“Mastering collaborative development for your safety-critical systems”

The Systems Engineering Competence Center meets the challenges of competitiveness in the aeronautical, space and automobile industries – namely, cutting the costs of development, manufacturing and product maintenance. To this end, it must master increasingly complex technologies that give the product a high level of capability of operating unattended while at the same time ensuring its operating safety and reliability.


In particular, the center is interested in cyber-physical critical systems, that is, systems for which operating safety and reliability is vital for the human and societal environment with which they interact, such as the regulatory requirements that apply to the fields of aeronautics and space.


Research conducted in the competence center focuses on engineering processes, methods and tools that favor mastery of architectures, optimization and improvement of the processes of design and Verification & Validation (V&V) at all systemic levels – integrated systems, sub-systems, equipment, software and hardware.

The specificity and differentiation of the competence center’s positioning concern two points: incorporation of the multidisciplinary nature of the professions and organization in an extended company, and compatibility with the regulatory aspects in force, such as certification and qualification.

The objective is also to develop industrialists’ competence in the systems engineering professions.

R&T Fields

This strand deploys co-development approaches at different levels of the product development cycle: how can one ensure efficient interaction of the various professions and organizations in a coherent equipped process that respects each one’s property in order to produce a product at lower cost in increasingly shorter lead times? This part studies collaborative workshop and co-simulation technologies and associated processes.
The purpose of this approach is to understand and embed very high-performance execution platforms (multicore and many-core, GPU, FPGA). Mastery of these technologies involves setting up methodologies and means of design and verification of these architectures, as well as meeting regulatory requirements. Subjects of study are the analysis of performance, the guarantee of safety and reliability, parallelization, software and hardware modeling, and the virtualization of execution platforms.
Here the competence center works to ensure the link between requirements, the development thereof, and verification of whether properties are functional or not: how can one master system/software/hardware architectures, ensure that they comply with safety requirements, guarantee the mastery of developments and the operating safety of complex functions? The subjects studied focus on modeling languages, formal technologies, and the integration of functions including algorithms of artificial intelligence into critical systems.


Head of Systems Engineering Competence Center
Toulouse Site



  • State-of-the-art database of methods, tools and projects.
  • Methodological guides.
  • Models or prototypes of operational equipped chains that serve as reference implementation and validation of interoperability solutions or improvements of existing software solutions (proprietary, open source).
  • Proposals to standard-setting and/or influential organizations.
  • Media for the transfer of results: videos, training sessions, theme-based workshops.
  • Thesis reports, scientific publications, conference presentations.