Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

National Initiatives

France Life Imaging WP3-FLI ANFEET

Participant : Alexandre Krupa.

duration: 24 months.

This project started in January 2016. Its objective is to initiate collaborative research with the ICube laboratory (Strasbourg) on the control and supervision of flexible endoscopes in the digestive tube using ultrasound images.

ANR Contint Visioland

Participants : Noël Mériaux, Patrick Rives, François Chaumette.

no Inria Rennes 8304, duration: 48 months.

This project started in November 2013. It is composed of a consortium managed by Onera in Toulouse with Airbus, Spikenet Technology, IRCCyN, and Lagadic. Its aim is to develop vision-based localization and navigation techniques for autonomous landing on a runway (see Section 7.1.3).

ANR Contint Entracte

Participant : Julien Pettré.

no Inria Rennes 8013, duration: 42 months.

This project started in November 2013. It is realized in collaboration with the Gepetto group at Laas, Toulouse, and the Mimetic group at Irisa and Inria Rennes Bretagne Atlantique. It addresses the problem of motion planning for anthropomorphic systems, and more generally, the problem of manipulation path planning. ENTRACTE proposes to study in parallel both the mathematical foundation of artificial motion and the neurocognitive structures used by humans to quickly solve motion problems.

ANR JCJC Percolation

Participant : Julien Pettré.

no Inria Rennes 7991, duration: 42 months.

The ANR “Jeune Chercheur” Percolation project started on January 2014. It aims at designing perception-based crowd simulation algorithms. We develop agents which are capable of perceiving their virtual environment through virtual sensors, and which are able to navigate in it, as well as to interact with the other agents.


Participants : Thomas Bellavoir, Muhammad Usman, Riccardo Spica, Paolo Robuffo Giordano.

no Irisa CNRS 50476, duration: 36 months.

The ANR “Jeune Chercheur” SenseFly project started in August 2015. Its goal is to advance the state-of-the-art in multi-UAV in the design and implementation of fully decentralized and sensor-based group behaviors by only resorting to onboard sensing (mainly cameras and IMU) and local communication (e.g., Bluetooth communication, wireless networks). Topics such as individual flight control, formation control robust against sensor limitations (e.g., limited field of view, occlusions), distributed estimation of relative positions/bearings from local sensing, maintenance of architectural properties of a multi-UAV formation will be touched by the project. Part of the platforms described in Section 6.9.5 has been purchased thanks to this grant.


Participants : Eduardo Fernandez Moral, Vincent Drevelle, Patrick Rives.

no Inria Sophia 10204, duration: 42 months.

This project started in November 2015. It is composed of a consortium managed by Litis in Rouen with IGN Matis (Paris), Le2i (Le Creusot) and Lagadic group. It aims at proposing novel solutions to robust long-term mapping of urban environments.

BPI Romeo 2

Participants : Giovanni Claudio, Nicolas Cazy, Suman Raj Bista, Fabien Spindler, François Chaumette.

no Inria Rennes 7114, duration: 60 months.

This project started in November 2012. It is composed of a large consortium managed by Softbank Robotics (ex Aldebaran Robotics) with Laas in Toulouse, Isir in Paris, Lirmm in Montpellier, Inria groups Lagadic, Bipop (Pierre-Brice Wieber), Flowers (Pierre-Yves Oudeyer), and many other partners. It aims at developing advanced control and perception functionalities to a humanoid robot. In this project, we are in charge of visual manipulation and navigation with Romeo and Pepper. It supports in part Suman Raj Bista's Ph.D. about visual navigation (see Section 7.4.1), as well as Nicolas Cazy's Ph.D. about model-based predictive control for visual servoing (see Section 7.2.4).

Equipex Robotex

Participants : Fabien Spindler, François Chaumette.

no Inria Rennes 6388, duration: 9 years.

Lagadic is one of the 15 French academic partners involved in the Equipex Robotex network thats started in February 2011. It is devoted to get and manage significative equipment in the main robotics labs in France. In the scope of this project, we have got the humanoid robot Romeo (see Section 6.9.4).