IRCCyN is a CNRS Joint Research Unit (in French : Unité Mixte de Recherches (UMR 6597)) attached to CNRS institutes : INS2I, INSIS, and INSB.

IRCCyN, « Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes» is a Joint Research Unit (in French « Unité Mixte de Recherches ») of CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), UMR CNRS 6597, attached to Institut des Sciences de l’Information et de leurs Interactions (INS2I), Institut des Sciences de l’Ingénierie et des Systèmes (INSIS) and Institut des Sciences Biologiques (INSB). Its other local administrations are Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN)», « Université de Nantes (Univ-Nantes)» and « Ecole des Mines de Nantes (EMN)», within the frame of COMUE LUNAM Communauté d’Universités et d’Etablissements, L’Université Nantes, Angers, Le Mans »). IRCCyN also belongs to two research federations: AtlanSTIC (Fédération de recherche en Sciences et Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication, CNRS 2819) and IRSTV (Institut de Recherche en Sciences et Techniques de la Ville, CNRS 2488)

IRCCyN was composed, without counting trainees or visitors, of 260 persons: 98 academics and researchers (among whom 12 from CNRS), 18 engineers, technicians and administrative staff (among whom 13 from CNRS), 105 PhD students, and 24 other people under contract (among whom 6 Post-Docs), 5 associated members et 10 external collaborators.
IRCCyN also regularly welcomes many visitors, invited academics or researchers, students and trainees.

IRCCyN is present on several sites of the town, with offices and technological platforms in the buildings of the university and engineering schools. The main building is located on the campus of Ecole Centrale de Nantes : 160 persons, main experimental hall, conference hall, shared meeting and computer rooms. The other locations are in Polytech’Nantes (Chantrerie), IUT de Nantes (Fleuriaye) and Ecole des Mines de Nantes (Chantrerie).


Research at IRCCyN not only aims at producing new knowledge, but is also deeply technologically empowered in the sense that it focuses on the development of tools and methods in order to bring solutions to concrete problems raised by economical and social partners. In that way, companies can take profit from academic research and, in return, feed fundamental research questions investigated by IRCCyN. IRCCyN has got and keeps important industrial partnerships with for instance: AEROFORME, AIRBUS, AKER YARDS, AYRTON, BESNE, CEA, CGE, COURANT, DASSAULT, EDF, FAMAT, FRANCE TELECOM, HALGAND, JALLAIS, KEOSYS, MNM, PSA, RENAULT, SIREHNA, SITIA, SNCF, STX, SYSTEM+, TDF, THALES, THOMSON, TMG, VITEC...

Due in part to the collaboration with companies, members of IRCCyN also contribute to patents deposits, and to Start-up or Spin-of creations. Thanks to that and to its active industrial partnerships, IRCCyN got in 2009 the National Prize for Innovation Trophies by INPI (Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle).


The research and development activities performed at IRCCyN cover a wide scientific spectrum which encompasses:

      • control of complex systems
      • signal and image processing
      • video communication and handwritten recognition
      • robotics
      • computer aided mechanical design
      • user oriented design
      • modelling and optimisation of production process
      • virtual engineering
      • real time systems
      • modelling and checking of embedded systems
      • bio-informatics
      • logistics and production systems
      • discrete event systems
      • cognitive psychology end ergonomics

IRCCyN is constantly involved in many collaborative projects at the national level (with grants from ANR and FUI), and also in European projects and networks. IRCCyN is also academic partner with 10 competitive poles (French Pôles de compétitivitéPôles de compétitivité) among which: « Solutions Communicantes Sécurisées », « System@tic Paris Région », « Images & Réseaux », « Mov’eo », « iDforCAR » and « EMC2 ».

In the context of Investissements d’Avenir program, IRCCyN takes an active part in ROBOTEX (Equipment program in Robotics, including humanoids, production and mobile robots) as well as in Institut de Recherche Technologique (IRT) Jules Verne.

IRCCyN also has a longstanding tradition in international projects, in particular Mexico, Czech Républic, China, Korea, Poland, Italy, South Africa, Malaysia, United States, Russia, and Spain. Concerning training by and for research, IRCCyN plays a key role in various Masters and 3 PhD schools. In connexion with its research scope, IRCCyN is involved in the following Doctoral Schools:

      • STIM (Sciences et Technologies de l’Information et de Mathématiques, ED 366, Université de Nantes), for Information Science and technology
      • SPIGA (Sciences Pour l’Ingénieur, Géosciences, Architecture, ED 367, Ecole Centrale de Nantes), for mechanical training and
      • SHS (Sciences Humaines et Sociales, ED 507, Université de Rennes 2), for Human-machine interactions