To anticipate the interdisciplinary challenges of emerging and future systems and services, LAAS-CNRS identified four strategic axes : AdreamAlive, Synergy and Space. 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.


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



  • 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


Technology & Instrumentation for the Monitoring of Complex 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.