To anticipate the interdisciplinary challenges of emerging and future systems and services, LAAS-CNRS identified three strategic axes : AdreamAlive and Synergy. They are based on the four major disciplines that have been the hallmark of the laboratory since its inception: computer science, robotics, automatic control and micro and nano systems.

Within these disciplines, research at LAAS revolves around 8 scientific departments running 26 research teams, basic units of research at the laboratory.


4 Disciplines


8 Scientific Topics

Crucial Computing

  • TSF : Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance
  • VERTICS : Verification of Time Critical Systems
  • ISI : System Engineering and Integration

Networks and Communications

  • SARA : Services and Architectures for Advanced Networks
  • CDA : Distributed Computing and Asynchronism 


  • GEPETTO : Movement of Anthropomorphic Systems
  • RAP : Robotics, Action and Perception
  • RIS : Robotics and InteractionS

Decision and Optimization

  • DISCO : DIagnosis and Supervisory COntrol
  • MAC : Methods and Algorithms in Control
  • ROC : Operations Research, Combinatorial Optimization and Constraints

Microwaves and Optics : from Electromagnetism to Systems

  • MINC : Micro and Nanosystems for Wireless Communications
  • MOST : Microwaves and Opto-microwaves for Telecommunication Systems
  • OSE : Optoelectronics for Embedded Systems
  • PHOTO : Photonics


Nanomaterials, Nanofluidics and Smart Systems

  • M3 : Multi-scale Modeling of Materials
  • MILE : Micro-nanofluidics for Life science and Environment
  • S4M : Smart Sensing and SystemS


Micro Nano Bio Technologies

  • ELIA : Engineering in Life Sciences Applications
  • MEMS : Microelectromechanical systems
  • MICA : Microsystems for Analysis
  • MPN : Materials and Processes for Nanoelectronics
  • MH2F : High Frequency and Fluidic Micro and nanosystems


Energy Management

  • ESE : Energy and Embedded Systems
  • ISGE : Energy Management System Integration
  • NEO : Nano-Engineering and integration of metal-Oxide-based nanostructures and their interfaces

LAAS works on various types of systems: micro and nano systems, embedded systems, embedded systems, distributed large-scale systems, biological systems, mobile systems, autonomous systems and critical infrastructures, with application areas such as aeronautics, space, transport, energy, services, health, environment, telecommunications, manufacturing and defence.

LAAS is also institut Carnot, label that greatly emphasizes the multidisciplinary skills of public research in favor of socio-economic world.