The automatic control research at Supélec involves 33 teacher-researchers (including 16 accredited to supervise research), 55 PhD and postdoctoral students. The activity of the three teams covers much of the thematic fields. However, four research themes emerge as strong points: “Robust control”, “'Non-linear Control”, “Predictive control” and “Modeling and control of hybrid systems”. Convex optimizations and control of hybrid or non-linear uncertain systems under constraints and subject to disturbances are at the heart of the research problem. A particular attention is devoted to the robustness towards the uncertainties of embedded non linear systems.
The teams are committed to scientific production and contractual activity, particularly in technology and knowledge transfer to the industrial environment. This activity generates contractual applications in various fields, including automotive, energy, biotechnology, machine tools, space ... At the regional level, the teams take part in RTRA DIGITEO, and several competitive clusters (System@tic, Mov 'eo, Astech ...), nationally the teams are involved in several ANR projects and several international European contracts.
The scientific influence, both national and international, is evidenced by the number of scientific collaborations resulting in co-published works. The members are involved in international conferences program committees; they are invited to seminars and are active within the French GDR MACS. They are also involved in the international IFAC and IEEE organizations.