Research partnerships

De Vinci Research Center

Research Partnership Unit: Tahar Cherif. The development of academic and industrial collaborations is crucial to enrich the interdisciplinary research work of our teams. We are committed to develop new, ambitious and innovative collaborative projects with enterprises, start-ups and institutions, including applications to national and international calls for proposals, research chairs, doctoral programs and post-doctoral fellowships. Our collaborative projects contribute to the impacts and participations of our laboratory.   They highlight the research themes identified in line with the laboratory’s strategic priorities. Examples of current projects.

AID project

This PhD funding from the AID (Agence de l’Innovation de la Défense – Defense Innovation Agency) relates to the following subject: “Multilayer approach for automatic detection of complex events from multiple video sources”.

This thesis is being written by Pierre Lefebvre, a PhD student at the DVRC. Its aim is to provide a complex event detection framework for military personnel in operation, which would enable them to have an aid system for the complex extraction of knowledge from multiple video sources. The very notion of an event can be context-dependent and requires a multidisciplinary approach to define its framework, its subtleties and the means of obtaining it. Thus, notions of abnormal behaviour require:

  • An SHS/psychological vision to understand the subtleties in context;
  • Automatic detection methods (feature extraction using Machine Learning & Deep Learning techniques) from videos to extract the multiple objects linked to the event;
  • A knowledge representation approach using a data graph to build a semantic bridge between the SHS and an underlying analysis system;
  • An analysis layer based on Graph Data Science techniques (Graph Theory, Graph Neural Network, etc.), straddling applied mathematics and data manipulation.

So one of the challenges of this thesis is to explore this broad spectrum of knowledge and skills in order to facilitate the detection of complex events.


The Defense Innovation Agency is placed under the responsibility of the Délégué général pour l’armement (DGA) and was created on 1 September 2018.The AID federates the Ministry’s innovation initiatives by ensuring the coordination and coherence of all innovation approaches. While continuing work on technological innovation over the long term, the Agency is the sensor of opportunity innovations for the benefit of all end-users whatever their fields: conduct of operations, equipment, support, operations, administration.

Professors Ahmed Azough and Nicolas Travers from the DVRC are leading this project for a period of 3 years from 1st February 2023.

BRIDGE Project

A team of DVRC researchers, led by Pascal Clain, Insaf Khelladi, Guillaume Guerard, Saeedeh Rezaee Vessal, Alessandro Biancalani, Petronela-Valeria Pankovits, will contribute to an interdisciplinary book chapter as part of the Social Sciences and Humanities for Climate, Energy and Transport Research Excellence (SSH CENTER), a €3 million Horizon Europe project representing the pan-European Research Centre of Excellence for Social Sciences and Humanities on Climate, Energy and Mobility.

The DVRC team is involved, along with 29 other interdisciplinary teams, in providing policy recommendations for the EU Green Deal and its climate, energy and mobility challenges. The DVRC team will produce an interdisciplinary book chapter exploring the social acceptability of nuclear fusion, agrivoltaics and offshore wind in France. We will develop a framework based on the literature on technological legitimacy and social acceptability to understand the dynamics of acceptability of these technologies. We will use natural language processing (NLP) methods to produce thematic models and sentiment analyses of public discourse.

Public acceptance of new industrial technologies influences their commercial success. These technologies often conflict with social norms and practices, creating a legitimacy deficit. Insufficient public engagement and deliberation can hinder or delay the adoption of new technologies at national (e.g. GM agriculture) or local (e.g. renewable energy) level. It is therefore important to involve the public in technological innovation in order to understand their attitudes and antecedents.

The chapter in this interdisciplinary book will aim to make recommendations that will be shared with policy makers who manage the EU’s Green Deal policy portfolios and may inspire more research/engagement or trigger important debates and discussions that need to take place.


PROJECT EntRENEW is a European Erasmus-Plus project that aims to develop teaching resources in entrepreneurship in the field of renewable energy, starting in September 2020 for a period of 3 years.

The DVRC is the leader of the project, which also brings together leading European universities: University of Valencia (Spain), Vrije Univ. Amsterdam (Netherlands), Halmstadt Univ (Sweden), Vaasa Univ (Finland).

The project is coordinated by Irène Beccarini and involves designing and developing these teaching resources, then deploying them at the various partners’ sites. It is therefore both a research project in entrepreneurship pedagogy and an innovation project in teaching resources.


France Relance – Aptinnov

The aim of this project is to study the behaviour of hydrogen tank materials and structures. It is a collaborative project between the DeVinci Research Center (DVRC) research laboratory of the Association Léonard de Vinci (ALDV) and the company APTINNOV.

Apart from its strong ecological impact, decarbonised hydrogen has the potential to be used in a wide range of industries, including the automotive, aeronautical, energy and rail sectors.

To make this project a reality, a multi-physics and multi-scale approach is needed, and will be developed.

Before manufacturing a hydrogen tank, a numerical modelling study will be carried out to simulate the behaviour of a composite material capable of storing hydrogen while complying with the safety standards of the field of application (automotive, naval, etc.).


The collaborative project between the IGN and the DVRC focuses on the structuring of data and metadata to enable critical and comparative analyses of the impact of events and mega-events on urban sporting practices. This project is funding a thesis by Wissal Benjira (ESILV Alumni 2022) on the subject of “Data lakes and metadata repositories for developing sustainable urban development indicators using open Big data. Application to urban sports practices”.

This subject is of particular interest to local authorities, those developing digital projects around sporting practices and sponsors of major events such as the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France and the Olympic Games 2024, as well as other major national and international sporting events (GESI), such as Roland Garros and the Parisienne.

The main stumbling block is the lack of a unifying framework for mobilizing data with semantic heterogeneity in response to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). This project therefore aims to reconcile this heterogeneity, but also to facilitate the manipulation and analysis of data with a high degree of connectivity.

The approach is based on semantic modelling:

  • Schema extraction and transformation for graph databases).
  • Quality in geomatics (explicit description of information useful for interpreting data and detecting possible biases).

In particular, we will be looking at the problem of representing knowledge in the form of data graphs, ways of improving the quality of graphs, and also defining ways of manipulating graphs to respond to issues linked to the Millennium Development Goals.

Two more specific case studies will be considered to develop and validate the proposal:

  • A comparison of cycling and walking routes in the city before and after a mega-event such as the Olympic Games, using open data.
  • The comparison of urban sports routes, by bike or on foot, between two cities based on data produced by different administrations and participants and with different biases.

The Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière (IGN) is a public administrative body under the authority of the Ministries of Ecology and Forestry. Its mission is to produce and disseminate data (open data) and representations (online and paper maps, geovisualisation) of references relating to knowledge of the national territory and French forests, as well as their evolution.

The project is linked to the IGN’s LASTIG laboratory.

The LASTIG is a joint research unit between the IGN, the Gustave Eiffel University and the Ecole d’ingénieurs de la ville de Paris (EIVP). Its main aim is to strengthen collaboration between geographic information sciences and other disciplines, such as sociology and demography, in order to gain a better understanding of the challenges of the city of the future, one of the core themes of the Gustave Eiffel University.

The professors leading this project for a period of 3 years from  02/01/2023 are :

  • Nicolas Travers (DVRC) – thesis supervisor
  • Benédicte Bucher (IGN) – thesis co-director
  • Malika Grim Yefsah (IGN) – co-supervisor
  • Faten Atigui (CNAM) – co-supervisor

IMEDiL – Erasmus+

The project IMEDiL (Inclusive Mathematics Education based on Digital Learning) is a European Erasmus+ project, that aims to design and implement new methods for mathematics learning that are effective and valid also in distance learning contexts, with a particular attention to students with disabilities.

DVRC is the leader entity of the project. The consortium includes the universities of Padova and Pavia (Italy), the University of Minho (Portugal) and the Ecole des Ponts (France).

The project is coordinated by Francesco Salvarani and involves researchers working in different fields: mathematics, education, psychology and computer science.

The results of the project are publicly available. https://mate.unipv.it/~salvaran/IMEDiL/results.html


The MAESHA project is unique in that it is concerned with energy management in islands with no energy links to the continents.

The first application case chosen is the island of Mayotte. It will then be deployed on other European islands. This is a major European project, bringing together some fifteen small and medium-sized companies supplying energy-related equipment and services. Scientific direction is provided jointly by the DVRC and the prestigious Technical University of Berlin.

Many DVRC professors are involved in MAESHA: Pascal Clain, Frédéric Fauberteau, Farah Ait-Salaht, Guillaume Guérard and Nga Nguyen.

A PhD student also work full-time on the project, which runs from September 2020 to September 2024.

The activities focus on the development of an intelligent and innovative platform combining several services to provide flexible stabilization of the electricity network on islands, by modelling energy systems and forecasting performance. The techniques used are mathematical and physical modelling, mathematical optimization, multi-agent systems and graph theory.

Partnership with the METROPOLE EUROPENNE de LILLE and the EIREST laboratory of the Panthéon Sorbonne University on the study of TOURISM ACTIVITIES

Over the last ten years, the DVRC has developed unique expertise in the daily collection and analysis of tourism data submitted by users of social networks (photo-sharing sites, customer review sites, and platforms such as TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Flickr and Airbnb).

Advanced algorithms are also being developed to extract detailed or global views of tourist activities from this data: graph databases for tourist traffic, Machine Learning for specialized summaries of tourist reviews, Statistical Learning for route recommendations, Clustering for tourist profile categorization, Virtual and Augmented Reality for museum visits, Data Mining for behavioural pattern extraction, original DataViz for cartographic representation, etc.

In the past, the DVRC has carried out similar research work for the Bordeaux metropolitan area and the city of Tours. The studies are directed by professors Gaël Chareyron and Nicolas Travers. A long-standing collaboration with the EIREST laboratory at Panthéon Sorbonne, which is dedicated to the study of tourism, gives depth and meaning to this project.

The partners in the Lille project are the Métropole Européenne de Lille, the Caisse des Dépôts, the Agence de développement et d’urbanisme de Lille and the Agence HelloLille. Research work has had an impact on the tourism ecosystem.

LT4Sustain – Erasmus+

LT4SUSTAIN is a transnational project funded by Erasmus+. Our aim is to raise awareness of low-tech in society as a whole.

This project has received funding from the European Union – Erasmus + Strategic Partnership (KA203) 2021-1 agreement FR01-KA220-HED-000027600. Through the coordinated work of six institutions, ranging from higher education institutions to private companies and associations, LT4SUSTAIN aims to raise awareness of Low-tech in society.

Through the development of ‘hackathons’ and other types of ‘hands-on’ events, aimed at students and industry, we aim to improve inclusion in the technology appropriation and design process. The aim is to provide individuals with the ability to undertake entrepreneurial adventures in sustainable and useful solutions using a low-tech paradigm.

Our partners are :

  • Université de Technologie de Troyes ;
  • Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble – ENSE3 ;
  • Pôle Léonard de Vinci ;
  • Lab Low-tech Grenoble ;
  • Dublin University of Technology;
  • University of Mons.

TASK21 – Erasmus+

Project TASK 21 “edTech and Ai for essential Skills in 21st century” – TASK has received funding from the European Union’s ERASMUS+ program. TASK 21 aims to help modernise the design of formal educational curricula and pedagogical material that respond to 21st century needs.

To achieve this objective, the project will design, pilot and implement an interdisciplinary, blended university course “edTech and Ai for essential Skills of the 21st century” for:

  • Future educators and curriculum designers: Students of Educational Science, Educational Psychology, Pedagogy, and similar programs;
  • Future e-learning developers: Students of IT profiles (Information Technology, Computer Science, and similar).

The project runs from September 2019 to July 2022 and managed by Zhe Yuan and Christophe Rodrigues. It involves 5 partners from European countries and is coordinated by Pôle Léonard de Vinci.

DVRC partners in the project are european companies, scientific clusters and universities:

  • Claned Group Oy Ab (Finland), a company offering an open and personal learning environment for learners, educators, content providers, and application developers
  • NETPORT SCIENCE PARK AB (Sweden), a scientific cluster fostering partnerships between the business community, academia and the public sector.

Project Deliverables : https://erasmus-plus.ec.europa.eu/projects/search/details/2019-1-FR01-KA203-063063

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