CNRS, The National Center for Scientific Research, Toulouse, France

The Laboratory of Analysis and Architecture of Systems - LAAS is a CNRS research unit associated with the six founding members of the University of Toulouse. LAAS’ research activities fall within the domain of Information Sciences and Technologies and address complex systems (artificial and sometimes natural) generally heterogeneous, and at different scales, to devise theories, methodologies and tools for modeling, designing and controlling them. 
Research, innovation and transfer are tied. The lab has a history of strong relationships with industry and works in a large number of collaborative projects with international, national and regional industries of all size. LAAS was one of the 20 first “Carnot Institutes” labeled in 2006.

Scientific Research
The systems considered in our research are of different kinds: integrated systems, embedded systems with real time and safety requirements, distributed systems, mobile systems, autonomous and robotics systems, micro and nano systems, biological systems. They fall in various application domains such as aeronautics and space, telecommunications, transports, production, services, security and defense, energy management, healthcare, environment and sustainable development. The scientific topics are distributed in four main research areas or domains: 
• Micro and Nanosystems (MINAS): 
MEMS/NEMS and MOEMS, RF and microwave systems, systems and devices for energy management, nanophotonics and photonic integration, Bio MEMS and nanobiosystems, modeling and simulation of micro and nanosystems. 
• Systems Modeling, Optimization and Control (MOCOSY): 
Non-linear systems, robust and adaptive control, filtering and signal processing, network management and quality of service, diagnostic and supervision, optimization, scheduling and production planning. 
• Critical Computer Systems (SINC):
Dependability, computer systems safety and security, critical communication systems validation and verification, systems engineering, and distributed computing. 
• Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RIA): 
Environment perception and modeling, motion and action planning and molecular motion, cognitive robotics, human-robot interaction, humanoid robotics, manipulation, field and aerial robotics, multi-robot systems.

Micro and Nanotechnologies platform
The micro and nano technologies platform of LAAS-CNRS offers environmental contamination areas with controlled particulate concentration, controlled temperature, humidity, and light for certain operations, sensitive to the ultraviolet radiation in a 1500 m² room with 100 to 10 000 classes. The equipment allows developing, elaboration, patterning and treatment of materials for microelectronic, optoelectronic, micro and nano systems components prototyping.

People involved:
Patrick Pons, E-mailPersonal Website