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About the UMI
An international research unit established between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the domains of telecommunications, innovative materials, situated cognition and robotics
An international research unit established between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the domains of telecommunications and innovative materials As the result of a strategic alliance between the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), a joint GIT/CNRS research laboratory, the GT-CNRS UMI 2958, was established at the Georgia Tech Lorraine campus in Metz, France, in March of 2006. The laboratory conducts a unique transatlantic collaborative program of research in secure networks and smart materials. Research faculty and graduate students from Georgia Tech, French universities, and other CNRS laboratories work on joint research projects sponsored by industry and by local and national governments. The founding associate partners in this unique laboratory are the University of Metz, the University of Franche-Comté, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM), and L’École Supérieure d’Électricité (Supélec). The research programs focus on optoelectronic techniques for signal encryption and secure transmission for optical and wireless systems, nonlinear optics, new materials and nanostructures for photonics and electronics, multifunctional materials, the ultrasonic characterization of materials, the development of new ultrasonic sensors and the development of mobile robotic systems to monitor environments over long periods of time, in particular in environments where change happens over a wide spectrum of different time scales. Currently the UMI focuses on three primary research areas :
• Secure networks research includes physical layer communications security, ranging from the creation of novel nonlinear optical devices for quantum communications to high-speed optical quantum key distribution and high-speed chaos-based communications. This research also includes the emerging application of physical layer security principles to wireless security.
• Smart materials research includes both optoelectronic semiconductors and functional materials, with projects ranging from wide-bandgap UV materials and devices to new metals for automotive and aeronautics to porous electroactive foams for sensors. It also includes research on advanced ultrasonics for nondestructive testing and imaging, and fabrication of novel nanoheterostructures and guided-wave devices.
• Smart Home: Situated Cognition and Robotic research for the development of Intelligent Spaces and Intelligent Systems. The testbed at Supelec (Metz) includes multiple spaces with embedded robots, aiming at integrating the research output from all collaborative partners. These spaces additionally support exploratory prototyping for several application domains such as healthcare, domotics and field robotics. GeorgiaTech team of researcher has brought its several years of experience on applied research developed within the center for excellence: “Robotics & Intelligent Machines” RIM and “Graphics, Visualization and Usability” GVU (ranked among the best in the US). The Supelec team launched an important program on computing in the last years, with state-of-the-art facilities and an outstanding team.