Research institute

Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes (LS2N)

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General information

Affiliated institutions :

Research Department

Authority : Centrale Nantes, Nantes University, IMT Atlantique, CNRS, INRIA

Reference : UMR6004


Director(s) Staff Director: Emmanuel Morin
Deputy Director: Saïd Moussaoui

The LS2N in has a staff of about 500 people with 205 permanent staff members, including 27 teacher/researchers and 6 engineers, technicians and administrative staff from Centrale Nantes. It also hosts about 170 PhD students and 60 engineers or post-doctoral fellows on contract.
  • 500 staff
  • 5 partners
  • 5 sites across Nantes
  • 5 areas of expertise and 5 cross-functional research topics
  • 22 research teams

The laboratory is present on 5 campuses in Nantes:
  • Centrale Nantes campus (70 permanent staff)
  • Nantes University campus - Faculty of Science (53 permanent staff)
  • Institut Mines Télécom Atlantique Campus (38 permanent staff)
  • Polytech campus (30 permanent staff)
  • Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT Nantes) campus (14 permanent staff)


Research topics

A single objective: bring together Nantes' research expertise in computer science and cybernetics to develop digital sciences, inclusive of other disciplines and taking account of the social challenges involved.

The complexity of the research subjects studied requires the adoption of a global or "systemic" approach, in which computer science issues, automatic control and signal and image processing come together to address the questions asked by open, interactive, communicative, ubiquitous systems. The laboratory aims to be a key player in the innovation developing these subjects alongside the partners of its environment.

Five areas of research expertise:

Industry of the future - systems engineering, control, human factors, management, software engineering, robotics

Management of energy and environmental impact - embedded systems design, eco-design of robots, power grids, adaptable data centres

Life Sciences - medical imaging, neuronal signal processing, genomic data analysis,  biological network modelling, artificial organ design, automation of hospital equipment

Vehicle and mobility - global vehicle automation, behavioural and usage modelling, traffic optimization

Design, culture and digital society - system design for the digital society, design of new interactions and links with digital artefacts, analysis of practices and interaction with digital artefacts

Academic programs

The LS2N laboratory is involved in the following Centrale Nantes Master's programmes:
Published on June 24, 2003 Updated on February 27, 2024