Paris Region/ Île-de-France

Arrival of the head office in Marne-la-Vallée

At the end of 2012, IFSTTAR’s head office and the teams from Boulevard Lefebvre in Paris moved into Bienvenüe building in Marne-La-Vallée. They are soon to be joined by other teams that are already on the Cité Descartes site. The Bienvenüe site will help to form the Paris-East Science and Technology Cluster which is part of Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. Ultimately, a very large number of researchers, engineers and doctoral students from higher education establishments, institutes and Université  Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée will be housed at the Cité Descartes site with the goal of becoming a centre of excellence and innovation to meet the challenges of the sustainable city. This grouping will work closely with the Advancity competitiveness cluster and form one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary centres for teaching, research and innovation on the themes of the city of tomorrow.

An important centre for teaching and research on all urban issues

As a founding member of Paris-East University, IFSTTAR is active in the research units and the doctoral schools of the PRES (research and academic cluster).

The Abertis-ENPC-IFSTTAR chair, which was created in January 2011, carries out training and research in the area of the management of transport infrastructure and targets students, researchers, teachers and professionals working in the field. The chair is responsible for the first Albertis prize for transport infrastructure management.

IFSTTAR is also very active in the creation of the new western PRES known as UPGO which stands for Paris Grand Ouest University. It brings together the Universities of Cergy-Pontoise, and Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, IFSTTAR and eight other research organizations and higher education establishments.

VeDeCoM is one of the flagship projects of the new PRES.


Urban research in the Paris region is mapping out its future

In 2011, the Future Investments Programme continued to rally the research units in the Paris region around projects whose funding had already been found or was being negotiated.

One of these, the Sense-City Equipex, led by IFSTTAR, sets out to use sensor networks for the close monitoring of urban areas.

A miniature test city will be constructed at the CSTB site in the Cité Descartes in which mock-ups of various components of the city will be installed.

The NanoimagesX Equipex, which is managed by the Navier laboratory  (a Marne-la-Vallée research unit which is jointly run by CNRS, ENPC and IFSTTAR), aims to construct and operate a 3D imaging line chiefly to investigate the structure of new materials in the SOLEIL synchrotron.

No less than 5 IFSTTAR research units are involved in another Future Investments Programme, the Futurs Urbains Labex. This applies an interdisciplinary approach in urban contexts by coordinating high quality research with the ability to conduct in-situ trials at the Descartes Cluster in Marne-la-Vallée.

The Efficacity project aims to find ways of reducing energy consumption by implementing the technology, services and design/evaluation tools developed by its industrial and academic project partners.

The Institute also participates, with Paris-East University, and the Sorbonne Paris Cité, in the Technology Transfer Acceleration Company (SATT) Ile-de-France Innov.

Greater involvement on the competitiveness clusters

A second proposal for an IEED (Competitiveness Clusters), VeDeCoM, has been extensively reworked by the 42 partners (which include Renault, PSA, Valeo and IFSTTAR). The themes to be covered by the future institute which is to bring together 200 researchers at Versailles-Satory, have been modified more comprehensively: vehicle electrification, the delegation of driving tasks (to the point of full automation), new transport systems and services with a proposal for an application laboratory in which IFSTTAR will be very much involved.

As part of the “Vehicles of the Future” programme which has Mov’eo support and certification, the LTN teams at Satory have submitted a proposal known as Mov’eo TREVE with a view to creating the facilities and regulations needed to conduct comparative tests and evaluate charging systems for electric vehicles and chargeable hybrid vehicles. The consortium includes Renault, Schneider and 6 other partners and aims to use the Satory site to set up test facilities whose reference status will be recognized by the entire electric vehicle sector.

Another proposal, SYSMO 2015, which has been certified by Mov’eo and Sytematic, and which involves IFSTTAR teams from Satory and Marne-la-Vallée, has been the submitted in response to an ADEME call for expressions of interest for new transportation systems. The proposal is to develop techniques, systems and knowledge for multimodal information systems, car-sharing with automatic vehicles and, more recently, systems for major transport hubs.

The Institute is heavily involved in the governance of the Advancity cluster, chairing the scientific board and the Mobility certification committee and leading its strategic policy committees. The Institute’s teams are continuing their involvement in setting up projects that are certified by this cluster, for example, NEWTUN (interactive pre-retaining for tunnel boring) and REPTILES( Institutes of Excellence on Zero Carbon Energy) (rehabilitation of drinking water pipes).