Research Centre for Automatic Control of Nancy

Research Centre for Automatic Control of Nancy (CRAN)

  • The Research Centre for Automatic Control of Nancy (CRAN) is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 7039) common to the University of Lorraine and CNRs (National Centre for Scientific Research). CRAN also hosts researchers from the Lorraine Institute of Oncology (ICL, Centre against cancer) and the University Hospital Centre (CHU).
  • The lab has 107 faculty members (including 2 emeritus), 3 CNRS researchers, 7 other researchers of the UL, ICL and CHU, 6 post-docs, 70 PhD students and 30 engineers, technicians and administrative staff. The lab is a member of Charles Hermite Automation, Computer Sciences and Mathematics Federation and of the Scientific Pole of Automation, Mathematics, Computer Science and their interactions (AM2I) at University of Lorraine.
  • Research in CRAN concerns Automation, defined as the science of modelling, analysis, control and supervision of dynamic systems, and Signal processing, Computer engineering and Biology.
  • With the implementation in 2013 of a biology team, and relying on the historical forces of the research unit, CRAN conducts also interdisciplinary research combining Automation, Signal and image processing to Biology and Medicine.
  • The lab develops cross-cutting activities in these disciplines in the fields of health engineering and systems dependability. These research areas, based on the concepts of signals (traditional and biomedical), dynamical systems (physical or biological), integrative biology, networks (computer or biological signalling), information and decision, concern at the same time the technical systems (industrial processes, transportation systems, power generation, communication networks,…), environmental systems (air and water quality,…) and health care (diagnosis and care in oncology and neurology). The results of the research have a “societal” impact (improvement of systems dependability, diagnostics and medical care, environment) and an economic impact (improvement of the performances concerning facilities, medical procedures, products or services).