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Laboratoire Génie Industriel- LGI - 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.

The 4 research Groups of the IE department and their corresponding research topics.


The 10 industrial chairs are about:

  • Call Centers (Interact IV.com),
  • Operational Excellence (BNP Paribas),
  • Production and Logistic(Faurecia),
  • Supply Chain (LVMH, Sanofi, Carrefour, Safran),
  • Electro-mobility (PSA Peugeot Citroën),
  • Energy Economy(Capitaldon),
  • Systems Engineering (Safran),
  • Purchasing in complex projects (Total),
  • Systems Sciences (EDF),
  • Anthropolis(Alstom transports, Engie, IRT SystemX, RATP, Renault, SNCF).

The two research institutes for which the department is a founding member are:

  • IRT System X (Digital Engineering of Complex Systems)
  • PS2E (Paris Saclay Energy Efficacity).

Europe: University of Stavanger-Norway, DTUDenmark, 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,Université de Mons-Belgium, Poznan University of Technology-Poland, University of Catane- Italy, VU University Amsterdam-The Netherlands, University of Coimbra-Portugal, Université du Luxembourg, Koç University- Turkey
America: Northwestern University-Chicago,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MIT, Penn State University, Georgia University of Technology, University of Minnesota, UFRJ-Brazil, PUC-Brazil
Asia: Beihang University-China, Ecole Centrale Beijing, City University-Hong Kong, Wuhan University of Technology-China, Chiba University-Japan
Africa: ENIT-Tunis, ENIM-Monastir,Centrale Casablanca, American University of Beyruth
Oceania: University of Queensland (Australia)

Airbus, Air Liquide, Akka, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Bouygues Construction, Capitaldon, Carrefour, CEA, CERN, Dassault Aviation, DHL, EADS, EDF, Engie, Eurodécision, Faurecia, Groupe Renault, Hôpital Georges Pompidou, Hôpital Henri Mondor, IBM, Interact’IV, LVMH, Michelin, Place des Leads, PSA Peugeot Citroën, RATP, Safran, Sano , Schneider Electric, Siemens, SNCF, Thalès, Total, Vallourec, Valeo, Ville de Paris, Vinci construction.