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Contact information

Address:

  • IRCCyN - Ecole Centrale de Nantes
  • 1, rue de la Noë - B.P. 92101
  • F-44321 Nantes Cedex 03
  • FRANCE

Phone: +33 (0)2 40 37 69 17

Fax: +33 (0)2 40 37 68 01

Email: franck.mars@irccyn.ec-nantes.fr

Research domain

Perception and action in the context of human-machine systems

Research activities and interests

My general interests concerns the design of technological systems based on the understanding of human behavior, with an emphasis on perceptual and motor processes and how those processes interacts with higher cognitive functions. I favor a interdisciplinary approach at the crossroads of experimental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive ergonomics and engineering sciences. This is achieved inside and outside IRCCyN through active collaboration with the teams speciallized in control theory, robotics and signal processing. External collaborations involve various academic institutions, but also a well-established industrial partnership with Renault, PSA, Oktal, Clarte, Aerolia, EADS and Airbus.

A large part of my recent work has been dealing with the sensorimotor and cognitive processes involved in driving. This involves studies on the visual control of steering (including gaze behavior analysis), cybernetic driver modellingdriver monitoring, the design of automatic driving assistance systems and the evaluation of human-machine cooperation. Previous research mainly concerned the perception of self-orientation in aeronautics and the control of goal-directed arm movements. This was done through the manipulation of visual, vestibular and proprioceptive sensory cues. More recently, I became interested in spatial cognition in collaborative virtual reality and the use of ecological interface design for the supervision of dynamic manufacturing processes.

Training & occupied positions

Since 2012 Head of the PsyCoTec team
Since 2004 Tenured CNRS researcher, in the PsyCoTec team
2003 - 2004 Post-doctoral fellowship, funded by CNRS, Région Pays de la Loire and GIE PSA/Renault
PsyCoTec team (Director: Jean-Michel Hoc)
IRCCyN, Nantes (France)
Research topic: Designing assistance devices for steering 
2002 Post-doctoral fellowship, funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Institute of Rehabilitation of Montreal, University of Montreal (Canada)
Motor Control Lab (Director: Anatol Feldman)
Research topic: Contribution of vestibular signals to combined arm and trunk motion
1998 - 2001 Ph.D. in Neuroscience, funded by Association Nationale de la Recherche et de la Technologie and Dassault Aviation
Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille (France)
UMR-CNRS "Mouvement & Perception" (Advisor: Jean-Louis Vercher)
Thesis: Spatial disorientation in aeronautics - Contribution of integrative Neuroscience to the design of cockpit displays pdf
1997 - 1998 Qualification as a Psychologist: One year spent on recruiting and evaluating servicemen in the French Navy as part of my military obligations
1992 - 1997 B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Psychology
Faculty of Psychology, Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille (France)
Laboratoire des Neurosciences du Comportement (Advisors: Jean-Marie Coquery & Jacques Honoré)
Research topic 1: Influence of an illusory orientation of the head on the direction of pointing movements
Research topic 2: Influence of the direction of gaze on pain perception
1991 - 1992 One year lost at studying (and quickly despising) Electronics and Electrical Engineering
1990 - 1991 Baccalauréat C (general education degree with Maths and Physics as specialities)
Lycée Pierre d'Ailly, Compiègne (France)
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