Section: Application Domains


We present below our industrial collaborations. Some are well established partnerships, while others are more recent collaborations with local industries that wish to reinforce their Data Science R&D with us (e.g. Energiency, Amossys).

  • Resource Consumption Analysis for Optimizing Energy Consumption and Practices in Industrial Factories (Energiency). In order to increase their benefits, companies introduce more and more sensors in their factories. Thus, the resource (electricity, water, etc.) consumption of engines, workshops and factories are recorded in the form of times series or temporal sequences. The person who is in charge of resource consumption optimization needs better software than classical spreadsheets for this purpose. He/she needs effective decision-aiding tools with statistical and artificial intelligence knowledge. The start-up Energiency aims at designing and offering such pieces of software for analyzing energy consumption. The starting CIFRE PhD thesis of Maël Guillemé aims at proposing new approaches and solutions from the data mining field to tackle this issue.

  • Security (Amossys). Current networks are faced with an increasing variety of attacks, from the classic “DDoS” that makes a server unusuable for a few fours, to advanced attacks that silently infiltrate a network and exfiltrate sensitive information months or even years later. Such intrusions, called APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) are extremely hard to detect, and this will become even harder as most communications will be encrypted. A promising solution is to work on “behavioral analysis”, by discovering patterns based on the metadata of IP-packets. Such patterns can relate to an unusual sequencing of events, or to an unusual communication graph. Finding such complex patterns over a large volume of streaming data requires to revisit existing stream mining algorithms to dramatically improve their throughput, while guaranteeing a manageable false positive rate. We are collaborating on this topic with the Amossys company and the EMSEC team of Irisa through the co-supervision of a CIFRE PhD (located in the EMSEC team). Our goal is to design novel anomaly detection methods that can detect APT, and that scales on real traffic volumes.

  • Market Basket Data Analysis (Intermarché) and Multi-channel Interaction Data Analysis (EDF) for Better Customer Relationship Management (CRM). An important application domain of data mining for companies that deal with large numbers of customers is to analyze customer interaction data, either for marketing purposes or to improve the quality of service. We have activities in both settings. In the first case, we have collaborated with a major french retailer, Intermarché, in order to detect customer churn by analyzing market basket data. In the second case, we collaborate with the major french power supplier, EDF, to discover actionable patterns for CRM that aim at avoiding undesirable situations. We use logs of user interactions with the company (e.g., web clicks, phone calls, etc.) for this purpose.

  • Car Sharing Data Analysis. Peugeot-Citroën (PSA) group’s know-how encompasses all areas of the automotive industry, from production to distribution and services. Among others, its aim is to provide a car sharing service in many large cities. This service consists in providing a fleet of cars and a “free floating” system that allows users to use a vehicle, then drop it off at their convenience in the city. To optimize their fleet and the availability of the cars throughout the city, PSA needs to analyze the trajectory of the cars and understand the mobility needs and behavior of their users.