The French-Mexican Laboratory for Computer Science and Automatic Control Systems (LAFMIA) - UMI 3175

This International Mixed Research Unit (to use the CNRS acronym UMI) exemplifies the bilateral scientific cooperation being developed between France and Mexico and provides a response adapted to the need to build new networks of partners such as the universities, industrial laboratories … It is an operational structure for research and training activities, comprising research scientists, lecturers, students, post-docs with an operational mode somewhat similar to that of a UMR in France (joint research units).

The first mixed Franco-Mexican international unit

The Franco-Mexican Laboratory for Computer Science and Automatic Control Systems (LAFMIA), the first International Mixed Research Unit (UMI) of the CNRS, in a partnership with the GIPSA-lab and the Mexican national Research Centre (CINVESTAV), was created in 2008 after a merger of two International Associate laboratories (LIA), the LAFMAA (automatic control systems) and LAFMI (computer sciences). LAFMO covers both ICTs and computer science engineering. The topics addressed are image processing, robotics and communication, bio-computing, data bases and networks ...

LAFMAA results from a co-operation agreement that goes back to the early 1960s. The research results are embodied in applications to be found in mechanical engineering, transportation, energy and the environment via drinking water distribution and agriculture.

This UMI reports simultaneously to the CNRS INS2I (Institute for ICTs and their Interactions) and the CINVESTAV (Centre for Research and Advanced studies at the National Polytechnic Institute) and to the CONACYT.

3 universities are joint associates, coordinating where needed, the work and management:

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LAFMIA is housed at the CINVESTAV in Mexico and also has premises within the University of the Americas in Puebla (UDLAP).

LAFMIA research scientists are deeply committed to both national projects in France and in Mexico, as well as being involved in international projects. They contribute to defining general, adaptable solutions that can be put to use in large-scale industrial contexts, in Mexico and in France.

Thanks to a high level interaction among companies, research centres and the universities, LAFMIA is in a position to enrich Franco-Mexican relationships in areas of mutual interest for both the French and European communities, contributing actively to innovative projects and industrial development schemes.

Staff at LAFMOA also participate in the Master's degree and PhD programmes offered in Mexico and in France. They contribute to training for students doing co-supervised work and belonging to French or Mexican universities.

Research themes

The research work at the UMI focuses on computer sciences and automatic control systems and especially in the field of robotics. The lab is actively studying drones and miniature submarines as well as on the thematic of exo-skeletons either to strengthen a limb, or to back up and compensate for a weakness.

On all the above-mentioned themes, the UMI teams also collaborate with the LRMM, Montpellier (Computer sciences, robotics and micro-electronics) and with the École nationale supérieure de techniques avancées (an engineering school for advanced studies), Brittany, France.


Directeur du LAFMIA
Rogelio Lozano
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