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Research initiatives

As part of the École Polytechnique Foundation’s fundraising efforts, the Direction of Education and Research has selected nine landmark projects, to promote the rapid production of promising results from the laboratories concerned. The goal of these initiatives—whether interdisciplinary, innovative, applied or applicable—is to explore extremely promising fields of research in order to uncover new knowledge and develop new applications.

 

Innovating for energy transition – the TREND-X program
Project led by Philippe Drobinski, Research Director at the CNRS Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (École Polytechnique in joint supervision with CNRS, ENS Paris and UPMC)
Energy transfer is a major issue in today’s society. Now more than ever, we must implement new technologies and practices to reduce the impact of our energy production on the planet. The Trend-X program proposes to offer a solution to this problem through highly advanced transdisciplinary research, which is closely linked to innovative training.

For more information, please see the École Polytechnique Foundation website.

Intelligent environments: nanosensors and nanoreliability
Project led by Laurence Bodelot, Lecturer at the l’X Solid Mechanics Laboratory (LMS), and Bérengère Lebental, Researcher at IFSTTAR, working part-time at the Interface and Thin Film Physics Laboratory (LPICM)
We evolve in different types of environments: both artificial (buildings, vehicles and transport infrastructures) and natural (green spaces, blue waves, natural water reserves and natural parks). In order to optimize the operation of such environments, real-time diagnostics using sensors are becoming more and more prevalent. This type of intelligence about the world around us, led by the rapidly developing Internet of Things, is essential to the sustainable development of human societies, as it enables us to preserve natural resources, while also improving quality of life.

For more information, please see the École Polytechnique Foundation website.

Modeling and high-performance computing
Project led by François Alouges, Professor at the l’X Applied Mathematics Center (CMAP)
With ever-increasing competitiveness among businesses, the quest to improve performance remains at the core of the industrial and technical world. In response to this issue, François Alouges, digital analysis specialist, proposes to make use of modeling expertise and high-performance computing techniques at l’X. This knowledge will then be made available to small and medium-, and intermediate-sized companies, with the aim of improving business competitiveness.

For more information, please see the École Polytechnique Foundation website.

Safety and security of cyberphysical systems
Project led by Éric Goubault (X 1986), Professor and member of the l'X Information Technology Laboratory (LIX)
Cyberphysical systems are the new generation of embedded systems in which computer elements interact with physical processes. Their use is becoming increasingly more significant in today’s digital society. Smart grids have revolutionized the energy sector, self-driving vehicles and traffic management systems are found in the world of transport, smart cities have transformed the field of city planning, drones are used for defense purposes, and so on. The complexity of such systems, combining mathematical precision and empirical evidence, represents a real challenge for the future. Moreover, there is also the challenge of getting users to accept and trust these systems.

For more information, please see the École Polytechnique Foundation website.

PlasmaMedX – Cold plasmas in medicine for use in future therapies
Project led by Antoine Rousseau, Research Director at CNRS, and member of the l'X Plasma Physics Laboratory (LPP)
The use of "cold plasmas" for biomedical applications is a revolution of the last ten years. It has offered major advances in wound and ulcer healing, as well as applications in dermatology, hematology and dental surgery, and even in the treatment of certain tumors. Antoine Rousseau intends to develop new therapeutic strategies and turn l’X into a key player in this new research field. At the intersection of physics, life sciences and clinical medicine, cold plasma research has the potential to solve major public health issues.

For more information, please see the École Polytechnique Foundation website.

Developing a new generation of lasers
Project led by Jean-Christophe Chanteloup, Research Manager at CNRS and member of the Laboratory for the Use of Intense Lasers (LULI)
Through the X-CAN research program, Jean-Christophe Chanteloup is involved in the development of an ambitious project, concerning the use of a fiber-optic network for the coherent amplification and combination of laser beams (the Coherent Amplification Network). This radical change in traditional laser design will allow for the achievement of exceptional laser shot characteristics, with a very wide range of potential applications for society.

For more information, please see the École Polytechnique Foundation website.

Applied BIG DATA for healthcare and health economics
Project led by Emmanuel Bacry, Research Director at CNRS, Associate Professor at l'X, member of the l'X Applied Mathematics Center (CMAP)
Emmanuel Bacry analyzes data from the world’s largest databases, extracting information that is intended to tackle economy- and healthcare-related issues, on an international scale.

For more information, please see the École Polytechnique Foundation website or the Initiative Data Science website.

Physics, Sports and Disabled Sports
Project led by Christophe Clanet, Research Director at CNRS and Director of the l'X Hydrodynamic Laboratory (LadHyX)
At the crossroads of physics, engineering and biomechanics, the "Physics, Sports and Disabled Sports" project has opened up a vast field of studies. L’X has been placed at the forefront of this research thematic, which combines fundamental research with applications for medicine and society. Using sports and disabled sports as sources of unique scientific challenges, this research strives to improve sports materials and strategies, but also to understand athletes’ optimal movements, and the underlying physical laws of such movements. The aim of the project is ultimately to improve and reinstate performance levels, and to identify pathologies.

For more information, please see the École Polytechnique Foundation website.

Innovative Master’s program: "Imagine Bioentrepreneur"
Project led by Stéphanie Allassonnière, Professor-lecturer and member of the l'X Applied Mathematics Center (CMAP)
Biotechnology—in terms of research into cutting-edge applied technology in the fields of medicine and e-health—raises major issues in society, technology and the economy. To tackle such issues, innovation is crucial. In this Master’s course, scientists, doctors and gifted entrepreneurs come together at the meeting point of a variety of disciplines, cultures and knowledge. The first course of its kind in Europe, "Imagine Bioentrepreneur" promotes the innovation and development of projects with a strong technological standpoint in response to healthcare issues.

For more information, please see the École Polytechnique Foundation website.