Research projects

Learn about a few examples of research projects at ESIEE Paris

Research area Sustainable city


Innovative pilot lines for sustainable graphene-based flexible and structural energy harvesting and storage devices

Graphergia aims to develop a new science-based, holistic approach, implementing new advances to achieve one-step, laser-assisted synthesis, processing, functionalization and simultaneous integration of graphene-based materials and graphene nanohybrids, directly into relevant energy harvesting/storage devices. This will lead to a scalable, cost-effective and climate-neutral production of (i) e-textiles with the specific functions of wearable power supplying and self-powered structural sensors and (ii) next generation electrodes for Li-ion batteries. Based on current TRL 3-4 activities, the consortium explores novel ideas for 2D materials engineering and integration at TRL 5 or higher, establishing versatile pilot-scale-based approaches for these two types of applications. Configurations of TENG-based e-textiles will be prepared to fabricate flexible architectures, designed to sustainably convert energy from the environment to electricity. Laser-scribed solid-state micro-flexible supercapacitors, will be coupled to TENGs, via innovative power management circuits, acting as energy reservoirs to provide on-demand batteryless charging to wearable devices and sensors. All-in-one, self-charging power textiles with integrated electronic systems will provide a human-body-centric technology and interface of the user to the IoT by wireless transmission of sensors’ signals. 

Project leader:
Philippe Basset, faculty member at ESIEE Paris, health, energy and environment department, laboratoire ESYCOM
This project is supported by the European Commission
Date: 2023 - 2027
Partners: Université Gustave Eiffel, Idryma Technologias kay erevnas, Adamant Aerodiastimikes efarmoges Etaireia periorismenis efthynis


Openness, adaptation, awareness innovation and social connection

This project aims to transform primary and middle school yards into “cooling islands” for local residents in the event of a heatwave (during the school holidays for example). Our role is to handle the microclimate and thermal evaluation part of the project, using measurements taken in situ, before and after the works. A specific methodology was developed to assess the project’s impact, combining on-site measurements and an experimental laboratory tool, before and after setting up the “Oasis” school yards. This will make it possible to better analyse soil behaviour and strengthen scientific knowledge in this area.

Project leader:
Martin Hendel, faculty member at ESIEE Paris, health, energy and environment department, LIED laboratory
This project is part of the Paris city hall resilience strategy. It is funded by the European Union with a ERDF UIA grant
Date: 2018 - 2021
Partners: The LIED research laboratory, Météo France, LIEPP (Science Po), CAUE75 and the Ligue Pour L’Enseignement

Andre (ANR-I-Site Project)

Models for Analysis, decomposition and reconstruction of energy consumption data

 The construction industry is a priority for energy policy, as it is responsible for over 40 % of energy consumption in Europe. For example, energy efficiency objectives involve the renovation of 500,000 housing units per year in France. Renovation projects are often based on simulations and the results obtained often come in below projections. This is mainly due to incorrectly estimating the role of occupants and their uses. We are targeting this problem to improve predictions from models and the efficiency of renovations by developing “grey box” models that combine determinist physical descriptions and statistics on occupants, uses and dynamic consumption data. It is critical to use these models efficiently, both upstream (data generation) and downstream (decomposition of aggregated curves) to take full advantage of the smart electricity meters being rolled out on a widespread scale.

Project leader:
Elyes Nefzaoui, faculty member at ESIEE Paris, health, energy and environment department, Esycom laboratory
Funding supported by I-site Future, ANR 
Date: 2018 - 2022
Partners: Université Gustave Eiffel, CAMEO (company), ENPC, MC Habitat

RAI: Intelligent Adaptive Networks

New, innovative algorithms and technologies for intelligent, dynamic, communication networks

 Nowadays, communications use different kinds of networks and deliver various applications in real-time (audio, video, etc.) that require different levels of quality of service (QoS). Some of these applications require a certain minimum debit to function, while others demand a minimum latency.
Various resource management mechanisms have been developed for wired and wireless networks, to improve and ensure the end-to-end QoS, specifically QoS-based routing, resource allocation and programming. However, the majority of these mechanisms are static and do not adapt in a dynamic way to environments that change frequently (channel, traffic load, resources available, etc.) The main objective of this PhD thesis is to offer new, innovative algorithms and technologies for intelligent, dynamic, communication networks. The results and conclusions of the research will contribute to improving the performance and adaptability of Nexen, a network router proposed by Thales Communication and Network.

Project leader:
Jean François Bercher, faculty member in the computer science department, LIGM Laboratory
Funding: ANRT - Contract CIFRE
Date : 2020 - 2023
Partners : Thales France

Research area Health

ERC Starting Grant - Neurodiam

Developing an all-diamond implant for neuronal applications

This project of excellence, funded by the European Union, involves designing new, thin, ECoG (electrocorticography) implants, using nanostructured synthetic diamonds combined with microtechnology. The objective of the NEURODIAM project is to develop a 100% diamond implant for neuronal applications.
With central nervous system disorders affecting an ever-growing proportion of the global population, it is crucial to improve our understanding of cerebral functions. Using microelectrode implants, it is currently possible to restore disabled patients’ neurological functions, like visual perception, or to control movements of prostheses. This project is developed in the ESIEE Paris clean rooms.

ERC Starting Grant
Project leader:
Lionel Rousseau, researcher and ESIEE Paris clean room manager, ESYCOM laboratory
Date : 2018 - 2023
Partners: Institut de la vision, CEA List


Modelling perfusion in biological tissue

 This research program tackles the problem of modelling tissue perfusion in-depth, using an anatomic model of tissue and the vascular system supplying blood to the tissue. The project is particularly concerned with modelling the perfusion in heart attacks, using a model of coronary arteries supplying the myocardium paired with a porous material, modelling the microvasculature.

Project :
Laurent Najman, faculty member in the computer science département, LIGM laboratory
Financement : collaboration
Date : 2015 - 2021
Partenaires : Inria, HeartFlow


Multisensor platform for water quality surveillance (adaptive microfluidic and nano enabled smart systems for water quality monitoring)

 Water management requires widespread surveillance at a low cost, which means tackling a range of changing requirements. The Proteus project aims to develop a platform of reconfigurable microfluidic and nanometric sensors for cognitive surveillance of water quality. The challenge is to combine chemical sensors, using carbon nanotubes, resistive physical and rheological MEMS-type sensors and an interactive CMOS circuit. This kind of multi-sensor platform was able to be produced thanks to the microfabrication resources available at ESIEE Paris (clean room).

Project leader:
Tarik Bourouina, faculty member in the health, energy, environment department, Esycom laboratory
Funding: European, H2020 Program
Date : 2015 - 2020
Partners : Université Gustave Eiffel (Ifsttar), Technical University of Lisbon, Easy Global Market, Wings ICT, University of Perugia

Research area Innovation and society


Research infrastructure for research and innovation policy studies

 The RISIS project aims to build data and services infrastructure to support the development of a new generation of evaluation tools and indicators. It aims to develop a more profound understanding of relevant knowledge and supporting data for policy. The project goes beyond classic quantitative indicators, developing positioning indicators that consider essential characteristics of the dynamics of knowledge, i.e. the importance of asymmetry in producers, places and themes. All the RSIS data is constructed while retaining information in these three areas. To exploit it, new services to identify stakeholders, geographic information and thematic areas have been developed, as well as capacities for semantic analysis.

Project leader:
Antoine Schoen, faculty member in management, human sciences and languages department, LISIS laboratory
Funding: European
Date : 2014 - 2023
Partners : Université Gustave Eiffel, Université de Manchester, Université de Leiden, Polytechnique de Milan...


Territories of Knowledge

 Industrial innovation, considered to be a key resource for economic development in knowledge-based societies, is based on articulating new concepts and technological and scientific knowledge, at least for physical components (new products and processes). The “Territories of Knowledge” research project aims to analyse this dual source of knowledge mobilised in innovation creation, by focusing on the major stakeholders in the industrial macro-sector of chemistry, pharmacy and biotechnology. This sector draws heavily on research and has a historic tradition of cooperating with universities.

Project leader:
Antoine Schoen, faculty member in the management, human sciences and languages department, LISIS laboratory
Funding: I-site Future, ANR
Date : 2018 - 2021
Partners: Paris-Est Sup, Cogniteva


Collaborative innovation and responsibility in the health sector

 This project organises an event (annual conference) that allows researchers and other members of society to discuss humanity’s major challenges. A few of the topics discussed at this year’s edition were the role of platforms to facilitate collaboration between various health stakeholders, the link between social innovation and e-health, and the representation of responsibility in the synthetic biology sector. Each year, ESIEE Paris supports this annual international workshop as a partner, with guests from a range of backgrounds (academics from different disciplines, innovation professionals, various institutions).

Project leader:
Luciana Castro, faculty member in the management, human sciences and languages department, IRG laboratory
Funding: own funds
Date: annuel
Partners: Université Gustave Eiffel (IRG), Rinnodi, LITEM (Université d’Evry Paris Saclay)

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