By Gil Martin
Discreet, but unavoidable : in 30 years, the LIRMMborn from the merger of two Montpellier laboratories, the Computer Research Center and the Automation and Microelectronics Laboratoryestablished itself as a national flagship in the fondamental research in L’computer sciencethe Robotics and the Microelectronics.
The LIRMM is even a world pioneer on cutting-edge topics such asArtificial intelligencethe underwater robotics and the design of complex embedded systemsthose found on the nanosatellites from Montpellier CSU for example.
From basic research to start-ups
placed under the supervision of theMontpellier University and CNRSthe LIRMM (which celebrated its 30th anniversary on September 30) is a Joint Research Unitor UMR, which has been able to evolve and adapt: today, the big lab Montpellier is also capable, based on the results of its researchers and registered patents, of supporting the creation of start-ups.
A very high level research
“The LIRMM has acquired the capacity not only to carry out very high level basic research and to develop interdisciplinary projects, which earned him international recognition, but also to transfer their results to the world socioeconomic », confirms Philippe Poignet, engineer in Surgical Robotics and director of a laboratory rooted in the challenges of its time.
“This Saturday, October 8, the LIRMM will present to the public part of the evolution of new technologies during its 30 years of existence”
This is at least what the scientist assures us: “The LIRMM is also a laboratory resolutely committed to societal and environmental issues through the actions it carries out, in particular on sustainable development, equality and parity”.
The LIRMM is home to 160 researchers and teacher-researchers and 150 doctoral and post-doctoral students divided into three departments and 21 research teams.
Meet hackers and robots
In the field of computing, the LIRMM covers a wide spectrum of activities: from artificial intelligence to bio-informatics (for the study of the evolution of species for example) to “serious games” via cryptography. Here, in the belly of the lab, teams test the security systems of large companies by trying to “hack” them to reveal the flaws, so that the “customer” can fix them. A very rare “White Hat Hacker” laboratory working here under surveillance for a good cause.
A recognized laboratory in medical robotics
In the field of robotics, the LIRMM has two priorities: cobotics (the design of robots and tools to control their movements in their respective environment) and underwater robotics. The LIRMM has notably designed robots capable of immersing themselves deeply to explore wrecks located up to – 2500 meters and to map them. The robot thus makes it possible to produce a very precise 3D image, a valuable aid for archaeologists.
“The objective of this day will be to introduce the general public to the digital world, from information to systems, from data to AI, from technology to humans”
“The LIRMM is innovative”, assures Philippe Poignet: “We have also developed a robot capable of exploding the karstic networks, located under our feet, and in which very large quantities of fresh water circulate… We have launched the project Lez2020 to explore the karstic network that feeds the Montpellier metropolis. »
Pioneer in underwater robotics
Another project on which the LIRMM is moving forward: the creation of a robot capable of redepositing cultures on the skin of a burn patient: “We are here in the context of regenerative medicine, and this project has already led to the design of a robot that takes graft samples from a major burn victim which are then used to cover the wounds”, explains the director.
It would take a long time to describe all the innovations that the LIRMM researchers are working on. But wouldn’t a visit to this great temple dedicated to research full of high-tech equipment and machinery be more appropriate? Here’s what’s good: the LIRMM opens its doors to the general public this Saturday, October 8 for the Fête de la Science: “The LIRMM will present part of the evolution of new technologies during its 30 years of existence”, warns Philippe Poignet: “The objective of this day will be to introduce the general public to the digital world, from information to systems, from data to AI, from technology to humans, all thanks to the various stands led by the LIRMM teams who will present the different research areas of their laboratory. »
LIRMM/Science Festival: practical information
Saturday October 8, 2022 from 10 a.m.
Location: LIRMM, Campus Saint-Priest, 161 rue Ada
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