AUSTRALIA: CNRS International Research Lab to advance how humans interact and live with autonomous systems

AUSTRALIA: CNRS International Research Lab to advance how humans interact and live with autonomous systems

AUSTRALIA: CNRS International Research Lab to advance how humans interact and live with autonomous systems

Source: University of Adelaide

A new International Research Laboratory (IRL) being launched today will focus on humans-autonomous agents teaming: an area of research at the interface of artificial intelligence, computer science, engineering, technology, human factors and psychology.

The French Australian Laboratory for Humans-Autonomous Agents Teaming, shortened to CROSSING, is a collaboration between the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, the University of South Australia, French technological university IMT Atlantique, and Naval Group, the only industrial partner.

An IRL is a flagship international collaboration mechanism used by CNRS, France’s leading scientific research centre. The new IRL is called CROSSING because it represents the crossover of ideas that is at the heart of this important collaboration.

“The CROSSING Lab will bring together leading French and Australian scientists from artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer science, engineering, psychology and human factors. They will work together to tackle important challenges in finding new ways for systems and humans to work together,” says Professor Jean-Philippe Diguet, Director of the lab.

“The outcomes could provide significant advances in the way operators use control systems on ships, maintenance platforms in industry or services to assist within the home, and the way these systems are developed to assist and improve human performance to make work safer and more efficient.”

The CROSSING Lab will join a network of more than 70 IRLs, but will become one of only five international research laboratories with industry partners in the world. It will join the ranks of other labs in global innovation hubs, including Singapore, China, Japan and the United States of America. Based in Adelaide, the CROSSING Lab will be a unique multidisciplinary facility in Australia that provides an opportunity for South Australia to be at the forefront of research into frontier technologies highly relevant to future industries.

“At the CROSSING lab we will develop new ways for humans to work with robots and autonomous systems,” says Professor Anna Ma-Wyatt, from the University of Adelaide’s School of Psychology, who is Co-Director of the new lab.

“Human operators will cooperate with high-level automata, robots or adaptive information systems able to produce knowledge and to explore the physical or informational environment on their own.”

The CROSSING Lab will bring together leading French and Australian scientists from artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer science, engineering, psychology and human factors

Jean-Philippe Diguet

Director of the CNRS IRL, CROSSING

Each partner brings complementary expertise to the research partnership. The University of Adelaide’s Australian Institute of Machine Learning (AIML) brings expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning. In the field of interactive and virtual environments and human performance, the University of South Australia has expertise in sleep and fatigue analysis and the University of Adelaide in active vision. IMT Atlantique has expertise and facilities in virtual and augmented reality and embedded and human-centric AI, and Flinders University in autonomous systems, human factors and industry 4.0 advanced manufacturing. Industrial partner, Naval Group, will share its world-class expertise from areas including embedded intelligence, optimised architectures, unmanned vehicles, industry of the future and human performance measurement.

The new lab will be launched on Monday 22 February at an event which will be attended by the partners in person and virtually. The launch will be opened by the Premier of South Australia the Hon. Steven Marshall and attended by the French Ambassador to Australia, his Excellency Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault, and by videoconference, Australia’s Ambassador to France, Her Excellency Ms Gillian Bird. The event will be attended by the CEO of Naval Group, Pierre-Eric Pommellet. The Vice-Chancellors of the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Flinders University, as well as, remotely from Paris, the CEO of CNRS, Professor Antoine Petit, and IMT Atlantique Vice-President Ms Anne Beauval, who will join a round table discussion.

It will directly contribute to growing South Australian hi-tech industries such as space, oil and gas, manufacturing and mining, defence and space industries by:

  • Undertaking world-class research in the emerging field of human-machine interaction, developing new ways of efficient, ethical and human-centred collaboration with autonomous systems
  • Upskilling and educating personnel within industry and academia, building both capability and capacity through co-design and co-investment
  • Enhancing international collaboration between South Australia and France to attract and retain top scientific talent from industry and academia
  • Establishing translation pathways to allow research to move from the laboratory into industry and operational use.
Comments from CNRS IRL CROSSING partners:
The establishment of this International Research Laboratory, the first of its kind in Australia, reflects the recent dynamism of the partnerships set up with that country. The CNRS is now Australia’s leading foreign scientific partner, and it intends to enhance its presence there through the development of new projects and networks.
Professor Antoine Petit


CNRS has more than 70 international research labs around the world, and the CROSSING Lab will be the first international research lab in Australia, and only the fifth of its type in the world with an industrial partner. It will offer an enduring link to the CNRS, the largest fundamental science organisation in Europe.

It provides an opportunity for South Australian universities to build strong collaborations with CNRS and European partners to apply to European as well as Australian funding schemes, and to engage with industry in Europe with CNRS collaborators.

Professor Peter Høj

Vice-Chancellor and President, the University of Adelaide

This new lab is set to boost both Australian-French scientific cooperation and Australian sovereign technical capability.

We are proud to be contributing our world-leading expertise in key areas that connect human factors with the physical aspects of maritime vehicles in novel ways.

Our interdisciplinary research includes psychophysiology and behaviour, metrics-based ergonomic design, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Professor David Lloyd

Vice-Chancellor and President, the University of South Australia

The combined research strengths of South Australia’s three world-class universities, Naval Group, IMT Atlantique and some 33,000 CNRS researchers and engineers represents a global powerhouse of expertise.

This landmark collaboration further lifts South Australia’s internationally regarded defence research capacity and will contribute to the take up of advanced technologies by industry by devising effective and safe ways for people to work with machines that effectively ‘think’ for themselves.

Professor Colin Stirling

Vice-Chancellor and President, Flinders University

Naval Group is proud to be the industry partner for the new International Research Lab. We are honoured by the trust of our Australian and French partners, and the opportunity to make this a cornerstone of international scientific breakthrough. As one of only five labs with an industrial partner opened by CNRS, this world leading research laboratory, based in Adelaide, supports our commitment to ongoing global innovation. Supported by our subsidiary Naval Group Pacific, this partnership will help Australia realise and fulfil its innovation roadmap across a broad spectrum of sectors.
Mr Pierre Eric Pommellet

CEO of Naval Group

Australia is a country where IMT Atlantique is actively developing its international strategy, building on 15 years of collaborations. It positioned itself in the favourable context of the strengthened partnerships between France and Australia in the field of higher education and research, by proposing the creation of the Western Alliance for Scientific Action with Australia (WASAA) in 2018 which has enabled the increase of student and researcher exchanges between our two countries.

The CROSSING Lab is another dimension in which IMT Atlantique is joining forces with academic and industrial partners to strengthen our positioning in Australia. IMT Atlantique has especially set cooperation axes with Naval Group Research (and more generally Naval Group) about submarine communication and detection, ocean monitoring as well as digital transformation at different levels of practice (industrial management, command & control). These cooperations are already supported through chairs and collaborative projects and will contribute to consolidating and enriching the CROSSING Lab.

Ms Anne Beauval

Vice-President, IMT Atlantique

AUSTRALIA: Launching of CNRS IRL CROSSING in Adelaide, Australia

AUSTRALIA: Launching of CNRS IRL CROSSING in Adelaide, Australia

AUSTRALIA: Launching of CNRS IRL CROSSING in Adelaide, Australia

the FrenCh-AustRalian LabOratory for HumanS / AutonomouS Agents TeamING

Monday 22nd February 2021
7:00pm – 8:00pm ACDT (GMT+10:30)
9:30am – 10:30am CET (GMT+1)

Radford Auditorium
Art Gallery of South Australia

Virtual attendance via Zoom

Hosted by

Professor Jean-Philippe Diguet, Director
Professor Anna Ma-Wyatt, Co-Director


The Honourable Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia
His Excellency Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault, Ambassador of France to Australia
Professor Peter Høj AC, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Adelaide
Professor David Lloyd FTSE, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of South Australia
Professor Colin Stirling, President and Vice-Chancellor, Flinders University
Mr Pierre Éric Pommellet, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Naval Group

And via video link
Her Excellency Ms Gillian Bird PSM, Australian Ambassador to France
Professor Antoine Petit, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CNRS
Ms Anne Beauval, Vice-President, IMT Atlantique

FRANCE: CNRS and Naval Group sign a strengthening partnership agreement

FRANCE: CNRS and Naval Group sign a strengthening partnership agreement

FRANCE: CNRS and Naval Group sign a strengthening partnership agreement

This article is in French, source: CNRS

Le CNRS et Naval Group signent un accord de partenariat structurant


L’accord permet au CNRS et à Naval Group d’établir des projets de recherche communs dans de très nombreux domaines stratégiques. Les premiers projets de collaboration porteront notamment sur la maîtrise de la complexité des systèmes numériques et sur l’acoustique navale, dans le but de renforcer encore cet axe d’excellence pour le naval de défense.

Antoine Petit, Président Directeur général du CNRS : « Je me réjouis de la signature de cet accord-cadre, prélude à un partenariat très riche entre le CNRS et Naval Group, leader européen du naval de défense. Le CNRS a une longue tradition de collaboration de recherche avec les entreprises privées, qu’il importe d’intensifier pour permettre à notre économie de relever les défis scientifiques, technologiques, sociétaux et environnementaux qu’elle traverse. C’est pourquoi je suis ravi que le CNRS accompagne les problématiques scientifiques de Naval Group. Ce partenariat public-privé est également une opportunité pour faire progresser nos connaissances dans des thématiques variées, de l’acoustique aux systèmes numériques, selon une démarche fortement pluridisciplinaire. »

Pierre Eric Pommellet, Président Directeur général de Naval Group : « Je suis très heureux que Naval Group ait signé ce partenariat qui nous lie à une institution majeure de la recherche française et référence reconnue internationalement pour l’excellence de ses travaux scientifiques. Cet accord-cadre facilitera le développement de coopérations (contrat de thèses ou de contrat de recherche) entre les laboratoires du CNRS et les équipes de recherche de Naval Group. Ce partenariat public-privé permettra d’intensifier nos efforts de recherche pour nourrir l’innovation et répondre aux grands défis industriels du naval de défense. Nous sommes très honorés que le CNRS ait accepté qu’Eric Papin, Directeur Technique et Innovation de Naval Group, assure la présidence du Comité de Pilotage. Je sais pouvoir compter sur lui  pour veiller à faire croître nos projets communs avec les équipes du CNRS. »

Coopération structurante de long-terme

Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique est une institution de recherche parmi les plus importantes au monde. Il s’allie au leader européen du naval de défense afin de mutualiser leur vivier de connaissances scientifiques.

L’accord est signé pour une durée de quatre années et prévoit la sollicitation de nombreux collaborateurs des deux institutions sur la durée.

Mutualisation des deux viviers de connaissances scientifiques

Le partenariat permettra de faciliter au maximum la mise en place de nouveaux projets entre les deux entités. Il permet à Naval Group de collaborer avec les laboratoires sous tutelle du CNRS et de ses partenaires, moyennant un accord spécifique.

Les coopérations structurées concerneront notamment les trois laboratoires communs de Naval Group :
–    le laboratoire LTISM, signé en 2017 et porté par l’université Toulon Aix Marseille collaborera avec l’Institut Matériaux Microélectronique Nanosciences de Provence (IM2NP, CNRS/AMU),  dans le domaine du traitement de l’information sous-marine ;
–    le laboratoire Gustave ZEDE, signé en 2015 et porté par l’ENSTA Bretagne sera en lien avec l’Institut de recherche Henri Dupuy de Lôm (IRDL, CNRS/ENSTA Bretagne/UBO/Univ. Bretagne-Sud), dans le domaine de l’intégrité en service des matériaux et structures navales ;
–    le laboratoire SENI signé en 2019 et porté par l’ENSTA Bretagne collaborera avec le Laboratoire des sciences et techniques de l’information, de la communication et de la connaissance (Lab-STICC, CNRS/ENI Brest/ENSTA Bretagne/UBO/Univ. Bretagne-Sud/IMT Atlantique), dans le domaine des systèmes navals intelligents.

Traitement de thématiques nombreuses et variées, dont les systèmes numériques et l’acoustique navale

Les thématiques concernées par l’accord sont très vastes : matériaux, interaction onde-matière, mécanique des fluides, énergie.

SINGAPORE: Research seminars on China-ASEAN Norms. 1 & 8 April

SINGAPORE: Research seminars on China-ASEAN Norms. 1 & 8 April

SINGAPORE: Research seminars on China-ASEAN Norms. 1 & 8 April

Research seminar on China-ASEAN Norms. Check out the program here: Research seminar-Singapore

Organized by

The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS);
East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore


Research seminar 1: China-ASEAN Relations: Views from Singapore and France

April 1 (Thursday) 2021
16:00-18:00 (Singapore time)/10:00-12:00 (Paris time)

Research seminar 2: The Rise of China and New Social Norms in Southeast Asia 

April 8 (Thursday) 2021
16:00-18:00 (Singapore time)/10:00-12:00 (Paris time)

SKAO (SKA Observatory) – Launch Of International Observatory Signals New Era For Radio Astronomy

SKAO (SKA Observatory) – Launch Of International Observatory Signals New Era For Radio Astronomy

SKAO (SKA Observatory) – Launch Of International Observatory Signals New Era For Radio Astronomy


CNRS Press Release (in French)

The dishes and antennas are installed in South Africa and Australia. SKAO is now an IO (international organization)
Currently an observer on the Council of the organization, France is now engaged in the process of applying for membership as a member of SKAO (SKA Organization), with the aim of submitting its membership application to the vote of the Council in the coming months. Seven countries have already signed the International Convention establishing SKAO as an intergovernmental organization: Australia, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

French participation in the preliminary phases of SKA is carried out until today through “Maison SKA-France” created in 2018, and piloted by the CNRS. It brings together fourteen partners: seven public institutions (CNRS, Observatoire de Paris – PSL, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Inria, CEA, Université de Bordeaux and Université d’Orléans) and seven companies (Air Liquide, ATOSBull, Callisto, CNIM, FEDD, Kalray, Thalès).

SKA : Square Kilometer Array

SKAO : SKA organization