Laboratoire d'Excellence


Archimede project has been selected as a center of excellence ("Laboratoire d’Excellence", LabEx) by the national state program "Investments for the Future" ("Investissements d’Avenir").

The goals of Archimede LabEx are:

  • to strengthen inter-research units and multidisciplinary collaborations,
  • to increase international exchanges,
  • to develop skill transmission and technological transfer,
  • to improve the relationship between research and teaching within the university.

The body of the project is composed of four research units:

  • Center for Theoretical Physics (Centre de Physique Théorique, UMR 7332, CPT),
  • Marseilles Institute of Mathematics (Institut de Mathématiques de Marseille, UMR 7373, I2M),
  • (Laboratoire d’Informatique et Systèmes, UMR 7020, LIS)

and an international conference center:

  • International Center for Mathematical Conferences (Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques, UMS 822, CIRM)

All together these joint CNRS-University research units include worldwide leading scientists and cover all fields of research in mathematics and computer science in Aix-Marseille University (AMU)


Main subject areas and their applications

The four research units in the project offer a wide spectrum of disciplinary specialities which in broad terms can be put into four main areas:

  • analysis, modelling, optimization,
  • statistics, signal processing, automated learning,
  • dynamical systems, geometry, probability,
  • algorithms, logic, number theory.

Current research ranges from the most fundamental aspects of the different fields, to interactions with other sciences or industrial partners. Research application areas are:

  • biology, health,
  • security, communication,
  • energy, transport.

The scientific project

The scientific project of Archimede LabEx is divided into three programs aimed at :

Increasing international exchanges

Archimede LabEx offers a Research in Residence program for visiting scholars (2 weeks to 3 months). This program allows the development of a wide range of research activities (seminars, study groups, workshops), on leading subjects. The program complements the conferences and other activities run by the CIRM.

Developing the dissemination of knowledge, know-how, and technology transfer

Mathematics and computer science provide many of the tools used by other sciences and industry, though these tools are rarely passed on by the researchers themselves. French doctoral students in mathematics and computer science rarely move into other sciences or into the non-academic world. Archimede LabEx remedies this gap in the chain of knowledge by a program of transmission of skills. This innovative program proposes three objectives, organized as three cells :

  • a transfer cell proposes theoretical and applied courses, workshops, etc., for a scientific audience – academic or industrial, for end-users of mathematical and computing techniques (for example in mathematical modelling, numerical analysis, statistics, image/signal processing, cryptography, algorithms),
  • a bridging cell orients doctoral and post-doctoral students towards applied subjects in the socioeconomic sector, in particular with partners working with members of Archimede Labex and the Ecole Centrale de Marseille,
  • a development cell allows the exploitation of algorithms developed as part of members’ research activities, up to certain limits of portability.

Improving the integration of training and research

Training for and through research constitutes one of the areas in which universities excel. Archimede LabEx contributes to an International Doctorate program. In conjunction with the graduate school of mathematics and computer sciences (ED184), this program improves the relationship between training and research by proposing doctoral courses, both generalized and specialist, to complete those on offer within the research masters program and the international master’s program (in preparation). In addition, the program organizes multi-thematic seminars and working groups for doctoral and post-doctoral students, as well as tutorial sessions, along the lines of the model initiated in applied mathematics (Cemracs). These activities are run by leading scientists. Grants for doctoral studies, post-doctoral fellowships, and masters degrees are offered on an international basis. The aim is to create a dynamic around doctoral studies with international visibility.



This work has been carried out thanks to the support of the ARCHIMEDE Labex (ANR-11-LABX- 0033) and the A*MIDEX project (ANR-11-IDEX-0001-02) funded by the "Investissements d’Avenir" French government program managed by the ANR.