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International structures

Université Gustave Eiffel has several international structures including six International Associated Laboratories (IAL), four International Research Networks (IRN), three international Institutes and two Hubs.

The aim of this multidisciplinary project is to study, in collaboration with the Nano Electronic Science and Engineering Lab (NESEL), systems based on triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG) for mechanical-energy harvesting and sensors. Directed by Professor Sang-Woo Kim of Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), the project aims to study TENG, their conditioning circuits and power management systems. The collaboration also focuses on theoretical and experimental aspects.


Founded in 2016 by Université de Sherbrooke (Quebec) and Université Gustave Eiffel, the ECOMAT International Associated Laboratory (IAL) brings together forty or so researchers on the development of sustainable materials for infrastructure and buildings.


“Our work on sustainable materials is based on a multi-scale approach, from the molecule to the structure.” Arezki Tagnit-Hamou, Director of the Cement and Concrete Research Group at Université de Sherbrooke

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Created as a partnership between Lyon 1 University, Université Gustave Eiffel, TÉLUQ, ÉTS and Université de Montréal, this laboratory aims to combine each member’s expertise to carry out research projects in two main areas: ageing and disability, and orthopaedics and traumatology.


“The faculty of medicine and Université de Montréal would like to congratulate you and assure you of its full support in this collaboration, whose themes are in line with our research priorities. We are pleased to see that the “living lab” approach will continue to grow further this partnership, which will benefit from an exceptional research environment.” Christian Baron, Vice-Dean of Research and Development at the faculty of medicine of Université de Montréal.

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The French-South African Institute of Technology (F'SATI) is a collaborative research and training institute, mainly at Master’s and PhD level, established between French and South African universities. Initiated in 1994, the collaboration contributes to the development of knowledge and technology transfer between France and South Africa. After initially focusing on themes related mainly to electronics, the scope of the collaboration has expanded to include other areas such as civil engineering, management and health. It offers South African students local access to training from partner universities and promotes bilateral student and researcher exchanges between the two countries.


GeoMech IRN is an international partnership that brings together researchers in the fields of solid mechanics, geomechanics, the physics and mechanics of granular environments, Earth sciences and fluid mechanics to work together on the development of analysis, simulation and modelling tools for environmental geomechanics problems.


Institut des Amériques is a Scientific Interest Group (SIG) created in 2007 that brings together humanities researchers in France on subjects relating to the societies of the Americas. It involves over 20 disciplines and promotes intellectual exchanges at national, European and global level on major research issues concerning the Americas.


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SaNuiT-Maghreb is a teaching and research network on road safety in the Maghreb that aims to encourage exchanges on problems, issues and good practices in this field in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The network promotes:


  • Road safety teaching in the Maghreb through modules and internship or dissertation topics on road safety (as part of existing Master’s programmes in statistics, public health and epidemiology, economics and management, the humanities, transport, logistics and sustainability for the environment, etc.);

  • Academic research on road safety by proposing thesis topics on the subject in doctoral schools, under joint supervision or co-supervision between Maghreb countries and France.

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Supported by the A*MIDEX initiative of excellence, the Biomechanics of Spine Injury and Pathologies (BSIP) project is the fruit of a long-standing collaboration between researchers at École Polytechnique de Montréal, Sainte-Justine University Hospital, École de Technologie Supérieure, Montreal Sacré-Cœur Hospital, AP-HM, the CNRS, Université Gustave Eiffel and Aix-Marseille Université.


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Université Gustave Eiffel and the DLR (Germany) have combined their skills to create an “extra-mural" research institute called INNOMOB.

The institute is structured in two parts corresponding to two themes.

INNOMOB1 focuses on a shared and long-term scientific programme on questions of innovation for mobility and transport in Europe. It follows on from the DISTRANS IAL, the first formalised cooperation between Université Gustave Eiffel and the DLR in 2013 for carrying out joint work on logistics and freight transport.

Its research is structured around four main themes:

  • Analysis of changes human and goods mobility
  • New data or new methods of data collection for the analysis of mobility
  • New construction and development methods for more sustainable mobility
  • Technological innovations and new forms of mobility: what are the uses? What is their level of acceptance? How can the energy performance of vehicles be optimised?

INNOMOB2 focuses more on innovative technologies and their uses for sustainable mobility

Research is structured around 6 challenges:

  • Railway control, ERTMS/ETCS, signalling, traffic management, safety, rail operations, energy
  • Localisation, digital maps, sensors
  • Communication, IT security, (road, rail, air, satellite, etc.)
  • Infrastructure maintenance (inspection, diagnostics, big data, prediction)
  • Human factors: human-system interaction, acceptance, ergonomics
  • Driver assistance, road traffic management, ITS

The UltraSonore French-Canadian Research Laboratory (LAFCUS) is an IRP (International Research Project) supported by the CNRS, Université Gustave Eiffel and Université Paris-Est Créteil. It involves:


  • In France: the Modelling and Multi-Scale Simulation (MSME) CNRS UMR 8208 laboratory and the Mechanics and Acoustics Laboratory (LMA) CNRS UMR 7031
  • In Canada: the Department of Mechanical Engineering, ETS Montreal (ETS) and the Laboratory of Biorheology and Medical Ultrasonography, CHUM Research Centre, Université de Montréal (UoM)

Context and aim of LAFCUS

Ultrasound imaging and characterisation techniques have been routinely used for the past 30 years, mainly in civil engineering and biomedical applications and in non-destructive testing. However, many challenges still need to be solved. Examples include inverse problem solving such as locating cracks in parts with complex geometry and estimating the biomechanical properties of bone tissue.

LAFCUS aims to bring together research groups working in different application areas in France and Canada. It focuses on experimental developments such as the implementation of adapted multi-element sensors and characterisation using guided waves that are likely to lead to applications in civil engineering, non-destructive testing and the biomedical field. It also proposes to develop acoustic modelling and numerical simulation tools to better understand the phenomena of ultrasonic wave propagation through complex environments, which will make it possible to design adapted configurations for experiments and solve inverse problems.

Université Gustave Eiffel and the University of Bologna (UNIBO) in Italy have joined forces to create the NextRIM international laboratory.

NextRIM’s aim is to develop collaborative research and teaching between UNIBO and Université Gustave Eiffel. Several components and departments, including DICAM, DIN, DISI and PSI at UNIBO, and COSYS, TS2 and ESIEE Paris at Université Gustave Eiffel, already contribute to the joint project with the aim of bringing other departments on board in the future.

NextRIM’s activities include:

  • Developing a Master's degree on sustainable mobility in urban areas
  • Bilateral scientific seminars
  • Co-supervising Master’s and PhD students
  • Project proposals, fundraising
  • Co-publishing
  • Scientist exchanges
  • Summer schools or projects for early-career researchers

To address environmental issues, road traffic management, data modelling applied to road user behaviour and safety issues, NextRIM will focus its research on four distinct projects:

  • Road vision - Project leaders: Davide Maltoni (UNIBO) and Jean-Philippe Tarel (Université Gustave Eiffel)
  • Behavioural data analysis - Project managers: Claudio Lantieri (UNIBO) and Rachid Belaroussi (Université Gustave Eiffel)
  • Immersive simulation validity - Project managers: Andrea Simone (UNIBO) and Hocine Imine (Université Gustave Eiffel)
  • Road traffic management - Project managers: Maria Nadia Postorino (UNIBO) and Nadir Farhi (Université Gustave Eiffel)

Université Gustave Eiffel and Politecnico di Milano have created an International Associated Laboratory (IAL/LIA) called SEnSIN-CT (Smart Energy Sensors and Infrastructures for Cities & Transport).

The aim of SEnSIN-CT is to develop collaborative and comparative research between POLIMI and Université Gustave Eiffel and provide a framework for:

  • Encouraging scientific collaboration between Université Gustave Eiffel and POLIMI by setting up projects which, hopefully, will lead to significant innovation in the IAL’s fields of research.
  • Promoting cooperation and exchanges in the field of education and research, also involving student and researcher exchanges.
  • Benefitting from the complementary nature of the equipment used for IAL's joint research,
  • Transferring knowledge and innovation to industry whenever projects allow for collaboration with SMEs
  • Training highly qualified researchers through research to help meet the European challenges of smart cities

The IAL will involve the following activities:

  • Bilateral scientific seminars
  • Co-supervision of Master’s, PhD and post-doctoral students
  • Project proposals, fundraising
  • Co-publishing
  • Joint organisation of scientific events (conferences, workshops) related to the scientific themes of the IAL
  • Student and researcher exchanges
  • Teaching exchanges

The scientific content of the IAL is structured around three pillars:

  • Pillar 1: Multi-scale sensors and monitoring systems
  • Pillar 2: Smart energy systems
  • Pillar 3: Smart structures and monitoring