# Introduction for cooperation ## Myself ### Bio I am **Richard RANDRIATOAMANANA** and a full research engineer in computational science working at LS2N (Digital Research Science Lab) in Nantes in the research support and development department. I was born in Indonesia (Borneo island), lived and studied for 8 years in South America and 35 years since in France, graduated in computer science engineering school and worked since 2002 for the CNRS. **Ongoing projects** - Deployed lab cloud computing infrastructure above an iaas virtualization stack (used for BioInformatics Research) for the need of AI research in a "plan-play-deploy" scheme - Developing softwares on a large-scale and flexible testbed for experiment-driven research in all areas of computer science and distributed systems. - [SLICES European Project](https://www.slices-ri.eu) (introduction [talk](https://cutt.ly/3Puzb98)) - SILECS National Project (www.grid5000.fr / www.iot-lab.info) ## Useful links - CNRS https://www.cnrs.fr/en - LS2N https://cutt.ly/ls2n-lab (www.ls2n.fr) - LS2N Areas of Expertises https://cutt.ly/ls2n-expertises - LS2N Cross-cutting Themes https://cutt.ly/ls2n-themes - ECN Supercomputing Facility https://cutt.ly/ecn-supercomputing - ECN Research Institutes https://cutt.ly/ecn-research-institutes - Research Topics GRID5000 https://www.grid5000.fr - Direct contact: randria@ls2n.fr (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5546-242X) ## CNRS, my research institution The French National Centre for Scientific Research is among the world's leading research institutions. Its scientists explore the living world, matter, the Universe, and the functioning of human societies in order to meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow. Internationally recognised for the excellence of its scientific research, the CNRS is a reference in the world of research and development, as well as for the general public. ## Ecole Centrale de Nantes ### Research Areas #### Ocean engineering and MRE Centrale Nantes is establishing itself as one of the European leaders in research and innovation in ocean engineering and marine renewable energies through both its courses and master degrees in ocean engineering and its research facilities with unique capabilities in Europe: in particular its ocean test facilities and the SEM-REV offshore test site. [*Learn more*](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/ocean-engineering-and-mre) #### Computer science and automation Research groups at Centrale Nantes are working on the increasingly complex field of computer science and automation with a particular focus on high performance computing, transport applications, human modeling and software development. [*Learn more*](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/computer-science-and-automation) #### Robotics Robotics is the set of techniques allowing the design and creation of autonomous machines or robots. At Centrale Nantes, researchers are seeking to resolve current and future challenges posed by industry and society at large with work on humanoid robotics and bio-inspired robotics, autonomous robots and their interaction with the environment. [*Learn more*](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/robotics) #### Energy and engines Improving energy efficiency, developing renewable energy and storing energy are among the main challenges facing engineers today. Our researchers are working on developing renewable energies (electric vehicles, marine renewable energies) as well as improving fossil energy systems (engines). [*Learn more*](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/energy-and-engines) #### Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing Manufacturing deals with various manufacturing sciences and practices, ranging from design to development of systems, processes, machines, tools and equipment. Additive manufacturing refers to mainly computer-assisted processes whereby material is added layer-by-layer. Centrale Nantes is a major player in this field with 20+ years of expertise and major testing facilities. [*Learn more*](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/manufacturing-and-additive-manufacturing) #### Engineering for Health Engineering for health is the application of engineering disciplines to the fields of medicine and biology. Extensive research work is carried out at Centrale Nantes in this field. [*Learn more*](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/engineering-for-health) #### Civil engineering and innovative concrete Civil engineering research aims to master the phases of design, construction, operation, rehabilitation and deconstruction while taking account of environmental risks and the durability of materials. Numerous research activities in civil engineering are underway at Centrale Nantes, in particular the development of innovative concrete. [Learn more](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/civil-engineering-and-innovative-concrete) #### Numerical simulation and high performance computing Numerical simulation has become an essential tool in industry, across all sectors of activity. Within this context, several research groups are interested in numerical methods and modeling adapted to different fields (naval, MRE, product life cycle, etc.) Centrale Nantes researchers also have access to [supercomputing facilities](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/innovation/research-facilities/supercomputer). High performance computing leads to reduced testing costs, facilitates optimization and promotes creativity and exploration of new solutions. [Learn more](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/numerical-simulation-and-high-performance-computing) #### Materials science and composites The research into materials covers study of their creation and design as well as the manufacture of industrial products. The study of the physical structure of the various materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, biomaterials, etc.) and their properties leads to numerous industrial applications. Research on composite materials is also a key part of research activities at Centrale Nantes. [Learn more](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/materials-science-and-composites) ### Urban environment This research theme covers various fields related to sustainable development such as: sustainable urban planning, microclimatology, public planning policies, the adaptation of cities to climate change, building sustainability etc. [Learn more](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/urban-environment) #### Social sciences and humanities Research is also undertaken at Centrale Nantes in the field of social sciences and humanities through subjects such as: the study of engineering processes, humanoid robots, bio-inspired robotics, life cycles of products and services, as well as finance, management and marketing within the framework of the Audencia-Centrale Nantes laboratory (Rn’B Lab). [Learn more](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/research/research-areas/social-sciences-and-humanities) ### References links - [Research Areas](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/english-version/research/research-areas) - [Research Institutes](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/english-version/research/institutes) - [Research Facilities](https://www.ec-nantes.fr/english-version/research/research-facilities) ## Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes (LS2N), ma lab The lab of digital sciences of Nantes (“Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes : LS2N” in French) is a new Joint Research Unit (UMR 6004) created in January 2017, resulting from the grouping of the [IRCCyN](http://www.irccyn.ec-nantes.fr/fr/) (UMR 6597 : Communication and Cyber Research Institute), and [LINA](https://www.lina.univ-nantes.fr/) (UMR 6241 : Computer Science Laboratory). >A CNRS Joint Research Unit, the LS2N is supported by 4 other public institutions: the [University of Nantes](https://english.univ-nantes.fr/universite-de-nantes-welcome-2405740.kjsp?RH=INSTITUTIONNEL_FR&RF=INSTITUTIONNEL_EN), [IMT Atlantique](https://www.imt-atlantique.fr/en), Centrale Nantes and [INRIA](https://www.inria.fr/en/) (the French national research institute for the digital science). >A single objective: bring together **Nantes' research expertise in computer science and cybernetics to develop digital sciences, inclusive of other disciplines and taking account of the social challenges involved**. LS2N's five areas of expertise are: Industry of the future - Management of energy and environmental impact - Life Sciences - Vehicle and mobility - Design, culture and digital society. With a strong scientific talent at the heart of digital sciences, this large laboratory of 450 people participates fully in the digital revolution of our society on the scientific and technical subjects it implements. Research is performed consciously of the societal challenges that this revolution engenders, and remaining curious and openminded to other disciplines. The complexity of the research objects that we are studying also forces us to adopt a global systemic approach in which computer concerns, automatic control, signal and image processing are interwoven in order to answer the questions asked by open, interactive, communicating and ubiquitous systems. The laboratory is an actor in innovation that values these objects with partners in its environment. The LS2N is supported by 5 public institutions of Higher Education and Research. It is located in Nantes on 5 geographical sites. Its research activity is structured in ### 5 areas of expertise **Systems Design and Operation** *As the design of an industrial system is closely linked to the definition of its control system, the « systems design and operation » topic is associated with automation, production management, industrial engineering as well as embedded and real-time systems.* **Robotics, Processes and Calculation** *Robots have become increasingly autonomous, interacting more and more with humans and their environment. Their future is being built according to society's and industry's expectations. This topic deals with action, perception and control as well as decision algorithms and increasingly intuitive software interfaces.* **Data Science and Decision-making** *Faced with ever increasing data volumetrics and their increasing complexity, classification models and research algorithms are at the heart of the « Data Science and Decision-Making » topic.* **Signals, Images, Ergonomics and Languages** *This topic covers the disciplines relating to signals, images, sounds, languages, written text, physiological measures and human factors.* **Software and Distributed Systems Science** *Based on the tremendous growth in the number and complexity of computers (objects connected to data centers) and the migration from centralized systems to distributed systems, this topic focuses particularly on programming, software and systems engineering.* ### 5 cross-cutting themes in line with societal challenges **Industry of the future** *The Industries of the future of the future is considered "intelligent" and capable of adapting and transforming itself. This applies to factories, health establishments, service companies (financial, government, IT, etc.) and cities.* **Management of energy and environmental impact** *Better managing energy consumption and reducing our impact on the environment are major challenges of the 21st century. In order to address this crucial problem, European policy, also applied at national level, adopted in 2008, sets ambitious environmental objectives called "20-20-20 targets".* **Life Sciences** *Better living, living longer and in good health and making rational use of biological resources are two very important issues for the 21st century. They have been identified as priorities by the Horizon 2020 programme. These concerns are central to the transversal theme in life sciences for which the laboratory wishes to strengthen and enhance its visibility.* **Vehicule and mobility** *The automobile creates problems related to road safety, energy consumption and pollution. These societal issues are a major concern for automotive manufacturers and the scientific community.* **Design, culture and digital society** *The fundamental characteristic is that at the heart of these crossovers is the human being considered in his cognitive, creative, social and other dimensions. We consider that such fields of application are conducive to the emergence of both new scientific concepts and tools, and new tools and uses that have an impact on society, illustrating the laboratory's desire to participate in the construction of our Digital Society.*