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