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Editorial by the Director of Research, Serge Piperno

Research activity in 2010

The objective of research is threefold :

  • To provide training in research for students seeking a career in teaching and research or a post of responsibility in a company or public department ;
  • to progress in scientific and technical knowledge, particularly in the different fields covered by the School in the training of its engineers, and to contribute to their spread through teaching, conferences and publications ;
  • to bring research results into the professional world through sustained involvement in research partnerships or consultancies, and also through lifelong learning initiatives.

Main research themes in 2010

Materials & Structures

In the field of materials and structures, the school’s Navier research unit, a joint unit with LCPC and since the beginning of 2010 a CNRS Mixed Research Unit, brings together expertise in mechanical engineering, the physio-chemistry of materials and digital simulation to explore on the one hand questions relating to materials and structures for engineering structures and construction, and on the other hand questions of energy, in concert with industry. work began on the installation of an x-ray microtomograph, a medium-sized experimental instrument used to study the fine structure of materials, including their structure under stress. Beyond the Navier Research Unit, the School’s expertise in mechanics and materials extends to multiscale modelling and numerical simulation for materials at CERMICS (the School’s applied mathematics lab) or at the Saint-Venant Hydraulics Laboratory, where structures are studied from the perspective of their interactions with flows.


In the transport field, the School favours a systemic approach to transport. In partnership with INRETS, UPEMLV and INRIA, it develops models for the interaction between policies and practices in planning, transport and regional affairs, with a particular focus on issues of sustainable development, safety and reliability.

City & Territories

In the field of urban and regional studies, the School has extensive expertise in regional governance, public service networks (water, transport, environmental impact, etc). The School is also interested in new aspects of construction, in particular ecological building design or the automated construction of digital urban models.  In addition, the School explores the complexity of cities, their infrastructures and their territories, linking the economic, physical, spatial, temporal and demographic aspects, and applying its threefold expertise in sociology, planning and engineering, whilst emphasising issues of management and risk forecasting.


In the environmental field, the  School has expanded with the creation of a new laboratory working on urban water systems (a result of the merger of two smaller previous labs within Paris-East University), and with the development of its Atmospheric Environment Laboratory and its involvement in the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory.

Economics & Finance

In the field of economics and finance, the School supports the creation of the Paris School of Economics, is exploring questions combining engineering and sustainable development and maintains its long tradition of activity in the field of mathematical tools for finance.

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