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July 22, 2016 | Cybersecurity: CEA joins forces with European Commission

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On July 5, 2017 the European Commission signed a new public-private partnership (PPP) in the field of cybersecurity. The partnership will entail setting up the European CyberSecurity Organisation (ECSO), a nonprofit. The move was part of the Commission’s strategy for its Research & Innovation (R&I) programs involving public and private partners.

The European Union will invest €450 million in the new partnership and will be looking to industrial partners to contribute €1.8 billion in additional funding by 2020. As a major center for research in cybersecurity, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) was instrumental in engineering the PPP and setting up the nonprofit ESCO. Géraud Canet (of List, a CEA Tech institute) was elected to the Board of Directors and Partnership Committee.

ECSO was set up as a nonprofit organization. Its founding members include the European Organisation for Security[1] (EOS), ACN (Alliance pour la confiance numérique), major European industrial corporations (Airbus, Thales, Safran/Morpho), national cybersecurity agencies (including ANSSI for France), and research organizations (CEA, Tecnalia, VTT, INRIA, and others). ECSO’s general mandate is to support initiatives and projects to develop, promote, and encourage cybersecurity at the European level. The cybersecurity PPP coordinates all cybersecurity activities for Europe, occupying a prime position in European research. Most notably, the PPP is tasked with:

  • Creating cybersecurity research roadmaps
  • Determining content of calls for projects
  • Structuring the ecosystem

And, given the strategic nature of cybersecurity, EU Member States will play a particularly important role in ESCO and will be directly represented within the organization. Luigi Rebuffi of EOS is coordinating the PPP, which has two main governance bodies on which the CEA holds seats:

  • The Board of Directors, which counts 38 members
  • The Partnership Committee, whose scope includes research programs

The CEA’s role in cybersecurity research

The CEA runs a specific cybersecurity research program as part of a broader security research program coordinated by the Military Applications Department (DAM). The CEA’s research focuses on the development of:

  • Secure architectures designed to ensure the cybersecurity of industrial systems
  • Cyberprotection technologies, including and, especially, cryptography and encryption products
  • Defensive cybersecurity technologies
[1] The CEA is a member of the European Organisation for Security (EOS) alongside many other security stakeholders from research and industry (Airbus, Thales, Safran/Morpho, BAE, Finmeccanica, etc., as well as TNO, VTT, Tecnalia, and others). The CEA is also a member of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) and chairs EARTO’s Security Research Working Group.



July 12, 2016 | Manycore processors could one day take to the skies

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List, a CEA Tech institute, has been helping Safran experiment with how to integrate critical and non-critical avionics applications into a manycore architecture. The demonstrator system, presented at the ERTS trade show in Toulouse, garnered the full satisfaction of the people at Safran involved in the project.

Safran turned to List to assess the potential of CEA Tech spinoff Kalray’s manycore architecture, which integrates up to 256 processors on a single chip, for future applications in avionics—an industry with stringent certification requirements.
Our researchers set out to determine if the computing power offered by manycore architectures could be used to speed up critical in-flight applications, and if both critical and non-critical applications could be executed on the same chip. And List’s experience designing secure multi- and manycore embedded systems was particularly useful.

The researchers started by determining which architecture configurations would allow the execution of experimental aircraft engine control software—a critical application requiring certification before use on board an aircraft—without generating any disturbances. A demonstrator system was then built to show that mixed-criticality applications could be run without interference. It combined the engine control codes and a complex engine health monitoring function (average criticality).
When run in parallel with the secure engine control application on the demonstrator, execution speeds for the monitoring application were 35 times faster than the control speed (measured on a commercially-available processor in lab conditions using experimental measurement techniques). Safran employees assigned to the project were more than pleased with the results!



7 juillet 2016 | Le List primé au 18e concours national d’aide à la création d’entreprises innovantes

concours ilab 2016Le Concours national d’aide à la création d’entreprises de technologies innovantes, organisé par le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche en partenariat avec BpiFrance, a distingué 56 projets de création d’entreprise dont un s’appuyant sur les recherches du List, institut de CEA Tech.

Cet évènement annuel offre un soutien aux meilleurs projets de création d’entreprises de technologies innovantes en offrant aux lauréats une aide financière pouvant aller jusqu’à 450 000 euros. Parmi les 56 lauréats, 5 grands prix ont été décernés pour des projets qui s’inscrivent dans l’un des 10 grands défis sociétaux définis par l’agenda stratégique France-Europe 2020.

Primé parmi 347 candidatures, Motion Recall, Ultra Virtual Reality, développe un enregistreur de réalité virtuelle qui permet d’interagir avec l’environnement qui a été filmé grâce à un casque VR. Le produit bénéficie d’un portefeuille de brevets couvrant 5 familles de technologies développées au sein du CEA dont l’institut Carnot CEA LIST.

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28 juin 2016 | DIOTA, start-up du List, récompensée par le « Grand prix » des Trophées de la simulation numérique 2016

Les trophées de la simulation numérique 2016, évènement récompensant les talents de la simulation numérique et du Big Data, a dévoilé son palmarès le 28 juin 2016 à l’Ecole Polytechnique. Organisé par L’Usine Digitale et TERATEC, cet événement a décerné le « Grand prix de la simulation » à DIOTA, startup du List, institut de CEA Tech.

diotaplayer diotaCréée en 2009, DIOTA accélère et fiabilise les gestes industriels à forte valeur ajoutée par ses solutions de réalité augmentée. Conçu pour les industriels et les professionnels, son logiciel de réalité augmentée permet non seulement l’identification immédiate de tout objet dont le modèle 3D figure dans sa bibliothèque mais également la création d’une application de réalité augmentée en quelques clics.

Ce sont ses solutions simples d’utilisation qui ont permis à DIOTA de conquérir une clientèle industrielle de grands comptes tels que Dassault Aviation, Volkswagen, PSA, Safran…

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June 6, 2016 | X-ray imaging with “just enough” radiation

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​​List, a CEA Tech institute, has developed tools that can reduce the dose of X-ray radiation delivered during medical imaging procedures without compromising the quality of the diagnosis. The advance will help eliminate the complications associated with overdosages.

France's national nuclear safety board (ANSN) recently condemned an increase in radio-induced cancers—especially in children—due to repeated exposure to X-rays.

Researchers at List are investigating ways to improve control over the dose delivered to patients during medical imaging procedures. Their work started with an algorithm to estimate the dose delivered. And, for personalized calculations, each individual patient's height and weight, plus factors related to the type of imaging procedure (like the machine settings and the direction and position of the patient's body in the machine), were factored in. In parallel, the researchers developed a tool to determine on a case-by-case basis the dose of radiation required to achieve the desired quality of diagnosis.

"The goal was to determine the minimum dose to deliver without affecting image quality, a decisive factor in ensuring radiologists' diagnoses are accurate," said a List researcher.

The process involved submitting a range of images to a panel of seasoned radiologists to determine the minimum quality required on previously-determined subjective criteria. The data was then used to determine how to achieve the corresponding data acquisition configuration.

When combined with the dose calculation algorithm in a software application under development, the tool can determine the optimal machine configuration to ultimately deliver six times less radiation to the patient without harming image quality. The software will target medical imaging device manufacturers for integration into their future products.