Chairholder: Mohamad Assaad (Signals and Systems Laboratory L2S).
  • Partners: TCL

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7 - Photonics Chair

Aware that the exploitation of light is both a societal issue and a vector of economic development, CentraleSupélec has promoted the creation of the Photonics Chair on its Metz campus. This Chair is unique in France because of its structuring project, which aims to develop scientific excellence in optical information processing, to develop innovation and technology transfer to companies, and to develop training and education on the importance of light and optical technologies. The Photonics Chair was created on the initiative of CentraleSupélec and its partners.

Understanding and developing photonics also means perceiving the importance that artists, writers and philosophers have given to light, and better understanding the central place it occupies at the frontier of several scientific disciplines such as mathematics, physics, biology or chemistry. Photonics is also widely present among the key technological challenges that will be faced by our society in the next ten years.

Understanding and developing photonics also means perceiving the importance that artists, writers and philosophers have given to light, and better understanding the central place it occupies at the frontier of several scientific disciplines such as mathematics, physics, biology or chemistry. Photonics is also widely present among the key technological challenges that will be faced by our society in the next ten years.

  • Titleholder: Marc Sciamanna
  • Partners: GDI Simulation, European Union, Grand Reims, Moselle Department, Grand Est Region, Metz Métropole, CentraleSupélec Foundation

 Dedicated website


8 - Research Chair "Security of embedded systems in the context of the Internet of Things

The research focuses in particular on intrusion detection and privacy. With this chair, the CIDRE team reinforces its competencies in embedded systems security and the Internet of Things (IoT) through research activities of international level but permanently inscribed in societal concerns aiming at an industrial valorization through bilateral partnerships and national and international cooperative projects.

  • Titleholder: Sam Thomas - CIDRE team
  • Partners: INRIA, Brittany Region


9 - Supply Chain Management Chair with AIR LIQUIDE, L'OREAL, and SAFRAN

Three research axes have been identified by the partners of the Supply Chain Chair. They are in line with the work that has been carried out since the creation of the chair in 2008.

  • Flexibility management

The current industrial world is characterized by an increasing level of uncertainty with more and more personalized customer expectations and the increasingly rapid change of markets.
To face these uncertainties, it is necessary, on the one hand, to reduce their amplitudes, using efficient forecasting methods and processes, and on the other hand to implement flexibility in order to face the residual uncertainties.

  • Environmental impact of the Supply Chain and sustainable development

Sustainable development has become a significant concern for public authorities and consumers.

  • Performance measurement and animation

This theme is interesting in the systems of measurement and animation of the performance of the Supply Chain of industrial or distribution companies. It covers two interdependent sub-themes:

  • The problem of the measurement of the performance: specification of the system of performance indicators allowing to evaluate effectively and globally the various activities and processes of the Supply Chain,
  • The problem of the animation of the performance: specification of the processes of animation of performance, the implied actors and their respective roles, allowing from the system of indicators set up to pilot the activities and the processes of the Supply Chain to know their level of performance and to identify the levers of improvement of these performances and the associated stakes.
  • Titleholder: Yves DALLERY (LGI laboratory)
  • Partners : Air Liquide, L'Oréal, Safran


10 - Chair in Risk and Resilience of Complex Systems


 The Chair aims to advance, through research, the discipline of modeling complex systems, analyzing the risks to which they are subjected, and optimizing their resilience, with a dual objective of scientific excellence and transfer.

A complex system cannot be thought of in isolation without considering its environment and the other - often complex - systems with which it interacts. We then speak of systems of systems. In the context of the RRSC Chair, a complex system corresponds to a company, an operator, or an industrial partner. A system of systems is a complex system that involves several operators or industrial partners.

  • Chairholder: Anne BARROS (LGI laboratory)


11 - Oxy-Combustion Research Institute

The Air Liquide Oxy-Combustion Chair partners are developing research activities in the field of combustion optimization and heat transfer.
The research program aims to improve knowledge of high-pressure oxy-combustion of fuels of different types whose gases are diluted by carbon dioxide or water vapor around an experimental platform with significant optical access.
It brings together researchers specializing in oxy-combustion experiments and diagnostics, heat transfers, particularly radiation, and the simulation of interactions between combustion, turbulence, and heat transfers.

  • Titleholder: Clément Mirat from the EM2C laboratory
  • Partners : Air Liquide, CNRS
  • Institution : ANR


12 - Armand Peugeot Chair: Hybrid Technologies and the Economics of Electromobility with STELLANTIS and ESSEC


Subject: Hybrid technologies and the economics of electromobility
Assumptions about the evolution of mobility over the next twenty years and the place of hybrid vehicles in the market are often contradictory.
Beyond all the uncertainties, the most accepted statement is that the development of electromobility will lead to a complete upheaval in supply and demand.

This is why the objective of the Chair is to create a space for exchanges, training, and prospective research to build scenarios for technological, economic, and marketing developments,

  • Because the automotive sector is in the process of reinvention,
  • Because innovations are made in-network and partnership,
  • Because the young people of today will be the customers of tomorrow.

 The Armand Peugeot Chair produces forward-looking research by combining the skills of engineers, economists, and managers in a partnership between companies and schools.
The partnership between PSA, CentraleSupélec, and ESSEC allows for the coverage of the varied and complementary multidisciplinary fields necessary to address the complexity of the questions posed by the future of the automotive industry in a context of developing electromobility.

Its structure allows engineering sciences, economics, management sciences, and social sciences to be brought together around a project.

  •  Participants: Yannick PEREZ, Marc PETIT, Jan LEPOUTRE from LGI and GEEPS laboratories
  • Partners: STELLANTIS, ESSEC, CentraleSupélec Foundation

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13 - Blériot-Fabre Chair: Robustness, Control and Modeling of Aircraft Embedded Systems, Complex Systems with Safran



  • Lab : LGI
  • Lead researcher : Antoine RAUZY

Chaire Safran Blériot-Fabre responds to partners looking to strengthen their expertise in Systems Sciences, and bring breakthrough innovations into the design, simulation, architecture and development of complex systems, especially in the field of embedded systems. Indeed, the systems developed by Safran (navigation systems, engine control, energy management, passenger flow safety etc.) are becoming more complex, with an increasing number of functions to integrate, requirements to respect and performances to achieve.

The institute’s framework is multidisciplinary integrative innovation combining:

  • functional and dysfunctional modeling of architectures, and those of physical subsystems (multi-business, multi-physics, multi-scale) in relation to the system architecture,
  • advanced simulation (high performance, real time),
  • automation and control, and
  • statistical and reliability approaches for system robustness and monitoring.

The work of the institute aims to develop concepts, methods and tools for the integration of different engineering disciplines (mechanical, automation, IT, etc.), so as to validate and verify system properties, thereby meeting the needs of their users.


14 - Purchase Risks in Complex Projects with Total


  • Lab : LGI
  • Lead researcher : Franck MARLE

Total wanted to strengthen its commitments in the scientific field of Industrial Projects Purchasing, and join in the creation of the CentraleSupélec Complex Industrial Projects Purchasing Risks research partnership.

A complex industrial project, from exploration to production, which requires implementing an efficient supply chain for purchasing (contracts for goods, services, studies, data etc.). The requirements, consultations, decision making, control (skills, processes, technical performance, finance, quality etc.) must be coordinated with the engineering processes (design, implementation, testing, etc.) In addition, supplies are rarely in line with business needs (technical, financial, time constraints etc.). How can research and education in process control for the requirements in a complex project environment help to achieve sustainable competitiveness?

The partnership’s lines of research include:

  • Measuring the cost/quality/time ratios and the creation of value associated with projects
  • Measuring the performance of the supply chain
  • Developing tools for decision-making on purchasing strategy options
  • Analyzing and measuring project risks and their management
  • Modeling the performance of previous projects for better anticipation

15 - Mechatronics Chair

  • Lab : GEEPS
  • Lead researcher : Laurent DANIEL

The design of embedded systems, such as those developed by Faurecia for automobiles, uses specific methods, taking into account multi-physical, multi-technological and multi-scale aspects.

The Faurecia Mechatronics partnership aims to define methods and validate them in use, such as the issue of electromagnetic and thermal compatibility, design and modeling of smart actuators, and the optimization of their interfaces, or effectiveness regarding consumption and re-use of electrical power for automobile seating, emission controls, driver seats, automotive exteriors and smart vehicles. It should be possible to build methodological developments that take into account the complexity of these systems, while ensuring their operational robustness in relation to sources of uncertainty or partial knowledge of their final operating mode, beginning at the design phase.

The partnership’s lines of research include embedded electronic systems for automobiles, smart seat design, optimizing emission systems:

  • Development of design techniques that take into account this complexity
  • System behavior optimization (made possible by intensive simulations)
  • Consideration of security and dependability, beginning at the design phase



16 - Chaire Anthropolis [Anthropolis Institute] with the SystemX Technology Research Institute, Alstom, ENGIE, RATP, Renault and SNCF


The work of the Chaire Anthopolis focuses on eco-innovations for sustainable urban and suburban development serving citizens and communities, with the inclusion of interactions between systems. The institute aims to put people at the center of the systems and services design for the city and its suburbs (a design focused on people and uses). The institute is more specifically centered on the question of application for interactions between mobility systems (individuals and goods), and other systems (commercial, energy, information, urbanization and construction, etc.), using specific objectives for each user and public authority.

These systems and their interactions reflect many developments, such as new emerging mobility technologies (electric cars, electric and gas buses, etc.), new energies for cities, small towns (organic PV, solar thermal, biogas, etc.), smart grids and energy storage technologies, building use development (residences, railway stations, parking lots, private vehicles, etc.), and more generally everything involved in the changing the sociology of citizens (including senior citizens) and eco-innovations.

Indeed, innovation is increasingly more commonly created from individual initiatives or spontaneous groups. Therefore it should be cultivated with a better understanding of current developments in an increasingly digital society, operating in networks where socio-technical interaction has become a necessity. There is an ongoing shift from addressing individual needs (the user) to systems of systems to meet user needs while integrating concepts (systems, services, uses, etc.), with the management of different interacting urban flows.

This will identify the basic methods and tools to address the needs of the citizen-user, city and community, in systems and services design processes. Experimentation is a major component of the institute’s research work.

  • Lead researcher : Jakob PUCHINGER (LGI Laboratory)
  • Partners:  IRT, SystemX, CPS, EDF, ENGIE, NOKIA, RENAULT


17 - Givaudan Chair

Recherche : Data science

Lenght : 4 years. Data Sciences dedicated to flavours and fragrances.

In flavours and fragrances domains, massive data are complex and are pushing technical limits in many areas, specifically in decision-making and optimization.

The objective of this collaborative work between Givaudan and CentraleSupélec is to face the challenges “Data-to-Knowledge” and “Data-to-Decision” in an integrated way through cutting edge research. More precisely, one aims at developing breakthrough techniques for dealing with high-dimensional and multi-scale data. Givaudan has and creates, in its activities domain, massive data of different natures.

It is essential to exploit these data to improve the understanding or to provide innovative and challenging techniques in the perfumery. Mainstream statistical models and decision-making algorithms are challenged by such heterogeneous, multi-scale, complex, incomplete and/or uncertain data. In order to generate knowledge, build models and make informed decisions, statistical validity, robustness, computational tractability and causal modelling are mandatory. This is the scientific purpose of this Chair : developing advance Machine Learning techniques adapted to such data.

  • Titulaire : Frédéric Pascal (L2S Laboratory)
  • Partner : Givaudan


18 - Prevention and Performance in Construction and Public Works" Chair

The "Prevention and Performance in Construction and Public Works" Chair was born out of the findings of a study conducted by the Professional Organization for Prevention in Construction and Public Works (OPPBTP), which attests to the positive impact of prevention on the economic performance of companies. It has three objectives:

  • to strengthen the academic basis of work on the links between prevention and performance within companies
  • to offer them a relevant tool in terms of prevention
  • to understand the associated sociological issues

Two theses are being prepared within the framework of the Chair: one in economics supervised by Isabelle Nicolaï, professor associated with the Industrial Engineering Laboratory, and one in psychosociology supervised by Pascale Molinier, professor at the University of Sorbonne Paris Nord

  • Titular: Christian Michelot, researcher at the SHS Department
  • Partners: OPPBTP, EIFFAGE Génie civil, VINCI Construction terrassement, Legendre


19- Chair in Circular Economy Management

The work on circularity indicators is the scientific basis of the Chair. It is multipartite and multisectoral. The indicators are broken down according to several sectoral axes:

  • Last-mile logistics ;
  • Neighborhood autonomy (food, energy, mobility, local services, etc.);
  • Development of industrial symbioses in urban environments (sharing heat networks, flow processing, industry-eco-neighborhood symbiosis, etc.);
  • Food loops (local food production, etc.).

In addition, the Chair integrates an economic dimension in the engineering of investment in sustainable goods/services. It determines the levers that encourage companies to invest in actions to manage industrial ecology in their activities effectively.

  • Titleholder: Yann Leroy from the LGI laboratory
  • Partners: Institut Louis Bachelier, SIOM, CPS, VALE NC


20 - Bridgeable Chair

The Bridgeable chair is one of the 16 chairs selected by the ANR. Bridgeable, for BRIDinG thE gAp Between iterative proximaL methods and nEural networks, focuses on the links between neural networks and certain advanced optimization concepts and is held by Jean-Christophe Pesquet, director of the CentraleSupelec Computer Vision Center and head of the Inria OPIS team. It is funded to the tune of €1.3 million, divided between the ANR (€500,000) and the three partners of the chair: Schneider Electric, GE Healthcare, and IFPEN (€800,000).

This chair addresses two main issues: the explicability and reliability of AI-based neural networks.  The application ambition is to lead to a new generation of techniques to meet challenges in three fields of application: 3D medical imaging, data analysis in energy and the environment, and non-linear multivariate modeling of electrical systems.

  • Titleholder: J.C. Pesquet from CVN laboratory
  • Partners: Schneider Electric, GE Healthcare, IFPEN