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  • UTC’s overarching ambition: to lend meaning to technology-intensive innovation

    "Tech­no­lo­gy is the name that science gives itself when it is inter­es­ted in appli­ca­tions deve­lo­ped for Man and by Man", said Guy Denié­lou, Pre­sident-foun­der of UTC. The tech­no­lo­gi­cal research at UTC-Com­piegne is conse­quent­ly arti­cu­la­ted around three fun­da­men­tal axes: to unders­tand in order to do (sciences for the engi­neer approach), to prove use­ful (socie­tal and social­ly res­pon­sible rele­vance) and to deve­lop sus­tai­nable tech­no­lo­gi­cal sys­tems (sus­tai­nable deve­lop­ment approach, social­ly res­pon­sible research). Research plays a cen­tral role to lend mea­ning to inno­va­tion and to the trai­ning of engi­neers, mas­ters and PhD stu­dents. UTC is com­mit­ted to deve­lop a research of excel­lence, com­pe­ti­tive and creative.

    Scientific policy

    The UTC was the very first uni­ver­si­ty to train engi­neers, clear­ly posi­tio­ning tech­no­lo­gi­cal research at the centre of engi­nee­ring edu­ca­tion and inno­va­tion, while favou­ring inter­dis­ci­pli­na­ry research. It trains engi­neers, mas­ters and doc­tors able to appre­hend the inter­ac­tions of tech­no­lo­gy with man and socie­ty and to deve­lop pro­ducts, inno­va­tive tech­no­lo­gies of the future, ans­we­ring the socio-eco­no­mic chal­lenges of tomor­row 2030–2050.

    UTC has always been com­mit­ted to deve­lop excellent tech­no­lo­gi­cal research of, both com­pe­ti­tive and crea­tive, thus focu­sing its prio­ri­ties on its inter­na­tio­nal visi­bi­li­ty and vis­ta, its influence as well as its research in part­ner­ship with the indus­try.

    It is based on three axes of excellence:

    • 1) Bio-eco­no­mics, ter­ri­to­ria­li­zed biorefineries ;
    • 2) Mobi­li­ty, trans­por­ta­tion, urban plan­ning, energy
    • 3) Health, health technologies.

    The UTC model

    The trai­ning of engi­neers is based on a solid and excellent scien­ti­fic base, where the sub­jects taught dis­ci­plines are based on the mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­na­ri­ty and the inter­dis­ci­pli­na­ri­ty of the eight UTC research labo­ra­to­ries. These labo­ra­to­ries are divi­ded into 5 mixed research units with CNRS (4), ESCOM (1) and 3 research units.

    The UTC counts near­ly 322 research actors (14% CNRS, 23% tech­ni­cal and admi­nis­tra­tive staff) and 302 contrac­tual staff (of which 88% PhD stu­dents). Among the PhD stu­dents, 10% are in inter­na­tio­nal co-super­vi­sion and 20% are in rela­tion with indus­trial partners.

    Scientfic versatility

    The UTC aims to avail of the means to have an inte­gra­ted and inte­gral ans­wer on a res­tric­ted num­ber of refe­rence pro­blems by mobi­li­zing a great diver­si­ty of scien­ti­fic dis­ci­plines. These pro­blems are rela­ted to socie­tal stakes, to dif­fi­cul­ties posed by the pro­fes­sions and met in the inter­ac­tion with the socie­ty, where the pro­duc­tion of know­ledge is jus­ti­fied and mobi­li­zed by the needs of the Socie­ty and humans in gene­ral accor­ding to the requi­re­ments of the action and its “ope­ra­tio­na­li­ty”.

    Through its 8 research units, UTC deve­lops a site logic concen­tra­ting, on the same place in Com­piègne, human and scien­ti­fic com­pe­tences based on diver­si­ty and com­ple­men­ta­ri­ty faci­li­ta­ting inter­dis­ci­pli­na­ri­ty. This logic cor­ro­bo­rates its themes and extends its deve­lop­ment axes. Thus UTC is stron­gly invol­ved in two natio­nal “com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness clus­ters” with a world­wide voca­tion; viz.,  i-Trans,, which deals with land trans­por­ta­tion, and Indus­try and agro-resources (IAR), which is dedi­ca­ted to bio­tech­no­lo­gies and in par­ti­cu­lar to the exploi­ta­tion of the whole plant for indus­trial purposes.

    A deep-roo­ted ter­ri­to­rial ancho­rage, nota­bly through its strong par­ti­ci­pa­tion in regio­nal research poli­cies, enables it to build ambi­tious struc­tures of natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal aims and visibility.

    Partnerships with companies

    Joint labo­ra­to­ries prove to be is excellent tools for car­rying out long-term part­ner­ship actions; they also serve as a means in which tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer and cross-fer­ti­li­za­tion are faci­li­ta­ted. A joint labo­ra­to­ry is based on a co-construc­ted scien­ti­fic pro­ject, gene­ral­ly las­ting an ave­rage of four years, bet­ween one or more players in the eco­no­mic sec­tor and one or more of the HE institution's research units, invol­ving finan­cial and human resources from each of the part­ners.

    Three joint labo­ra­to­ries crea­ted and renewed:

    • SIVALAB, asso­cia­ting UTC, the CNRS and Renault on inte­gra­ted sys­tems for the auto­no­mous vehicle;
    • DIMEXPasso­cia­ting UTC and DELTACAD, on the digi­tal pro­to­ty­ping;
    • FUSEMETAL, asso­cia­ting the UTC, the CNRS and ARCELOR-MITTAL, sup­por­ted by the Hauts-de-France Region and the Euro­pean Union (FEDER), on 3rd gene­ra­tion steels.

    Other joint laboratories

    • UTC-Valeo for the deve­lop­ment of the star­ter-alter­na­tor “stop and go”;
    • PROCEDIS, asso­cia­ting the UTC and INERIS  (Natio­nal Ins­ti­tute of the Indus­trial Envi­ron­ment and Risks) for the poo­ling of means and com­pe­tences in pro­cesses and analyses;
    • LATIM, asso­cia­ting the UTC, the CNRS and the CETIM  (Tech­ni­cal Centre of Mecha­ni­cal Indus­tries) on the tech­no­lo­gies of infor­ma­tion pro­ces­sing in mechanics;
    • SIME, asso­cia­ting the UTC, the CNRS and SUEZ Envi­ron­ne­ment,, for the deve­lop­ment of intel­li­gent sys­tems for the water industry;
    • LHN, asso­cia­ting UTC, the CNRS and the CETMEF (Centre d'études tech­niques mari­times et flu­viales) on digi­tal hydraulics.

    International partnerships

    UTC deve­lops and sup­ports research and trai­ning pro­grammes with stra­te­gic part­ners and inter­na­tio­nal mobi­li­ty programmes.

    UTC's joint research programmes

    • Mexi­co: LAFMIA is a joint Fran­co-Mexi­can labo­ra­to­ry crea­ted in 2008 with INPG, École Cen­trale de Nantes and CINESTAV, a Mexi­can research orga­ni­za­tion. The labo­ra­to­ry sup­por­ted by the French Minis­try of Research and the CNRS was rene­wed in Novem­ber 2017. The research work of the “UMI” (mixed inter­na­tio­nal unit) focuses on com­pu­ter science and auto­ma­tion, and more par­ti­cu­lar­ly on robo­tics. The LAFMIA labo­ra­to­ry works main­ly on drones, minia­ture sub­ma­rines, as well as on exos­ke­le­tons, either to increase the strength of a limb or to com­pen­sate for a motor defi­cien­cy in a person.
    • Leba­non: IRP (Inter­na­tio­nal Research Pro­gram) ADONIS, CNRS, CNRS L, Leba­nese Uni­ver­si­ty, 2020–2025.
    • Japan – Uni­ver­si­ty of Tokyo: the­sis co-super­vi­sion, inco­ming and out­going research staff mobi­li­ty of, research pro­grammes on tech­no­lo­gi­cal sys­tems in the field of health, trans­port, 2020–2023.

    UTC Research mobility programmes

    Laun­ched in 2018, these pro­grammes allow research pro­fes­sors to conso­li­date or deve­lop inter­na­tio­nal col­la­bo­ra­tions, lea­ding to the­sis co-super­vi­sion and net­work deve­lop­ment. For example, such joint­pro­grammes have been car­ried out with the Uni­ted States, Japan, Cana­da, Bra­zil, Ita­ly and Colombia.

    Doctoral programmes

    The Doc­to­ral School sup­ports doc­to­ral pro­grammes in co-super­vi­sion with the uni­ver­si­ties of Cran­field (UK), Braun­sch­weig (Ger­ma­ny) and Tokyo (Japan).

    CNRS Federations

    Involvement in federative structures

    Involvement of the UTC in Carnot institutes

    • INSTITUT COGNITION, focu­sed on cog­ni­tive technologies.
    • CARNOT SMILESspe­cia­li­sed in mathe­ma­ti­cal model­ling, nume­ri­cal simu­la­tion, opti­mi­sa­tion and data science.

    Creation of the 1st UTC/CNRS collegium

    The UTC and the CNRS have asso­cia­ted in the crea­tion of the 1st col­le­gium UTC / CNRS  (2010−2018): a unique sys­tem ancho­red in the trai­ning, the research and the inno­va­tion favou­ring always more inter­dis­ci­pli­na­ri­ty. This crea­tion is part of a com­mon approach to deve­lop part­ner­ships, streng­then tech­no­lo­gi­cal research and increase their visibility.

    Partnerships with the Hauts-de-France Region

    The stra­te­gic plan for inno­va­tion in Hauts-de-France is orga­ni­zed around 3 prio­ri­ties, which spread over 7 axes. These 3 prio­ri­ties are based on a trip­tych of edu­ca­tion / research / busi­ness:

    • Focus: to increase the visi­bi­li­ty of Picar­dy in a few strong sec­tors in terms of indus­trial com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness and research.
    • Emer­ging sec­tors: to pre­pare the eco­no­mic deve­lop­ment of tomor­row by sti­mu­la­ting inno­va­tion in emer­ging sectors.
    • Pro­jects: to iden­ti­fy and reveal more inno­va­tion pro­jects within a bet­ter coor­di­na­ted regio­nal system.

    > 7 stra­te­gic areas for inno­va­tion in the Region Hauts-de-France :

    • Mecha­ni­cal and mate­rials engi­nee­ring, fibres ;
    • Agro-resources, green chemistry;
    • Trans­por­ta­tion, mul­ti-modal sys­tems, advan­ced logistics;
    • Sus­tai­nable buildings;
    • Per­so­nal auto­no­my, health;
    • Risk mana­ge­ment and the environment;
    • Crea­tion of the Picar­dy Regio­nal Inno­va­tion Agency.

    Partnerships supported by the French Ministry of Research or by public sector EPIC institutions

    The UTC has deve­lo­ped scien­ti­fic part­ner­ships nota­bly sup­por­ted by EPICs (public esta­blish­ments with indus­trial and com­mer­cial cha­rac­ter) such as:

    • UTC-Valeo for the deve­lop­ment of the star­ter-alter­na­tor “stop and go”;
    • PROCEDIS, asso­cia­ting the UTC and INERIS  (Natio­nal Ins­ti­tute of the Indus­trial Envi­ron­ment and Risks) for the poo­ling of means and com­pe­tences in pro­cesses and analyses;
    • LATIM, asso­cia­ting the UTC, the CNRS and the CETIM  (Tech­ni­cal Centre of Mecha­ni­cal Indus­tries) on the tech­no­lo­gies of infor­ma­tion pro­ces­sing in mechanics;
    • SIME, asso­cia­ting the UTC, the CNRS and SUEZ Envi­ron­ne­ment,, for the deve­lop­ment of intel­li­gent sys­tems for the water industry;
    • LHN, asso­cia­ting UTC, the CNRS and the CETMEF (Centre d'études tech­niques mari­times et flu­viales) on digi­tal hydraulics.

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