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R&D platforms

A platform is a global, coherent, mutualised and mature combination of competencies reinforced by software and hardware means that will fulfil in a flexible and confidential way our partners’ needs. These platforms aim at providing a fast implementation of POC (Proof of Concept) or demonstrators in collaboration with industrial partners.

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Embedded systems design platform

Plateformeingénierie logicielle et système - CEA LISTThe embedded systems design platform possesses unrivalled know-how in hardware-software integration. The platform designs systems that respond to high reliability and security demands for Big Data servers, IoT, transportation, energy, manufacturing, and other industries. The R&D conducted at the platform falls into two categories: hardware and software solutions to optimize system design and integration; and integrating electronic and computing modules into existing systems.

However, both types of R&D share the objective of enhancing overall system operation and use through smaller form factors, more memory, better energy efficiency, lower cost, and greater security and reliability.

The platform’s advanced simulation resources are used to validate target systems in environments representative of the applications in which they will be used. This unique capacity to simultaneously address design and the final specifications of the target application has attracted more than 40 industrial partners, including a number of smalland mid-sized companies.

Facts and figures

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120
collaborators


 

investissement

2
million Euros 
in equipment

 

+40
industrial 
partners



surface

2000sq. m
of facilities



15
patents per year
(portfolio of 180 patents)


equipement

Notable equipment:

  • CAD tools for hardware and software simulation
  • Synopsys ZeBu embedded system emulation system
  • Test benches replicating severe environments (high temperature, radiation, etc.)

Location: List (Paris-Saclay)

Cybersecurity platform

cybersecurite plateformeThe cybersecurity platform is staffed by more than 100 experts in protecting integrated circuits, mobile electronic devices like smartphones, and embedded systems and their software from threats. The platform is used to identify product vulnerabilities and come up with innovative ways to protect both hardware and software from cyber-attacks.

The platform uses some of the most advanced tools available (source-code analysis software like Frama-C, hardware platform simulators, test benches capable of replicating physical attacks against electronic components, fault generators, and emission spectrum analyzers) to pinpoint vulnerabilities. It is home to one of France’s three official commercial hardware security evaluation centers (CESTI).

The techniques employed to ensure hardware and software security are based on innovative technologies like secure communications platforms for sensor networks, secure hardware and software cryptography implementation, crypto calculation for direct application processing of encrypted data, and more.

No other cybersecurity center in Europe is as large or covers as broad a scope as the platform. The platform’s partners include some 30 manufacturing and other industrial companies, as well as research organizations in Europe and the United States.

Facts and figures

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100
collaborators

 

investissement

3,5
million Euros in equipment


30
industrial 
partners



surface

1300 sq. m
of facilities



equipement

Notable equipment:

  • CAD toolchain
  • Verigy 9300 tester
  • Mentor Graphics Veloce 2 emulator
  • Function library (IP)

Locations: Leti and List (Grenoble and Paris-Saclay)

Software and systems engineering platform

ingenierie logicielle systemeThe focus of the software and systems engineering platform is to improve the software and systems design and validation processes to achieve cost savings, ensure higher quality, boost performance, and increase safety and security. The platform drives rapid, controlled advances in development techniques.

The solutions developed at the platform can be used to enhance embedded software and systems for electronic payment, automotive, avionics, and telecommunications network applications, as well as for largescale distributed systems in energy supervision, manufacturing, and financial transaction management.

The platform boasts state-of-the-art resources covering the entire development cycle, from specifications and design to verification, validation, and implementation. Close ties are maintained with hardware designers at every stage in the process. The platform’s activities cover three areas: development of solutions with and for industrial partners; studies, assessments, audit, and training; and the development of business-specific tools. The platform is like no other facility in France’s academic research landscape.

Facts and figures

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110
engineers
and technicians

 

investissement

2
million annual investment


+20
industrial 
partners



surface

1000sq. m
of facilities


equipement

Notable equipment:

  • Papyrus and Frama-C open-source software
  • Commercial software (Scade Suite, MaTeLo, TIS Analyser)
  • Computing resources

Location : List (Paris-Saclay)

Ambient intelligence platform

internet des objetsThe ambient intelligence platform develops technologies to enable new forms of interaction between people and their digital environment.

The platform’s Big Data R&D entails mining huge databases of multilingual text, images, videos, signals, and digital data to generate targeted, easy-to-understand search results. The platform’s human-machine interface R&D produces simple, intuitive tools from touch screens to haptic feedback and vibration systems that increase ease-of-use. Both areas of research cover the entire design cycle.

The platform can also develop secure, high-quality communication protocols with remotemanagement capabilities for connected objects with little available processing power and energy. A new 160 sq. m lab at the platform is being used to develop new services in areas like smart homes, assisted living, and collaborative tools for meetings.

Facts and figures

rh

150
collaborators

 

investissement

+5
million Euros in equipment


50
industrial 
partners



surface

1000 sq. m
of facilities



20
patents per year



equipement

Know-how:

  • Statistical analysis
  • Multimedia search, vision systems, mechatronics, decision assistance, protocol design

Location : List (Paris-Saclay)

Non-destructive testing platform

controle non destructif plateformeThe Gerim non-destructive testing platform in Gif-sur-Yvette (near the CEA Tech Paris-Saclay campus) boasts a staff of 80 people dedicated to developing new testing processes and methods, sensors, instrumentation, and processing algorithms to identify defects on various kinds of manufactured parts.

Gerim offers some of the most cutting-edge equipment and software available in the field of NDT and draws on know-how in contactless inspection, adaptive ultrasonic imaging, and robotics to come up with advanced methods for inspecting areas of parts that would be inaccessible using traditional methods. The platform is home to a robotized multiresolution X-ray tomography unit that can be used to inspect very large parts with complex geometries.

The platform is used for PhD research and other R&D projects. Its industrial partners come from a diverse range of industries—nuclear, petrochemical, aeronautics, rail—and include Areva, Dassault, EADS, EDF, Extende, SNECMA, and Technip. The platform’s CIVA NDT simulator, developed by CEA Tech institute List, is used by more than 250 companies in 41 countries.

Facts and figures

rh

80
collaborators

 

investissement

2
million Euros in equipment


10
industrial 
partners



surface

500 sq. m
of facilities



45
patents



equipement

Notable equipment:

  • Robotized X-ray tomography unit
  • Laser ultrasonic unit
  • EMAT and CMUT ultrasonic sensors
  • Electromagnetic sensors
  • Multielement ultrasonic instrumentation

Location: List (Paris-Saclay)

Nuclear instrumentation for energy platform

instrumentation nucleaire pour energieThe nuclear instrumentation for energy platform works with nuclear power plant and waste-treatment plant operators and equipment manufacturers to develop measurement systems for operations, monitoring, safety, and decommissioning for current and future generations of reactors.

R&D at the platform focuses on sensors, organic scintillators, and fiber-optic systems, as well as on the electronic architectures and embedded data processing algorithms that drive measurement systems. The systems developed measure ionizing radiation, temperature, and deformation. The platform works with around ten industrial partners, including EDF, Areva, Saphymo, and Canberra, and runs around 60 R&D projects per year.

The platform is like no other facility in France, and delivers targeted know-how in areas like ultra-rapid nuclear measurement chains, distinguishing between different types of radiation in noisy environments, gamma-ray imaging, and radioactive waste package inspection. The platform is using regenerated fiber Bragg gratings to develop a measurement solution that is operable at the high temperatures (up to 1,000°C) in future generations of reactors.

Facts and figures

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29
collaborators



investissement

5
million Euros in equipment


10
industrial 
partners



7
patents per year



equipement

Notable equipment:

  • Linear electron accelerators
  • Chemistry labs
  • Laser beam for Bragg gratings

Location : List (Paris-Saclay)

Virtual reality platform

realite virtuelleThe virtual reality platform offers its industrial partners access to a battery of equipment that is unique in France to overcome their technology challenges and create or validate new concepts. The platform uses both virtual reality and blended simulation techniques.

The R&D conducted at the platform covers production lines, workstation ergonomics, collaborative robotics for operator assistance, training, and collaborative work technologies for advanced manufacturing and the factory of the future.

The platform’s industrial partners include integrators (HRV, Oreka Solutions, Haption) and end users in the automotive, aeronautics, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

An 18 cu. m immersive environment—the platform’s flagship resource—offers high-resolution displays, laser projectors, eight motion capture cameras, and two haptic interfaces. It is used for interactive multi-physics simulations for R&D projects, demonstrations, or case studies.

The platform also has a two-sided immersive system, mobile equipment like virtual reality headsets and mobile tracking devices, and computing resources for real-time numerical simulation.

Facts and figures

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20
collaborators

 

investissement

2
million Euros in equipment


10
industrial 
partners



surface

350 sq. m
of facilities



equipement

Notable equipment:

  • Five-sided immersive environment
  • Laser projectors
  • IR motion capture cameras
  • l:1 haptic arm
  • Computing clusters

Location : List (Paris-Saclay)

Collaborative robotics platform

plateforme robotique collaborativeThe collaborative robotics platform is home to joint research and development between the CEA and its industrial partners on systems like cobots and exoskeletons that aim to make manual tasks easier, improve operator precision, and increase productivity. The systems developed are either stationary, mobile, or remotely-operated for use in hostile environments.

The platform evaluates potential applications for these breakthrough technologies and explores emerging uses that could potentially respond to the needs of the large manufacturing corporations that use the platform. The platform’s other research—conducted in partnership with equipment manufacturers—drives innovations in human-robot interaction.

The platform’s know-how in force-controlled robots—and, in particular, very-low-friction actuators offering excellent rigidity, light weight, and low inertia—has earned it a leading position in the European R&D landscape. These technologies enable extremely precise force control and, as a result, enhanced safety for operators working nearby.

The platform’s industrial partners include Areva, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Technip, RB3D, Haption, and Sarrazin Technologies.

Facts and figures

rh

50
collaborators

 

investissement

2
million Euros in equipment


20
industrial 
partners



surface

1500 sq. m
of facilities



12
patents per year



equipement

Notable equipment:

  • Collaborative robots for industrial processes and inspection
  • Exoskeletons
  • AGVs (automatic guided vehicles)
  • Remote operation systems

Location : List (Paris-Saclay)

Doseo radiotherapy and imaging platform

doseo radiotherapie imagerie plateformeThe DOSEO platform was created to enhance radiotherapy equipment and train radiotherapy professionals with the ultimate goal of making radiotherapy treatments safer. The platform was founded in cooperation with France’s national testing and metrology lab (LNE) and the French National Cancer Center (INCA) with funding from the French government, the European Union, and local governments.

The 2,400 sq. m facility is home to a comprehensive range of equipment and employs 35 radiation-dose metrology, simulation, calculation, and optimization specialists. The platform is entirely dedicated to training and research, giving clinical practitioners and manufacturers an alternative to conducting their research at a clinical center; the platform also rounds out the facilities available at traditional clinical centers. DOSEO’s training programs, provided in conjunction with France’s nuclear science and technology center (INSTN), target medical physicists, radiology technicians, engineers, radiotherapists, general practitioners, and any other professional that prescribes or works with radiotherapy techniques.

The hands-on research at the platform is conducted on commercially-available equipment; earlier stage research leverages the platform’s lab facilities. Some of the topics addressed are dose simulation coupled with virtual reality, real-time in vivo dose control, and dose optimization.

Partners can also work with the platform to test equipment, improve upon protocols before they are commercialized, and perform remote calculations.

DOSEO platform website : http://www.plateformedoseo.com/

Facts and figures

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35
collaborators

 

investissement

18
million Euros in equipment


10
partnerships 
with clinical centers


surface

2400 sq. m
of facilities



equipement

Notable equipment:

  • Radiotherapy accelerators
  • Medical imaging equipment
  • Tomodensitometry equipment
  • Brachytherapy sources
  • Cobalt-60 irradiator

Location : List (Paris-Saclay)

 

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