Junior professor chair (CYU)

Design and management of durable transitions.

The research project structuring this Chair will focus on theories and methods of collaborative design and decision-making in the face of the major eco-systemic challenges of sustainable transitions – urban planning and mobility, agri-food transition, social inclusion – which require new articulations of relationships, new physical and digital infrastructures, and new skills. The purpose of this Chair is to explore the emerging practices of co-creation by organizations, which are gradually structuring the interdependencies of an emerging ecosystem and must meet sustainability performance requirements. The aim is to study the co-creation process of actors at several levels, macro (ecosystem), meso (organizations) and micro (individuals) in order to understand which elements enable mediation among actors and which components are at the origin of scalability and replicability phenomena to maximize the impact on sustainability performance. 

This chairs held by Pr. Giulia Marcocchia.


Humanities for Sustainable Innovation in Information Technologies (2023-2028)

As part of its strategic plan, ENSEA aims to structure an ecosystem of innovation in teaching and research, dedicated to the development of high-tech products and services that are safe and have a low footprint. In order to carry out the pedagogical and academic projects linked to these challenges, ENSEA is developing a junior chair in Science, Technology and Society, with a strong interdisciplinary character, at the interface between epistemology, the history of science and technology, sociology and the arts.

This chairs held by Dr. Joffrey Becker since sept. 2023.

Junior professor chair (CYU)

Bio-Inspired Modeling of Cognitive Functions and Adaptive Behavior (2022-2027)

Understanding the brain mechanisms underlying adaptive, intelligent behavior is a longstanding challenge. With this chair at the intersection between neuroscience and robotics, ETIS seeks to address this challenge and consolidate its leading international position in this research area. This involves modeling and testing with robots, and in ecologically valid situations, the neurobiological foundations of relevant cognitive functions and adaptive behaviors, and the properties that can emerge from the different dynamics at play – local circuits, between brain structures, within the physical and social environment. This work is anchored in, and developed in collaboration with, disciplines such as neuroscience, biology, and psychology.

This chair is held by Dr. Marwen Belkaid since September 2022.

Chaptal-CYU Chair funded by CY Initiative (CIREX Chair)

Analysis and simulation for the care and health pathways improvements

The purpose of this CIREX chair is to develop operational research concerning excellence in e-health by combining engineering and care skills, to gain in quality and performance in access to health.

The first project aims to create a BOT – automatic software agent equipped with artificial intelligence to serve the understanding, decision-making and informed consent of patients and caregivers. This new BOT system will also remedy the lack of healthcare professionals tools, in terms of obtaining patient consent and the documents ergonomy given to patients.

CY Initiative NEUROBOT Chair

(2020 - 2025)

Understanding cognitive mechanisms is one of the major challenges of science in the 21st century. Advances in this field closely combine neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence are based on neural network algorithms developed in the 1980s and now applied on a large scale thanks to the increase in computing power and the volume of data processed. However, these algorithms, even if they use formal neurons arranged in layers, do not explain the biological mechanisms of cognition. To explore this dimension, the consideration of results found by neurobiologists and neuropsychologists is crucial. The dialogue with these disciplines allows us to propose models of cognitive processes. These models can be simulated on intelligent software agents.

They can also be tested on robots. In particular, the robot makes it possible to study the physicality of cognitive processes, especially the perception/action coupling and the “embodiment” of cognitive processes. Robotic experiments then allow feedback to neurobiologists and neuropsychologists to propose new experiments on animals or in humans. This chair project supported by the UCP thus aims to place at the heart of the Paris-Seine Initiative’s dynamics the strategic issues related to the understanding of cognitive mechanisms by questioning both neuroscience and robotics.

This chair is held since September 2020 by Professor Lola Cañamero.

CY Initiative ASIA Chair

Learning in Autonomous Intelligent Systems (2018 - 2021)

ASIA is part of the field of artificial intelligence in connection with the theme of complex systems and their societal impact. The scientific objective is to enable the development of disruptive fundamental approaches in application frameworks responding to major societal challenges (IoT, 5G, autonomous vehicles, health, data security, intelligent buildings). This chair will also strengthen the site’s international visibility and attractiveness in the field of responsible intelligent systems.


Data Analytics (2017 – 2019)

Qwant develops classic semantic search engine solutions and child-friendly search engines. One of Qwant’s main objectives is to respect the privacy of its users. This chair under the scientific responsibility of Professor Dan Vodislav had the following objectives

  • Deepen R&D topics on the following themes: Data Analytics on web and social network content, efficient processing of multi-criteria top-k queries on social network feeds or on the web, ranking and visual content mining of images and videos.
  • Promote the recruitment of students from the University in strategic professions.
  • Prototype and develop proof of concepts.


Connected objects and intelligent services

The purpose of this chair is to explore R&D topics in the field of connected objects and intelligent services, to promote the development of training in this field and to support prototyping. Several actors are involved at the university: the ETIS laboratory, the FacLab and the students of the Master’s Degree in Engineering, specialising in intelligent and communicating systems.