Salon / Marseille Provence-Alpes Côte-d'Azur regional partnerships

A positioning of excellence

The Accident Mechanisms Research Unit (MA) and the Laboratory of Biomechanics and Applications (LBA), a research unit that is jointly managed with the University of the Mediterranean (the future Aix-Marseille University), both obtained an A rating in their AERES evaluation. Their complementary and cross-cutting research is focused on the analysis of accidents, from their origins to remedial measures. Since 2010, the LBA has had increased test facilities and a building dedicated to impact tests with a total surface area of 950 m².

In 2011, actions to consolidate the regional presence of the centre increased in number. The strong involvement of the Marseille and Salon-de-Provence teams in the calls for tender for the Future Investment Programme was a success. They are thus taking part in the Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) Excellence Initiative (AMU) A*MIDEX through which AMU hopes its research will place it among the top 20 European institutions and the top 100 worldwide.

At the same time, the launch of the PACA Corse SATT (Technology Transfer Acceleration Office), in which IFSTTAR is a partner, should provide a real boost to local research.

Created by 10 shareholder research institutions and 2 other non-shareholder institutions, the PACA Corse SATT will promote the research activities of approximately 6,000 of the region's researchers in the life sciences.

It should also be noted that IFSTTAR has obtained FUI/Regional co-financing and certification by the Pôle Gestion des Risques et Vulnérabilité des Territoires (Regional Risk Management and Vulnerability Unit) for the REMOTE project in partnership with ONERA, EGIS, an SME as well as the Cete de Lyon and Méditerranée.

The main objective of the 30-month project is to demonstrate the capabilities of a radar demonstrator for monitoring unstable natural sites and sensitive structures.

Transport and health: an indispensable unifying force for research and dialogue in the PACA region (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)

Partnerships with the University of Aix-Marseille have been significantly strengthened. The arrival of specialists in abdominal and digestive surgery as well as the incorporation of the team from the Laboratory of Otology, Neurotology and Microendoscopy are boosting skills and opening up new avenues. Two examples are the development of a joint project with the Institute of Movement Sciences on the development of a simulator (physical and virtual) for neonatal resuscitation and the Centre for Biological and Medical Magnetic Resonance for studying and modelling the spinal cord.

The project for a "The Human in Transport" Labex, which unfortunately was not selected, has nevertheless strengthened links with the Institute of Movement Sciences, the Centre for the Psychology of Knowledge of Language and Emotion and the Onera Group for Piloting, Simulation, Experimentation and Flight.

Work with Decathlon and the University of Strasbourg on cyclist head trauma, with a view to improving helmet design, has mobilized the centre's teams as part of the Bicytete project, funded by the the Directorate for Research and Innovation at MEDDTL.

Beyond the region

This regional presence has also made it possible to support activities with an international dimension:

Co-organisation of the 2nd Simbio-M International Conference on Simulation in Biomechanics

Development of a joint Franco-Quebec research platform on the biomechanics of the spine. This agreement between IFSTTAR and Polytechnique de Montréal also brings in the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal and the CHU Sainte Justine et Sacré Coeur. It provides the setting for exchanges of researchers and several jointly supervised theses.

Organisation of the 3rd international French-speaking symposium of the GERI (IFSTTAR Exchange and Research Group) COPIE[1] on the Behaviour of Pedestrians in their Environment. The conference was held under the title Quality and Safety of Pedestrian Travel: Factors, Challenges and New Actions Launch of an action with the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) at the University of Adelaide (Australia) to assess the effectiveness of driving aids for pedestrian protection under real conditions.