VEDECOM at the Autonomy Exhibition: solutions to accompany the deployment of new mobility

A successful outcome for the three VEDECOM offerings presented at the Institute’s stand at the Autonomy Exhibition & The Urban Mobility Summit! The event, which took place on 16 and 17 October 2019 at the Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris, enabled the Institute to confirm the relevance of its offerings within the mobility ecosystem. The outcome for all three offerings – Mobilitips, Entropy and M’OBS by VEDECOM Tech – was positive, and the feedback very encouraging. Here’s a look back at a day packed with face-to-face interaction!

Three offerings for the VEDECOM stand, which attracted a constant stream of visitors

Since 2015, the Autonomy Exhibition & The Urban Mobility Summit, an event held every October in Paris, has attracted almost 8,000 trade visitors annually, from both France and abroad, with the promise of speakers and exhibitors who are addressing mobility issues. The VEDECOM stand, assigned to the “Shared Mobility” area, gave the Institute an opportunity to present three of its offerings. These solutions seem to have been a huge hit, judging by the number of visitors coming to the area dedicated to showcasing them.

The Training team presented Mobilitips, its new learning module that clarifies the concepts to which new forms of mobility have given rise, and which are often poorly understood. “Our presence at this exhibition is consolidating our position within the ecosystem with regard to the comprehensive support we offer to stakeholders. We offer various forms of assistance with decision-making, and given this exhibition’s high visibility (especially on social media) it’s a tremendous opportunity for us,” says Sylvie Thromas, Director of the VEDECOM Training Programme.

Entropy, the Institute’s first spin-off, presented its decision-making support tool for determining the ideal positioning and scale of transport offerings to ensure they meet the real needs of people on the move. “The stand was a success for Entropy, in terms of both the quantity and quality of new contacts made,” said Sami Kraiem and Guilhem Sanmarty, the startup’s co-founders, at the end of the event.

Lastly, VEDECOM Tech presented its M’OBS solution, an agency that evaluates new mobility solutions with the aim of helping operators improve their understanding of their environment, evaluate suitability for the areas concerned, and deliver the best possible experience for users.

“We are very pleased with how the event has gone for us,” says Tony Greaux, Mobility and Services Manager at VEDECOM Tech. “In terms of contacts made and the level of interest generated, we’ve achieved even more than we hoped, considering the project is as yet very new.”

Pitches and round table: VEDECOM’s speakers in the spotlight

In addition to the stand, the Entropy and M’OBS solutions were allowed a presentation pitch: these solutions, being both precise and compatible with the territories, are able to offer mobility operators a clear picture of traffic flows and new mobility solutions. This objective is well aligned with the Autonomy Exhibition, the ambition of which is to support the transition to smart, sustainable mobility by building bridges between, on the one hand, innovative companies that are creating mobility solutions to address current issues, and, on the other hand, public and private sector decision-makers who are in a position to implement those solutions.

VEDECOM experts Jean-Laurent Franchineau and Elsa Yousfi also spoke at a round table organised by Choose Paris on the subject of: “Autonomous mobility: the next step for the Île-de-France.”

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Participate in the SMIV Conference, the annual meeting organised by VEDECOM Institute with its international academic parners !

The SMIV – Smart Mobility and Intelligent Vehicle Conference, the VEDECOM’s annual scientific meeting, organised with its academic partners, will take place on Tuesday, 12 November 2019, at Espace Saint-Martin, in Paris.

Two sessions (“Sustainable and Electric Mobility” and “The Intelligent Vehicle And Its Collaboration With The Infrastructure”) will present thelatest research findings on sustainable mobility, as well as the technical and scientific challenges which remains to be met, or the economic and political issues which are concerned. With a 100% VEDECOM approach, starting with normal usage practice, so that the technology remains at the service of the human.

Limited number of places. Registration closing date : 5 November

Subscription : http://www.vedecom.fr/smiv-2019-2/

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VEDECOM, official partner of the Grand Prix ACF2020

VEDECOM is the official partner of the Grand Prix of the Automobile Club de France (GPACF 2020), organised by the Automobile Club de France and the ESSEC Automobile Club. This year’s Grand Prix was launched on Tuesday 15 October 2019 at the Equip Auto trade show, in the presence of the accelerator CarStudio. At this third edition of the GPACF, three prizes will be awarded to the most innovative French and international start-ups in the automotive field: the Grand Prix ACF Autotech, for start-ups which are in the advanced stages of development (Series A and above); the Prix Pionnier ACF, for the youngest start-ups in the early stages of development; and finally, the Prix Eco Tech, for the start-up finalist whose product most contributes to environmental needs. The final and prize ceremony will take place on 2 April 2020 at the Automobile Club de France.

Winning start-ups will receive legal and financial support, technical support or expertise and networking opportunities with decision-makers in the automotive industry.

VEDECOM, official partner of the event, will also give a prize to each winner. The winner of the Grand Prix ACF Autotech will win the chance to take part in the Mobilité@VEDECOM event. The winner of the Prix Pionnier ACF will have access to an expert from the Institute for half a day per month, for three months. Finally, the winner of the Prix Eco Tech will be able to take part for free in a training session organised by VEDECOM, or make free use of VEDECOM’s test tracks near the mobiLAB.

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PhD Students’ Day 2019: full marks for the researchers!

The VEDECOM Institute’s traditional PhD Students’ Day took place on 10 October at ESTACA, the partner for the 2019 edition. With 100 participants, 15 scientific posters, 12 presentations by PhD students, and 5 lectures by external speakers, the day did a great job of publicising the research of VEDECOM’s PhD students and equipping them to build on their expertise post-thesis.

The work of VEDECOM’s PhD students displayed the interdisciplinary approach needed for building the future of transport

The PhD Students’ Day got underway in front of a large audience. First on the agenda were talks and discussions about the research work of VEDECOM’s PhD students.

The day was introduced by Pascal Bidan, Executive Vice-President of ESTACA, the Paris-Saclay engineering school specialising in transport networks, and a founding member of VEDECOM. He was joined by Philippe Watteau, VEDECOM’s Managing Director, and Féthi Ben Ouezdou, its Scientific Director. Next came the traditional 5-minute thesis exercises, in which three PhD students from each of the Institute’s three fields of research talked about their thesis topic. These fascinating and very informative presentations gave overviews that enabled everyone, scientists and non-scientists alike, to appreciate the scope of VEDECOM’s fields of research and the interdisciplinary approach applied by the Institute. A poster session also provided an opportunity to learn about the subjects of 15 theses currently being worked on at the Institute.

Students learned how to improve their scientific output, communicate their knowledge and capitalise on their expertise

In addition to talks by former VEDECOM PhD students and the presentation of the Institute’s European projects, the second part of the day was designed as an aid to showcasing and capitalising on PhD students’ research work, both now and in the future.

“PhD students help generate publicity for the Institute […], not only via their scientific publications but also by capitalising on the results of their research. We’re going to try to get them to think about what happens post-thesis,” explained Prof. Féthi Ben Ouezdou. “In practical terms this can mean various things: working for a company, pursuing an academic career, or being involved in a startup. Their research is the starting point from which they gradually start capitalising on that research, either by going on to develop highly specialised scientific expertise, or by exploiting their research to create added value.”

With this in mind, Olivier Orfila, from IFSTTAR, presented tools for improving scientific output; and the Agent Majeur agency, in a talk entitled “Communicating to Persuade”, gave invaluable advice concerning communicating orally about scientific subjects. The Bernard Grégory Assocation and consulting firm Adoc Talent Management, together with Isabelle Maudet, VEDECOM’s HR Director, shared their expertise concerning post-doctorate recruitment, mainly with regard to capitalising on scientific skills, but also concerning the soft skills developed while working on a thesis. A round table discussion included Xavier Apolinarski, CEO of SATT Paris-Saclay, and Lambert Trénoras, CEO of startup Gyrolift: together, they were the voice of entrepreneurship and startup creation.

A worthwhile day for everyone who took part

“As Managing Director, I feel tremendously proud to see so many young people tackling issues of innovation, tackling issues of sustainable mobility and pushing back the frontiers of knowledge,” said Philippe Watteau in some words of congratulation at the end of the day. “Issues of sustainable mobility will be resolved by an interdisciplinary approach, and having PhD students at VEDECOM in the fields of technology, data,

human factors, the social sciences and town planning is truly the Institute’s greatest strength […] They are very much in touch with industrial issues, they know how to address them, they are getting ready for them… The very future of sustainable mobility is in the hands of these young researchers.”

The PhD students, for their part, were thrilled with this day of discussion and sharing, which was a welcome break in the long journey towards achieving a PhD. “The PhD Students’ Day enabled me to present my research work and get other people’s views on my thesis topic, as well as seeing what other people are currently working on, to help me think of other projects or joint ventures,” said Ikram, a PhD student at VEDECOM.

Since 2011, 88 theses have been undertaken at VEDECOM, of which 43 are currently ongoing. The Institute has just under 50 PhD students, distributed across its three fields of research (Vehicle Electrification, Self-Driving and Connectivity, and Shared Energy and Mobility). In addition, VEDECOM has over 90 employees with PhDs, who make up half the R&D workforce.

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L’équipe « Nouvelles communications hybrides, sécurisées et coopératives » de VEDECOM,  menée par le Dr-HdR. Oyunchimeg Shagdar, et appuyée par un réseau de partenaires, conduit des recherches autour de vecteurs de communication sûrs entre le véhicule et son environnement (V2X) : un enjeu majeur pour le véhicule du futur. Entretien avec Ahmed Soua, chercheur en V2X-5G, qui a accepté de nous en dire plus sur les challenges et les victoires de cette équipe.

En quoi consiste le projet ?

Notre équipe fait de la recherche dans le domaine des communications véhiculaires sans fil (V2X) : communication véhicule à véhicule (V2V), véhicule à infrastructures (V2I), véhicule à réseau (V2N), véhicule à piéton (V2P). Nous travaillons à leur spécification et à la conception de solutions à la fois fiables et sécurisées. Nous sommes une vingtaine de personnes, issues de formations dans les domaines de la télécommunication, des réseaux, de l’informatique, du traitement de signal et des systèmes embarqués. Nos recherches portent sur différents aspects qui vont de la conception de solutions de communication V2X à leur standardisation, en passant par la perception augmentée qu’apportent les IoT, sans oublier la cybersécurité avec la détection de comportements anormaux. Pour simuler la fiabilité et la performance des communications hybrides, nous avons conçu une plateforme de démonstration qui est commercialisée par VEDECOM Tech.

Quels sont les enjeux de vos recherches ?

Notre objectif consiste à identifier et concevoir des solutions optimales en matière de communication V2X, mais également agiles et surtout sécurisées par rapport aux flux d’informations qu’elles acheminent et qui contribuent à la sécurité routière. Pour cela, il faut mettre tous les acteurs autour de la table afin de définir des protocoles d’échanges normalisés.

Notre spécificité est vraiment de travailler de manière collaborative avec tout un écosystème d’industriels et d’académiques : Renault, PSA, VALEO, ATOS, Marben, Transdev, YoGoKo, Neavia, Vinci Autoroutes, FARECO, ECE Paris, l’UVSQ, INRIA, System-X ou encore l’UTAC CERAM.

Quelles sont les principales difficultés et les défis de ce projet ?

Nous avons 5 défis principaux. Tout d’abord la sélection des technologies bien sûr, mais aussi la question de la scalabilité, à savoir trouver des moyens d’éviter la congestion du réseau quand celui-ci monte en charge. Nous rencontrons également des problèmes d’interopérabilité et de cybersécurité. Enfin, des problématiques d’échanges de données utiles à la perception coopérative : il s’agit ici de trouver le moyen de fusionner les données des capteurs issues de différents véhicules ou d’équipements de bord de route avec les données reçues et envoyées par les réseaux sans fil.

Dans les années qui viennent, nous aurons également deux défis à relever. Il va nous falloir adapter la 5G et l’intégrer dans nos travaux de recherche sur les communications hybrides.

Quels sont les succès et les moments forts que vous avez rencontrés ?

Nous avons récemment présenté plusieurs démonstrations qui ont eu un grand succès. Lors de la journée mobilité@VEDECOM le 11 avril 2019, nous avons montré la coopération de deux technologies de communication via notre plateforme de simulation. L’inauguration de l’expérimentation Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab le 15 mai 2019 a aussi été un moment très important. Elle a consacré l’importance et la pertinence de notre travail en termes d’interopérabilité et d’installations. Pour la première fois, nous avons pu présenter, avec nos partenaires Renault et Transdev, un système de transport autonome complet, fonctionnant grâce à l’infrastructure. Enfin l’habilitation à diriger la recherche (HDR) d’Oyunchimeg Shagdar, le 6 septembre 2018 à l’Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a été un moment fort pour toute notre équipe : cela représentait une vraie reconnaissance de notre travail et de nos résultats de recherche.

Qu’est-ce que ce projet apporte au monde des mobilités ?

Nous nous attachons à faire rayonner nos résultats scientifiques : démonstrations mais aussi prototypes, brevets, publications, participation aux conférences et workshops internationaux… Nous avons récemment fait une démonstration des boîtiers de simulation de notre plateforme à l’occasion de l’inauguration du site TEQMO, le centre d’essais et d’homologation de véhicules de l’UTAC-CERAM.

En dehors de nos membres qui ont accès à ces résultats, notre filiale commerciale VEDECOM Tech pourra commercialiser cette plateforme auprès de sociétés qui pourraient en être intéressées. Conçue par VEDECOM en partenariat avec Marben, elle est composée d’une quarantaine de boîtiers qui simulent le comportement d’un véhicule connecté dans différents cas d’usage : elle permet de tester des véhicules prototypes sur pistes, notamment à des fins d’homologation comme le fait l’UTAC-CERAM. Elle contribue également pour l’Institut à l’avancement de projets européens, comme le projet 5G-MOBIX, qui réunit plus de 50 partenaires pour démontrer l’apport de la 5G aux communications véhiculaires.

 

Nearly 700 children came to play and learn about mobility with VEDECOM!

The VEDECOM Institute’s training team went to the Paris-Saclay Sciences Village in Gif-sur-Yvette on Friday, 4 October 2019. The day, which was organised as part of the Science Festival (or ‘Fête de la Science’), was focused on welcoming school children. Around 675 children came to the event and were able to learn about new mobility options at the VEDECOM stand through fun activities. This day confirmed the training team’s belief that mobility can be learned (starting at a young age), can be played with, and can be experienced!

As an R&D institute focused on sustainable mobility, the VEDECOM Institute has a mission to offer training and share expertise relating to the roll-out of new forms of mobility. Its purpose is to provide the general public with reliable scientific knowledge, all through a systems-based vision that integrates vehicles and mobility services. The trainings offered combine theory and practice and are created in direct collaboration with researchers. They take the form of awareness-raising initiatives and are aimed at designers and engineers in the mobility industry as well as local governments and the general public.

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VEDECOM is very pleased to announce the defense of the thesis of Laurène CLAUSSMANN

VEDECOM is very pleased to announce the defense of the thesis of Laurène CLAUSSMANN untitled « Motion Planning for Autonomous Highway Driving: A Unified Architecture for Decision-Maker and Trajectory Generator ».

For the first time, the defense took place at the mobiLAB, on Friday, September, 27th.

JURY
Pr. Michel BASSET Université de Haute Alsace Rapporteur
Dr. Fawzi NASHASHIBI,
INRIA, Rapporteur
Pr. Arnaud DE LA FORTELLE, 
Mines ParisTech, Examinateur
Dr. Vicente MILANES, 
Renault, Examinateur
Dr. Lydie NOUVELIERE, 
Université d’Evry-Val-d’Essonne, Examinateur
Pr. Sébastien GLASER, 
Queensland University of Technology, Directeur de thèse
Dr. Olivier ORFILA, IFSTTAR, 
Co-encadrant
Dr. Marc REVILLOUD, Institut VEDECOM, 
Co-encadrant

 RESUME

This thesis work is part of the development of a self-driving car in highway environments. More precisely, it aims to propose a unified architecture of trajectory planner and decision-maker taking into account the limitations of the environment and the available data within the current development of sensors technologies (distance limitations, uncertainties).
On the one hand, the method generates sigmoid trajectories in a continuous spatiotemporal representation of the evolution space, which is reduced beforehand by modeling collision-free intervals in nominal conditions of driving. The sigmoid parameters are subsequently optimized with a simulated annealing approach that uses the decision-maker algorithm as the evaluation function for the generated trajectory. It thus
makes it possible to elude both the discretization and position/speed decoupling problems. On the other hand, the aggregation of fuzzy logic and belief theory allows decision making on heterogeneous criteria and uncertain data. The proposed framework also handles personalization of the vehicle’s behavior, depending on the passengers’ risk perception and aggressive or conservative driving style.
The presented approach was finally evaluated and validated in a simulation environment and then in a test vehicle. The planning block was integrated into the existing vehicle’s architecture, interfaced with the localization, obstacles’ perception and control blocks.

 

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