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April 5, 2016 | List startup Win MS makes first US sale

WinmsDelta TechOps recently purchased the AERO Smart-R kit, sold by List startup WiN MS, marking the company’s first foray into the North American market.

List startup Win MS, founded in 2012, specializes in reflectometry-based cable diagnostics. AERO Smart-R kit is an innovative tool that maintenance workers can use to rapidly and accurately locate aircraft cable faults. It is already used by numerous aeronautics-industry players in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Delta TechOps, North America’s leading and the world’s third-largest MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) provider, ordered ten AERO Smart-R kits to equip its main MRO centers worldwide.

The advanced solution, developed by the CEA List Carnot Institute, is the only product on the market capable of detecting and locating both permanent and intermittent faults without disassembling the many components it would require to manually inspect the cables. Maintenance times can be reduced fivefold, limiting the amount of time aircraft are grounded, increasing electrical maintenance efficiency, and avoiding the needless replacement of components.

Win MS first met with Delta TechOps via the French Tech Hub, a subsidiary of Paris Région Entreprises, an economic development organization that helps innovative, high-growth France-based SMBs enter the US market.

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March 21, 2016 | #techday#cealist 2016: Future of manufacturing attracts 500 attendees

The latest #techday#cealist was held on March 17, 2016 at Nano-INNOV. This annual event, organized by List, a CEA Tech institute, brought in more than 500 attendees this year.


The future of manufacturing at #techday#cealist 2016

This year’s #techday#cealist focused on the future of manufacturing, addressing issues like how to leverage digital technologies to modernize production equipment and processes and what support companies will need as they navigate this transformation. List, which is involved in more than 500 projects in this field each year, ran a “Techshow” exhibit of the latest technological advances illustrated by 50 state-of-the-art demonstrator systems.

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Philippe Lanternier, Corporate Executive Vice President, Bureau Veritas gave the keynote address on "Digital Transformation and Value Creation". Philippe Watteau, Director of Carnot Institute CEA List then gave a talk on "The Right Innovation for the Right Transformation".
The day continued with two panel talks, one on List’s key technologies for the future of manufacturing, and another on the new Factory Lab, a technology platform set up under the Alliance Industrie du Futur. 

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List techshow: 50 innovative demonstrator systems

The attendees had an opportunity to talk with List researchers manning the techshow exhibit, which ended the day. The techshow floor was organized by topic:

  • « Software and systems engineering »
  • « From data to knowledge »
  • « Cybersecurity »
  • « Control and monitoring »
  • « Technologies for IoT »
  • « Interactive systems »
  • « Virtual reality »
  • « Platforms » (DOSEO and Factory Lab)

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The List Techshow exhibit featured 50 demonstrator systems and was particularly popular with attendees

10 march 2016 | The CEA is the world’s most innovative public research organisation (Reuters)

cea reuters couleur​According to Reuter's rankings, the CEA is the world's most innovative public research organisation.That's the conclusion of Reuters' "Top 25 Global Innovators – Government", a list that identifies and ranks publicly funded institutions.

CEA ranks first in Reuters’ classification, in front of Fraunhofer (Germany) and JST (Japan), in part because it applies for a significant number of patents, but mainly because of its success rate of patents received compared with patents filed. Between 2008 and 2013, the CEA filed a total of 2252 patent applications (WIPO) mainly in the energy (nuclear and renewable), semiconductor, chemistry and final consumer product sectors. 81.2% of these applications were successful.


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Number of patent requests filed by the CEA between 2008 and 2013, broken down per sector type, as per analysis conducted by Reuters Thomson.


Another important criterion used for the Reuters rankings: these patents are frequently cited by outside researchers, showing that the CEA has a big impact on R&D efforts at other organisations. The strength of CEA research is also reflected by the numerous industrial partnerships and spin-off companies stemming from CEA technologies (124 companies created since 2000).

In its report, Reuters also emphasises the essential role public organisations have in moving science and technology forward. A large part of research funding - especially curiosity-driven fundamental research - is provided by public rather than private funding: since private companies are often saddled with short-term profitability issues, which hinder investment opportunities.

In its findings, Reuters reminds us of the role that public research organisations have undertaken in crucial discoveries: in short, they split the atom, invented the Internet, and mapped the human genome.

For its part, the CEA had a pivotal role in developing the French nuclear sector. However, its reach is not limited to this arena alone: today it is recognized as one of the most active world players in the areas of new technologies (microelectronics, robotics, complex IT, big data) and renewable energy (solar power, energy storage, smart networks, etc.), as well as biotechnologies. Its Institute of Genomics is making great steps toward understanding and decoding the human genome.

Three other French organisations are also ranked in the Top 25 (CNRS, Inserm, Institut Pasteur, ranked 5th, 10th and 17th respectively), which includes, for comparative purposes, six US organisations, as well as four Japanese and three German organisations. European holds nine of the 25 places, making it the world’s most innovative continent according to Reuters.

It should also be noted that each year the CEA features on Reuters’ annual rankings of the 100 most innovative institutions (public and private) (since this list was first created in 2011).


About the ranking system

Reuters relied on data compiled by Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science and by different research and patent citation platforms to create its “Top 25 Global Innovators – Government” rankings.

Public or State-funded research organisations were identified by cross-referencing data from their scientific publications from 2008 to 2013 with data concerning their patent application files (up to July 2015). Each organisation was assessed according to ten indicators, such as: the number of patent application files, the rate of successful patents received, the global reach of the type of patents, the patent citation rate, the impact factor of these citations, the impact of patents cited in publications, the number of articles cited in industrial publications, the number of publications and the rate of those completed through collaboration with an industrial player.


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8 March 2016 | Model-based engineering for better complex systems

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List, a CEA Tech institute, has earned an international reputation for its know-how in model-based engineering. List partners can put model-based engineering to work for their systems and software engineering projects.

List has set up a model-based engineering environment, Papyrus, for complex-systems design. Model-based engineering leverages the power of computing to create and exploit models, conceptual representations, and languages to describe both a problem and its solution. Papyrus is based on the commonly-used shared languages UML for software and SysML for systems. It can also be modified to take into account the issues specific to different industries like transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, and energy, or targeted concerns like safety, security, and upgradeability.

Researchers at List recently worked with Auto Inergy, a division of Plastic Omnium, the world’s leading fuel systems producer, to introduce a tool-based software and systems engineering method to replace the company’s document-based approach. The purpose of the project was to improve product quality and speed time to market.

And Sherpa Engineering, a SME specializing in systems design in a number of industries, turned to List to boost its systems engineering know-how and access IT tools that will enable the company to provide its customers with high-added-value services.
List researchers are also working to deliver the same benefits to partners in the automotive, rail, telecommunications, and advanced manufacturing industries.


25 february 2016 | State-of-the-art augmented reality glasses

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List, a CEA Tech institute, has developed an augmented reality system for glasses. The innovation, which will play an important role in the factory of the future, draws on List's know-how in image analysis. The technology is being transferred to several industrial partners.

When it comes to augmented reality, glasses are the most practical solution, offering the wearer hands-free convenience and a wide range of motion. However, the development of the technology is plagued by problems aligning the virtual images with the real-world environment; data processing speeds are another obstacle.

List has been working on augmented reality for eight years; the institute presented its first prototype at the Industrie trade show in April 2015. The prototype's calibration procedure, which entails superimposing a virtual image on a real-world object depending on the user's position, was the result of particularly advanced R&D to improve the underlying mathematical modelling and increase processing speed to enable real-time image analysis. And the result has set a new state of the art: a user wearing the glasses sees the virtual information on the lenses perfectly aligned with the real-world object.

The advances made by List will drive new applications in industrial maintenance; other applications, such as training, are also on the drawing board. Diota, a List spinoff that has already released augmented reality software for tablets, displays, and, recently, projection systems, now has plans to develop tools for augmented reality glasses.