LIRMM was created in 1992, the result of the merger of the CRIM and LAM laboratories, under the leadership of the CNRS and the University of Montpellier II. The project’s intent was to promote information science and technology within an integrated research unit. At the time, this type of research organization format was unique in France. Initially organized in four research departments (Knowledge Acquisition and Representation, Theoretical and Applied Informatics, Microelectronics, Robotics), the Lab combined its two Computer Science departments into one and created additional research teams in 2002. It also developed a partnership with INRIA. Within the last decade, new teams have been created or have joined the Lab.
Today, LIRMM’s three research departments comprise 22 research teams, among which 3 INRIA teams and one team from the University of Perpignan Via Domitia. The teams total 104 Full and Associate Professors from the University of Montpellier (UM), 8 from Paul Valery University in Montpellier (UPV), 6 from the University of Perpignan (UPVD), 41 CNRS Researchers and 11 from INRIA.
LIRMM has become an attractive research organization, which develops and manages collaborative projects around the world. Our staff includes more than 40 nationalities.
The Computer Science Department includes more than 200 researchers working in 15 research teams. It covers most research fields in computer science. Our contributions are theoretical, algorithmic and/or applicative. They fall into three main lines of research.
The Algorithm and Computation line studies graph algorithms, parameterized complexity, cellular automata, tilings, and words. It is also involved in operations research (optimization problems for networks, scheduling).
The Data, Image and Software Engineering line addresses search and storage challenges raised by the management of big data. Data mining algorithms and distributed data processing systems are designed for handling problems in the fields of health and agronomy. Our research also focuses on visual data processing (images, videos and 3D objects), and aims to improve the processing of imprecise, uncertain or confidential data, design encryption and protection algorithms, and propose new representation models. The Artificial Intelligence line studies logical, graph-based and ontological formalisms for representing knowledge, reasoning and for argumentation. Another field is constraint reasoning and programming.
LIRMM’s Microelectronics Department is specialized in research on innovative solutions to embed more intelligence in integrated electronic systems, notably by taking advantage of emerging technologies. The resulting scientific challenges have to do with the quality, reliability, testing, adaptability, efficiency, and security of these systems, while particular attention must be paid to digital security, energy efficiency, resilience, and handling complexity. Most of our activities find applications in the field of hardware architectures for high-performance computing, communicating objects for the living and environments, including harsh (spatial, radiative, high temperature) environments.
LIRMM’s Robotics Department aims to design fundamental tools and bring them to full development and use in industry and other economic sectors. 30 researchers, professors, lecturers, and engineers work together with 40 PhD students on robotic system modeling, design and control, as well as on sensing and information processing.
Our lines of research range from humanoid, industrial, medical, and underwater robotics to human-robot physical interactions, functional electrical stimulation for rehabilitation and supplementation, and signal or image processing. This research is conducted in close collaboration with numerous academic and industrial partners in France and around the world. LIRMM’s Robotics Department thereby proudly contributes to the international recognition of French robotics research.