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The Pôle Capteurs' projects

Ongoing projects

VINODRONE - 2017/2021 (APR IR 2017)

The VINODROME project was selected by the 2017 Centre-Val de Loire region's APR (call for research projects).

Vineyards are one of the most emblematic parts of the Centre-Val de Loire region's heritage. Today, they face growing health concerns on a regional and national scale. Vine diseases create severe economic and environmental issues, putting more and more strain on winemaking activities. The use of plant treatment products, which ensures productivity, has detrimental and harmful effects on ecosystems. The Ecophyto plan, which aims to support professionals in the responsible use of agricultural inputs, is a testament to this growing awareness. Thus we are now facing a difficult equation, as we need to both ensure productivity and reduce the environmental impact of plant treatment products. The use of new technologies (sensors, drones...) is a promising approach to solve this problem. While these technologies have been developing quickly in the field of agriculture when it comes to fertilisation, irrigation, ... the detection and monitoring of diseases, as well as the minimisation of the impact of agricultural inputs (phytosanitary products, ...) is extremely underdeveloped.

VINODRONE, advocating for precision agriculture, strives to implement a tool to automatically detect sensitive areas (diseases) and monitor the health condition of the vineyard. To that end, an original methodology based on drone imaging paired with field analyses so as to obtain relevant information on the vineyard's condition will be developed to help decision-making.

Project leader: PRISME (INSA Centre-Val de Loire)

Project coordinator: Pôle Capteurs (University of Orléans)
Partners: CITERES (University of Tours), BBV (University of Tours), ISTO (University of Orléans), IFV, Chambre d’Agriculture du 41, SCANOPY, CYBELETECH
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AXSUR - 2018/2022 (APR IR 2018)

The AxSur project was selected by the 2018 Centre-Val de Loire region's APR (call for research projects).

It aims to design a protection system for the human thorax against aggressions such as transport accidents, work accidents (flying shards), sports activities (falls, blows), natural or industrial disasters (explosion, debris impact, ...). The system will be made of a new hybrid material combining braided fibers and elastomer layers. The data provided by medical traumatology will allow to define technical specifications for the protection system. So as to simulate and predict injury thresholds, we will rely on the HUBYX® virtual human model developed by the CEDREM company. The HUBYX® model will be supplemented by the morpho-mechanical model of the thorax developed by the LAMIH, the latter model being complemented by the dynamic behaviours of bone tissue observed by the Gabriel LaMé laboratory. The project will ultimately develop a digital model of the protection that will be implemented in HUBYX®, then a physical display, that will be representative of identified cases in accidentology or in the context of dangerous sports, will be made by the CEDREM and EFJM partners.

The developed methodology will associate fast structural dynamics with innovative hybrid materials (braided materials and elastomers) and biomaterials behaviours. This methodology will allow for the optimisation of personal protection equipment (PPE/EPI) based on injury criteria.

Project leader: LaMé (University of Orléans)
Project coordinator: Pôle Capteurs (University of Orléans)
Partners: CEDREM - EFJM - LAMIH (University of Valenciennes)


Coord@Home - 2017/2019 (financement CARSAT CVL)

Coord@Home was selected during the 2017 "Nouvelles technologies et innovations techniques au service du Bien Vieillir en Région Centre-Val de Loire" [New technologies and technical innovation for elderly welfare in the Centre-Val de Loire region] call for projects, launched and funded by the Centre-Val de Loire CARSAT and AG2R La Mondiale.

Coord@Home's aim is to develop and test in real life conditions a connected solution that will enable to organise work in a structure specialised in care services (ADHAP Services) located in Bourges. This application will have to optimise travel time for workers so as to ensure a better quality service for the users. It will also have to improve communication with the families and coordination with other services that can become involved, such as the HAD (home care) and the SSIA (home care nursing services). Coord@Home aims to improve services to ensure a better quality of life and to prevent loss of autonomy. The target demographic are people whose degree of dependency is still low (GIR 5/6), who haven't lost their autonomy when it comes to essential everyday activities, but still need occasional or regular help for nutrition, sports or cultural activities, and various chores such as housework, gardening...


COCAPS - 2016/2020 (FUI N°20)

CoCAPS is a project that was selected by the 20th FUI call for projects. It received the S2E2 Pole's label and the Minalogic Pole's co-label.

The project aims to develop cheap sensors able to provide enhanced information on the behaviour of individual(s) inside a building. The sensors currently available are limited; most of the time they can only provide a bimodal response such as presence/absence. It is good enough to have the light switched on in a room, but it is not enough to automate decision-making on a greater scope. Such as detecting an extended fall. Many other features could be addressed when it comes to security, assisted living, and energy management.
Our aim is to offer several products of varying ranges and performances resulting from a platform that captures and characterises human activity, merging data obtained by different technologies (notably a new technology by the IRLYNX start-up in Grenobles) and of varying quality by detecting infrared rays emitted by humans, sound data, or even data from external communicating objects.
The consortium that was suggested to implement this project relies on LEGRAND (electrical and digital infrastructure of buildings), a leader in this field, and three SMEs that will ensure a broad and coherent availability for the products resulting from this project.
This project follows the framework of the FUI01 CAPTHOM, FUI14 E-monitor’âge, and CATHARSYS projects, the latter winner of the first phase of the global challenge Innovation 2030.

Project coordinator: Pôle Capteurs (University of Orléans)
Partners: EMKA Electronique, ID3 TECHNOLOGIES - IRLYNX - PRISME, CEDETE, VALLOREM (University of Orléans) - University of Technology of Compiègne - TELECOM SUD PARIS


CLEBER - 2015/2020 (APR IR 2015)

The Cleber project was selected by the 2015 Centre-Val de Loire region's APR (call for research projects).
This project is backed by the Elastopôle Pole.

This project is a follow up to the PARCHOCS project that brought to light potential developments with a study of the behaviour of resistive polymers. The latter could be able to deliver an electrical signal after being subjected to mechanical forces or after the material ages over times. The current project, project CLEBER, aims to create a polymeric material loaded with carbon particles giving it electrical properties. The idea is to use the electrical response induced in the material by mechanical loads, whether static or dynamic (monotonic loading, vibrations, impacts). It is a "smart" material, which response can in principle be linked to variations in its microstructure, and therefore to the mechanical loads it is subjected to and to its ageing over time. The industrial purpose is to develop part of a system using this material, with said part acting as an indicator in case of any malfunction in the system.

Project leader: PRISME (University of Orléans)
Project coordinator: Pôle Capteurs (University of Orléans)
Partners: LaMé (INSA CVL) - ATCOM


EXPAALT - 2015/2019 (APR IR 2015)

The Expaalt project was selected by the 2015 Centre-Val de Loire region's APR (call for research projects).

For over forty years, the powder metallurgy industry has been continuously expanding, and today it encompasses all industrial sectors such as the car industry, electronics, electrical engineering, the aerospace industry, the arms industry, energy conversion... High density shaping processes, such as additive manufacturing, have now made it possible for about ten years to open up the market to highly stressed parts. Consequently, this high value-added industrial sector has obvious medium and long term growth prospects. The manufacturing, transport, and implementation of metallic powder can be a safety issue due to the risk of fire and/or explosion. This project is about safety during the use of these powders, which falls into the risk category of dust explosion. In this study, the flammability and explosivity factors of the different powders will be experimentally analysed so as to establish a database on the different engineering industry alloys that will be used in this context.

Project leader: PRISME (University of Orléans)
Project coordinator: Pôle Capteurs (University of Orléans)
Partners: CEMTHI (University of Orléans) - CETIM-CERTEC - MBDA France - ThyssenKrupp


LUMINEUX - 2015/2019 (APR IR 2015)

The Lumineux project was selected by the 2015 Centre-Val de Loire region's APR (call for research projects).
This project received the S2E2 Pole's label.

The LUMINEUX project focuses on the societal issue of energy efficiency and the overconsumption caused by urban lighting. Indeed, according to the ADEME, city lighting amounts to 41% of the electricity consumed by local authorities. It is important to note that the impact of controlling city lighting is not limited to a mere reduction in energy consumption but also covers the safety of individuals and property, as well as the reduction of light pollution. The main goal of the LUMINEUX project is to make urban and semi-urban lighting 'smart' by adding to them a communicating, embedded vision system. It will thus help to reduce the costs for the operators and to protect the environment by reducing energy consumption. The concept of the project is to use a vision system to adapt lighting according to the analysis of the situation observed (presence of two-wheeled vehicles, of pedestrians, heavy traffic, slippery road...). The system will also have to be able to analyse abnormal events such as accidents, pedestrians on the road, cars driving the wrong way. In this sense, it will contribute to the improvement of road safety and public security. The different systems will have to communicate so as to anticipate lighting depending on the situation detected under the lighting in a nearby area.

Project leader: PRISME (University of Orléans)
Project coordinator: Pôle Capteurs (University of Orléans)
Partners: LIFAT (University of Tours) - LENZI


DANIEAL2 -  2016/2020 (APR IR 2016)

The DANIEAL 2 project builds on the APR-IR DANIEAL project, approved in 2013 by the Centre-Val de Loire region. The general context of the project is that of the development of robotic medical devices to improve access to treatment and aid in medical procedures. The chosen field of use is loco-regional anaesthesia with ultrasound guidance.

Loco-regional anaesthesia (LRA), which consists of delivering an anaesthetic liquid around a nerve, is considered crucial for a quick post-operative recovery. The use of ultrasonography in this field has become a key tool for this type of medical procedure. However, many anaesthesiologists still lack the experience required to achieve, in routine hospital practice, a loco-regional anaesthesia with ultrasound guidance. It was demonstrated that occasionally performing nerve blocks can lead to a rate of 45% of failures [Marhofer2007]. The two most common mistakes made by anaesthesiologists are: difficulty in viewing the needle tip on the sonographic image and keeping the focus area (nerve) in the sonographic image [Sites2006]. These mistakes increase the risk of nerve damage, which can lead to significant trauma.

The opportunity to develop a robotic medical aid device dedicated to LRA with ultrasound is therefore a solution to improve medical procedure for the professional and to improve comfort for the patient [Hemmerling2013, Morse2014].

Thus DANIEAL2 aims to give anaesthesiologists a collaborative expert-robot-environment platform to significantly improve the practice of LRA with ultrasound guidance. DANIEAL2 focuses on studying and developing a robotic medical device with intrinsic safety, with the professional always being in the control loop. The assistance platform will be designed to: assist in the delivery of tailored, high quality health care, help with the learning process and reducing the risk of LRA-related trauma.


Project leader: PRISME (University of Orléans)
Project coordinator: Pôle Capteurs (University of Orléans)
Partners: LIFAT (University of Tours) - ADECHOTECH - Clinique Médipôle Garonne
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Completed projects

DANIEAL - Nerves detection and analysis in ultrasound imaging for loco-regional anaesthesia (2013/2016); SMILE - Sterile Manipuling Interface for Lighting Equipment (2013/2015) ; LILOVEM (2013/2016); E-monitor'âge (2010/2016); RWU - Remote Wake UP (2009/2013); Afficheco (2010/2014); PARCHOCS (2009/2012) ; Exhynumo - Hydrogen explosion in non-uniform, obstructed environment (2007/2010); Capthom
- Universal human presence sensor (2006/2010)