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Section: Other Grants and Activities

International Initiatives


Participants : Christophe Besse, Ingrid Lacroix-Violet.

Ch. Besse and I. Violet are members of the new 4-years ANR "blanche" project MICROWAVE. Ch. Besse is the North node coordinator. The scientific subjects deal with artificial boundary conditions for dispersive equations, electromagnetism and high frequency regimes in acoustic simulations. This ANR project concerns the development of new numerical methods for wave propagation problems using tools from microlocal analysis. It focuses on microlocal analysis and numerical methods for acoustic and electromagnetic wave scattering and microlocal analysis and numerical methods for Schrödinger-type equations.


Participants : Christophe Besse, Pauline Lafitte, Chang Yang.

Ch. Besse has obtained a 4-years ANR grant, from the Cosinus proposal, for the project IODISSEE. P. Lafitte and C. Yang, also members of the EPI Simpaf, are involved in this project. The project IODISSEE also involves a team of mathematicians from Toulouse, a physicist team from Versailles and the Thales group. It deals with the elaboration of a physical model for helping the industrial partner for the new generation of Galileo satellites. For the last decade, satellite positioning devices became one of the most interesting means of navigation for the displacement of the goods and the people. The only current solution is based on the constellation of satellites Navstar GPS American system. Originally developed for military applications, its use was released under the Clinton administration. However, in order to guarantee its autonomy, Europe decided to launch a competitor program known as Galileo. Galileo system differs from the GPS thanks to its capability to provide real time integrity information to the user. In order to guarantee the stability of this system, it is fundamental to take into account the various problems which can affect the mission and to identify all the potential sources of system unavailability. One of the main source of data unavailability that has been identified is the phenomena of ionospheric scintillations. Indeed scintillation causes radio frequency signal amplitude fades and phase variations as satellite signals pass through the ionosphere. Such effects may induce loss of lock or cycle slips on ranging signals broadcast by Galileo satellites making them totally useless for accurate integrity information determination. Scintillations are clearly identified like a source of disturbances. They appear as the turbulent aspect of a larger disturbance of the ionospheric plasma density which have the shape of a plasma bubble. The difficulty of their modeling is due to the lacks of in situ measurements with regard to them. However, some measurements recently acquired during the mission of satellite DEMETER make possible on the one hand the validation of the models existing but also, using techniques of data-models coupling, to reinforce them. The object of this proposal is therefore to provide a physical model making it possible to anticipate the attenuation of the signals during their propagation within the disturbed Earth ionosphere.


Participant : Mathias Rousset.

M. Rousset is involved in the ANR MEGAS. The main scientific subject is numerical methods in Molecular Dynamics simulation.


Participants : Pauline Lafitte, Jean-François Coulombel, Frédéric Lagoutière.

J.-F. Coulombel has obtained a 4-years ANR grant "young researcher", for the project INTOCS. In addition to the coordinator, two other members of the EPI SIMPAF are involved in this project: P. Lafitte et F. Lagoutière. The main scientific subject of the project is the interaction of compressible waves, and more precisely the propagation of high frequency oscillations in hyperbolic boundary value problems. One of the physical motivations is the "Mach stems" formation in reacting gas flows.


Participant : Mathias Rousset.

M. Rousset is involved in the ARC HYBRID. The main scientific subject is hybrid (stochastic+deterministic) numerical methods in Molecular Dynamics simulation.


Participants : Pauline Lafitte, Anne Devys, Thierry Goudon.

Some members of SIMPAF are involved in the ARC project PANDA, led by M. Doumic (EPI BANG, Rocquencourt); it is concerned with the theory and observations of polymerisation processes in prion and Alzheimer diseases. This research is connected to the PhD thesis of A. Devys, which is concerned with evolution problems in medecine and biology [15] . The project PANDA is currently under evaluation.

AEN Fusion

Participants : Christophe Besse, Thierry Goudon.

SIMPAF is involved in the project led by E. Sonnendrucker from EPI Calvi, which aims at fostering the national research effort in mathematics and computer science towards the simulation of large magnetic confinement devices, like ITER. The project Fusion is currently under evaluation.


Participants : Christophe Besse, Caterina Calgaro, Olivier Goubet, Thierry Goudon, Jean-Paul Chehab.

Project 3+3 “Méditerranée” MASOH

Participants : Jean-Paul Chehab, Christophe Besse, Caterina Calgaro, Olivier Goubet, Jacques Laminie, Thierry Goudon.

In 2006, under an initiative of J.-P. Chehab, the SIMPAF team has initiated a collaborating program “3+3 Méditerranée” funded by INRIA. This program is devoted to Modelling, Analysis and Simulation of Hydrodynamic Waves. To be more specific, the project focuses on water waves modelled by dispersive PDEs (Korteweg-De Vries, Benjamin-Ono, KP and Nonlinear Schrödinger equations). The goal is to elaborate efficient multilevel numerical schemes that will be able to help in the understanding of finite time blow up or the asymptotic smoothing effects due to damping. The project(described at the URL: ) brings together various collaborations the node of which is SIMPAF; the involved teams are

- France: SIMPAF, Amiens, Paris-Sud,

- Morocco : Marrakesh,

- Tunisia: Monastir,

- Spain: Granada.

As a consequence, four PhD theses were started co-advised by SIMPAF's members.

Emna Ezzoug, from Monastir, advised by E. Zahrouni, J. Laminie and O. Goubet, started in July 2006;

Ibtissem Damergi, from Monastir, by advised E. Zahrouni, Ch. Besse and O. Goubet, started in July 2006;

Salim Amr Salim Djabir, from Marrakesh, advised by M. Abounouh and J.-P. Chehab, started in January 2007;

Maithem Trabelsi, from Tunis advised by E. E. Zahrouni and J.-P. Chehab, started in September 2007.

In the context of the MASOH program, for research and teaching at the doctoral level, T. Goudon visited Granada; C. Calgaro, M. Abounouh, L. Di Menza, J.-P. Chehab visited the University of Monastir; while C. Calgaro, J.-P. Chehab, E. Zahrouni went to Marrakech. Besides, the PhD students spent a while in Amiens. The publications [36] , [7] are directly related to interactions organized within this network.


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