Heudiasyc at a glance


Heudiasyc (HEUristique et DIAgnostic des SYstèmes Complexes) is a laboratory managed jointly by Université de Technologie de Compiègne and CNRS (INS2I section).

The Director (Philippe Bonnifait) and Deputy Director (Yves Grandvalet) are assisted by team leaders.

Heudiasyc's work is in the area of information and communication sciences, and more precisely in computer science, automatic control, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Heudiasyc constantly seeks to harness synergies between upstream investigative research and targeted research in its quest to address some of the big issues facing society, namely

  • Mobility
  • Transport
  • Communication
  • Security

The aim is to develop ways of representing, analysing and controlling systems that are subject to criteria and constraints, whether these be expressed in scientific, technological, economic, or social terms.

Research is organized around three teams:

  • CID: Knowledge, Uncertainty, Data
  • SCOP: Dependability, Communication, Optimization
  • SyRI: Robotic systems in interaction

Alongside these research teams, Heudiasyc's Administration and Finance Unit and its Technology Platforms Unit provide day-to-day support.

Organization chart



Staff laboratory* : 126 people

*September 2020, without trainees (about 30 per year)


The Administration and Finance Unit, headed by Gabriela de Saint-Denis, has three separate components: General Administration and Human Resources, Finance, and Communication.

  • General Administration and Human Resources assists the Director and the management team in the  running of the Lab.

  • Finance looks after financial management and accounting in relation to the various CNRS and UTC budgets

  • Communications addresses communication matters, organizing information campaigns inside and outside the Lab as part of a communication plan drawn up in concertation with the management team, and implementing UTC and CNRS communication strategies.



The Technology Platforms Unit, headed by David Savourey, comprises three teams: IT, Platforms, and Support.

  • The IT team manages the individual IT requirements of everyone in the Lab, and is responsible for purchases, inventories, costing, installation, and technical support. It also manages the computing resources used for research, which include servers for number crunching and rendering 3D graphics, mass storage, and application development

  • Platforms looks after four technology platforms, namely Intelligent Vehicles, Drones, Rail, and Collaborative Systems. Each platform has its own technical manager.

  • The Support team is composed of staff members who provide backup to one or more platforms according to their particular knowledge and expertise.

Health, safety and the best possible working conditions are matters of the utmost importance for everyone in the Lab. It is the Director’s job to ensure the health and safety of all members of staff that he is responsible for, and in this he is assisted by a Safety Officer (Assistant de Prévention).

One of the Director’s tasks is to ensure that the use of all equipment, for example within the various experimental platforms (intelligent vehicles, mini-UAVs, etc.),  is in compliance with the relevant safety norms. He carries out this task under the supervision of UTC’s Health and Safety Advisor and in close concertation with the Lab’s Safety Officer.

CNRS’s regional safety engineer (DR18) can be contacted by telephone or otherwise for any problem relating to safety within the Lab. He or she visits the Lab annually and produces a report containing recommendations relating to health and safety.

In addition, UTC’s Health, Safety and Working Conditions Committee (CHSCT) exists as an advisory body on health and safety matters, making proposals aimed at improving living and working conditions inside the University. The Lab’s Safety Officer attends CHSCT meetings, which are held several times each year.

Good communication is an essential part of health and safety and is central to the life of the Lab. Every new arrival is instructed regarding health and safety. At every meeting of the Lab’s management board there is a health and safety item on the agenda, where the Health and Safety Register is examined. Both the University and the regional CNRS delegation offer a number of training courses each year (operating fire extinguishers, workplace safety wardens, etc.)

2011-2016 Activity report


See the interactive activity report (in french)

2006-2010 Activity report


Philippe Bonnifait
Phone : 03 44 23 44 81 | Contact by email

Deputy director
Yves Grandvalet
Phone : 03 44 23 49 28 | Contact by email

Administration and finance unit
Gabriela de Saint-Denis
Phone : 03 44 23 46 81 | Contact by email

Technological platforms unit
David Savourey
Phone : 03 44 23 52 93 | Contact by email

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