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Industrial Engineering Department


The goal of the Industrial Engineering (IE) Department (Laboratoire Genie Industriel, LGI) is to develop models, methods and tools for diagnosing, specifying, designing, developing, manufacturing, launching, exploiting, recycling at best socio-technical systems. These systems are industrial systems (production systems, value chains, eco-parks), complex products (airplanes, cars…), complex factories, transportation systems, health systems, energy networks, service systems and construction systems. Key principles of our research are: multidisciplinarity, life-cycle thinking, societal issues, model-based engineering approaches.


Studied systems are often characterized by the following:

·         the presence of sophisticated technical components but also of human agents (organizations, policy makers, operators)

·         a large number of individual components that interact,

·         heterogeneity of these components, each with specific individual behavior,

·         systems that must often be analyzed at different physical, spatial and temporal scales and from different points of view (technical performance, cost, environmental impacts, material flows, skills...)

·         a system feedback on its components and the emergence of macroscopic properties.


The control of such systems presents many challenges and issues from both a technical and scientific point of view as well as practical and application perspectives like financial profitability, efficiency, continuity and reliability of service, security. The integration of technical systems is already challenging regarding, for example, aerospace, automotive or energy systems, but it is even more complex when it comes to inter-network systems ("System of Systems" paradigm) such as health systems, human mobility infrastructure, distribution of products and services, transport and regulation of energy, gas, water, and other socio-technical systems including human or various agents such as organizations with different and even contradictory strategies, goals and preferences.
Our scientific approach consists in adequately modeling for analyzing and simulating in order to better understand the system behavior through virtual experiments on models and, ultimately, finding optimal solutions for the design, deployment and monitoring. Often many life cycle phases of these systems must be modeled and analyzed: collection of needs and requirements specification, development (architectural design, design, validation, manufacture and market launch or startup), system management (its regulation, its maintenance, its failure modes, its upgrade), its dismantling and end of life.


We are organized in 4 research teams:


Ten industrial chairs and two research institutes reinforce the 4 research teams.

The 10 industrial chairs are about: Sustainable Construction (Bouygues Construction), Digital Factory (Dassault Aviation), Operational Excellence (BNP Paribas), Production Management (Faurecia), Supply Chain (LVMH, Sanofi, Carrefour, Safran), Electro-mobility (PSA Peugeot Citroën), Energy Economy (Capitaldon), Design of innovation products (multi companies), Systems Engineering (Safran), Purchasing in complex projects (Total), Systems Sciences (EDF).

The two research institutes for which the department is a founding member are: IRT System X (Digital Engineering of Complex Systems) and PS2E (Paris Saclay Energy Efficacity).


The 10 industrial Chairs associated with IE department, see




·         Researchers: 22

·         Doctorates: 44

·         Post-Doctorates: 9

·         Technical and administrative staffs: 7

·         Publications (Source: web of science): 80

·         Contracts: 965 k€ (without the 10 chairs)



Europe: University of Stavanger-Norway, DTU-Denmark, University of Liverpool-England, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia-Spain, ETHZ-Switzerland, Politecnico di Milano, Aalto University-Finland, Magdeburg University-Germany, TU Munich, University of Bath-UK, Université de Louvain-Belgique

Asia: Beihang University-China, Ecole Centrale Beijing, City University-Hong Kong, Wuhan University of Technology-China, Chiba University-Japan

America: Northwestern University-Chicago, MIT, Penn State University, Georgia University of Technology, University of Minnesota, UFRJ-Brazil, PUC-Brazil

Africa: ENIT-Tunis, ENIM-Monastir



Air Liquide, BNP Paribas, Bouygues Construction, Capitaldon, Carrefour, CEA, Danone, Dassault Aviation, DHL, EADS, EDF, Établissement Français du Sang, Faurecia, Hôpital Georges Pompidou, Hôpital Henri Mondor, Lafarge, Lhôtellier, LVMH, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault S. A., Safran, Sanofi, Schlumberger, Schneider Electric, Total, Vallourec, Ville de Paris.


Head: Bernard Yannou, E-mail:
Tel: +33 (0)1 75 31 65 21

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