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Keywords: Computer Vision and Multi-Sensor Based Perception, Machine Learning, Information Fusion, Artificial Intelligence, Systems-of-Systems.

Applications: Driving scene understanding, Object detection, Collaborative perception, Human behavior, Mobile robotic systems.

Associate Editor of the journal Systems Engineering, INCOSE, Wiley.

Program co-chair of the IEEE – 13th Intl. System of Systems Engineering Conference (SoSE 2018), June 19-22, 2018. Sorbonne Université – Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.
Co-editor of the Special Issue on System of Systems Engineering, Systems Engineering, 22(6), Nov. 2019.

Recent Funded Projects

  • Research member of the ANR project ANNAPOLIS (2022 - 2026) - Autonomous navigation among personal mobility devices.

Urban centers are increasingly invaded by new means of Personal Mobility Platforms (PMP) (Personal mobility devices: scooters, Hoverboards, Gyro-wheels, bikes, etc.), directly or indirectly at the source of unpredictable behaviors in the traffic environment. The “Loi mobilité 2019” bill provides for the return of the scooters to the traffic lane when the dedicated bicycle lanes do not exist. In such a context, autonomous vehicles suffer from their limited perception obtained only from on-board sensors (forced to undergo the movements of the vehicle) and sometimes reduced in the measurement field by bulky obstacles (buses, trucks, etc.) or an occluding environment (buildings or urban structures). In such situation, unforeseen and unexpected events take source from the presence of new electrical mobility systems, or from behaviors of unstable pedestrians using (or not) new PMP and respecting (or not) the traffic rules. ANNAPOLIS will increase the vehicle’s perception capacity both in terms of precision, measurement field of view and information semantics, through vehicle to intelligent infrastructure communication. The project will also seek new models or concepts to take into account unpredictable behaviors of the new means of individual electric transport, to interpret and analyze scenes under constant evolution, and finally to decide the best future and safe motion of the self-driving car even in highly dynamic environments with unexpected and dangerous events.

  • Co-Coordination of the Challenge team DAPAD within the Laboratory of Excellence MS2T, UTC, France, focusing on Distributed and collaborative vehicle perception to support autonomous driving (2015-2019).

We aimed at enhancing the vehicle’s perception and situational awareness of the complex and highly dynamic traffic scene, for the sake of a better autonomy, while making use of more sources of information than the one provided in a standalone way by its on-board sensors. Other traffic participants like cars, buses, trucks, pedestrians, bikes, or elements of the infrastructure, all seen as nodes of a mobile ad hoc network, can helpfully share such information. We address the problem of distributed data fusion within a complex dynamic system, in which the vehicles are not controlled by others but cooperate together. Moreover, every vehicle is not necessarily cooperative: perceived vehicles/moving objects can be shared in between the cooperative vehicles network, allowing to get a complete view of the traffic scene in some situations. We participated to the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge (GCDC, May 28-29, 2016 - Automotive Campus Helmond, The Netherlands).

  • French coordination of a Sino-French project ANR Blanc International / Ministry of Research and Chinese NSFC: “Multimodal perception and reasoning for transnational intelligent vehicles” (2012-2015). Four partners: Heudiasyc Lab., Key Lab. of machine Perception (MOE) Peking university, Inria, PSA Peugeot Citroen.
  • Principal Investigator of the LIAMA/CNRS MPR team project on “Multisensor-based perception and reasoning for intelligent vehicles” (2012-2015). Three partners: Heudiasyc Lab., Key Lab. of machine Perception (MOE), Peking university, PSA Peugeot Citroen.

 At LIAMA, right beside Antoine Petit, Jianhua Tao, Jean-François Monin

  • Co-Coordination of a ICT-Asia project, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aiming at reinforcing high-level collaborations and networks between eight laboratories from China, France, Japan and Thailand. “Vehicle perception and reasoning enhanced with digital maps” (2012-2013).
  • Coordination of a Cai Yuanpei project, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese CSC, with the Key Lab. of Machine Perception (MOE), Peking university. This programs aims at funding mobility for PhD students and their supervisors between France and China. (2012-2013).

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