Research at CentraleSupelec keeps on rising in the world rankings thanks to the performance of its 16 research laboratories and more than a thousand researchers, teachers and doctoral students who innovate and work every day to meet the major scientific, societal and environmental challenges of tomorrow.

The CentraleSupelec Foundation contributes to this reputation by founding various programmes and research chairs within the school. All the chairs supported financially by the Foundation have the particularity have a teaching component associated to their research mission.

What is a Chair at CentraleSupelec ?

A Chair is created out of the decision to make a research theme permanent. It brings together researchers, teachers, companies and students for a period of two to five years. Thesis are also developed and financed within them. The research units at CentraleSupélec are exposed to contemporary challenges on a daily basis. This is why students and teacher-researchers work in partnership with companies. The latter provide, in addition to their practical expertise, concrete cases of application and fields of experimentation. Participating in research chairs allows companies to benefit from a prestigious partnership with CentraleSupélec and to become an innovation player to build the world of tomorrow.

Chairs supported by the CentraleSupélec foundation


1. Supply Chain Management Chair

Laboratory: LGI (Laboratoire Génie Industriel)

Chair holder: Yves DALLERY

Air Liquide, Safran and L’Oréal are the partner companies of this Chair. They operate in very different fields of activity, which enriches the research issues and exchanges between partners. Three lines of research have been identified as an outcome of the work carried out since the creation of the chair in 2008.

  • Managing flexibility

Today’s industrial world is characterised by a growing level of uncertainty with increasingly personalised customer expectations and rapidly changing markets. In order to cope with these uncertainties, it is necessary to reduce their amplitudes with the help of efficient forecasting methods and processes, and to implement flexibility in order to deal with the remaining uncertainties.

  • Environmental impact of the supply chain and sustainable development

Sustainable development has become a major concern for public authorities and consumers. For regulatory reasons and to ensure its own development, every company must nowadays pay particular attention to sustainable development.

  • Measurement and management of performance

This line of research deals with the measurement and management of Supply Chain performance in industrial or distribution companies. It covers two interdependent topics:

  • Performance measurement: specification of the system of performance indicators allowing an efficient and global evaluation of the different activities and processes of the Supply Chain.
  • The issue of performance management: specification of the performance management processes, of the actors involved and of their respective roles. Based on the system of indicators implemented, activities and processes of the Supply Chain are steered to define their level of performance and identify the levers for improving these performances and the associated challenges.

2. Armand Peugeot Chair: Hybrid Technologies and the Economics of Electromobility with PSA and ESSEC

Laboratories: LGI et GEEPS

Chairholders: Danielle ATTIAS, Marc PETIT, Jan LEPOUTRE

Assumptions about the evolution of mobility over the next twenty years and the place of hybrid vehicles in the market are often contradictory. Beyond all the uncertainties, the most accepted statement is that the development of electromobility will lead to a complete upheaval in supply and demand. This is why the objective of the Chair is to create a space for exchanges, training and prospective research to build scenarios for technological, economic and marketing developments,

  • Because the automotive sector is in the process of complete reinvention,
  • Because innovation is made through networks and partnerships,
  • Because today’s young generation will make the customers of tomorrow…

The Armand Peugeot Chair produces forward-looking research by combining the skills of engineers, economists and managers in a partnership between companies and schools. The partnership between PSA, CentraleSupélec and ESSEC allows for the coverage of the varied and complementary multidisciplinary fields necessary to address the complexity of the questions raised by the future of the automobile industry in a context of developing electromobility.Its structure thus makes it possible to bring together engineering sciences, economics, management sciences and social sciences around a single project.

3. Photonics Chaire

Laboratory: LMOPS sur le campus de CentraleSupélec Metz (Laboratoire Matériaux Optiques, Photonique et Systèmes)

Chairholder: Marc SCIAMANNA

Recognising that the exploitation of light is both a societal issue and a vector of economic development, CentraleSupélec has promoted the creation of the Photonics Chair on its Metz campus. This Chair is unique in France because of its structuring project which aims at developing scientific excellence in optical information processing, at encouraging innovation and technology transfer to companies, and at fostering training and education on the importance of light and optical technologies. The Photonics Chair was created on the initiative of CentraleSupélec and the following partners: GDI simulation of the AIRBUS Group, the European Union, the Grand-Est region, the Moselle department, Metz Métropole and the CentraleSupélec Foundation.

Photonics, which covers the sciences and techniques that exploit light and optical technologies, is one of Europe’s five key technologies and represents an economic reality of more than 50,000 direct jobs within nearly 750 companies in France. Understanding and developing photonics also means perceiving the importance that artists, writers and philosophers have given to light, and better appreciating the central place it occupies at the border of several scientific disciplines such as mathematics, physics, biology or chemistry. Photonics is also widely present among the key technological challenges that will be faced by our society in the next ten years. Discover the chair’s website: [ here ]


4. “Prevention and Performance in Construction and Public Works” Chair

Laboratory: LGI

Chairholder: Christian Michelot

The  « Prevention and Performance in Construction and Public Works” » Chair was created as a result of a study carried out by the Organisme Professionnel de Prévention du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics (OPPBTP) which confirms the positive impact of prevention on the economic performance of companies. It has three objectives :

– to strengthen the academic basis of work on the links between prevention and performance within companies

– to offer them a relevant tool for prevention

– to understand the associated sociological issues

Two theses are being prepared in the framework of the Chair: a thesis in economics supervised by Isabelle Nicolaï, associate professor at the Industrial Engineering Laboratory, and a thesis in psychosociology supervised by Pascale Molinier, professor at the University of Sorbonne Paris Nord.

  • Partners: OPPBTP, EIFFAGE Génie civil, LEGENDRE, VINCI Construction terrassement

5. Risks and Resilience of Complex Systems Chair

Laboratory: LGI

Chairholder: Anne Barros

CentraleSupélec, EDF, SNCF, Orange, the Science and Education Programme of the French Academy of Sciences and the CentraleSupélec Foundation launched the “Risks and Resilience of Complex Systems” Chair in December 2020.

A scientific project developed around on three main lines of work:

  • Modelling systems of systems and inter-dependencies for risk management and resilience between several operators,
  • Modelling and optimisation of maintenance phases to reduce their impact on intra- and inter-operator service continuity,
  • The development of a common platform of models and methods and the implementation of sensitivity analysis.

This latter line of work, which is transverse to the previous ones, feeds them scientifically and facilitates the transfer of knowledge and technology between the partners. The aim is to encourage the emergence of a common platform of models and methods, and to take into account the difficulties linked to communication between models, multi-scale and multi-domain modelling, the specification of interfaces and the development of dedicated prototypes.

The ambition of the Chair is to advance, through research, the fields of modelling of complex systems, analysis of the risks to which they are subjected and optimisation of their resilience, with a dual objective of scientific excellence and transfer.

For more details: Press release – Launch of the Risk and Resilience of Complex System Chair


Laboratory: LGI

Chairholder: Bernard Yannou

The collaboration between CentraleSupélec and VALE NC, an ore extraction company, is focused on “optimised and sustainable production”. The objective is to support VALE NC in a more efficient industrial management as well as in a more ecological and more responsible strategy of extraction and production.

A three-way partnership: CentraleSupélec, the CentraleSupélec Foundation and VALE NC with long-term objectives.
The ambition of the three partners is to develop this collaboration over the long term in order to:
– reinforce the acquisition of skills by CentraleSupélec students,
– develop research in the disciplines involved,
– promote cooperation in terms of knowledge transfer and valorisation.

A first research project has already been specified, namely VALE NC’s participation in the “Driving Circular Economy” chair.

CentraleSupélec offers to support VALE NC in implementing methods to produce a more environmentally friendly nickel, to become aware of the dimensions of the circular economy and, in the long term, to be able to manage its circular economy actions. The Chair will thus be able to assist VALE NC in carrying out its energy mix project, with an LPG power plant coupled with a photovoltaic farm, in place of the current coal-fired plant. Similarly, a systematic search for internal and external industrial symbioses will make possible to carry out a real industrial ecology policy. Finally, approaches to monetising environmental externalities should provide the economic keys to quantifying ecosystem services and devise compensation in dialogue with local residents in addition to the exemplary revegetation programme already undertaken.

7. Open innovation Institute – Chair

The aim of the Institute is to build sustainable, constructive and balanced relationships between large companies and start-ups. Its activity is divided into three parts:

  • Deployment of an innovative business acceleration methodology with its founding corporate members: Altran, Mazars, Société Générale and Vinci; and partners: Axa Global Direct and Groupe UP.
  • Development of training programmes for start-ups and key accounts,
  • Carrying out studies and research on open innovation and the relationship between key accounts and start-ups.

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