The CominLabs build on their following areas of excellence:

  • Electronic devices for modulation and coding, reconfigurable micro-architectures for signal processing;
  • Microwaves devices using anisotropic and heterogeneous materials, antennas;
  • Optical components for Communications, ultra high speed WDM signal processing;
  • Coding (turbo- and their evolutions), Communication, and Networking;
  • Multimedia and web-scale interaction;
  • Distributed systems, cloud and other wide-area computing, social networks, interacting objects, web-scale services, and related social sciences aspects;
  • ICT and Health.

The research activities will be structured according to three broad areas defined in terms of their impact on society, and four highly challenging research tracks.

Digital Environment for the citizen


Key persons : Ramesh Pyndiah, Jean-Marc Jezequel, Ronan Sauleau, Michel Banâtre, Eric Jamet, Christian Person, Xavier Lagrange, Christophe Moy, Michel Jezequel, Maryline Helard, Christine Guillemot, Laurent Toutain, Christian Brousseau, Frederic Cuppens

ICT technology and its digital environment will drastically modify the citizen's life in the future. The CominLabs will contribute to this move by developing breakthrough concepts and applications in which new services will be deployed over MaNets taking advantage of new interaction technologies.


User centric Images and Media of the future


Keypersons: Patrick Gros, Christine Guillemot, Bétrice Daille, Bruno Arnaldi, Jean-François Hélard, Olivier Desforges, Frédéric Bimbot, Eric Jamet, Annie Blandin, Catherine Douillard

On-line massive interaction over the Web using multimedia is developing much more rapidly than expected. Two major challenges result: How to achieve this without killing network capacity? How to make massive multimedia amenable of information retrieval?


ICT for personalized medicine

Key persons: J.L. Coatrieux, J.C. Daubert, G. Carrault, R. De Crevoisier, H. Saint-Jalmes, F. Wendling, L. Albera, A.I. Hernandez, L. Senhadji. Christian Barillot, Jean-Yves Gauvrit. Christian Roux, Eric Stindel, Chafiaa Hamitouche, Guy Cazuguel.

ICT technology has become a key driver in today and tomorrow medicine. The CominLabs will contribute to this move by developing breakthrough concepts and applications in which new devices will be deployed with monitoring purposes and new services will be offered to improve daily efficiency of medical services.

Neural coding

Key persons: Claude Berrou, Eric Fabre, Bernard Hennion, Fabrice Wendling

This project aims to identify clearly, deepen and exploit the strong analogies [distributed structure and message passing, storage capacity, discrimination ability, resilience, importance of cycles and correlation, etc.] that can be found between the structures and properties of the cerebral cortex and those of modern error correcting decoders.

Energy and resource efficiency in ICT

Key Persons: Jean François Helard,Emmanuel Boutillon, Olivier Sentieys, Jean-Philippe Diguet, Nicolas Montavont, Michel Jézequel, Philippe Gravey, Annie Gravey, Jean-Claude Simon, Jacques Palicot, Maryline Hélard, Pierre Cointe, Jean-Marc Menaud, Frédéric Benhamou

Information and Communication Technology [ICT] represents 2% of global CO2 emissions, corresponding roughly to 3% of the global energy, and could be one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters by 2020. Out of this 3% of the global energy, most of the power consumption arises from access and home networks, and particularly from the wireless access segment. The CominLabs will contribute to reducing energy footprint in ICT by building on its areas of excellence.

The social Web

Key persons: Anne-Marie Kermarrec, Cecile Bothorel

The social Web is a domain at the crossing of many areas such as networks, distributed systems and algorithms, information retrieval, data representation, security, social sciences as well as economics. The CominLabs will develop user centric infrastructures supporting privacy and allowing for personalized interaction.

Security and privacy

Key persons: Frédéric Cuppens; Teddy Furon; Thomas Jensen; Ludovic Mé; Mario Sudholt

Security and privacy in the future Internet will be a multi-faceted topic that will need to reexamine security issues of communication, software and content, and where skills in a variety of fields including operating systems, distributed algorithms, theory of information are required.