Research in use

3D-Surg Project: The operating theatre of the future

Centrale Nantes continues its involvement in the health sector through several research projects including the national project 3D-Surg (2015-2020).

A look back at NuTTS 2016: Propellers and ships in waves

This year, Centrale Nantes, the French National Research Centre and the LHEEA laboratory (Hydrodynamics, Energetics & Atmospheric Environment Laboratory) co-organised the 19th edition of NuTTs "Numerical Towing Tank Symposium". The conference covered the numerical simulation of flows around ships and offshore structures with a strong link to concrete applications.We look back at the exchanges between experts.

A2V and its "Lili" prototype - a futuristic ultra-fast boat

A2V (Advanced Aerodynamic Vessels) is a Nantes-based start-up that designs boats, which use their own speed to make themselves lighter.

Bioinformatics: Jetlag? Rotational shift work? Research on the circadian clock

Centrale Nantes has been involved in health for many years now. MeForBio, a research team specialising in bioinformatics, is undertaking research, together with a team of biologists from the University of Nice, on mammalian responses to circadian disruptions.

Bioinformatics: research on multiple myeloma – a cancer that starts in the bone marrow

Centrale Nantes has been involved in health for many years. MeForBio, a research team specialising in bioinformatics, is undertaking research together with the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) to find out more about multiple myeloma, a cancer that starts in the bone marrow.

Bioprinting: science fiction is rapidly becoming science fact

Additive manufacturing, which first appeared at Centrale Nantes around twenty years ago, has gradually turned towards medicine with the advent of bioprinting.

BIOREGOS 2: Elastomers and human tissue

Centrale Nantes researchers Erwan Verron and Bertrand Huneau, both from the MPTC team (Materials, Processes and Composite Technology) of the Research Institute of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, enjoy a successful collaboration on the behaviour of elastomers (rubber). The former focuses on modelling the behaviour of these materials whilst the latter’s interest lies in developing innovative experiments.

Floatgen, First floating-wind turbine installed off the French coast

The Floatgen European research project led by Ideol on offshore wind energy will be a first in France: the deployment of a 2MW integrated floating-wind turbine system, at the SEM-REV test site.

Health - a myocontrolled bionic hand

IRCCyN researchers are currently working on a robotic hand that is controlled naturally by the brain. (IRCCyN - Communication and Cybernetics Research Institute of Nantes, involving Nantes University – Centrale Nantes – the National Centre for Scientific Research - Mines Nantes).

Helping stroke patients to recover

Centrale Nantes researchers, in collaboration with Nantes University Hospital, are contributing to efforts to improve the rehabilitation of stroke patients.

Impact Tumors: improving brain cancer screening

At the end of 2015, Centrale Nantes and INSERM Bordeaux (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) alongside other partners such as the project pilot Bull, began their collaboration on the 3-year ‘Impact Tumors’ project within the Bpifrance framework.

Marine Renewable Energies on the "18h à savoir" programme

Sea waves and currents generate phenomenal amounts of energy. What about transforming it into electricity? Engineers are exploring new solutions: offshore wind turbines, hydro-wind turbines, wave power. To test them in real offshore conditions, Centrale Nantes has commissioned a MRE multi-technology test site connected to the power grid off the coast from Le Croisic.

MRI quantif: The MRI of the future

The ‘MRI quantif’ project brings together researchers from Centrale Nantes - David Le Touzé (fluid mechanics, H2I research group of the LHEEA laboratory), Jérôme Idier and Saïd Moussaoui (signal processing, ADTSI research group of the IRCCyN laboratory) – and researchers from the Institut du Thorax, Nantes University Hospital - Jean-Michel Serfaty (radiology, MRI), Perrine Paul-Gilloteaux (signal processing) and Hubert Desal (radiology, MRI).

Nantes 1900

Jointly developed by Centrale Nantes, the University of Nantes and the History Museum of Nantes "Castle of the Dukes of Brittany", the multimedia device "NANTES 1900" was officially opened to the public on 17 September 2015 in the presence of Johanna Rolland, Mayor of Nantes.

NAO & Rob'autisme

Rob'autisme is the story of unprecedented experimental interaction between a robot and children with autism spectrum disorder. Centrale Nantes has developed a unique partnership with the Samothrace Psychotherapy Centre, CHU( Nantes University Hospital), Stereolux, Robots! Association to answer this question: can a humanoid robot be a mediation support in autism therapy?


Based on 25 years of experience and earlier research, the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (now LHEEA) of Centrale Nantes launched the project in 2003.

Smarter grids with Centrale Nantes

Distributing electricity has become more complicated than ever: networks are interconnected at the European level, new producers are entering the market and the new sources of electricity (wind, photovoltaic ... . ) do not produce the same amount of energy throughout the day or year. How to direct traffic to avoid accidents and transport electricity to where and when it's needed? This puzzle was worth an industrial chair, it was created at the beginning of 2015 at Centrale Nantes.

Type 1 Diabetes: towards an artificial pancreas, made in Nantes

Type 1 diabetes affects 200 000 people in France today. Research is focusing on an artificial pancreas to bring them some relief on a daily basis and simplify the administering of medicine. Researchers at Centrale Nantes have been working on the subject for several years and are today advocating Nantes’ version of the artificial pancreas, based on ease of use for patients and doctors alike.

Published on January 28, 2016 Updated on October 3, 2017