Public Engineering School in Computer Science

Research Labs

The Clermont University site includes 24 CNRS units, three INSERM units and two IRSTEA and INRA units. Each year, these different units offer ISIMA students the opportunity to undertake internships and projects covering every field of application in computer science, electronics and applied mathematics.
 A number of these laboratories operate in fields more closely related to ISIMA:



The Laboratory of Computing, Modeling and Optimisation of Systems has close ties with ISIMA, in terms of both disciplines and human resources, with most of the school’s research professors based there.  The unit comprises over 70 research professors, three CNRS researchers, over 70 PhD students and about 20 associates.  The laboratory also hosts a chair of regional excellence and industrial chair.

LIMOS’ activities are recognized locally (it is affiliated with two universities in Clermont Ferrand as well as IFMA), nationally (LIMOS is a CNRS mixed research unit) and internationally (it has fostered numerous international research partnerships).

The laboratory’s field of research is oriented towards organisational systems.

A multidisciplinary unit, LIMOS participates in two key research federations (Environment and Mobility) and two Labex (laboratories of excellence):

  • IMOBS3 on subjects related to mobility
  • CLERVOLC on subjects related to volcano science

At these two Labex, ISIMA is involved through projects, internships and doctorates undertaken by alumni.

LIMOS is structured into three departments:

  • Operational Research and Decision Support: the main subjects addressed in this department are: decomposition methods and foundations of optimisation; provisioning of transport networks and telecommunication networks; pricing; combinatorial optimisation; production scheduling; data mining graphs and algorithms; data mining, teaching; imaging; ecosystem modelling.
  • Information and Communication Systems: the main subjects addressed in this department are: databases and information systems; interoperability; web services, geographic information systems; big data; local mobile networks; sensors; embedded systems.
  • Production Systems Modelling, Organisation and Management: the main subjects addressed in this department are: modelling methodologies and environments; the hospital logistics chain; flexible manufacturing; design, organisation and management; manufacturing scheduling; quality measurement; performance evaluation.

The researchers at LIMOS participate in a broad range of national, international and industrial projects.


  Institut Pascal

Institut Pascal was established from the need of several parties to have a dedicated centre in the field of Engineering Sciences and Systems at the Clermont University site with a national and international dimension. This unit unites into a single structure researchers, research professors and PhD students working in various disciplines related to Engineering Sciences (automation, mechanics, electronics, process engineering) and Fundamental Sciences (physics, biochemistry).  The laboratory is organised into four areas

  • Mechanics, Materials and Structures (MMS): this department furthers research in three key directions which are materials and structures; probabilistic mechanics of structures, and machines, mechanisms and systems.
  • Image, Perception Systems and Robotics (ISPR): this department is involved in the field of perception and artificial vision for robotics command systems. Its aim is to develop theoretical, methodological and architectural concepts in the fields of perception and system control.
  • Process Engineering, Energetics and Biosystems (GePEB): this department tackles problems in the areas of bioprocess engineering (fermentation engineering, food engineering) following a multi-level approach where the ‘process’ characteristics are addressed from a modelling perspective.
  • Photonics, Waves and Nanomaterials (PHOTON): this department brings together theorists in the physics of semi-conductors and electromagnetic optics and experimenters in synthesis, structuring and fine analysis of advanced high tech. The department also has expertise in electromagnetic compatibility.


  The Mathematics Laboratory 

Run by a team of over 60 staff, the laboratory is structured into four research teams:

  • Partial differential equations and numerical analysis
  • Geometry, algebra and algebraic operators
  • Probability, analysis and statistics
  • Number theory and analysis



The largest laboratory on campus, attached to the IN2P3-CNRS, LPC is a key user of mathematical, computing and electronics resources, both for running experiments and managing big data. As such, it has developed an autonomous specialisation in designing cards and circuits for microelectronics.



The IRSTEA unit based at the Les Cézeaux campus conducts research in the following areas:


  • Applied Robotics
  • Forecasting
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Multi-Agent Systems

In all these areas, IRSTEA offers a number of internship and project opportunities for ISIMA students.

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