Section: Application Domains
Since its creation, TAO mainstream applications regard Numerical Engineering, Autonomous Robotics, and Control and Games. Two new fields of applications, due to the arrival of Cécile Germain (Pr UPS, 2005), Philippe Caillou (MdC, 2005), Balazs Kgl (CR CNRS LAL, 2006) and Cyril Furtlehner (CR INRIA, 2007) have been considered: Autonomic Computing and Complex Systems.
Numerical Engineering still is a main source of applications. The successful OMD (Optimisation Multi-Disciplinaire) RNTL/ANR project is being resumed by OMD2, started in July 2009. Collaborations with IFP and PSA automobile industry respectively led to Zyed Bouzarkouna and Mouadh Yagoubi PhD CIFRE. TAO leads the Work Package “Optimization” in the System@atic CSDL project, responsible for both fundamental research on surrogate models in multi-objective optimization and the setup of a software platform. A collaboration with CEA DM2S started as a Digiteo project (Philippe Rolet's PhD on simplified models).
Autonomous Software Robotics is rooted in our participation to the SYMBRION European IP and SyDiNMaLaS (ANR-JST, coll. University of Kyushu). Cedric Hartland defended his PhD  in November 2009 on Robust Robotic behavior Optimization ; Nicolas Bredèche defended his HdR  in December 2009 on Evolutionary Design of Embodied Agents . In September 2009, Jean-Marc Montanier and Pierre Delarboulas started their PhD, and Vladimir Skortsov started his Post-doc on this topic.
Our activity in Control and Games is chiefly visible through Mogo, already mentioned in the Highlights. Another application regards Brain Computer Interfaces: the Digiteo project Digibrain (coll. with CEA List and Neurospin), with Cedric Gouy-Pailler's postdoc starting in October 2009.
Applications related to Autonomic Computing became an important part of TAO activities, led by Cécile Germain and Balázs Kégl in tight collaboration with the Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire (section 6.1). Xiangliang Zhang will defend her PhD in April 2010 on Data Streaming of the EGEE grid ; Julien Perez will defend his PhD in June 2010 on Model-free scheduling policies .
Last but not least, applications related to Social Systems are led by Philippe Caillou and Cyril Furtlehner, respectively investigating multi-agent models for labor market, and road traffic models (ANR project TRAVESTI, coordinated by C. Furtlehner, started in 2009).