Engineering and digital sciences

The department brings together skills from the fields of computer science, electronics, mathematics and mechanics. These complementary scientific disciplines join forces to meet the major challenges of the industry of the future and digital technology.

Le robot de l'équipe Rhoban (Labri) lors de la Robocup 2019 © Robocup Federation Le robot de l'équipe Rhoban (Labri) lors de la Robocup 2019 © Robocup Federation

Engineering, or engineering sciences, digital sciences, mathematics and computer science are all fields that combine several scientific disciplines. The common goal of our department is to develop, design, create, foster, use and recycle practical and useful systems in multiple sectors of our society. This chain must be efficient, ethical and respectful of the environment in which it is implemented.

These are the founding principles of the department, which develops research in all fields that allow not only the design and implementation of complex systems but also data acquisition, communication between the different elements and the modeling of phenomena occurring at all operation stages in these complex systems.

Management / leadership

Director: Henri Bertin


This department is structured around two themes: engineering and digital technology. Although these topics provide a thematic structure, many scientific and research projects are carried out with an interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary focus.

On the engineering side, research topics concern materials, acoustics, human-machine interfaces, control systems and signal processing, civil engineering and design in both mechanics and electronics.

As for digital sciences, research encompasses the foundations of mathematics, computer science, electronics and cognition, the study of complex systems and connected objects, security and reliability, modeling, calculation and simulation, massive and diverse data, artificial intelligence.

Current developments in the fields of both digital sciences and engineering require the mobilization of skills that extend beyond a single disciplinary field. Examples include large-scale systems of smart objects and the factory of the future.

Key figures

  • 4 joint research units
  • 1,340 staff incl. 640 lecturer-researchers & researchers

Component structures of the department

This department is composed of 5 primary research units.

Primary units


Component council

The Component council is composed of 26 members, including 12 lecturer-researchers (or affiliates), 8 support staff, 4 doctoral students and post-doctoral students and 2 external members.

Directors' committee

Marc Arnaudon (IMB), Jean-Christophe Batsale (I2M), Yann Deval (IMS), Jean-Philippe Domenger (LaBRI) and Nadine Couture (Estia Recherche).

Scientific council

This Scientific council is composed of 4 national and international experts (currently being appointed).


Doctoral schools

Updated on 15/09/2021


Gilbert Bounaud-Devillers
Administrative manager

Building A33
351 Cours de la Libération
33405 Talence Cedex

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Health, robotics, smart transport, factory of the future, biology, ecology, information processing.