Research at LAAS requires powerful experimental facilities and technology. These resources are shared around 6 technology platforms and 2 engine house. This development will accompany the rise of transdisciplinary axis defined for years to come: interactions with living (biology, health) and the ADREAM program dealing with pervasive intelligence.
The Technology Platform
This platform is part of the national network of 7 large technological facilities and Basic Technological Research (BTR) in micro and nanotechnologies. Since April 2007, a clean room of 1500 m2 of Class 10,000 and 100, has been built thanks to the funding from the Midi-Pyrenees Region, CNRS (National Centre of Scientific Research), French National Agency for the BTR Network and Affiliated Club of LAAS. These pooled facilities allow integration of new devices for energy management, telecommunications, chemistry and biology, the development of specific technology to the production of demonstrators on the basis of flexible chains.
It collects and organizes, over 800 m2 with 78 test benches, characterization of components a
nd micro-nano systems in electric fields, microwaves, optics and chemistry and biology.
On the axis transdisciplinary interactions with the living, the LAAS will develop a platform of 400 m2. The LAAS is actively involved with the ITAV platform nanobiotechnology (link to website ITAV).
Design Platform of micro and nano systems
This platform of 17 workstations simulates the behavior of semiconductors and micro and nano systems in mechanical, chemical, electromagnetic, thermal ... at nanometer, micrometer and millimeter scales.
This platform is composed of nine autonomous robots (humanoid, companion, assistant, external land and air), a Cartesian robot and a room motion capture.
Network "LaasNetExp" Platform
This platform allows testing and validating the architecture protocol and network mechanisms from the research. The experiments of
computer communication modules unvalidated and unreliable cannot be done on the operational networks of laboratories, that is platform independent laboratory network. It is directly connected to RENATER and Géant, the European network of research. It allows experiments in a real environment multiple technologies, multiple domains and supervised, and in an emulated environment.
Embedded Systems Platform
This platform is for the design and implementation of hierarchical systems communicating in real time wireless, mobile and cooperative since the micro-board to networks of mobile robots. Il will massively network instrumented and intelligent autonomous artifacts.
It includes the integration of software, sensors, actuators, autonomous mobile robots, dynamic models of embedded systems and design and industrial research software.
The ADREAM program includes three platforms - Embedded systems, Networks and design - prolonging the three existing platforms - Technology Platform, Characterization and Robotics.
Electronic and Mechanical engine house
Finally, the LAAS has two workshops, one dedicated to electronics (printed circuits, wiring mock, component) and the other in mechanical engineering (design of parts and assembly).