what’s LIRMM ?

I spent the first year of my PhD in Brest, at the LaTIM laboratory (Télécom Bretagne). I wrote a short post about it, giving a brief description of its research topics and some contacts. Currently, I’m carrying out the second year of this project in Montpellier, in another laboratory called LIRMM. Et voilà a new post with a quick description of this lab and its robotics department 🙂


The Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Micro-electronics (LIRMM in French) is a cross-faculty research entity of the University of Montpellier 2 (UM2) and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). LIRMM is located at the Saint-Priest campus of University of Montpellier 2 (about 5 km from the city center).

LIRMM research activities cover a broad range of topics, ranging from informatics to systems, from technology to people and applications, including:

  • Design and verification of integrated, mobile and communicating systems,
  • Agent-based modelling of complex systems,
  • Research on algorithms, bioinformatics, human-machine interaction, robotics and more.

Work is carried out in three main scientific research departments, each of which is organized into project teams:

  1. The Informatics department covers topics that range from the leading edge of modern mathematics to applied research: graph algorithms, bioinformatics, cryptography, networks, databases and information systems (data integration, data mining, coherency maintenance), software engineering (programming languages, objects, components, models), artificial intelligence (learning, constraints, knowledge representation, multi-agent systems) and human-machine interaction (natural language, visualization, Web semantics and e-learning).
  2. The Microelectronics department carries out cutting-edge research in the fields of designing and testing integrated systems and micro-systems, with a focus on architectural aspects, modelling and methodology.
  3. The Robotics department concentrates on issues related to synthesis, monitoring and management of complex dynamic systems (robots, robot/life interfaces), as well as navigation, localisation and steering of local and remote autonomous vehicles, and image analysis, coding and processing. The main research themes are the design of mechanical systems, the modeling, identification and control of robots, and perception. The department’s privileged field of application is health-related robotics applications (medical, handicaps), with activities that also include fields such as industry manufacturing and robotic exploration.

robotics at lirmmsource: LIRMM official website

what’s LaTIM ?

The Laboratory of Medical Information Processing (LaTIM – INSERM UMR 1101) is a research team made up of the University Hospital of Brest, the Faculty of Medicine and Telecom Bretagne (graduate engineering school). It carries out many projects in three main research areas:

  1. Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (IPAL research team);
  2. Quantitative Multimodal Imaging for Diagnosis and Therapy (Quantitative Multi-modality Imaging Team);
  3. Multimedia Medical Information Indexing, Tracking and Integrity (IT2IM Team).

These three themes are integrated within a methodological approach of the diagnostic and therapeutic imaging based on information and knowledge. For my PhD project I am member of the IPAL Team, carrying out my research in the field of Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS).